Counseling Office Resources

Connect with our counselors for the help you need!

Calvin Christian High School's counseling office is dedicated to equipping students with the resources and social-emotional knowledge that they need to succeed. Explore the materials to help you succeed at GCCS & Beyond!

Meet The Counselors

Meet Miss Rebekah Karel

Transition and Support Counselor/Social Worker

Miss Rebekah Karel is passionate about helping students tackle the challenges of growing emotionally, socially, and academically. She enjoys working with youth and families and helping students grow into all God desires them to be. She received her Masters of Social Work with a clinical emphasis from Grand Valley State University and has served as a clinical social worker in a variety of capacities in the Grand Rapids area.

Her favorite Bible verse is, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15.

Contact for 9th Grade & Ambassador High:
rkarel@gccsmi.org | 616.257.4206

Meet Mr. Nate Vander Wal

College and Career School Counselor

Mr. Nate Vander Wal taught middle and high school students (Bible, math, and science) for 15 years at Manhattan Christian School (MT), Westminster Christian Academy (MO), and Jenison Christian School before becoming a school counselor. He received his B.A. in Education from Calvin College and his Masters of Education in School Counseling from Grand Valley State University. Nate joined the CCHS staff in 2018 as the College and Career Counselor and cherishes the opportunity to serve CCHS 11th and 12th-grade students and families in this role. He is a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

Contact for 10th, 11th & 12th Grades:
nvanderwal@gccsmi.org | 616.257.4205

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Counselors are able to consult with families during office hours, however, if there is an immediate need or safety concern please reach out to the following local agencies and crisis lines for immediate services. Call 911 for any life-threatening emergencies.

Network180 – Kent County Community Mental Health

790 Fuller, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Network180 is open 24/7 for walk-in assessments and mental health crisis services for all ages. Appointments for assessment and evaluation are also available by calling 616-336-3909.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

For outpatient therapy and program questions call the Central Access line at 866-852-4001

For crisis and assessment for inpatient hospitalization call the Contact Center at 616-455-9200

Forest View Hospital

Call 800-949-8439 for a no-cost, confidential assessment 24/7.

Pediatrician or Family Doctor

You can always contact your child’s physician with concerns about mental health. They can assess and refer you to their preferred providers or emergency services.

24/7 Crisis Helplines:

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Youth Line crisis helpline: Text TEEN2TEEN to 839863  

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