In-school Mental Health Counseling

Based on the findings of our 2018 community needs assessment, we have been committed to providing local students with mental health counseling services free of barriers to access. We are so grateful for our funding partners who have helped make this a reality. We now have licensed mental health counselors on campus and free of charge at each of Enumclaw School District’s secondary schools.

Meet the Counselors


Jessica Eidens MA LMHC, CMHS- Enumclaw High School

Jessica Eidens is the program director for the school based mental health services at Enumclaw School District. She holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Gonzaga University. She is a licensed mental health counselor through the state of Washington and has met all criteria put forth by the state to be endorsed as a Child mental health specialist. Jessica loves playing outside with her dog, husband and 2 year old son. Please address any questions regarding qualifications directly to Jessica.



Charlie Gates, MSW LSWAIC – Thunder Mountain Middle School and Enumclaw High School  

Charlie Gates is a School-Based Mental Health Therapist at Thunder Mountain Middle School Mondays-Wednesdays and Enumclaw High School Thursdays and Fridays. He holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Utah. He has his Licensed Social Work Associate and Independent Clinical through Washington State. He has a long history working with children of all ages, especially children who have lived away from their biological parents. Charlie loves spending time with his wife and four kids playing board games and video games, watching movies, and trying new recipes for hamburgers and pizzas. He is currently working his way through the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge cookbook.



Nicole Koontz, MSW, LICSW – Enumclaw Middle School

Nicole Koontz is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Washington. She received her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Utah and engages in ongoing training to maintain high ethical standards, cultural competence, and best practices. She is passionate about working with adolescents to strengthen their emotional and mental resilience to the challenges of life. Nicole lives on a small hobby ranch with her husband and enjoys spending time outdoors.



Thank you to our funding partners for making this possible!