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Patricia Acosta, M.A., PPS

Academic Counselor 

925-335-5820 ext 2052


Catherine Pfister, M.A., LCSW, PPS

Behavior Counselor M, W, Th

925-335-5820  ext 2051


Sarah Clugston

Registrar, MJHS

925-335-5820 ext. 2050

Meet Your Counselor

Counselors at Martinez Junior High School

Patricia Acosta, M.A, PPSC

925-335-5820 ext. 2052



Catherine Pfister, M.S.W., LCSW, PPSCCounselor  Catherine Pfister

925-335-5820 ext. 2051


At MJHS on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

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Education:  Pupil Personnel Services Credential

San Francisco State University

Masters in Social Work

San Francisco State University

B.A., Psychology

University of California, Santa Cruz

How do I make an appointment to see the counselor?

As a parent, you can call or email to make an appointment to see the counselor. Possible reasons for contacting the counselor include:

Behavior problems at home

Failing grades

Changes lending to personal struggles, i.e., divorce, move, personal tragedy, etc.

Struggles with a teacher

Anxiety or depression in your child


As a student, you may ask your teacher to come and meet with me, or come in before/after school or at lunch. You may also email me and I will respond shortly. There are many reasons you may need additional support, and no topic is off limits. Everything is confidential except for the limitations provided by law, for example 1. If you are a danger to yourself or someone else 2. Child abuse/neglect is suspected or 3. In cases with a court order. Confidentiality will be held in all other instances. If you have questions about this please do not hesitate to ask. 

Don't get upside down on your homework


Homework can become overwhelming for students. Click on the following link for tips on getting homework done. 

Homework Tips