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Counselor's Corner

School Counselor


Contact Information

Name: Briana Ganger

"On Campus": Wednesdays, Thursdays, and e/o Friday

Office Hours: W-F 2:00-3:30

Google Phone: 949-464-8091


Make a Counseling Appointment

Referral System

For Parents and Teachers/Staff please click the button below in order to refer a student to me.

Parents and Guardians can also get a paper copy of the referral form from the front office to fill out and return to your student's teacher or the front office.


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   2020-2021 Virtual Counseling Services

Dear Bathgate Families,

My name is Mrs. Ganger and this is my fifth year as your School Counselor! My comprehensive school counseling program is committed to providing your student with social-emotional support and counseling services throughout the school year and during this time of school closure.  These services will be provided remotely in the following manner: 

  • CUSD Counselor’s Corner Webpage for resources and ways to connect with your school counselor. Bathgate’s Counselor Corner is found here: Mrs. Ganger's counselor’s corner
  • Canvas: All students will be invited to Mrs. Ganger’s Canvas Course to access supplemental counseling lessons, activities and resources. Counseling Lessons will be provided to support students with their social-emotional health and well-being, academic and college-career planning, and other relevant topics to support them during this time.  Please encourage your child/children to access Canvas regularly for these lessons. 
  • Google Voice/Text for remote phone conferencing and counseling. Families can reach me at 949-464-8091.
  • Google Hangout Meet for remote video conferencing and counseling
  • Capo Email ( for communication and conferencing

Individual and group counseling services will be provided via Google Voice (phone call) and/or Google Hangout Meet (video conferencing).  Students and parents are able to sign up for a time slot for counseling services using this link: Please select Bathgate Student or Bathgate Parent depending on who needs to meet with me.  I am available for Bathgate families on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and e/o Friday.

Parents, students, and teachers/staff can refer a student for routine concerns but referrals should not be used for mental health emergencies. If your child is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 911 or proceed to the nearest hospital emergency room for help. If your child is having suicidal thoughts or making plans to harm themselves, you may also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1- 800-273-TALK (8255) for free 24 hour hotline support.

To refer students please fill out this form: .You can also find this referral form on the Counselor's Corner tab on Bathgate’s website and in my Canvas counseling course.

Please note:  Although School Counselors make every effort to protect students’ privacy, we cannot guarantee confidentiality in an online environment. You can learn more about the Benefits and Limitation of Virtual Counseling by clicking on the button below.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we work together this year! I know this continues to be a difficult time for everyone and I am committed to offering support to you and your child/children.



Mrs. Ganger

Counseling services include:
  • Short-term Individual Counseling 
  • Short-term Group Counseling 
  • Second Step Lessons
  • Workshops 
  • Consultation
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Referrals & Resources 

If a student is referred to me for counseling, I will send home a permission slip for either individual or group counseling. I aim to work with parents whose child is receiving counseling support while also respecting a student's confidentiality. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about counseling services. If you would like to refer a student, please click the button on the left hand side of this page under Referral System.


Conversations between the student and counselor are considered confidential.what you say in here stays in here



The School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.


The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests, and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and college/career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.


ALL Students:

  • Are unique, valuable, and capable of reaching their highest potential.
  • Can learn and achieve social-emotional and academic success when encouraged and nurtured in a positive and safe environment.
  • Should feel safe, supported and encouraged at school.

The School Counseling Program:

  • Uses data-driven evidence in order to evaluate the needs and effectiveness of programs in place, as well as to provide appropriate future programs or interventions.
  • Is child centered, developmentally appropriate, and preventative.
  • Is developed in consideration of the special needs and the diverse ethnic, cultural, and racial differences of all students.

The School Counselor:

  • Is an advocate for all students and for the school counseling program.
  • Utilizes data to manage and evaluate the school counseling program on a regular basis.
  • Works with stakeholders within the district, as well as in the community, to provide a high-quality school counseling program.

Second Step Overview

What is Second Step?

empathy posterIt is a program rooted in social-emotional learning that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children. It’s a difference you can feel the moment you step through the doors to a Second Step school: a sense of safety and respect grounded in the social-emotional health and well-being of the entire school community.

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Home Links

Home links are simple, fun activities that encourage interaction between students and their adult family members. The activities give students a chance to practice Second Step skills outside of school and help families learn about the skills so they can use them at home. 

Click on your students grade level below to view the home links you can do together. 

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