Student Life

Academic & Personal Counseling

Throughout a student’s time at Jesuit, his Academic & Personal Counselor will assist him in becoming more adept at making important decisions that impact his academic career and personal life. This will be achieved primarily through weekly small group meetings with his counselor. In these meetings, the counselor will present a wide-ranging curriculum on topics such as study skills, relationships with teachers, course selection, leadership, substance abuse, standardized testing, and transition to Strake Jesuit for freshmen.

The Academic & Personal Counselor will meet one-on-one with students as well. Each grade level will have a dedicated Academic & Personal Counselor who will follow that class from freshman year through senior year.

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  • Mission

    Strake Jesuit’s counseling program is committed to providing a foundation rooted in our Catholic and Jesuit traditions, with an emphasis on providing every student with equity of services and continual access to an exemplary level of academic and personal support. With the advocacy of his counselor, each student begins the lifelong process of truly knowing himself and developing as a person, while learning to persevere and grow in the midst of struggle. Our young men look beyond their own needs and attend to the needs of others, they make decisions based on their active and authentic love for their families, their communities and themselves, and work for justice. Each student is empowered to define himself as a successful leader and Man for Others who have come to a fuller life in Christ within the principles of the Graduate at Graduation.
  • Vision

    The vision of Strake Jesuit’s comprehensive school counseling program is that all graduates will have ceaselessly developed skills which are focused on the perpetual pursuit of truth, steeped in their Christian values, and their commitment to service to others. All students who graduate from Strake Jesuit will recognize their talents and skills, identify their vocations, while continually developing a manageable path to fulfilling a life of love and commitment to family, faith, and service. Our graduates will be instilled with a deep understanding of who they are as men, husbands, fathers, leaders, mindful citizens, and most importantly – a passionate grasp of their responsibility as Sons of God. Through a rigorous college preparation, equitable access, and numerous opportunities for support and growth, every student will be led to find God in all things, they will be beacons of hope and examples of love and understanding to those around them, always striving and never settling – “Magis.”

Overview

Our Role

  • Each Counselor follows their assigned grade level from freshman year through senior year
  • Deliver wide-ranging curriculum through regularly scheduled group counseling meetings
  • Work to maximize effectiveness and impact on positive student growth
  • Individual or group counseling, family conferences
  • Consult with faculty regarding individual student issues
  • Evening parent presentations
  • Distraction free tutoring and studying locations
  • Mental Health and other “big” concerns
  • Student care team
  • Cura Personalis: substance abuse program
  • Mental health care in-house: Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Referrals and treatment planning with outside professionals

Collaborative Work

We work with faculty on behalf of our students in response to any concerns and create a uniform response to needs

While we work hard to monitor student progress, we always appreciate hearing from faculty members and families regarding concerns about students’ academic, emotional, social well-being

What does a typical group session look like?

  • Groups range from 8-15 students. 
  • To begin, group norms and expectations are set
  • A group topic usually lasts the full period, but may be stretched across multiple sessions.
  • The student will be helped to identify areas of growth
  • The counselor and other members of the group will help them challenge their beliefs and substitute more helpful ways of thinking and doing things

Why Groups?

Groups offer something completely unique to any other way of delivering treatment - the support, shared experience and thoughts of your peers, as well their counselor. During a group session, students are encouraged to share their experiences and work on understanding themselves in a compassionate and understanding environment.

Research shows that, if conducted correctly, groups are just as effective as one-to-one sessions and other positive outcomes include:
  • They allow students to express themselves in front of others without feeling judged
  • Altruism and compassion may be developed
  • Groups provoke instillation of hope as progress is made
  • Groups help in the sharing of knowledge
  • They encourage understanding, through observation of how adverse past experiences may have an impact on them
  • Groups may enhance social interactions
  • The group cohesiveness imparts a sense of safety
  • Participants may be encouraged to own their feelings, learn from each other and develop a better understanding of how they interact

Programming

Strake Jesuit's Academic and Personal Counselors are proud to offer a variety of events and programming on campus for our students, as well as their families. Please email the Counseling Center Assistant for more information. 

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  • Career Day

    On October 16th, Academic and Personal Counseling partnered with Alumni Relations in hosting the following alumni, family and friends of Strake Jesuit.

    Paul Smith ’83
    Stephen Brandau ’06 – Arts & Entertainment
    Alec Luong ’03 – Architecture
    Sgt. Herb Martinez – Law Enforcement
    Freddy Warner ’78—Public/Government Relations & Healthcare

    Steve Hogan, DDS ’03 – Dentistry
    Dr. James Suliburk – Medicine/Neurosurgery
    Tom Stallings ’86 – Sales/Sports Marketing

    Jack Christman ’13 and Kyle Luong ’13 – Petroleum Engineering
    Col. Walter Cunningham --- Engineering/Space Exploration
    Fr. Richard McNeillie ’01 – Ministry, Room
    Mark Lawrence – Engineering/Project Management
    Champ Warren ’84 – Finance/Banking, Room
    Randy Almaguer ’76 – Entrepreneurship, Room
    Our students enjoyed engaging sessions in which they discussed "a day in the life" of each speaker, what each career path looks like (schooling, internships, etc), and interesting facts about their job, closing with fascinating Q&A sessions.

    Thank you to all of our speakers!
  • Concerts on the Quad

    In an effort to promote ongoing camaraderie among our students, Academic and Personal Counseling, along with Pastoral Ministries, partners together each semester to host Concerts on the Quad. This exciting event is an opportunity for musicians from the Houston Area to come to our campus and perform during community time.
  • Crusader Connection

    Crusader Connection is a unique opportunity for incoming freshmen to spend time getting to know each other, become familiar with Strake Jesuit and have fun in the process. The goal of this week is to provide a level of comfort as students enter into their new school, allowing them a chance to become acquainted with sources of support in our school, meet with current upperclassmen who will share advice, experiences, and answer questions, learn about Jesuit traditions and how to become a true leader on campus.
  • Cura Personalis: Substance Abuse Program

    Strake Jesuit has created a program called the Cura Personalis program, whose purpose is to deter substance abuse among the student body and aid those students already afflicted by substance abuse habits. For a detailed look at this program and policies, visit Cura Personalis
  • Healthy Relationships Education

    Strake Jesuit is committed to forming young men ready to serve as leaders in the collective effort to establish and hone every facet of justice in the world. This includes working for the broad cultural adoption of a proper understanding of the dignity of human relationships.

    To that end, the Counseling Department collaborates with other offices on campus in delivering a four-year program of Healthy Relationship Education. Through this education, students will be able to understand the context of contemporary issues in gender relations, sexual violence, and relationship safety, including what the Church calls "sinful inequalities that affect millions of men and women." Students will be able to analyze this context through the lens of a Catholic Christian worldview, especially including a commitment to the transcendent dignity of all people. Also, students will be able to articulate and enact practical strategies for enhancing safety in their own relationships, and to give practical aid to those victimized by relationship violence.

    To achieve these goals, students receive integrated instruction in their theology classes, health classes, and counseling groups. The Counseling Department also provides programming for students' families on many issues of adolescent development, including healthy relationships and sexual violence. The Crusader Crew freshman orientation program guides freshmen to be thoughtful and virtuous in their relationships. The Pastoral Ministry Center provides programming dedicated to the dignity of men and women, both during retreats and in targeted programming, including a Forum on Manhood designed to help students better grasp their role as good men leading the world towards justice. The Athletic Department incorporates programming based on Coaching Boys into Men, a mentorship program that helps students process their relationships with a healthy vision of their own masculinity. Finally, faculty and staff are equipped to identify other opportunities to discuss these issues.

    Strake Jesuit has partnered with AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) to develop and deliver some of this programming. For more information on AVDA, click here. For more information on Coaching Boys into Menclick here.
  • Men Fully Alive

    The vision of the Counseling Department at Strake Jesuit holds that graduates will be instilled with a deep understanding of who they are as men, husbands, fathers, leaders, always developing a more passionate grasp of their responsibility as Sons of God.

    As counselors, we find that many parents have difficulty broaching important topics with their sons. In an effort to bridge that communication gap, we are excited to announce Men Fully Alive. The program is a four-part, rotating dinner series which offers families an interactive and engaging opportunity to begin having these conversations. Following a powerful presentation on the evening’s topic, participants are challenged to reflect in-depth with their family, creating a dialogue, while also strengthening their bonds.

    Four Part Series Includes
    Chosen: The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography

    November 4th, 2019

    ~ Matt Fradd ~

    Thanks to new research on pornography's harmful effects on the brain, on relationships, and on society, there is today a wave of passionate individuals trying to change cultural norms ― inspiring others to pursue real love and avoid its hollow counterfeit. Today's younger generation wants a love that is untainted by warped perceptions of intimacy and by selfish desires. Millions are now recognizing pornography for what it is and rejecting its influence in the lives of their friends, their teammates, their children, and themselves. This presentation is part of that movement

    Set Apart: Substance abuse (Specifically Vaping), Spring 2020

    Unashamed: Mental Health Awareness, Fall 2020

    Saints Alive: In God's Image, Spring 2021
  • Red Ribbon Week

    Each year, Strake Jesuit hosts our annual Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week in an effort to increase substance abuse awareness within our community.

    Our message about substance abuse will not be simply “drugs are bad—don't do drugs”: users and non-users know that. Instead, we hope to reach our students on a deeper level by challenging them to be a part of a meaningful conversation with the SJ community about the mental and physical effects of substance, and the effects substance abuse has on the family and on society.

    We hope that our students will arrive at their own conclusions and make smart decisions as they continue toward becoming young men. In addition to this, we will be focusing on the topic of Substance Abuse within your son’s classes, including counseling. Coaches and Directors will also spend time having group conversations with their members for the duration of the week. While there will be a strong emphasis on Substance Abuse this week, this discussion will remain on our priority list as the year progresses.

    On April 1st, 2019 we are hosting the Live Your DREAMS program here at Strake Jesuit. The Live Your DREAMS Program aims to reduce impaired and distracted driving among teens in the greater Houston area by utilizing a multi-level varying intensity approach to include community and school-based awareness, hospital-based prevention programs and in-depth workshops. Through strategies geared towards reducing the initiation of teenage risky behavior, increasing parental involvement and encouraging peer-to-peer interaction, the Live Your DREAMS programs enables students to achieve their dreams as young adults and beyond.

    On April 4-5th 2019, we are hosting Shattered Dreams here at Strake Jesuit. Shattered Dreams is an educational experience that reminds us all of the dangers associated with underage drinking and driving. It reminds us that too many young lives have already been lost and countless others have been severely impaired because of the tragic consequences of underage drinking and when drinking is combined with driving.
  • Strake Jesuit Transfer Student Union

    Our goal is to assist new students in grades 10, 11 and 12 in making a meaningful and enjoyable transition to Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.   By focusing on building relationships, the group is structured to guide new students through a variety of activities with the goal of accessing the resources, skills, and supports they need to experience a successful transition to Strake Jesuit. Led through a series of fun and collaborative group activities by previous transfer students, new students will become familiar with the culture of Strake Jesuit, explore the campus and building, and build a sense of community with other transfer students. 
  • Wellness Wednesdays

    Academic and Personal Counseling has partnered with Smiles and Fur Friends to host Canines on Campus one Wednesday of the month.

    Mission Statement
    Smiles and Fur Friends is a group of organized volunteers and their specially trained and certified personal pets. The purpose of our visits is to bring unconditional love and familiar comfort to people when they are facing challenges in their lives. We truly enjoy sharing the furry comfort of our pets with the people we visit in residential facilities and with community groups.
  • Wellness Week

    On October 2nd , 2019, Academic and Personal Counseling held our Wellness Fair here at Strake Jesuit. This event was held in conjunction with our annual Wellness Week. This year we had over 500 students visit 5 or more booths!

    A huge thank you to the following exhibitors:

    Topics and Agencies
    • Substance Abuse
      Palmer Drug Abuse Program
    • Fitness & Nutrition
      Strake Jesuit
    • Stress Management
      Malaty Therapy
    • Healthy Relationships
      AVDA
    • Disability Awareness
      University of Houston
    • Anger Management
      Strake Jesuit
    • ADHD
      Strake Jesuit
    • Anxiety
      Houston OCD
    • Art Therapy
      Strake Jesuit
    • Cognitive Distortions
      UTH
    • Spiritual Approach to Self Care
      Trumpet Behavioral Health
    • Depression
      The Lovett Center
    • Family Dynamics
      Family Houston
    • Anxiety
      Menninger
    • ADHD
      The Conative Group
    • Substance Abuse
      PaRC
    • Spiritual Approach to Self Care
      University of Houston
    • Animal Assisted Counseling
      Smiles & Fur Friends
  • Academic & Personal Counseling Programming Photo Gallery

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Counseling Crisis

Students and families can call a Counseling Crisis line at any hour to make an urgent report or seek assistance related to a mental health crisis. The number is 361.879.6994. In case of an emergency, please call 911.

CREST Award

Strake Jesuit's Academic and Personal Counseling is recognized for excellence in school counseling. CREST stands for Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas. Schools receiving CREST awards have demonstrated a commitment using the school guidance and counseling program to improve the lives and achievement of students in academic, career, and personal social domains. 

Meet Our Counseling Team

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Amanda Malixi

    Mrs. Amanda Malixi 

    (713) 272-4371
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  • Photo of Nancy Alvarado

    Mrs. Nancy Alvarado 

    (713) 840-8148
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  • Photo of Cammie O'Hara

    Mrs. Cammie O'Hara 

    (713) 490-8154
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  • Photo of Yvette Simien

    Ms. Yvette Simien 

    (713) 490-8136
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  • Photo of Lynn Veazey

    Ms. Lynn Veazey 

    (713) 490-8205
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  • Photo of George Wrobel

    Mr. George Wrobel 

    (713) 490-8114
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