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Mental Health and Wellness at Nobles: Meet with a Counselor

Find resources to promote wellness and mental health, especially for the Noble and Greenough School community. Your suggested additions, improvements and changes are always welcome.

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It's Okay to Get Help

Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski on the importance of asking for help (from the Child Mind Institute's What I Would Tell #MyYoungerSelf campaign to destigmatize mental health).

Nobles Counselor Confidentiality Statement

Nobles counselors are available to talk with you about any issue you might be dealing with. All conversations are completely confidential unless we have concerns about safety. (For example, if someone is threatening or harming you, if you express suicidal intentions, or if you are talking about harming yourself or another person.) In such cases, you can trust that your information will be handled with the utmost discretion, and the goal will always be to ensure that you have the support you need to be safe and well.

Students can confidentially talk about feelings of sadness or anxiety, share personal information, etc. without worrying that teachers, parents, guardians etc. will be informed. If a student is having intense thoughts or feelings and is feeling hesitant about coming to talk with a counselor for fear that their information will not be held in confidence, we encourage you to come and share whatever you feel comfortable sharing. We most certainly want to support you and hope that you will grow to trust that talking about those deeper feelings can lead to the greater support that you deserve.

Counseling Team

Jen Hamilton
Director of Psychology and Counseling
Licensed Educational Psychologist
Office location: Pratt 200
Office phone: 781-320-7073
Mobile phone: 617-686-0644

Jennifer Hamilton, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Educational Psychologist, joined the Nobles faculty in 2001. Her goal is to create a space where all adolescents feel comfortable talking about their concerns. Hamilton is particularly interested in the relationship of anxiety to achievement, learning and connectivity. She espouses a strengths-based, positive psychology approach to counseling and is interested in finding ways to share tools to enhance the well-being of all students. Jen enjoys teaching The Science of Well-Being and advising “Nobles Heads Together,” a student-run club that aims to decrease the stigma around mental health challenges and promote wellness. She is also on the planning committee for the annual AISNE Health and Wellness Symposium. Before Nobles, Hamilton worked at Winston Preparatory School in New York City. She earned both her graduate and undergraduate degrees at Tufts University.

Mark SpenceMark Spence
Dean of Student Engagement, Counselor
Office Location: Shattuck 125
Phone: 781-320-7158

A Middlebury College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Spence played minor league professional hockey before returning to Middlebury as an admission officer and assistant men’s hockey coach. At Boston University, he earned a master’s degree in mental health and behavioral medicine while interning in the psychiatry unit at the Boston Medical Center and counseling both BU and Tufts students. Before Nobles, Spence was a clinician for Child and Family Services in New Bedford. Spence joined the Nobles faculty in 2007. Prior to his appointment as dean of student engagement, he also served as Nobles’ dean of students and director of counseling.

Mary Batty
Upper School Counselor
Office Location: Shattuck 227
Phone: 781-320-7072

Mary Batty rejoined the Nobles faculty in 2003, years after beginning her career as an English teaching fellow. What she loved most about that year was getting to know students and helping them figure out how to deal with the challenges in their lives. After her TF year, she earned her master’s of education in school counseling from Boston University. Batty has been the director of counseling at Worcester Academy and the Pingree School. When a job opened at Nobles, Batty says she “jumped at the chance to return to the school that had inspired me to become a counselor.” After many years in the world of private schools, Batty maintains that “Nobles is a special place.”

LaTasha SarpyDr. LaTasha Sarpy
Counselor, LICSW
Office Location: Shattuck 228
Phone: 857-288-8756

LaTasha Sarpy has been working in the social work field for about 15 years. Outside of Nobles, she primarily works with women and children but also works with male clients. She specializes in trauma-focused/informed therapy modalities, women's issues, issues related to race and cultural competence, anxiety and ADHD. She loves to laugh and eat, so you should expect many of your discussions to include food and lots of laughter. She would like you to know that when you enter into her space, it is a judgement-free zone and that all should feel welcomed.

Bonnie BartonBonnie Barton
Counseling Intern
Office Location: Pratt 100
Phone: 509-627-8731

Bonnie Barton is a current master’s in mental health counseling candidate at Boston College. She has worked as a mental health care assistant with youth in a therapeutic boarding school and within the Department of Corrections in Utah. She is particularly interested in working with youth and young adults on topics such as stress, mental health and wellness, identity exploration, and relationships.  She received her bachelor’s in psychology from Brigham Young University. Bonnie was born and raised in Washington State and relocated to Mass to pursue her graduate education. In her free time, she loves to explore the outdoors, dance, power lift, try new food spots, and connect with others. 

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