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Counselling and wellness

Our Wellness Team

The wellness team are qualified and experienced professionals with the central goal of helping you to increase your sense of wellbeing, and they appreciate the different needs of students coming from other cultures and backgrounds.

Kathy is the Manager of the USQ Wellbeing Service. She is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, and has tertiary qualifications in psychology, counselling and general and psychiatric nursing. Kathy has worked in government and non-government services supporting people of all ages who have experienced trauma for many years, with a focus on trauma-informed and counter-oppressive practices, and social justice. Outside of work Kathy’s time is taken up with renovating her home, using permaculture principles on a daily basis, caring for her four Belgian Shepherd Dogs, and exploring tasty cuisines!

Charlotte is a clinical psychologist registrar. She chose to work as a psychologist as she values equity and fairness and believes that everyone should have a chance at success, no matter the hardships or mental health issues they have faced. Her experience ranges from primary school psychologist, youth mental health, community domestic violence counselling to corrective services. She has worked at USQ for over 4 years and is a PhD student focusing on mental health assessment for university students.   As a student counsellor she provides person centred therapeutic support for a range of mental health issues.  Originally from sunny Scotland, she packed her kilt and arrived in Australia 12 years ago and knows all too well some of the challenges to adapting to life away from home. When she’s not juggling parenting, study and work she likes to get outdoors either kayaking or trying not to get lost on a bush walk.  Charlotte is available for appointments Monday to Thursday. 

Michelle is a psychologist who aims to provide a non-judgmental, warm, relaxed space to help students improve their wellbeing and meet their study goals. Michelle has worked in the University’s Health and Wellness Team since 2021. As a Student Counsellor, Michelle draws from evidence-based therapies including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and solution focused brief therapy (SFBT). In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading from a variety of genres, spending time with friends, and going for long walks. Michelle is available for appointments on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Robyn is a registered psychologist. She loves helping people solve problems that are causing them challenges in life. She has been doing this in various roles in universities around South East Queensland since 2008, including in career counselling, student success advising, welfare and counselling. Prior to this, she was an ESL teacher and IELTS examiner working with international students. Robyn draws on a range of counselling approaches to support students, including CBT, ACT, SFT and DBT, and especially enjoys introducing students to mindfulness and meditation techniques for managing everyday stressors.    In her spare time, Robyn likes to practise meditation and yoga, and will bake at any opportunity.  Robyn is currently available for appointments for counselling Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays.

Scott is a psychologist, with 3 wonderful years as a Wellness Educator & Counsellor here at USQ and 9 years working in private practice before then. He values contributing positively to the lives of others and tends towards a curious, collaborative and at times playful approach. This naturally draws him to using ideas from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution-focused Brief Therapy, which are person-centred. In his spare time, Scott likes to make up random songs to make his family laugh and engage in physical activities that test his mental grit. Scott is available for appointments every day from Monday to Friday inclusive.

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