Counselling is a special kind of conversation for helping you understand some of the difficult things that are emerging in your life.

These days counsellors and psychologists are working in all kinds of settings (schools, universities, businesses, sporting clubs) to help people live effectively and well, to help them reach their potential or to help them overcome obstacles that are hindering this.

Sometimes counselling is a matter of helping you sort out the things that are not going the way you would like them to, ‘clearing the decks’ so that some new and different possibilities can emerge. Perhaps these possibilities would include a different way of seeing your situation, being able to work out more effective ways of thinking or feeling about it, or perhaps acting in a way that represents a new way of responding or that breaks with old patterns of behaviour.

Life is unpredictable and sometimes it is helpful to talk about events that have occurred in your life that are proving difficult for you, such as family breakdown, the illness or death of someone close, other losses such as the end of a relationship, peer difficulties, sexual issues, difficulties with alcohol or other drugs, exam stress or uncertainty about future directions.

Counselling is about whatever is happening in your life. It is about getting clarity, developing skills, solving problems or dealing with issues so that life can move forward again. Counselling can help you maintain your own mental health and personal resilience. Just like being physically healthy it is important to remain mentally healthy.

Experiences like anxiety and depression, out of control anger or bullying should not be ignored because they set up very damaging patterns in our lives that drag us down. The symptoms of anxiety and depression are extremely common but you don’t have to live under their shadow. They can be treated effectively. Being able to manage our reactions (like anger) or deal with bullying or harassment are important aspects of personal coping and social relating.

The Counsellor is especially able to listen well to you as you tell your story. To be able to trust someone else with your issues or difficulties and to be heard deeply and accurately so that you have a sense of being understood is a great experience. It is a real relationship that leads on to an exploration of those parts of your story or the thoughts or feelings that are caught up in the story, that create most hassle, pain, confusion or uncertainty.

Counselling helps you empower your life again, to feel more in charge of yourself again, to be more confident in your ability to cope or handle things, to develop the skills for effective living.

Here at TAS we have a counselling service for students, parents and staff. You will always be welcome!

The Counsellor is Alix Goudge and her rooms are located on the southern side of the school. To get in touch with Alix, email [email protected] or call 02 6776 5800.

How to make contact if you are a student?

  • Drop by and make an appointment.
  • If it helps you take the step, bring a friend.
  • It’s not a strange or weird thing to do!
  • Or mention the possibility to a trusted teacher or Head of House who will let Alix know that you would like to make contact.
  • Or leave a note for him under the door.
  • Or by email

How to make contact if you are a parent or staff member?

Phone, drop by, email, ask a Head of House to arrange a time, contact the TAS Reception on 02 6776 5800.

Hours on Campus

Tuesday and Thursday – 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 12pm