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Welcome to the BHS Counselor Page!
2021-2022 Counseling Staff

We hope everyone had a great 2021-2022 school year! Counselors will be working very brief hours during the summer and may not be accessible until the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year which begins on August 17. To email your counselor, simply click on his/her name.


If a student is in immediate danger/crisis, please contact the front office during regular hours at 661-324-9841. If it is after hours, please contact law enforcement or crisis services. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. The local Crisis Hotline is 1-800-991-5272. 


We have also created grade level specific Canvas Counseling Classrooms with all sorts of great information to help prepare for academics, careers, college, self-care, etc. Look for our link on your Canvas dashboard!

And as always- be safe and be kind!  

Counselor for students with the last names A-Carstensen & Avid
Alvidrez, Tiffani (Head Counselor) 
Counselor for students with the last names Carter-Decuir & PLTW
Counselor for students with last names Degraffenreid-Harrell & Foster Youth
Counselor for students with the last names Harris-Mata 
Counselor for students with the last names Mata Cruz-Pimental Garcia, ELD & Foreign Exchange
Counselor for students with last names Pineda-Strickland Townsend, NCAA & Apex Coordinator
Counselor for students with last names Stubbs-Z & Academy
Intervention Counselor
Guidance Tech
Social Worker





Bakersfield High School Counselors Page of Resources (CPR) Addressing Anxiety


10 Techniques to calm your anxiety

  1. Manage your media diet (don’t believe everything you read online)
  2. Read a book
  3. Exercise
  4. Stick to a routine
  5. Give Mindfulness a try
  6. Write it out/journaling
  7. Watch a funny video
  8. Talk to someone who gets it
  9. Turn off your phone
  10. Drink water and eat regularly

4-7-8 Breathing 

(Before starting, adopt a comfortable sitting position)

To use the 4-7-8 technique, focus on the following breathing pattern:

Empty the lungs of air
  • Breathe in quietly through the nose for 4 seconds
  • Hold the breath for a count of 7 seconds
  • Exhale forcefully through the mouth, pursing the lips and making a “whoosh” sound for 8 seconds

**repeat the cycle up to 4 times



National Alliance on Mental Illness

Resources for mental and physical health

Free and confidential support for people in distress and prevention/crisis resources for you or your loved ones



Useful Apps

Head Space

A free app for meditation and mindfulness


A free app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation

Stop, Breathe, & Think

A free app for mindfulness and compassion

Panic Relief

A free app to help calm fear or panic attacks as they are starting