Counseling & School Profile


The mission of our counseling department is to assist students in being holistic learners by pursuing academic excellence and integrating self-advocacy and leadership. The counseling staff provides support to every student and parent/guardian in academic, personal/social, and career counseling. Together with all communities, the counseling staff collaborates to encompass a positive and innovative learning environment, highlighting a college-going culture.


Through partnerships with all key stakeholders, St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy Academic & College Counseling Department will prepare students to become graduates who will emerge poised to succeed in college, career, and life. Our students will advance and prosper in order to contribute to the global community. We believe all students can succeed and we support the pursuit of their goals by:

  • Discovering purpose

  • Encouraging self-actualization

  • Promoting balance

  • Teaching advocacy

Counseling Department Staff

  • Ms. Valenzuela, 9th & 10th Grade Counselor, Dean of Student Success [email:]

  • Mr. Velarde, 11th Grade Counselor [email:]

  • Ms. Elefante, 12th Grade Counselor [email:]

  • Ms. Turcios, Onwards Scholars Program Director [email:]

Counseling Partners of LA

Andrea Canales, CPLA Counselor at | PMA Mondays 7:30am-3pm

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Katherinne Guinea, CPLA Counselor at PMA | Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:30am-3pm

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Dylan Smith, CPLA Counselor at PMA | Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30am-3pm

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Katie Holmes, AMFT Field Support Person (FSP)

CPLA Website: / Zoom Virtual Office:


Counseling Partners of Los Angeles (CPLA)

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