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Mrs. Erika Esquivel, VHS Wellness Specialist

As Valencia's Wellness Specialist, my goal is to devote my time and effort into advocating for the mental health of our students. Through various interventions and evidence-based curriculum, I aim to aid in our students mental health and well-being and provide them with the appropriate skills and resources to overcome adversities.  


Who would benefit from meeting with a Wellness Specialist?

Anyone! There is no level of misery one needs to be in order to talk to someone. I deal with many mental health-related concerns. Concerns can include but are not limited to the following:

To help students have a successful and fulfilling academic career, wellness counseling with Valencia's Wellness Specialist can include working on issues like:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drug/Substance/Alcohol Use
  • Family Concerns
  • Academic Stress
  • Grief
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma
  • Self-Harm
Wellness Counseling services can include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Individual Counseling 
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Risk and Suicide Assessments
  • Social and Emotional Support
  • Referrals
  • Brief Intervention Drug/Substance Use Counseling


Referral Process for Wellness Counseling
Wellness Counseling is available to all students at Valencia through a referral process by their School Counselor.  Please visit or contact your School Counselor to receive a referral for Wellness Counseling.
Care Solace
CareSolace is an online resource meant to assist individuals in finding local counseling-related services. To use CareSolace, individuals answer ten basic questions in order to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. CareSolace takes into account all types of private insurance, as well as Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare when generating a list of referrals. If uninsured, CareSolace will also identify nearby care providers that allow individuals to pay out-of-pocket for services.

CareSolace is available for use by PYLUSD students, staff, and families at no cost. Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way.
If you are interested in seeking outside counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting


Erika Esquivel, ASW, PPS

[email protected] 

ext. 10045


Confidential 24-hour telephone counseling to individuals contemplating, threatening, or attempting suicide

877-7CRISIS (877-727-4747)

Suicide prevention app for iPhone & Android

Provides resources and assistance to Mental Health professionals serving people at risk of suicide.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1(800) 273-8255

Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis:

24/7, 7 days a week

(714) 957-2737

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11
Compliance Officer for Complaints. Employee complaint: Dr. Issaic Gates, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (714) 985-8408. Title IX Sexual Harassment and any other discrimination complaints: Gina Aguilar, Director, Student Services (714) 985-8670. Americans with Disabilities Act complaints: Richard McAlindin, Assistant Superintendent, Executive Services (714) 985-8727. Bullying, intimidation complaints: Melissa Samson, Administrator, Student Services (714) 985-8671
Procedure for Complaints. Uniform Complaint Policy Form 1312.3 (English), 1312.3 (Spanish). Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures Form 1312.4 (English) and 1312.4 (Spanish)
El Distrito Escolar Unificado Placentia-Yorba Linda, prohíbe la discriminación, acoso, intimidación, hostigamiento en todas las actividades, programas y empleo del distrito en base a género real o percibido, identificación de género, expresión de género, raza, etnia, color, religión ascendencia, nacionalidad, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, estado de inmigración, sexo, orientación sexual, estatus marital o parental, embarazo, edad discapacidad física o mental o en base a la asociación de la persona con una persona o grupo, con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Referencia: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11.
Quejas de empleados: Rick Lopez, Asistente de Superintendente, Recursos Humanos (714) 985-8408. Titulo IX Acoso Sexual y cualquier otra queja de discriminación: Gina Aguilar, Directora, Educación Secundaria (714) 985-8656. Americanos con Discapacidades Acta de quejas: Richard McAlindin, Asistente de Superintendente, Servicios Ejecutivos (714) 985-8727. Quejas de acoso, intimidación: Melissa Samson, Administrador, Servicios Estudiantiles (714) 985-8671

Employee/Student Non-Fraternization Policy: BP 4101