As part of our commitment to pastoral care we provide a counselling service for students and parents. By offering such a resource we acknowledge the importance of developing the whole person and the unique demands faced by each student and their families.

Most young people manage adolescence without major difficulties however sometimes issues or problems arise when additional help may be beneficial to the young person.  At certain times it may be necessary.

Young people usually access the counselling services on a short term basis. The counsellors offer interventions for issues such as depression, anxiety, peer relationships, grief and loss, learning difficulties, behaviour management, family issues, study skills, school refusal, bullying, and stress. We aim to provide students with strategies necessary to enable them to manage themselves and their school performance in the most effective way possible.

At John Paul College we promote help seeking behaviours as a proactive means of meeting life’s challenges so we encourage students to use the College counselling service. Wherever possible, parental involvement is sought and encouraged with all students. Parents are also encouraged to contact the service with any concerns they may have.

Privacy and confidentiality is of primary importance to this role. As counselling professionals we are ethically and legally obliged to protect the privacy of our clients within the limits of safety. If you have any particular concerns in this regard, your questions are most welcome.



For more information about the service or to refer a student, please contact the College’s Wellbeing Coordinator and Counselling Psychologist, Jacqui Duffee; Student Counsellor, John Riddle; or Counselling Psychologist Angela Saraceni.

  Jacqui Duffee   John Riddle   Angela Saraceni