1.      Natasha Friend
  2.      Assistant Admissions Director
         EMAIL: Natasha_Friend@groveschool.org 
  3.      PHONE: 203-245-2778 ext. 308



Welcome to our community.  We appreciate the opportunity to explore the option of Grove School for your student and your family.  This can be a complex and emotional process and we are here to listen and support you. 

Please contact us to begin the conversation.

Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated with a Masters of Arts in Community Psychology with a concentration in clinical mental health from The University of New Haven. Jessica adapted an eclectic approach to therapy that pulls from client-centered, behavioral, existential, and holistic therapies. Her experience ranges from young children to adults and families and treating an array of mental health disorders. Jessica is certified in DBT, CBT, disaster and mental health counseling, and is the process of becoming an EMDR trained provider.  Her previous work includes an outpatient clinic, private practice, non-profit work, and college setting where she held roles ranging from clinician, clinical supervisor, vice president, and executive director.

In her free time Jessica enjoys hiking, reading, going to the beach, and supporting an array of mental health causes across different communities.



Natasha has been a professional young-adult author since 2004, using her background in psychology to tackle such subjects as grief, eating disorders, addiction, blended families, teen pregnancy, gender identity, clinical depression, autism, disability, and sexual assault. In addition to writing for teens, Natasha has been a camp director and middle- and upper-school English teacher.

She is a mom of three who has recently made her jump from working in the Madison Public Schools to joining the Grove School Admissions team.