Campus Life

Health & Wellness

Our goal at Squaw Valley Academy is to provide students with the best possible educational experience. We want your child to be supported and safe. Our Health and Wellness Center includes an RN nurse and a three-bed infirmary. Our consulting counselors include three PhD clinical psychologists, two family and marriage counselors, and a consulting psychiatrist who specializes in mood disorders and ADHD. We offer individual and group services for students in need.

Our counselors work with students on a wide range of issues, from minor adjustment challenges to major crises. Some students may encounter homesickness, anxiety, depression, family tension, attention deficits, learning problems, anger and stress management, eating disorders, and relationship problems.

Our professional counselors have years of experience working with adolescents, and if you wish more information on our counseling services, please contact our Director of Counseling Services, Erica Thiessen-House, at

Our Counseling Staff

Erica Thiessen-House, Director of Counseling Services
MA Counseling, Antioch New England University

Amy Vail, Consulting Psychiatrist
Psy.D Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology

Robb Gaffney, Psychiatrist
Psychiatry Residency, University of California, Davis

Bruce Hill, Counselor
MA Marriage and Family Therapy, John F. Kennedy University

Kirk Ditterich, Counselor
Psy.D Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology

Shawn Benjaminson, Counselor
MA Marriage and Family Therapy, University of San Diego

Stacy Stahl, Counselor
MS Social Work, University of Nevada, Reno

Victoria Mercer, Counselor
Psy.D Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno

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“This school gives you the chance to be your own person, to be who you want to be. I feel as if the community is one big family.”

– Jacob, Class of 2015

To hear about Jacob’s transition to SVA, click here