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 4 members.

  • Lisa Conte 

    Head of Counseling & Wellness
  • Liz Clark 

  • Lana Gollyhorn 

  • Lindsay Taubman 

    Assistant to Development and Counseling & Wellness

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. Some are affinity groups, others are scheduled speakers, or coffee/social events. See a sampling below.

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

A collaborative and solution-focused parent education group. Appropriate for parents of students in all grades. Parents may participate in any group, and no reservation is needed. Some of the topics included: streamlining mornings, setting limits on technology, defiance and compliance, collaborative problem solving, and understanding unique learners’ needs for structure and autonomy. First Wednesday of every month 2:00-3:00 p.m. Hosted by Lana Gollyhorn.

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.