The VU Counselling team is a committed group of psychologists and social workers who aim to enhance the wellbeing of all VU students, to ensure they meet their academic and personal goals.

The professionals in our team come from various backgrounds with specific training in supporting the diverse psychological needs of the VU student community.

Counsellors are based across campuses. Appointments can be made via phone, video call and in person where possible.

 

Our staff

Our counsellors offer guidance and support at VU's various campuses.

Margaret is an AASW Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Clinical Family Therapist (AAFT).

Margaret oversees VU Counselling Services, Accessibility Services, Student Support and Advocacy, and Chaplaincy. She has over twenty years’ experience as a social worker and mental health clinician. Margaret is experienced in leading counselling and welfare programs, and has the privilege of managing dedicated and highly skilled teams of VU wellbeing practitioners.

Prior to joining VU, Margaret worked at the Department of Health and Human Services, Eastern Health Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault, non-for profit organisations, and private practice.

Margaret's qualifications

BA, BSW, Cert IV TAE, DPC (Dev Psych), M Clin Fam Ther, Dip Business.

 

Nicole is a registered psychologist and Psychology Board approved supervisor with over twenty years of experience providing counselling and evidence based preventative psychological programs to students in the secondary and tertiary sector. Nicole has  developed a significant level of practice and research into providing culturally appropriate and sensitive counselling services to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • international students
  • students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • students from the LGBTIAQ+ community.

Nicole works with students to acknowledge the impact of their lived experiences and aims to develop student's strengths to overcome obstacles. A large part of Nicole's work at VU is to collaborate with students to ensure mental health programs at VU are relevant, engaging and accessible. Nicole is the coordinator of the VU Counselling Service Team.

Nicole is able to provide counselling for a range of mental health challenges including:

  • Anxiety
  • depression
  • trauma recovery
  • cultural adaption
  • identity issues
  • relationship issues
  • study related issues e.g. procrastination, time management and exam anxiety.

Nicole's qualifications & memberships

Senior Counsellor BA Soc Sc, MA Psych (Counselling). Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, Member Australian Psychological Society.

Noor is a clinical psychologist with experience in a variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals (in-patient and out-patient), and schools. She has experience assisting people to develop a better understanding of their personal issues, create healthy coping strategies, build self-esteem, and improve study/time management skills. 

Noor has a warm, empathetic and non-judgemental approach to therapy, which allows for an open and trusting relationship to be built. She is passionate about working collaboratively with students to manage their difficulties, using evidence-based interventions.

Noor's qualifications & memberships

BAppSc (Psych), BPsychSci (Hons), MPsych(Clin), Member Australian Psychological Society

A specialist counselling psychologist in tertiary education settings for over 20 years, Julie is passionate about making psychological support accessible and meaningful for students.

She does this by collaborating with students and by offering a range of flexible, creative and evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions.

Julie's qualifications & memberships

BA, Grad Dip Child & Adolescent Psych, Grad Dip Ed, MEd Studies, Member Australian Psychological Society.

Freda is a counselling psychologist who has worked within secondary and tertiary educational settings for over 20 years.

Freda has experience in counselling a diverse range of students such as mature age, youth and international.

She has worked with a wide range of issues including developing self-esteem, relationships, dealing with grief and loss, time and stress management.

Freda uses a range of evidence-based psychological interventions in her work with students.

Freda's qualifications & memberships

BA, GradDipEd, GradDipCouns, MEd (Psych), Member Australian Psychological Society.

Jennifer is a counselling psychologist with over 20 years’ experience counselling in the tertiary education sector.

She has also worked as a registered nurse, lecturer, chaplain and in private practice.

Jennifer uses a range of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness based therapies, psychodynamic and person centred approaches. She works collaboratively with clients to help clients gain insight, create change and achieve their goals.

Jennifer is an accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor and is passionate about mental health literacy and reducing stigma associated with help seeking.

Jennifer's qualifications & memberships

BA Theol, CertGen Nursing (PHH), BA, GradDip Couns Psych, MPsych (Couns), Member Australian Psychological Society and Fellow of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists.

Liz has over 20 years of experience of counselling within the tertiary education sector, having previously worked in community health.  She has an abiding commitment to the West and an appreciation of the cultural and social diversity of the region.

Liz has a holistic approach to counselling, with extensive experience working with clients across a broad range of personal, family and relationship issues, gender diversity, grief and loss.  She has a particular interest in narrative therapy and other strength based, collaborative approaches, valuing the importance of the therapeutic relationship.

Liz's qualifications

BA Social Work, MA (Education), GradDip, (Community Development), GradCert (Narrative Therapy).

Adriana is an AASW Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with specialist training and experience in Lacanian Psychoanalysis.

Adriana has worked as a counsellor, analyst and mental health clinician with young persons and adults, in both public and private practice settings. She has over 10 years of counselling experience in the tertiary education sector.

Adriana has a strong interest in the areas of:

  • learning and barriers in achieving academic and life goals
  • developmental trauma
  • complicated grief
  • existential difficulties
  • attachment issues.

She uses a range of therapeutic approaches including cognitive, analytic, psychodynamic and phenomenological frameworks.

Adriana is an accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor.

Adriana's qualifications

BA (Phil), BSW, DPC, AMHSW, MFSM.

Sara is a registered psychologist with extensive experience working with young people in both community and educational settings. She has a passion for helping individuals experiencing a range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, as well as educational and adjustment concerns.

She engages with students through a compassionate care approach that places them at the centre of the therapeutic process and allows their unique voice to resonate and be heard. She utilises several evidence-based therapeutic approaches to promote change which include cognitive behaviour therapy, emotion focused therapy, acceptance commitment therapy and mindfulness techniques.

Sara is happy to provide counselling support in both English and Arabic.

Sara's qualifications & memberships

BBNSc (Hons), MPsych (Couns). Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Placements for counsellors-in-training

Counselling services periodically offers supervised placements to counsellors-in-training when there is an available staff psychologist or social worker.

Contact VU Counselling

Contact us to find out more about our services or to make an appointment with a counsellor at one of our campuses.