Nichole Sandefur

Nichole Sandefur, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Mental Health Services

SCHOOL-BASED COUNSELING

Hello! 

My name is Nichole Sandefur and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working as the Lead Mental Health Clinician for Ojai Unified School District. Our district currently provides individual and group counseling services, free of charge, to students K-12th grade to address school-based issues. These services are provided by Marriage and Family or Social Work Associates and Trainees, under my direct clinical supervision, on the school campus and during school hours. Referrals are made through each school’s SST (student study team). School-based counseling averages between 6 weeks and 6 months and can occur individually or in a group setting to address concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, social relationships, etc. To request support, please submit a Help form here, I can also be reached at 805-640-4343 x1858 or nsandefur@ojaiusd.org

Warm regards,

Nichole Sandefur, LMFT

Mental Health Clinician/Clinical Supervisor

RESOURCES AND REFERRALS

Care Solace: 24/7 Help finding mental health related programs and counseling services

We know these times have been extremely difficult for many, and we may have wellness needs that go beyond our current resources. In order to provide additional support, we have partnered with Care Solace to provide no-cost mental health care coordination. This will provide you and your family members with easier access to mental health or substance abuse services. If you need any mental health services, you can contact Care Solace and they will connect you to a provider and even schedule an appointment for you, usually within 72 hours. This service is available for you and your family members, in addition to our students and their families. Click here  to learn more and to register with Care Solace.  Click here for a video overview of how Care Solace works. 

Students and their families and staff and their families may access Care Solace services in three ways:

  1. Visit this custom Ojai Unified School District link at http://caresolace.com/ojaiusd

  2. Call (888) 515-0595 to speak with someone from the concierge team 

  3. Email the team at weserve@caresolace.org

  4. Answer ten easy questions to receive an extensive list of referrals to care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and those that have no insurance. The platform also filters by age, gender, zip code and special request.


24/7 Emotional Support for Parents, Children and Youth

The California Parent & Youth Helpline and Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.

Coping Strategies

Coping Skills

Mindfulness

CDC: Helping Children Cope

ACES and Self Care

The conversation around children’s mental health needs has been growing for years. There have been great advancements in neuropsychological research and neuroimaging that have improved our understanding of how our experiences affect brain chemistry and development. We now understand that exposure to chronic environmental stressors (poverty, community violence, familial disruption and instability) and the effects of traumatic incidents, also known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), can alter a child’s brain development, hindering their ability to learn and their development of self-regulation and other important social skills.

Self-Care Tool for Kids

Self-Care Tool for Adults

Anxiety 

"I'm so stressed out!" Brochure from National Institute for Mental Health

Reducing Anxiety

Bullying Prevention

Suicide Prevention

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-877-727-4747

Additional Resources

Transitioning Back to School

Smoothing the transition to middle school

Smoothing the transition to high school 

Helping kids transition back to school