Mental Health Counseling Services
Thank you for visiting the Sandpiper Elementary School Mental Health Counseling Services page. My name is Erik Karff and I am the clinician working primarily with TK-through-fifth grade students. I am honored and grateful to have joined the community.
Here at Sandpiper, I will be collaborating with classroom teachers to teach the social and emotional learning curriculum (SEL) as well as providing crisis resources, referrals, and individual, and group counseling.
More about SEL
In a world where emotional intelligence is critical for lifelong happiness, successful careers, and healthier relationships, social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults can better understand, manage, and express emotions and empathy, develop positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL curricula teach children techniques that help them gain confidence, set and achieve positive goals, collaborate well, and navigate the world more effectively—adding a highly valuable dimension to education in the classroom.
I have been working, in some capacity with children, adolescents, and families since 2003. In 2007, I earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Education. More recently, in 2018, I earned a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). In addition to my experience in education, business, and applied behavioral science, I have background working as a psychotherapist, one-on-one with children, adolescents, and adults, facilitating groups, and providing family therapy. Currently, I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who is delivering services through, and being supervised by StarVista (link to https://star-vista.org/)
My Interests and Passions
I’m originally from New York and lived for years in NYC. My hobbies include hiking, baking for friends and family, and almost anything having to do with music (writing, listening, dance, and more!)
I hope to promote a culture of care, wellness, and compassion while honoring the unique story of each child, family, and adult. My wish is to provide a safe space for the members of this community so that students and families can flourish, thrive and reach their highest possible potentials.
Links to Mental Health and Wellness Resources
Here you will find a list of local and national resources that range from mental health and wellness to substance abuse, to LGBT+, as well as articles for additional support