Student Life

Counseling & Wellness

The Denver Academy Counseling Department is comprised of professional counselors that serve the entire Denver Academy community (grades 1-12). Counselors provide support to students and families by way of individual sessions, counseling groups, character education lessons, and parent education opportunities. The counseling team collaborates with teachers and families to provide social and emotional support to students on a day to day basis. Referrals to the department can be initiated by a student, a parent, or a teacher/administrator. Denver Academy students are entitled to three, hour-long counseling sessions per school year. Additional brief “check-in” appointments are available as needed. If support is needed beyond Denver Academy’s resources, counselors will work with teachers, students and families to create a plan for success which may include referrals to recommended outside professionals.

Parents must sign a Disclosure, Release, and Consent for Treatment form as required by law. The Disclosure, Release, and Consent for Treatment form is available from the Counseling Department.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

Meet the Counselors

List of 3 members.

  • Lisa Conte 

    Head of Counseling & Wellness
  • Lindsay Longenecker 

    Assistant to Development and Counseling & Wellness
  • Karan Steuart 


Parent Education Opportunities

The Denver Academy Counseling Department is here not just for students, but for parents as well. We host opporunities each month for parent education. See below for a sampling of some of our parent support offerings.

Parents of Adopted Kids Group

How has adoption affected your family and school experience? Learn about attachment styles and grief/loss issues and how they affect parent/child relationships. Third Wednesday of every month 8:15-10:00 a.m. Hosted by Liz Clark

Monthly Parent Education & Support Meeting

This monthly meeting, facilitated by Lana Gallyhorn, MA, psychotherapist, is open to all DA parents and offers engaging, solution-focused, and supportive parent education. The sessions are held the first Wednesday of each month at 1:45 p.m. Topics include managing tech use/overuse, understanding brain differences and behavior, reducing defiance, supporting resilience, managing anxiety, developing and maintaining friendships, maximizing strengths, understanding developmental stages and more. 

Speaker Series

Speakers from the community share their wisdom and expertise on topics relevant to child development, parenting and mental health issues. Stay tuned via Dateline DA and weekly event emails for details. Second Tuesday of every month 8:30-9:30 a.m. Hosted by Lisa Conte.