Welcome to our New Counselors
Shelly Wood (left) and Nikki Wald (right)
We're pleased to join the Interlochen community as counselors in the health services office. In this role, our main objective is to be available for Interlochen's students and to support them to be as successful as possible during their time at the Academy.
As a parent, the most important thing for you to know is that we are here for your child and we have an open door policy. It doesn't matter how big or small the issue is, we are here to assist and will refer them out to a community therapist if indicated. We also want to be as proactive as possible.
Students can visit our office for a variety of reasons. They may be having difficulty adjusting to being away from home, or feeling sad, overwhelmed, isolated, dealing with grief and loss issues, periods of big change in their lives, etc.
Our motto is: when in doubt, call or come by and see us. We will be glad to discuss any situation. And we follow the same motto with the students.
As the parent, we believe you have a key role to play. Support your child, just as you would if they were living at home. If you feel they could benefit from extra support, encourage them to seek us out. Of course, students are also free to seek us out on their own.
Generally, it is best to make an appointment to see one of us, but we will speak with a student or parent right away if we are available. Simply call, or have the student call the Health Services Office at 231.276.7220.
We are looking forward to working with you and your child in the coming years!
Shelly J. Wood, LMSW
Nikki Wald, LLMSW