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Counseling Services

About Counseling Services

San Mateo-Foster City School District provide School Counselors to help students become oriented to their school and to assist students with personal or academic topics. In addition, the middle schools have a School Safety Advocate who provides individual and group counseling to students, including Girls United empowerment groups and First Stop groups for students who may use tobacco, alcohol, or other substances. Elementary schools also have School Counselors or other Clinical Counselors, as well as counseling trainees from agencies such as the Youth Service Bureau and One Life Counseling. Services may include individual or group counseling, consultation, and lunch bunch activities.  School Counselors support social-emotional learning and school climate efforts, team with school staff and parents to address academic, social, and behavioral challenges, and work to connect students and families with needed resources.

School psychologists may provide support and consultation to teachers and parents of students experiencing learning and/or behavior problems. Students with an Individual Education Program who exhibit the need for a higher level of care may be recommended to receive Educationally-Related Mental Health Services. Please contact the SMFC Student Services Department for additional information or support at (650) 312-7341.

Meeting with Ms. Cynthia

Students can request a check in with Ms. Cynthia if they are in need of support, however they are encouraged to speak to any adult on campus as all staff are helpers! 

Check ins are available to all, and can be requested by students, teachers, or parents. 

Check ins are not therapy services, they are brief and solution focused. (What can we do within our control?)



Mental Health Clinician | Consejera de Salud Mental

Cynthia Gutierrez

(she /her/ ella)


Fiesta Gardens International School

LMFT #121964, ATR #20-254

Contact Information

(650) 312-7777  x 5818 (voicemail correo de voz)


Ms. Cynthia's Virtual Art Therapy Room 

Apoyo Para Padres (2020-2021) 

About Ms. Cynthia

Ms. Cynthia is the Mental Health Clinician at Fiesta Gardens. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist, which is different from School Counselors at other schools, with a different skill set and training background. She studied Psychology and Art at University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned her masters in Art Therapy Psychology at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. Ms. Cynthia did her internship at FGIS in 2015-16, and began working full time at SMFCSD in 2017. She is also part of the Sanctuary Task Force.

Also known as the “feelings teacher,” Ms. Cynthia helps students understand their own emotions and empower them to be in control of themselves. 

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