Counselling Services

Our counselling service offers support to individuals, parents and their families.

The school counselling service operates from Emmaus and to our feeder schools – St Anthony’s, St Mary’s and St Joseph’s as well as Sacred Heart and St Benedicts in Yeppoon.

Why school counselling?

At different times students and families may benefit from our counselling service. Counselling is the process that occurs when a student and counsellor set aside time to explore issues or concerns.

These concerns might include stress, illness, grief and loss, or significant change at home. At school, the student may require support with goal setting, decision making, learning difficulties, anxiety, anger, attention, self-esteem, building resilience and negotiating friendships. A school counsellor can assist students and families by providing support and strategies to help at school and home.

Working in partnership

Parents are seen as integral to the school counselling process. Research indicates that whilst children benefit from counselling, the gains are even greater when parents are involved.

The counsellor arranges counselling sessions throughout the term to provide support and strategies. The frequency of sessions could vary from weekly, fortnightly or as needed. Most school counselling is short term, and solutions focussed, so if the counsellor or family feel that ongoing counselling is required, the counsellor can assist in making a referral to an external support agency.  Throughout this process, parents and carers are encouraged to collaborate with the counsellor to discuss the progress of the student.

Confidentiality

As the student will have appointments during the school day, it may be necessary that student’s teacher and principal are aware of the counselling. However, the information shared with the counsellor during the counselling process will remain confidential, unless there are safety concerns for the student or someone else.

How to Make an Appointment

Students and parents/carers can make an appointment by contacting Administration on either campus.

You can ask a teacher or other staff member to arrange an appointment.

You can email the counsellors:  counsellors@emmaus.qld.edu.au

Waiting Periods

There may be times when the counsellors are booked out for a week or two in advance.  Other times, you may get a same day appointment.  Please see the Useful Numbers below if you require further support.


USEFUL NUMBERS

Emergency Services000
Alcohol and Drug Information Service1800 177 833
Anglicare4972 8220
Centrelink13 61 50
Community Advisory Service4976 6300
Community Health Service4976 3130
Crisis Care1800 177 135
Department of Child Safety4979 6514
Dispute Resolution Centre (9am to 5pm)1800 817 927
Domestic Violence Helpline for Women1800 811 811
eheadspace (24 hour counselling)1800650890
Gambling Helpline1300 364 277
Headspace Rockhampton49219800
Kids Helpline1800 551 800
Legal Aid Queensland1300 651188
Lifeline13 11 44
Men's Domestic Violence Helpline1800 600 636
Men's Line1300 789 978
Mental Health Service4976 3244
Nhulundu Worribah Indigenous Health Service4979 0992
Ozcare Counselling and Support Services4979 6200
Parentline1300 301 300
Relationships Australia1300 364 277
Roseberry Community Service4972 0047
Roseberry House (Youth Shelter)4972 5383
Sexual Assault Helpline1800 010 120
Suicide Call Back Line1300 659467
Victims Counselling and Support Services1300 139 703

MORE INFORMATION

Michelle Shields

Head of Counselling

Michelle_Shields@emmaus.qld.edu.au 

 

 

Kelly McKenna

Kelly McKenna

Counsellor

kelly_mckenna@emmaus.qld.edu.au

 

 

Susan Wilkins

Sue Wilkins

Counsellor

sue_wilkins@emmaus.qld.edu.au

 

 

Jamilla Johnson

Counsellor

Jamilla_Johnson@emmaus.qld.edu.au

 

 

Lisa Hilliard

Counsellor

Lisa_Hilliard@emmaus.qld.edu.au

 

 

Camelia Perkins

Staff Wellbeing Counsellor

camelia_perkins@emmaus.qld.edu.au

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