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Counseling Services

The mission of the counseling program at Athlos Academy of Utah is to provide a safe learning environment for every student. We focus on supporting students academically, socially, and emotionally to gain the necessary skills to be successful in life.

Academic Support

Athlos counselors:

Social & Emotional Support

Athlos counselors:

  • Facilitate small groups for students who need help in the following areas:
    • Building better friendships
    • Handling anger
    • Learning better social skills
    • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Provide mental health resources
  • Provide counseling to students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan

What We Offer

Individual Counseling
Individual counseling services are provided to students who may need additional support dealing with personal or interpersonal matters. Students may be experiencing academic stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, peer conflict, etc. Individual sessions may be scheduled with parent permission and can be carried out in-person or over Zoom.

Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling can provide children with valuable cooperation and friendship skills, emotion regulation strategies, support coping with grief and loss, help adjusting to family changes, and many other life experiences.

Community Resources
Connect families to community resources that provide for physical needs and mental health services.

Meet Jennifer Saderholm

Jennifer Saderholm graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling. Over the years she has been a counselor at a middle school, junior high school, two high schools and two elementary schools. She has worked in both private schools and public schools, and just enjoys helping kids along their educational journey.

“The thing I like most about being a school counselor is getting the opportunity to make a difference in young people’s lives by helping them understand how valuable and capable they are,” she said.

Favorite Performance Character trait: Integrity

“I believe that when you live life with integrity, you live your best life,” said Saderholm. “You respect yourself by living in a manner that is consistent with your values, purpose, and goals. These factors guide each decision that you make and allow you to achieve more in life.” 

Fun Facts about Jennifer Saderholm:

  • I played college basketball at Vanguard University in Southern California
  • I have twins, a boy and a girl
  • One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to hike through the beautiful mountains of Utah with my family

Meet Jessica Winward

Jessica Winward graduated from the University of Utah with a master’s degree in social work. Prior to working at Athlos, she worked with families, young children, and adolescents who experienced significant trauma and who demonstrated mental health/emotional/social/behavioral issues.

Jessica feels that her best quality as an educator is empathy, the ability to understand and validate another person’s feelings and thoughts.

Favorite Performance Character Trait: Curiosity

“I believe this trait not only facilitates academic learning, but fosters the development of self-awareness, empathy, and change,” Winward said. “We must be curious in order to better understand ourselves, others, and our world. Curiosity helps us to evolve.”

Fun Facts about Jessica Winward

  • I am the middle child in my family which is where I began to practice listening and mediating. The role I play in my family helps me in my role as a social worker.
  • I absolutely love the outdoors – camping, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, etc.
  • I travel whenever I can, whether that is discovering somewhere new in Utah, throughout the states, or outside of the country!

Dear Athlos families,

I wanted to reach out and extend some hands-off support to our students and yourselves as caregivers. With unprecedented changes in our community comes uncertainty, confusion, and sometimes stress and anxiety. While we are all in this together, every child (and adult) will experience things differently and every household will adjust accordingly. Please know that my role remains the same, helping our students feel seen, supported, and secure in that whole child way.

I work in such a face-to-face way with students that it’s challenging for me to figure out how best to be of help without that ability. Here are some ideas I am looking at right now to be of support to your children and you as their caregivers. Please note that I am not presuming that your children and/or yourselves need anything like this from me, but I wanted to put it out there for those who may.

As always I am available to email/call with parents. I can also organize a time to visit with students via Zoom if needed. Email is the best way to coordinate other forms of communication (phone call, Zoom). Our school counselor, Ms. Saderholm and I have set up a web page called “Soothe Center.” This as a place to give parents information about topics of interest for their children/families, e.g. anxiety, sleep problems, social isolation, stress, depression, boredom… all of which can be situational and variable for children.

Again, feel free to reach out to me via email at jwinward@athlosutah.org.

Wishing you all the best,

Jessica Winward

SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line

  • The SafeUT Crisis Chat and Tip Line is a statewide service that provides real-time crisis intervention to youth through live chat and a confidential tip program – right from your smartphone (available for both Apple and Android devices).
  • Licensed clinicians from Univeristy of Utah Health at the 24/7 CrisisLine call center respond to all incoming chats and calls by providing supportive or crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and referral services.
  • SafetUT can help anyone with an emotional crisis, bullying, relationship problems, mental health, or suicide-related issues.
  • SafeUT is a smartphone app available for both Apple and Android devices.
  • If you are a student/parent/educator, you can submit a tip to your school about a concern for a friend, a school safety issue, or other related topics.

Counseling topics include:

  • Depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues
  • Suicide prevention
  • Loss and grief
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Drug and alcohol problems
  • Self-harm
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Any life challenge

The CrisisLine operated by the University Neuropsychiatric Institute that provides 24/7 crisis counseling over the phone. They also have a mobile crisis outreach team (MCOT) that provides free, prompt, face-to-face crisis intervention.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 and is a free and confidential support that provides crisis counseling to individuals in distress as well as prevention and crisis resources for individuals and loved ones.

The TrevorLifeline provides 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained crisis counselor.

Salt Lake County Youth Services provides 24/7 free crisis counseling, referrals, and short-term placement for youth ages 8 to 17. Juvenile Receiving Centers are located in South Salt Lake City and West Jordan. Youth may come to the facility on their own or parents may bring youth in for individual/family crisis counseling.

Youth Services Main Facility

Open 24/7 – 177 W Price Avenue (3610 S), South Salt Lake, UT 84115, #385-468-4470

West Jordan Facility

Open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm – 8781 South Redwood Rd. Building #3, West Jordan, UT 84088, #385-468-4610

Free and confidential help and support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7.

Jordan Family Education Center

Classes are offered through the Jordan Family Education Center.

Jordan Family Education Center
319 West 11000 South
South Jordan, Utah, 84095
(801) 565-7442

Learn more about classes offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays begining January 14. See class descriptions.

The Center is also offering a seminar for parents addressing bullying, internet safety, suicide prevention and more on Wednesday, January 22, and Thursday, February 20, from 7:00–9:00 pm.