Wellbeing Support Service

The Wellbeing Support Service includes Psychologists, Social Workers and Counsellors providing a range of services to students who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. The services we provide include individual counselling for students, counselling support for families, liaison with staff, and small group work (such as resilience skills, healthy relationships and body image programmes). Psychological and Educational Assessments are also completed when appropriate.

Well being Team

 Notre Dame College Wellbeing Support Service:

(Back row L to R): Megan Gray; Peter Garla; Collette Caffrey. 
(Front row L to R):  Heather Turnbull; Fran Smyth; Lori Parmley; Donna Bradley

Knight Street and Year 9 Programme

Referral to counselling services or wellbeing support is typically made through the student’s Head of House in consultation with the student and parents/carers. Students can also self-refer by making an appointment directly with a member of the Wellbeing Support Service Team.

At Knight Street students can see Fran, Peter, Megan, Lori, Heather or Collette. Peter and Megan also provide services to the students in the Year 9 Programme.

McAuley Champagant Programme

Referral to Donna for wellbeing services in the McAuley Champagnat Programme is through the student’s Welfare Worker. 


The counselling service offered through the College Wellbeing Support Service is confidential. This means that a conversation had with a counsellor is private. Discussions with students are treated with dignity and respect, without discrimination or judgement.

By law, counsellors and psychologists have to keep most of what they are told confidential.  A counsellor will talk to students about confidentiality in their first session. Students are encouraged to ask if they have any queries about it.

In certain cases, a counsellor may need to break confidentiality if they are concerned about the student’s safety or the safety of someone else. A counsellor may also discuss with a student the need to speak to somebody in relation to this.

Before a counsellor can speak to an outside service, written consent is usually required before communication can be made to that service.

Counselling records are stored securely and confidentially.



If you have any queries about the College’s Wellbeing Support Services at:

  • Knight Street – please contact your child’s Head of House or Fran (Wellbeing Support Services Leader).
  • Year 9 Programme Emmaus Campus – please contact the Director of the Year 9 Programme or Fran (Wellbeing Support Services Leader).
  • McAuley Champagant Programme – please contact the Director of the Programme, Mr. Peter Chalkley or Donna (MCP Social Worker).
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