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Meet PJP's Counselors

11th - 12th Grade Counselor

Kaitlin Short, M.S., L.P.C., N.C.C.

Ms. Short joined the PJP family in 2015, and is excited to help all students with college and career planning and readiness, as well as other academic, personal, or social concerns. Ms. Short obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University New Orleans, and her Bachelor's in Psychology from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. She has experience working in high school counseling, counseling clients in community mental health agencies, and university-level student affairs administration/student management. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Louisiana Counseling Association, and the Louisiana School Counselors Association. 

8th - 10th Grade Counselor

Sal Vinterella, L.P.C., L.P.C.-S., L.M.F.T

Mr. Vinterella is now in his eighth year working with students and their families at PJP. Prior to coming to Pope, Mr. Vinterella worked at Holy Cross High as the Senior Counselor and in St. Charles parish as a grade level counselor. In 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he began working with Catholic Charities, providing counseling services to families in the greater New Orleans area, while also maintaining a private practice focusing on children and their families. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S), and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

What does a school counselor do?

School counselors assist students across a wide range of areas to ensure that students are happy, safe, and healthy young adults. Counselors support students across the academic, personal, and social domains, connect students and parents to outside resources such as other mental health professionals, and collaborate with school faculty and staff to support student success.