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Counselling Service

The aim of our counselling service is to help you feel relaxed, refreshed and fully equipped to complete your studies. It is accessible to all Australian based students.


Feel free to shoot an email to our team at any time:

Counselling appointments are currently available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week.

Book an appointment

Meet Your Campus Counsellors

Your counsellors

Vanessa Bryden

Permanent campus counsellor

Previously graduated:  Master in Psychotherapy, Diploma in Welfare and Community Development.

What motivates me: Spending time to support people to gain an understanding into their own world, help devise create solutions and seeing them more at ease within their present moment. I also try to mindful during my days, not always successful, but its definitely a motivation.   

How do I unwind: Spend time with mates, eat good food, lazy days reading and watching a favourite crime/comedy series, meditate, the moments after leave the gym and all of the above x as much as I possibly can = very relaxed!

Eamon Hannah

Previously graduated:
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Forensic Science) at Swinburne University
Graduate Diploma of Psychology at Deakin University

Currently studying:
Master of Professional Psychology at Cairnmillar Institute
What motivates me: 
I'm inspired by people - watching them flourish, overcome, and create. I like to challenge myself to learn more, to always be open to opportunities to increase skills or gain experience.

How do I unwind: 
I enjoy gaming with friends - both video games and board games, going to gigs, going to the footy, and try my best to get to the gym or yoga a couple of times a week. Also patting as many dogs as I can possibly get my hands on.

Sue Power

Previously Graduated: General Nursing training, a Bachelor of Nursing Practice and a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery. 

Currently: On placement as part of a Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy

What inspires me: Nature and music inspires me, both for me are uplighting and able to create feeling and a change in mood almost instantly.  I am also inspired by generous and loving people, people I admire, including friends who teach me about how to be in the world.

How do I unwind: I enjoy going for a walk in nature to unwind, or pottering in my garden.  A long relaxing bath in also a favourite. 

Suzanne Sharp

Previously graduated:
Bachelor of Planning and Design
Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)
Grad Dip in Therapeutic Arts Practice
Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy
What motivates me:
Connection, creativity and compassion and the many forms they take.
Beauty that isn’t obvious straight away, that you need to slow down to notice. 
How do I unwind:
Hanging out with people I love (usually involves food), walking my dogs, yoga, art, cinema, theatre, reading, meditating.

Dr Zahra Noori

Provisional psychologist

Previously graduated: PHD in psychology, Masters and Bachelor degree in psychology.

Currently: Internship program in psychology

What motivates me: being helpful and effective, listen to people and help them to find the best solutions for their life. I enjoy a challenge, learning relationship complexities that we all share, and I enjoy seeing the countless ways that each person's mind, body, history, emotions, thoughts, and web of relationships and roles is unique.

How do I unwind: spending time with my family, cooking, reading, going for a walk and doing yoga.

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Frequently asked questions about counselling

Counselling FAQs

Q. Is the counselling service available for me?
A. Yes, if you are a current Australian based student of Laureate Australia.

Q. Do I need a referral?
 No, you do not need a referral. Contact your campus counsellor or click the button above to make an appointment.



Q. How often do I need to come to counselling?
 This is an individual decision and is worked out with your counsellor.

Q. How many counselling sessions should I have?

 The counselling team is able to offer brief focused counselling which is usually up to 12 sessions. If, however, you require further ongoing support your counsellor can refer you to a longer term counselling support option.


Q. How much will counselling cost me?
 Student counselling on campus is a free service for all students.

Q. What sort of topics or experiences are suitable for discussing in a counselling session?

 Any subjects or experiences, from an everyday concern to a unique circumstance or situation are suitable for a counselling session. The counselling team is here to help address any concerns that maybe affecting your studies on some level.


Common reasons why people seek out counselling include:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Time management difficulties
  • Illness, grief and loss
  • Life transition and adjustment issues
  • Personal growth and understanding
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Sexuality and sexual identity
  • Anxiety, stress or other coping with other feelings
  • Loneliness
  • Violence and abuse in a relationship
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Counselling Feedback

Have feedback?

If you've used our counselling service and would like to provide some feedback, we'd love to hear from you!

Click here to fill out a feedback form

Wellbeing Centre

You can get access to affordable massage and natural health services at our campus clinic in Fitzroy.

All students can receive $10 services such as:

  • clinical myotherapy
  • relaxation and remedial massages
  • naturopathy
  • acupuncture
  • and much more! 

Check this link out for more information and head over to Southern School of Natural Therapies: 

45 Victoria Street

Fitzroy VIC 3065

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Book a counselling appointment

You can book a confidential, free counselling session by clicking here:

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