Mental Health Services

At Seven Springs Middle School, we have trained student services team members available to assist and provide social emotional, behavioral, and mental health services. If your family and/or child is in need of assistance, please contact his/her grade level school counselor and a referral will be made to appropriate student services team member(s) and/or outside community resource(s). The student services team utilizes a Trauma Informed Care framework that acknowledges the prevalence and impact of trauma, and the complex paths to healing and recovery. 

Student Services Resources for Families

School Counselors

As school counselors, we are certified educators with the minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students.  At SSMS, we have a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students.  These needs are addressed through direct services to students which include classroom lessons, individual/crisis counseling, and small group counseling.  We also provide indirect services for students which include consultation, collaboration with administrators, teachers/staff, and families, and referrals to community resources.  

Whitney Batista

I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from James Madison University in Virginia and my Master’s in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida.  I have been a school counselor in Pasco County since 2007 and have experience at both the elementary and middle school levels.  I am also a member of the District Crisis Team.  In my free time, I love reading, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

Karen Drury

I have always loved school and am proud to be an educator.  I earned my degree in School Counseling in 1999 from the University of North Texas.  I’m lucky to have worked with SSMS students since 2003 and even luckier to have worked with many siblings over the years.  I enjoy boating, scooting around on my scooter, and keeping up with the latest fashion trends.  Favorite fortune cookie quote:  You’ll never know what you can do until you try.

Russell Hand

I’ve worked at SSMS since 1999, first as a 6th grade World Geography teacher and then as a school counselor after earning my Master’s in School Counseling and Marriage & Family Counseling in 2005 from Stetson University.  I have been an ongoing regional support counselor and mentor for the other middle school counselors in Pasco County.  In my free time, I enjoy going traveling with my family, theme parks and playing trivia.

Rachel Hoefling

I’m a proud Ohio native.  I received a B.S. in Psychology from University of Kentucky and received a Master’s in School Counseling from Northern Kentucky University. I have been a school counselor in Pasco County since 2018. I had the privilege to travel to Ireland and Scotland to develop my competency in Trauma Informed Care. In my free time, I enjoy running, hockey, going to Disney, and spending time with family and friends. 

Students Services Team Members

Dawn Cefalu

I have been a Registered Nurse for over 12 years and started with Pasco County Schools in 2017. Since becoming a School Nurse, I have joined the Crisis team and become certified in the following: PREPARE, CPR Instructor, Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Stop the Bleed, Trauma Informed Care and C-SSRS. Additionally, I serve on the board for the Pasco Pediatric Foundation.

As part of the student services team, I support and advocate for students with health conditions to ensure they get the proper care needed in the school setting, including mental health needs.  I help students access medical treatment, medications or outside medical referrals and resources when needed.  As the medical professional in the building, I can communicate with doctors on behalf of students and families.

Karyn McGuire

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over twenty years of experience in a variety of settings.  I received both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida. I am passionate about Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  As a knowledgeable and skilled licensed mental health professional in the school setting I am able to support students and staff by assisting with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide referrals to multiple community resources including counseling.  In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga and spending time with my family traveling.