Personal Counselling

Contact a St James Counsellor

The Counsellors at St James College are Shannon O'Gorman, Tania Munro and Jim Bartlett.

If you would like to make an appointment, find out more information about counselling services or to discuss any particular concerns, please contact:

Shannon O'Gorman

Phone: (07) 3230 8663

Tania Munro

Phone: (07) 3230 8664

Jim Bartlett

Phone: (07) 3230 8664

Guidance & Counselling

Guidance and counselling staff aim to provide students, families and staff with the guidance and support they need to lead healthy, fulfilling, productive and responsible lives. We strive to meet the educational, emotional, career, social and spiritual needs of our students. We offer an environment of understanding, support, encouragement and challenge as we assist students to achieve their educational, personal and vocational goals. Guidance services are available to all members of the school community, especially at risk students and students with special needs and their families.

What is Counselling?

A way of helping people make decisions, manage problems, change thoughts, feelings and behaviours, set goals, receive support and take responsibility for their own lives. Counselling works best when we can work together so effective counselling is built on a supportive and caring relationship between the counsellor and the person coming to counselling.


We do our best to provide you with the best possible counselling. We promise to keep you fully informed about approaches, methods and strategies used to help you reach your goals. We welcome questions and feedback about any aspect of the counselling process. While we want to help, in some cases a counsellor may not have the expertise you need or be the right counsellor for you. If that is the case, we will assist with a referral to another professional.


Not telling others what you tell a counsellor. However, there are limits. Counsellors cannot keep conversations confidential if a person is a danger to themselves or others. Also, counsellors are professionally and morally obliged to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

Services offered at St James

  • Individual and group counselling about academic, social, behavioural, family and personal issues
  • Staff consultation and support
  • Parent groups
  • Educational, and behavioural assessment
  • Parent and teacher consultation regarding student needs
  • Classroom visits and support
  • Program development and implementation (human relations and career education, vocational education and training, drug education, pastoral care and mental health initiatives, study skills, parent education, critical incident management, professional development for teachers)
  • Policy consultation
  • Referrals

Appointments & Referrals

  • Parents are welcome to phone for an appointment directly or contact your child’s home room/pastoral coordinator to discuss a referral
  • Referrals to members of the guidance and counselling team come from a number of sources
  • Assistant Principal - Pastoral and Pastoral Coordinators may make referrals in consultation with parents
  • Teachers may make referrals through the appropriate pastoral coordinator
  • Teachers may make appointments directly for professional consultation or support
  • Students are welcome to talk to a member of the guidance and counselling team at any time and/or discuss a referral with a teacher or pastoral coordinator
  • Submit a referral online using the Counselling Referral Form  

Information Sheets

For more information, click to download the PDF documents below:

Understanding Counselling (113KB)

Children and Separation or Divorce (73KB)

The Power of Encouragement (86KB)

Understanding Eating Disorders (175KB)

Coping with Peer Pressure (170KB)

Other Services and Sites (10KB)