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Location & Contact Details

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


West Catholic High School
1801 Bristol Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Events Calendar

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Counseling Mission

The mission of the School Counseling Department is to help students make the most of their high school years. Students are invited to come to the Counseling Office for help in planning their schedules, learning how to study, resolving personal problems, rectifying conflicts and exploring or planning for college and careers.

For the latest school counseling news, please visit our Newsletter & Announcements page.

Counseling Assignments
Services Explained

Every student is assigned a counselor when they enroll at West Catholic. Counselors are assigned to students based on their last name. Additionally, all foreign exchange students are managed by one counselor. The chart below illustrates the counselor assignments.

Last Name (A-L) Diane Ysasi
Last Name (M-Z) Leah Ebbert
International Students Diane Ysasi

School Counseling Services at West Catholic
The West Catholic Counseling Department offers a variety of services for students in the areas of academic, personal-social and career interests. Counselors employ the standards and guidelines set by the American School Counselors Association.

Understanding the School Counselors Role
Per the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) guidelines: “School counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, career and social/emotional development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.” To learn more about the role of the school counselor, visit the ASCA website.

Statement of Disclosure
The American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association endorse a code of ethics for counselors which includes confidentiality of the counselor/counselee relationship. The school counselors respect the rights and responsibilities of parents for their children and try to establish a cooperative relationship with parents in the best interest of their children. Michigan law requires counselors to report to the appropriate parties (1) suspicion of child abuse or neglect and (2) indications that the student may be a danger to himself/herself or others.


Diane Ysasi
School Counselor
(616) 233-5904
[email protected]

Leah Ebbert
School Counselor
(616) 233-5994
[email protected]

Lauri Ford
(616) 233-5909
[email protected]

Personal / Social Resources

There is a wide array of organizations and services in our area that can also help students and families in need of some additional personal/social support. See the tabs below for additional support and contact information:

General Help

Network 180 • (616) 336-3909

United Way First Call for Help • (616) 459-2255

Girls and Boys Town National Hotline • (800) 448-3000

Covenant House Nineline • (800) 999-9999

Children / Families

Catholic Charities of West Michigan • (616) 456-1443

Arbor Circle • (616) 456-7775

Bethany Christian Services • (616) 224-7610

DA Blodgett Services • (616) 451-2021

Family Outreach Center • (616) 247-3815

Wedgewood Youth & Family Services • (616) 942-2100

Ele’s Place – A Healing Center for Grieving Children and Teens • (616) 301-1605

Child Abuse / Neglect

Kent County Department of Protective Services • (616) 247-6300

After Hours – Protective Services • (616) 336-3244


Bridge for Homeless Youth Services • (616) 451-3001

RAP Line (Runaway Assistance Program) • (800) 292-4517

National Runaway Switchboard • (800) 786-2929

Substance Abuse

US Department of Health & Human Services • (800) 662-4357

Al Anon, Ala-Teen • (616) 361-6010

Pathfinder Resources • (616) 242-6400

Suicide Prevention

The National Hopeline Network • (800) 784-2433

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline • (800) 273-8255

Network 180 • (616) 336-3909

Forest View Hospital • (616) 942-9610

Pine Rest Crisis Unit • (616) 455-9200