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Counseling Department Overview


School Closure Support

Dear students and families, in the event of our school closure until May, our counseling team is available online during regular school hours to: 

  • Support student's academic success

  • Support access to distance-learning platforms (IXL, Google Classroom, SchoolLoop, etc)

  • Offer virtual social, emotional and academic counseling with parent/guardian consent

  • Consult and Collaborate with parents/families via phone calls, emails, etc. 

  • Share mental health resources and support

    Distance-Learning Contact Info & Office Hours

Ms. Gonzalez (6th Grade Counselor)

Email: | 8am - 3 pm
Distance-Learning Google Phone: (510) 600-3058  | 10am - 2pm


Ms. Yepez (7th Grade Counselor)

Email:  | 8am - 3 pm
Distance-Learning Google Phone: (510) 952-7511  | 10am - 2pm


Mrs. Fiala (8th Grade Counselor)

Email:  | 8am - 3 pm
Distance-Learning Google Phone: (510) 952-7703 | 10am - 2pm


In a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 9-1-1 or take your student  to the nearest emergency room. 

Walters Counseling Department  does not provide any after-hours counseling services.  We have prepared some helpful contact numbers, listed below. 

If you have health insurance, please check with your insurer (there is usually a 1 800 referral number on the back of your insurance card) which clinics are approved by their plan

Helpful Contact Numbers

  • Crisis Text Line 

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline

    • 1-800-273-8255

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

    • 1-800-950-6264

  • Panic Disorder Information Hotline

    • 800- 64-72642

  • Other Free Counseling Hotlines 

  • For medical or psychiatric support (non- emergency) call the number on your insurance card.

  • In case of a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911.

The Counseling Department at Walters Middle School is made up of three credentialed school counselors, one per grade level. Students are assigned to their counselor based on their current grade and counselors stay with their students throughout their time at WMS. However, students may request to see any available school counselor and the team works closely in providing academic, social, emotional and career support to all students at Walters Middle School. 

Ms. Gonzalez - 6th Grade School Counselor

  6th Grade School Counselor
  Ms. Gonzalez
  (510) 656-7211 Ext. 28158





7th Grade School Counselor
Mrs. Yepez
(510) 656-7211 Ext. 28154



Fiala8th Grade School Counselor
Mrs. Fiala                          

(510) 656-7211 Ext. 28120 


The counseling department at Walters Middle School is dedicated to assisting students with their academic, social, emotional and personal needs.  In addition, our counselors provide conflict management between students, preventing student conflicts from escalating.  Students can refer themselves to counseling by filling out a Counselor Request Form found in classrooms, the main office, or by completing the online form.

Additionally, parents, teachers, administrators, or other students may refer a student to their school counselor.  Counseling gives students an opportunity to talk about problems they are experiencing and to work on problem-solving in a safe, supportive and confidential setting.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the counselors if they have concerns regarding their student's academic, social, or emotional development while at WMS. Click here to learn more about the role of a middle school counselor as defined by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA). 

Limits to Confidentiality: 

Students and Parents/Guardians should be aware of the limitations to confidentiality in the school counseling setting. The following list includes reasons confidentiality may be broken: 

  • the student poses a danger to self or others
  • there is a court-ordered disclosure
  • consulting with other professionals, such as colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams and other support personnel, in support of the student
  • privileged communication is not granted by state laws and local guidelines (e.g., school board policies)
  • the student participates in group counseling 

Counselor Forms & Information