MEET THE COLLEGE COUNSELLOR
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 Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. I have worked with young people in a professional counselling capacity for the past 11 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
Eynesbury Senior College Counsellor
USEFUL COUNSELLING SERVICES, APPS & ONLINE RESOURCES
Australia's only free, private and confidential, phone counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 (ph: 1800 55 1800)
24 hour crisis support and counselling service (ph: 13 11 14)
Information and counselling service specifically for young people under 25 (ph: 1800 650 890)
Anxiety and depression counselling service (ph: 1300 22 46 36)
Research, expertise and evidence from leaders in the field in eating disorders.
Primary care services for education for sexual and relationship wellbeing.