COUNSELLOR: Kristen Gilbert
Kristin is responsible for all Aquinas College students and is available on Monday through to Thursday.
People come to counselling for many different reasons. Sometimes it is a difficulty or a problem that brings people to counselling. It could be a small problem or one that seems so large it is overwhelming.
Some of the reasons that bring people to counselling are:
A personal problem
A problem at home
A problem at school
A problem with friends
At other times people want to focus on their hopes and dreams for the future
Many people find it helpful to talk to someone safe to get a clearer picture of their hopes and dreams or of what it is that is troubling them.
Life will give us pleasurable feelings. It will also give us uncomfortable ones such as sadness, fear and anger.
All fears are normal, some are simply more intense than others. Anxiety is a common term in our modern fast paced society and it’s important to remember that anxiety is a part of leading a full human life.
Anger is a normal, healthy human emotion. The way in which a young person interprets situations and events has important implications for anger management and sometimes our young people need help managing their feelings of anger successfully – this is called emotional regulation. Most anger occurs in the context of a trigger event or is secondary to another underlying emotion.
We care about the health and well being of every student at Aquinas College. As exams approach, please take time to read the attached Exam Anxiety Booklet for tips on how to cope with stress.
If you are feeling under pressure, make use of the free medical services within our school such as the the Doctor, Nurse and Physiotherapist.