Wellbeing Centre

Gleeson College Student Counselling

From time-to-time students may experience challenges that affect their learning and wellbeing. Gleeson College provides a counselling service for students experiencing issues within and/or outside the College. A Student Counsellor can provide a safe space for students to speak openly about their worries and will assist students to explore strategies and solve problems. 

At Gleeson there are two full-time Student Counsellors available Monday to Friday during school hours.


Vanessa Gruber

Bachelor of Social Work and
Master of Teaching

Member of the Association of Counsellors in Catholic Schools


Courtney Olley

Bachelor of Psychological Science majoring in Counselling and Interpersonal Skills

Member of the Association of Counsellors in Catholic Schools













Students can self-refer via the Wellbeing page in the Portal Workspace on SEQTA. Alternatively, Parents/Caregivers can request a counselling appointment for their child by communicating with their child’s House Leader. Furthermore students and families can email the Wellbeing Centre at WBC@gleeson.catholic.edu.au to request an appointment Please note, this is a voluntary service that students must consent to.

A referral may be appropriate to assist with a range of issues including but not limited to:

  • Friendship/Relationship Issues
  • Goal setting 
  • Organisational skills
  • Emotional regulation
  • Social skills
  • Family Issues
  • General stress
  • Grief and loss

Please note that a Student Counsellor cannot replace the work of a mental health professional. If it becomes apparent that a student is in crisis; or has a suspected undiagnosed mental health concern, the Student Counsellor will contact the parent/caregiver to discuss referral to an appropriate external provider. If the student is receiving external supports, there is capacity for Student Counsellors to liaise and work in partnership.

If you need further resources or assistance outside of school hours, please consider the organisations below:

Headspace www.headspace.com - information and resources
or www.eheadspace.org.au to chat to a counsellor

Kids Helpline (ages 5-25) https://kidshelpline.com.au
Information and resources or free call 1800 55 1800

Reach Outwww.au.reachout.com - information and resources

Women’s & Children’s Hospital - Emergency Mental Health Team
Phone: 8161 7000

SA Health Mental Health Triage Team - Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Phone: 13 14 65 

Or contact your local GP for an appointment to discuss your concerns further.  

In an emergency:

Police/Fire/Ambulance: 000

Students may experience waves of stress throughout the school year. For tips to encourage positive mental health and ideas for self-care, please click on the following links:

Self-Care Tips for Teens | Healthy Living | Kids Helpline