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St Ives High School

St Ives High School

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School counselling service

Who are our school counsellors?

School counselling staff are members of the school learning and support team.

Our school counsellors are registered psychologists who have extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families.

What do our school counsellors do?

The school counselling service can:

·      Work with school staff and parents to improve the learning and well-being of students,

·      Provide individual counselling for students, including appropriate short-term interventions,

·      Liaise with and refer to appropriate external providers, as necessary,

·      Contribute to planning for students with additional needs, including assisting in completing funding applications,

·      Assess students (cognitive, social, emotional or behavioural) referred by the learning support team,

·      Actively support Year Advisers and Learning Support staff,

·      Contribute to whole –school welfare programming, including assisting with targeted programs.


How do I make contact?

A teacher may recommend the service by referring a student to the school’s learning and support team.

As a parent or carer, you may refer your child directly to the school counselling service, by calling or emailing the school.  Please find our online referral form here.

Students can also self-refer to the service by making an appointment directly with the school counsellor, leaving a note with the Office or completing the student online referral form here.

If the matter is urgent or an emergency, please contact your GP, local hospital or call:   

  1. Immediate safety concerns, contact ‘000’
  2. Children between 0-17 years with complex mental health concerns who live in the Hornsby or Ku-ring-gai Local Government Areas,– Hornsby Child & Youth Mental Health Service: 9485 6155 between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Mon.– Fri.
  3. Mental Health Crisis Line for referral services – 1800 011 511
  4. Youth Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636  Open 24/7 from 3pm to midnight


***** COVID19 Update: From the Counsellors' desk *****

In response to the increasing level of anxiety in the community regarding coronavirus, there is some recently released information posted on the school website.  

The information sheets outline some useful strategies and explanations which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 

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