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What do School counselors do?


      School Counselors help with a variety of challenges including (but not limited to):


  • Bullying
  • Academic Concerns
  • Conflicts with Friends
  • Changes at Home
  • Grief/Loss
  • Sexuality/LGBTQ
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Feelings
  • Anxiety
  • Cutting
  • Abuse
  • Cyberbullying
  • Cybersafety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Conflicts with Teachers
  • High School/College Plans
  • Conflicts with Parents
  • Illness
  • School Stress
  • Substance Use




Contact Your Counselor

Bateman, Larissa
6th Grade Counselor
Lapp, Mrs. J
7th grade L-Z and 8th grade Counselor

Welcome to the Counselor's Corner

Meet Your Counselors

Julie Lapp, MSW, PPS

7th grade L-Z

8th Grade Counselor

B.A. Psychology UCLA

M.S. Social Welfare UCLA


Hello Puma families!  I am so honored to be a part of Pine Valley’s community.  I grew up in Danville until I moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA- Go Bruins!  While attending UCLA, I earned my BA in Psychology, and my Masters in Social Welfare, with a PPS in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance.  When I returned to the Bay Area, I also attended Chapman for an additional Masters and PPS in Counseling.  I have loved being Pine Valley’s Counselor for the past 14 years, and I am looking forward to supporting our 7th and 8th grade students and families again this year.  I live in Alamo with my husband Bill, our daughter Addison, and our Golden Retriever Cappy.  Please do not hesitate to let me know how I can support your family.







Larissa Bateman, M.S., PPS, LMFT

6th Grade Counselor

7th Grade A-K              

B.S. Psychology and Child Development San Francisco State University

M.S. Counseling Cal State Hayward


Welcome 6th grade families! I am so happy to be part of the Puma family. I am originally from New Mexico but came to the Bay area in 2002. I finished my degree at San Francisco State University and then moved to the East Bay to complete my Masters in Counseling. I further completed my license as a Marriage and Family Therapist through a nonprofit counseling agency and spent 5 years as counselor in Martinez.  I am currently supporting all sixth grade and seventh grade A-K students and families here at Pine Valley. I have two amazing teenage boys and spend most my free time on trails or practicing yoga. Please contact me with any concerns or questions you may have. 


How do I make an appointment to see my counselor?

Students can come by the office before and after school to see their counselor, or ask a teacher for a pass to see their counselor. Additionally, students can email their counselor and ask to be seen. 

Parents can email their child's counselor with any questions or concerns they may have. 

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