Welcome to the Counseling Center

Dear families,

The Counseling Department consists of six school counselors and a Director of Guidance & Counseling. Counselors meet with students, both individually and in groups, to work on academic, personal and social issues and to provide guidance to students as they prepare their academic programs and develop post-secondary school plans.

The counselors work to cultivate helpful and mutual partnerships with parents/guardians. This cooperation helps us provide care for students as they navigate the often challenging years of adolescence. Our reward is to watch students graduate with a positive sense of self and with a direction in regard to college and/or career.

We hope that you find this site helpful.

Marisa Merlino, Director of Guidance and Counseling

Phone: 914-763-7203      Fax: 914-763-3731

Counselors, School Psychologists and School Social Worker

Ms. Carlyn Bochicchio
School Counselor: Gr 9-12

Ms. Rebecca Davidson
School Counselor: Gr 9-12

Ms. Beth DeBeer
School Counselor: Gr 9-12
Ms. Alexa Kauffman
School Counselor: Gr 9-12
Ms. Kristin Spiros
School Counselor: Gr 9-12


Ms. Susan Tewksbury
School Counselor: Gr 9-12

Jennifer Lovallo
School Psychologist
Michael Costa, Psy.D.,
School Psychologist  mcosta@klschools.org
Patricia K. Bragdon, PH.D, LCSW-R
Social Worker 

Upcoming Events

  • SAT @ JJHS (pre-registration required)

    Counseling Center
  • Senior Recognition Night (by invitation only) 6:30PM

    Counseling Center
  • ACT @ JJHS (pre-registration required)

    Counseling Center
  • Last Day of Classes

    Counseling Center
  • Regents Exams

    Counseling Center
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  • 6,175 Mental health professionals have signed up to provide online voluntary services for New York State.
    Call 844-863-9314 – It is a completely free service.
  • In the event  Counselors/Clinicians identify a student or family member in crisis, they can call Four Winds Hospital directly and avoid the Emergency Room.  Four Winds admissions number is: 800-528-6624 or 914-763-8151.  Follow the prompts.
  • Please click on the following link for further Mental Health Resources: Mental Health Resources.pdf 

Anxiety in Youth - a conversation with Dr. Michael Costa