Counseling Program Overview

Irvine Unified School District and Northwood Elementary support the social-emotional development of your child.  Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, establish and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, CASEL)  We understand the foundation SEL provides for safe and positive learning, which enhances student’s ability to succeed in school, careers, and life.

For students experiencing specific barriers to academic success and emotional wellbeing, individual and small group counseling is available at Northwood Elementary. This service is provided by Nicole Mattila, M.A, P.P.S, our Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist (ERC), and offers a wide range of support services such as short-term, solution-focused individual or small group counseling, parenting support and consultation, and community resource outreach and linkage. If students are in need of longer-term or more intensive counseling services, the Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist can provide parents with resources for local counseling agencies or assist them with finding service providers through their medical insurance.

In addition, Lunch Bunch gatherings are available each week where students have the option to join the ERC during their lunch break to meet new peers, socialize with friends while participating in games as well as fun activities! Lastly, we collaborate with local outside agencies to provide FREE parent education workshops on various important topics throughout the school year.

Meet your eRC

Hello, everyone! My name is Nicole Mattila and I am the Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist at Northwood Elementary. I received my Bachelors of Art’s in Psychology and my Master's in Education: School Counseling with my Pupil Personnel Credential from Concordia University Irvine.  I am passionate about our student's social-emotional well-being and development. I work to ensure students are receiving school based social-emotional and mental & wellness support during their day.  In addition to providing short-term counseling services for our students, I also offer parent supports such as parent meetings, coordinating on-site trainings, providing outside counseling referrals, crisis intervention, and community resource linkage. When I am not on site, I enjoy spending time with my fiance, working out, and hiking. 

Should you feel that your child may benefit from a counseling service, please feel free to contact me. I am on site Monday through Friday. You can reach me via phone (949) 936- 5963 or email

Parent Resources

Below are a few helpful articles related to your child's wellbeing and social and emotional development. Should you need further support or information, please contact Nicole Mattila at (949) 936- 5963 or

Community Resources

Irvine Family Resource Center

Short -term, solution-focused individual and family therapy, resource  linkage and referrals, and parent education/support groups to IUSD families K-12.

949) 936-7580 I 


Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center: 

Santa Ana Services: Crisis  line, outreach and survivor support services for family members of a person who committed suicide. 

(714) 547- 0855 I


Families Forward: 

Non-profit organization that helps OC families who are homeless or at risk. 

(949) 552-2727 I


Western Youth Services: 

(949) 855- 1556 I


The Prevention Center Services: 

Parenting programs including parenting workshops, helping kids cope through divorce, and parenting resources. 

(714) 543- 4333 I 


Children's Support and Parenting Program (CSPP) Services: 

Psychoeducation groups for parents and caregivers with school-aged children. 

(714) 480-4678 I www, 


24 Hour Crisis Line:

(877) 727-4747


Irvine Police Department:

(949) 724-7000 (non-emergency line)


OC Links:

(855) 625-4657