Welcome to the Guidance and Counselling Department.
All students enrolled at St Stephen’s can access a guidance counsellor on site.
Guidance counsellors are qualified social workers, psychologists, or teachers with an additional Master’s degree in counselling.
Guidance counsellors can support young people to overcome social and emotional barriers to educational success. Young people see guidance counsellors for issues like self-harm, anger, low mood, stress, worries, changes in family configurations, bullying, friendship and other factors affecting their wellbeing.
Guidance counsellors work with students individually or in small groups to help them develop skills for social, academic and personal growth. Guidance counsellors support student referrals to external agencies, work with school teams to enhance student wellbeing and advocate for students on their caseload.
Our guidance counsellors are:
Mrs Katharina Lane (Mon – Fri)
Mr Peter Graham (Mon – Fri)
To book an appointment with a counsellor at St Stephen’s, students can:
- Approach the counsellor in the school grounds.
- Ask their Pastoral House leader to refer them.
- Ask their parent/carer to message or phone the counsellor.
- Contact the counsellor via email.
Guidance counsellors are required to keep confidential records. They only share information when:
- Students are at risk of harm.
- A student asks them to share information.
- The law demands sharing of information (court orders, mandatory reporting of harm to a young person).
For additional information, please refer to the CES School Counselling Information Brochure:
Emergency and After-hours services:
Immediate Assistance/ Emergency: 000
Atherton Hospital Mental Health Service: 07 4091 0213
Mareeba Hospital Mental Health Service: 07 4092 9171
Tablelands Mental Health:
Phone – 07 4091 0263
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 07 4091 0467
Email – TablelandsAlliedHealthAdmin@health.qld.gov.au
Phone – 07 4091 0213
Email – Tablelands_mh@health.qld.gov.au
Better Together: 07 4091 3850
Mareeba Community Centre: 07 4092 1948
The following numbers are staffed 24/7 :
Mental Health Telephone Access: 1800 011 511
Youth Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Lifeline: 13 11 14 sms: 04 7713 1114
MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
Headspace: 1800 650 890
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 / www.kidshelpline.com.au