Mary Holmes - School Counsellor

Qualifications: Master of Social Work

Professional Interests and Expertise:I have worked in schools for nearly 20 years, as well as recently working for 3 years at Headspace. I really enjoy providing counselling to children, young people and families in a creative and supportive way. Children sometimes find it difficult managing in this complex and ever changing world, and this can affect their overall development. Evidence shows that children learn best when they are able to manage the other aspects of their world.  In working with children and families I use a range of strategies, including play therapy, problem solving, crisis work and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Recent Professional Development:

Trauma and the Brain

High Conflict Family Law Practice Forum

Positive Psychology

Social Work Supervision

Drive: I am passionate about working with families and children, in assisting them in the challenges that they face. It is also important to me to provide a positive model of counselling in the school setting, for all students, even if they do not access the service at school. It is a privilege to be a part of the Christ the King community, and to work with other committed and creative staff.