Student Counsellor

The Student Counsellor works in a team with the Pastor and Chaplains to provide students with emotional and social counselling, involving families as necessary. 

The Student Counsellor works Monday to Friday at the College and is available by referral by teachers or parents, or by self-referral by students themselves. All sessions with the student counsellor are free of charge.

Counselling Facilities

Redeemer's Counselling Centre is located in SA Block. Access is via the Senior School Administration main entrance (SA5). Sign in/out at the computer located at the reception desk, when attending a personal meeting.

Types of Issues

Some of the issues which students and/or parents might like to talk through include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety (click here)
  • Stress
  • Family problems
  • Bereavement
  • Sleep problems
  • Changes in eating
  • Attention and concentration difficulties

Student Well-being

If students don’t feel safe, then there are people here they can talk to click here

Contact Details

Ms Deborah Green
Office Location: SA5
Direct Telephone: 07 3340 8893
Email: dgreen@redeemer.com.au

Profile - Ms Deborah Green

My background: Ms Green has 5 years' experience practicing as a Clinical Psychologist overseas, where she completed her Psychology degree and Postgraduate degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In 2014 she moved to Australia with her family and more recently she completed a Master in Professional Psychology at the Australian Catholic University.

Ms Green has a diverse professional experience working with young children, adolescents and adults in different settings. Her experience includes working with depression, anxiety, behavioural problems, social and academic difficulties and family conflict, as well as conducting psychological assessments including cognitive and academic testing.

My approach to Counselling: Ms Green has been trained and worked with several evidence-based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Throughout her practice she has always preferred a gentle approach and building a relationship with clients in order to, through trust and respect, build the best strategy for each individual.

Further Information & Resources

www.smilingmind.com.au: web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life.

actmindfully.com.au – of particular interest to parents and older children.

headspace.org.au

au.reachout.com/What-is-mindfulness‎ - great website for adolescents.

actionforhappiness.org - A UK website but excellent information: Mindfulness Meditation

getselfhelp.co.uk getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/Mindfulness.pdf‎

actionforhappiness.org/ - Learn how mindfulness can bring you more headspace and happiness.

youthbeyondblue.com.au

Reading Materials:

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.

Parenting:

  • "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

Adolescence:

  • "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:

Extra Online Resources:

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