Counseling

Counseling Services

For students experiencing specific barriers to academic success and emotional wellbeing, individual and small group counseling is available at University Park Elementary. This service is provided by Nicole Mattila, M.A, P.P.S, our Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist (ERC), and offers a wide range of support services such as short-term, solution-focused individual or small group counseling, parenting support and consultation, and community resource outreach and linkage. If students are in need of longer-term or more intensive counseling services, the Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist can provide parents with resources for local counseling agencies or assist them with finding service providers through their medical insurance.

In addition, Lunch Bunch gatherings are available each week where students have the option to join the ERC during their lunch break to meet new peers, socialize with friends while participating in games as well as fun activities! Lastly, we collaborate with local outside agencies to provide FREE parent education workshops on various important topics throughout the school year.

Meet your Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist

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Hello, everyone! My name is Nicole Mattila and I am the Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist at University Park Elementary. I received my Bachelors of Art’s in Psychology and my Master's in Education: School Counseling with my Pupil Personnel Credential from Concordia University Irvine.  I am passionate about our student's social-emotional well-being and development. I work to ensure students are receiving school based social-emotional and mental & wellness support during their day.  In addition to providing short-term counseling services for our students, I also offer parent supports such as parent meetings, coordinating on-site trainings, providing outside counseling referrals, crisis intervention, and community resource linkage. When I am not on site, I enjoy spending time with my fiance, working out, and hiking. 

Should you feel that your child may benefit from a counseling service, please feel free to contact me. I am on site Monday through Wednesday. You can reach me via phone (949) 936- 6347 or email nicolemattila@iusd.org.

Second Step Program 

Each classroom can explore monthly lessons through SecondSTEP (http://www.secondstep.org/) and align with the following skill-building areas: Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotional Management, and Problem Solving. In addition to classroom lessons, students at University Park Elementary can participate in small groups that support the monthly classroom lessons. Group sessions are held once a week, for 10- 12 weeks, and is a pull out service that students receive during their school day. Lessons are provided by Tanya bhardwaj, a trained paraprofessional through IUSD’s Guidance Paraprofessional Program. Talk to your child's teacher if you feel your child would benefit from this program. If you would like more information on SecondSTEP or other related services, check out IUSD’s Prevention & Intervention page found here (https://iusd.org/department/prevention-and-intervention)

Meet your Guidance Paraprofessional

Parent Resources 

Below are a few helpful articles related to your child's wellbeing and social and emotional development. Should you need further support or information, please contact Nicole Mattila at (949) 936- 6347 or nicolemattila@iusd.org.

Community Resources 

Irvine Family Resource Center

Short -term, solution-focused individual and family therapy, resource  linkage and referrals, and parent education/support groups to IUSD families K-12.

949) 936-7580 I https://iusd.org/about/departments/education-services/student-support-services/mental-health-and-wellness/irvine 

 

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center: 

Santa Ana Services: Crisis  line, outreach and survivor support services for family members of a person who committed suicide. 

(714) 547- 0855 I  https://didihirsch.org/about-us/

 

Families Forward: 

Non-profit organization that helps OC families who are homeless or at risk. 

(949) 552-2727 I  https://www.families-forward.org/

 

Western Youth Services: 

(949) 855- 1556 I https://www.westernyouthservices.org/

 

The Prevention Center Services: 

Parenting programs including parenting workshops, helping kids cope through divorce, and parenting resources. 

(714) 543- 4333 I www.BrightFutures4Kids.org 

 

Children's Support and Parenting Program (CSPP) Services: 

Psychoeducation groups for parents and caregivers with school-aged children. 

(714) 480-4678 I www,ochealthinfo.com 

 

24 Hour Crisis Line:

(877) 727-4747

 

Irvine Police Department:

(949) 724-7000 (non-emergency line)

 

OC Links:

(855) 625-4657

Contact Information

Nicole Mattila, M.A., P.P.S.
Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist
(949) 936- 6347
nicolemattila@iusd.org

Office hours

Monday-Wednesday during school hours. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response, with the exception of holiday breaks, weekends and when our office is closed.

If there is a life-threatening emergency, and the student requires immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.