Individuality, connectedness and authenticity are values that are enmeshed in my work as College Counsellor. Young people have an innate sense of fun and an openness to possibility and my therapeutic work is fuelled by a desire to empower young people to act in line with their values, to draw from their strengths when life throws unexpected curve balls, to find meaning, especially when deep grief appears to immobilise them and to reintegrate contentment into their lives.

My secondary teaching career of Mathematics and English spans 20 plus years where I have also held positions of responsibility as Coordinator of the Middle school years. I hold a Bachelor of Education, a Masters degree in Social Science in Counselling and I am a Professional member of the Counselling Association of South Australia. I have worked with young people in a professional counselling capacity for the past 9 years. Education, healthy relationships, purpose and student advocacy are key protective factors for our youth, and these form a strong basis for my work.

A young person will have an average of 17 different jobs and 5 different careers over their lifetime. Discussions with students about their motivations, inspirations and passions stimulate research into possible university courses as platforms for personal and professional growth into the future.

I leave you with two quotes that are an abridged version of my own motivations:

 ‘To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.’

‘If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.’ -Dalai Lama

CATHY BUTTIGNOL

Eynesbury Senior College Counsellor

 

USEFUL COUNSELLING SERVICES, APPS & ONLINE RESOURCES

 

 

Kids Helpline

Australia's only free, private and confidential, phone counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 (ph: 1800 55 1800)

Lifeline

24 hour crisis support and counselling service (ph: 13 11 14)

Headspace

Information and counselling service specifically for young people under 25 (ph: 1800 650 890)

Beyond Blue

Anxiety and depression counselling service  (ph: 1300 22 46 36)

Reach Out

Practical tools, apps, videos, community forums and more to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times. WorryTime is a new free app that allows you to control everyday stress and anxiety by acting as a place to store your daily worries.

National Eating Disorders Foundation

Research, expertise and evidence from leaders in the field in eating disorders.

Shine SA 

Primary care services for education for sexual and relationship wellbeing.