Palo Alto

Community Overview/Profile

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) serves a well-educated, high-tech community and Stanford University, one of the world’s leading universities.

PAUSD serves approximately 11,000 students who live in most, but not all, of the City of Palo Alto, certain areas of Los Altos Hills, and Portola Valley as well as the Stanford University campus.

  • English Learners — 11.5%
  • Students on Free or Reduced Meal Plan — 8.6%


CASSY Services

Schools We Serve

  • Duveneck Elementary
  • El Carmelo Elementary
  • Escondido Elementary
  • Juana Briones Elementary
  • Nixon Elementary
  • Ohlone Elementary
  • Walter Hays Elementary

Starting in the fall 2011, CASSY partnered with Palo Alto Unified School District to provide mental health services at several of their elementary schools.

At these schools, we provide the following services:

  • Individual, Group & Family Therapy (Including Special Education students)
  • Crisis Intervention & Treatment
  • Anti-Bullying Workshops
  • Staff Support & Training
  • Parent Consultation
  • Community Outreach




Sundhya GuptaSandhya Gupta, MFT
Site Director



Ashley GoldsmithAshley Goldsmith, MFTi
School-based Therapist

Duveneck Elementary
Ohlone Elementary


Nadia MayoNadia Mayo, MFTi
School-based Therapist

Carmelo Elementary
Juana Briones Elementary


Katie LindellKatie Lindell, MFTi
School-based Therapist

Escondido Elementary


Monica Votaw, MFT
School-based Therapist

Walter Hays Elementary
Nixon Elementary




Program Measurement

  • To assess our services, CASSY uses both quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data consists of measuring the following at the beginning and end of treatment:
    • GAF (General Assessment of Functioning)
      A therapeutic tool found in the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual) where each student is given a rating based on their overall level of functioning.
    • Walker-McConnell Scale
      A score based on 43 questions about social competency as reported by the student’s teacher.
  • For a qualitative assessment, CASSY sends surveys to students, parents and school staff to rate our services at the end of the year.




  • “I like that she helps us and gives us ideas to stop whatever is going on. She gives us new ideas of ourself and logs it into our brain – new, good ideas.”
  • “I learned there are so many ways to solve a problem.”
  • “I think the games helped us with our teamwork.”
  • “She helps me control my strong feelings.”


  • “She did a great job communicating with us about the social group and my son’s progress. I was impressed with her professional and positive style.”
  • “CASSY counseling has been a consistent source of comfort to my child”
  • “Very insightful information sent home that seems right on target.”
  • “She did a great job identifying what would be most helpful to focus on. She seemed to really get my son and I felt she was a good advocate for him.”


  • “I’m a big fan. She’s accessible, friendly and professional. She’s given me much solid advice for handling challenging parent/student situations.”
  • “She was an extremely helpful asset to my students this year. I don’t know what I would’ve done without her support & dedication to students & their families.”
  • “She did an excellent job with coaching and supporting my students with their social and emotional needs.”
  • “Thank you for your support!  It truly benefitted out students.”