What is SAC counseling?

    The Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) is a resource available to all students at Northern Highlands Regional High School and their families.  The SAC Counselor’s  role is to assist with a wide variety of issues that affect students.  These issues can range from substance abuse, anxiety, depression, peer difficulties, and academic stress.  There are a range of school-based interventions that can be utilized to help students reach their potential and build upon strengths.   



    The Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) can provide in-school counseling (both individual and group) to help with the following issues:


    • Conflict resolution
    • Crisis intervention
    • School stress
    • Family issues
    • Poor self esteem
    • Substance abuse intervention
    • Suicidal thoughts
    • Feeling sad or lonely
    • Eating disorders
    • Pregnancy
    • or any other issue


     Students can visit the SAC office if they just want someone to talk to. 

     In addition, referrals can be made for additional services if needed.   



    All counseling services are confidential unless there is a threat of harm.

    When students seek help on their own they are encouraged to share this with their families.



    How to Make a Referral

    Students may self-refer and come in to see the counselor at any time during the school day. The office is located on the first floor, room 109.  If the door is open students are welcome to walk in.  If the door is closed, students are asked to knock.  If the counselor is busy an appointment can be made.


    • Students can confidentially refer other students who may be in need of support.
    • Students may be referred by school administration, teachers, school counselors, etc etc
    • Parents who have concerns about any non-academic issues may contact the SAC office
    • Please feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns.




    Jason Grabelsky, LSW

    201-327-8700, ext. 597



    Allison Rocca, LSW

    201-327-8700, ext. 599