Balboa Middle School

(805) 289-1800         247 Hill Rd. :: Ventura :: 93003

Office Hours 8:00 - 4:00 M-F (except school holidays)

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Counseling at Balboa

About Balboa Middle School’s Counseling Department…
As school counselors, we focus on our students, helping them handle life’s challenges and advocating for their needs. Our goal is to assist in the successful development of children by reducing the impact of obstacles to learning. We spend most of our time meeting one-on-one with students, monitoring their grades, suggesting academic strategies or school resources that might help, mediating conflicts, looking for solutions, and supporting students as they strive to reach their potential. We also initiate conversations about high school and beyond.

We are here as a resource for kids and parents and teachers. Below are the names of some local agencies that may be helpful to you as a parent in our community.

Contact Counselors

Mrs. Veronica Fowler (A – Ga)
Ms. Tawnya Ferdolage (Ge – O)
Mrs. Gretchen Bradvica (P – Z) 


Emergency Resources
• Helpline of Ventura County: 211
• Interface: Children Family Services: 1-800-339-9597
• (Food, shelter, financial assistance, health, parenting and mental health services)
• Behavioral Health: 1-800-227-2345
• California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
• Coalition to End Family Violence: 656-1111
• Drug Help Line: 1-800-662-HELP
• Child Protective Services (report abuse): 654-3200
• National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-621-4000
• Poison Control in California: 1-800-876-4766

Community Counseling Resources
• Aurora Vista del Mar Behavioral Heath Care: 1-800-207-9694 or 653-5158
• City Impact: 983-3636
• Interface: Children Family Services: 1-800-339-9597
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness: 641-2426
• Ventura County Behavioral Health: 981-6830

Clothing, Food, Shelter
• American Red Cross: 339-2234
• Catholic Charities: 643-4694
• Food Share – Food Bank: 983-7100
• Interface – Ventura County: 211 or 1-800-339-9597
• Open Hand Food and Clothing Pantry: 658-7223
• Project Understanding: 652-1326
• Ventura Housing Authority: 648-5008

Local Alcohol/Drug Intervention List
• Action: 1-800-367-8336
• Alateen Meetings: 656-7110
• Alanon: 656-7110 (for those whose lives have been affected by a friend’s or family member’s drinking)
• Parent Project: 983-3636 ext. 103 (parenting strategies, free 10-week classes)

Helpful Links about Underage Drinking: 
• – addressing the issues of underage drinking in Ventura County
• – preventing underage alcohol use. In Spanish and English. Interactive.
• – alcohol information for parents