School counsellors are experienced teachers who have a degree in psychology and post-graduate qualifications in school counselling. They can work with students of all ages and their families, throughout their school years.
For information in community languages see school counselling service.
The school counsellor can also assist students who may be feeling extremely sad or anxious. Contact us if you would like to make an appointment.
It is important to seek help early if you notice any major change in your child's behaviour.
At Marsden High School, we are committed to fostering a school environment that supports student wellbeing. The School Counsellor advocates on behalf of our students to promote positive social, emotional, behavioural, physical and academic outcomes. The Counsellor regularly visits our school, and provides a range of support services, including:
- Counselling students and facilitating their access to other mental health services
- Monitoring student learning and behaviour
- Completing formal assessments of learning capabilities as well as behaviour evaluations
- Assisting schools in identifying and addressing disabilities that may be affecting student learning.
- Working with outside agencies: This may involve liaising with other health specialists such as Paediatricians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Speech Therapists or Occupational Therapists.
- Assisting families in making decisions about their child's education: School Counsellors may provide information about a child's educational options such as access to special education services that address specific learning, behavioural and mental health needs.
Students may be referred to the School Counsellor in a variety of different ways. Many students choose to self-refer or may refer their peers through our ‘Stymie' App. However, our Year Advisors, Executive Team, Learning and Support Team, Well-Being Teacher and Classroom Teachers also closely monitor the wellbeing of students. They encourage students to seek support through the School Counsellor and regularly assist them in making a referral. If you would like to speak with the School Counsellor (Brian Cheng), please phone the school to see when an appointment is available. Please know, School Counsellors often work across several different schools and thus may not be available every day.
Please view the list of E-Mental Health Resources (pdf 687 KB).