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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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Head of Counselling
Staff Wellbeing Counsellor