The Student Counsellors work in a team with the chaplains to provide students with emotional and social counselling, involving families as necessary. The Student Counsellors work Monday to Friday at the College and are available by referral by teachers or parents, or by self-referral by students themselves. All sessions with the student counsellors are free of charge.
Redeemer's Counselling Centre is located in SA Block. Access is via the Art Gallery corridor (SA24). Students may enter from either end of the building, with parent access from the double glass doors located near the pond at the front of the college. The Counsellor's offices entry is via a waiting room which is located in SA31 (entry is directly opposite from the Art classrooms).
Types of Issues
Some of the issues which students and/or parents might like to talk through include:
- Anxiety (click here for more information)
- Family problems
- Sleep problems
- Changes in eating
- Attention and concentration difficulties
|Mr Ewan Love
Office Location: SA31.1
Direct Telephone: 07 3340 8893
|Miss Eloise Conrad
Office Location: SA31.2
Direct Telephone: 07 3340 8846
Profile - Mr Ewan Love
My background: I have trained in both Counselling and Psychology, and worked extensively with children and adolescents. I have experience working with the most common difficulties faced by this age group: anxiety, depression, behavioural problems, social and academic difficulties, and family conflict, as well as less common issues such as grief, trauma, chronic illness and sleeping problems.
I have a particular interest in behavioural modification, which sounds much more ominous than it really is! Essentially this involves helping children to increase behaviour they would like to see more of (such as exercise) or to decrease behavior they do not like (such as procrastination). It is also particularly effective in helping children begin to consider the outcomes of their choices.
My approach to Counselling: As a Psychologist I tend to draw most heavily from therapies with an extensive evidence base, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). However my Counselling background has also taught me that no therapy will be effective without rapport, a solid foundation of trust and respect, and this is always my first priority regardless of the issue a student may bring to Counselling.
Profile - Miss Eloise Conrad
My Background: My training focus has been children, adolescents and young adults. I have worked collaboratively, in a number of settings, with young people from a range of backgrounds and with a range of complex presenting issues. This work has been both on an individual level through therapy sessions and formal assessment procedures, as well as on a group level through the facilitation of social skills groups. I have a particular interest in child and adolescent depression and anxiety (prevention and management), as well as the management of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
My approach to Counselling: I have had extensive training in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This is a strong, evidence-based form of therapy focusing on the link between thoughts, feelings, behaviour and physical symptoms. I also have an interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), using mindfulness as an everyday skill and form of relaxation. This foundation is used in conjunction with a case-by-case assessment of the student’s presenting issues, strengths and what works for them to foster change and provide best practice to each individual.
Further Information & Resources
- "Mindfulness" - iPhone App: various timed meditations from 5 minute to 30 minute duration to suit everybody; also includes relaxation exercises and tips for becoming more mindful.
- actmindfully.com.au – of particular interest to parents and older children.
- au.reachout.com/What-is-mindfulness - great website for adolescents.
- actionforhappiness.org - A UK website but excellent information: Mindfulness Meditation
- actionforhappiness.org/ - Learn how mindfulness can bring you more headspace and happiness.
A wide range of books and materials can be obtained online from a Brisbane book store Open Leaves - www.openleaves.com.au. Some of the books are therapy-based books, whilst others have wider appeal for parents and children/adolescents. The following is a selection of titles which may be of interest to parents and students at Redeemer, but there are many more if you go online. The bookshop itself is situated in West End if you prefer to browse and get a feel for the books.
- "1-2-3 Magic" by Phelan, Thomas
- "Emotionally Intelligent Parenting" by Elias, Tobias and Friedlander
- "Everyday Blessings" by Kabat-Zinn, Myla and Jon
- "Fathers Raising Daughters" by Latta, Nigel
- "Challenging Child" by Greenspan, Stanley
- "Princess Bitchface Syndrome" by Carr-Gregg and Shale
- "Raising Girls" by Biddulph Steve
- "Raising Boys" by Biddulph, Steve
- "Surviving Adolescents" by Carr-Gregg, Michael
- "Queen Bees and Wannabes" by Wiseman, Rosalind
- "Find your Tribe" by Sparrow, Rebecca
- "Feelings Book Journal" by Madison, Lynda
Parenting Children with Special Needs
- "Bright not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD and Autism" by Kennedy, Diane and Banks, Rebecca
- "Helping Children to improve their Communication Skills" by Plummer, Deborah
- "More than a mum by Baskin", Amy and Fawcett, Heather
- "Parenting a Child who has Intense Emotions" by Harvey, Pat and Penzo, Jeanine
Free or Low Cost Smartphone Apps:
- "Moody Me" - Track your moods each day, record events, see how your mood changes and the things that makes it happy or sad so you can better manage it.
- "Headspace" - Meditation app containing techniques to help you focus, sleep better and relax using the ACT technique of mindfulness.
- "MindShift" - An app designed to help adolescents cope with anxiety. Learn how to relax, develop helpful thinking styles and take charge of anxiety symptoms.
- "Smiling Mind" - Modern meditation app for young people which allows them to monitor moods and practice mindfulness with quick, easy to use activities.
- "eCBT" - Designed for people experiencing low mood. Used in conjunction with counselling, this can assist challenging distorted thoughts and monitoring mood. Also tracks severity of symptoms.
- "I Can Do It" - An app to assist productivity and prevent procrastination. Helps promote motivation by providing a “digital to-do list” and assists in identifying and overcoming intrusions.
External Support Services:
- Lifeline 24hr Crisis Support: 13 11 14
- Lifeline Online Chat: 8.00pm-4.00am
- Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
- Kids Helpline Web Counselling: 12.00pm-10.00pm 7 days
- beyondblue: 1300 22 4636
- beyondblue Online Chat: 3.00pm-12.00am
- eHeadspace: 1800 650 890
- eHeadspace: Online and Email Support
- Parentline: 1300 30 1300
- Parentline Web Counselling: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11.00am-2.00pm