Counseling Center









Counseling Center Mission


The counseling department at PHS strives to offers a variety of services to meet the needs of students.  Available services include, but are not limited to:  Individual planning, career guidance, college application guidance, financial aid & scholarship information, guidance in high school course selection and schedules,  solution focused individual counseling, small group counseling, community resource referrals, credit recovery options, and so much more.  

Through the building of professional relationships, we believe we can empower diverse individuals, families, and groups to achieve mental health, wellness, education goals and career goals.  

The Counseling Center Team

Personnel Assignment Email 

Mary Ames

Class of 2024 Counselor

Lauren Lunsford Baugh

Class of 2023 Counselor

Lezli Real

Class of 2022 Counselor

Edward Ricco

Class of 2021/Lead Counselor

Charlotte Hebert

Transitions Counselor

Pileirol Retta 

ESL/LEP Counselor

Jennifer Owens

PECHS Counselor 

Edgar Garcia

College Advisor with Advise Texas

Rumalda Rivera

College Now 

Marisol Barron

Counselor Secretary

Vilma Garcia

Counselor Secretary                         

Karen Guzman

College Now Secretary 

Beatriz Munoz

PECHS Secretary

Maria Rivera


Marlene Varela

Registrar Assistant

Ashley Herrera

 San Jacinto College

Outreach Advisor


September is Suicide Awareness Month

How you can help...

It is important to be aware of possible warning signs and to talk someone  when you or someone you know is in need of help. As a friend, classmate, family member, or  neighbor you can help by  simply opening up and reaching out. By honestly and openly expressing your concerns, you can send an important message that you care and understand.

Contact you academic counselor to set up a meeting date and time to Talk, Listen, and be Cared For.  We are here for you.
Who to Contact at PHS:

Class of 2024 --- Ms. Ames at
Class of 2023 --- Mrs. Lunsford Baugh at
Class of 2022 --- Mrs. Real at
Class of 2021 --- Mr. Ricco at
PECHS ALL     --- Ms. Owens at
Transition        --- Mrs. Hebert at
LEP                      --- Mrs. Retta at

Email us to request a meeting session:
Virtual, Distanced F2F, and Phone sessions offered.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish.


Warning Signs:

The following factors may increase the risk of suicide or attempted suicide. However, these risk factors do not always lead to a suicide.

  • Depression and other mental disorders, or a substance-abuse disorder (often combined with other mental disorders)
  • Feeling hopeless and worthless
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Physical illness
  • Feeling detached and isolated from friends, peers and family
  • Family history of suicide, mental illness, or depression
  • Family violence, including physical or sexual abuse
  • Access to a weapon in the home
  • Knowing someone with suicidal behavior, such as a family member, friend , or celebrity
  • Coping with being gay (homosexuality) in an unsupported family, community, or hostile school environment
  • Incarceration (time in prison)