Priory’s student support services address three main areas of need: social-emotional counseling; learning support; and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). For more information about our Learning Support and DEI programs, please refer to their webpages, linked on the right.
The Department of Social-Emotional Counseling aims to reduce barriers to learning by supporting the whole student. Our approach is systemic and collaborative in nature, drawing first upon the student’s own personal resources, as well as the partnership of parents, faculty, and other professionals as appropriate.

We promote and assist with healthy individual, relational, and academic development and resilience in our students through a variety of services, including:

  • Brief counseling and check-ins with students in support of students’ social, emotional, mental, and spiritual health
  • Collaboration with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and outside professionals
  • Referrals for additional support
  • Crisis intervention, as needed
The content of counseling sessions is confidential, with some exceptions. Legal exceptions to confidentiality include disclosure of reasonable suspicion of 1) abuse of a minor or dependent elder; 2) risk or plan to harm oneself; 3) risk or plan to harm others. Counselors may also seek student and parent/guardian permission to consult or exchange information with outside parties in order to provide collaborative, holistic care.
Services in the Department of Social-Emotional Counseling are optional and opt-in, and appointments are welcomed. Please consider reaching out to us via phone, email, or by dropping into the Academic Resource Center, adjacent to the Student Center and on the first floor of the Dining Hall.
During distance learning, telecounseling services are available by appointment, and we recommend emailing to set a time. Telecounseling involves the use of electronic communications to enable the counselors to connect with students through interactive video and/or audio communications. In order to protect the privacy of students, meetings with counselors will never be recorded by the counselor and may not be recorded by students or any other party. Despite reasonable efforts on the part of Priory and the counselors, there are risks associated with online counseling, including, but not limited to, the possibility that (1) the transmission of personal information could be disrupted or distorted by technical failures, and (2) the transmission of personal information could be interrupted by unauthorized persons.

Meet the Social-Emotional Counseling Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Sandra Kelly

    Sandra Kelly 

    Director of Counseling, Social-Emotional Counselor
    (650) 851-6184
  • Photo of Yen Hui

    Yen Hui 

    Social-Emotional Counselor
    (650) 851-6134

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