Counseling Center

Welcome to the POLAHS Counseling Center!

POLAHS has three full-time counselors who focus on helping students achieve academic success. Our dedicated and experienced counselors provide a broad range of services for all students, including:

  • Academic counseling
  • Teacher, student, and family collaboration
  • Academic recovery planning
  • Individual meetings for all incoming freshmen
  • Individual meetings for all students annually
  • Private appointments upon request (break, lunch, or after school)

Health and Wellness

POLAHS has one full-time Social Emotional Counselor who is responsible for implementation of and student access to programs and services that promote well-being such as:

  • Provide counseling that is need-based, proactive, flexible, and solution-based
  • Provide services to students that include individual counseling, group counseling and crisis intervention
  • Provide referrals to outside community agencies and resources
  • Refer students to and supervise on-campus counseling opportunities by outside agencies
  • Participate in intervention meetings with administration, teachers and parents

Ms. Jovanna Shummon 310-832-9201 x221


Student Last NameCounselor
A - Gom Mr. Erick Gutierrez 310-832-9201 x220
Gon - Pa Mr. Martin Zarate 310-832-9201 x210
Pe - Z Ms. Lucia Valdivia 310-832-9201 x219

Counseling and Mental Health Resources                            HELP

Department of Mental Health Website

On-call therapists 1-800-854-7771

California Youth Crisis Line

(24 hours a day) Phone Counseling for Youth 1-800-843-5200

Suicide Prevention Center Hotline

1-877-727-4747 (24 hours a day)

On-call therapists at 1-800-854-7771

County of Los Angeles INFO Line - 211 (https:/

Information and referrals for counseling, emergency shelters, financial assistance,

crisis hotlines, rape crisis and domestic violence: DIAL 211 (24 hours a day)

Drug and Alcohol Information

LA County substance abuse hotline                                                                                                              call

1- 800-564-6600


Founded in 1980 to help adolescents address their problems through

a confidential peer hotline and community outreach program.

1-310-855-4673 or 1-800-852-8336 TEEN LINE