Carolyn McAleavy

Director of Counseling, LMFT
Sonoma State University, MA
University of Wisconson, Madison, BS

email: carolyn.mcaleavy [at] sonomaacademy.org
phone: (707) 545-1770 x3405

Carolyn says, “My job is to support students to be well. I don’t really care what college you go to and I don’t care what your GPA is; I just care how you are doing." For Carolyn that often means working with students around family, academic, or social concerns, their moods, and helping them to problem-solve. "I have the best job in the school," she says. "even though it’s an invisible job”.

Carolyn came to Sonoma Academy just two years after we opened our doors, and as such, she has played a pivotal role in helping to shape the warm, connected, inclusive culture we have today. Carolyn believes that the thing that actually contributes the most to human happiness and well being “is the quality of our relationship with ourselves and the quality of our relationships with others. That’s what people are thinking about as they make their way through life. It's a better measure of success in the long run." This philosophy is something she carries with her into the freshman Health and Wellness Connections program and when talking one-on-one with students.

Before she came to Sonoma Academy, Carolyn started her education in her home town at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where she got her Bachelor's Degree in geology. After many years of wondering how this passion relates to her love for counseling, Carolyn said that she “finally understood how being a geology major was basically the same as what [she] does now. It was simply an interest in understanding how things got to be the way they are, the forces that had acted upon and shaped things and people.” After university, she began working for Outward Bound in Maine, leading month long wilderness trips with 'youth at risk' programs. It was then she found her love for counseling. Carolyn received her Masters Degree in Counseling from Sonoma State University and began working at Sonoma Academy, a position she’s held since 2002. She has helped many students work through what’s on their minds and has helped influence a culture of positivity and respect on campus.
My job is to support students to be well. I don’t really care what college you go to and I don’t care what your GPA is; I just care how you are doing."

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Sonoma Academy is the only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On our beautiful campus nestled at the base of Taylor Mountain in Southeastern Santa Rosa, our students are able to explore their interests and passions in a rigorous and inspiring environment that develops a lifelong love of learning and prepares them for college and beyond.