Psychological and Counselling Services

You can access our psychological and counselling services for a safe professional environment to deal with any issues affecting your life or study. We provide a free and confidential service that focuses on short-term therapy.

 

Reasons why people come to see us

Sometimes, some difficulties are hard to discuss with family, friends or work colleagues, and you may desire an independent party to confide in. A professional counsellor can help you resolve problems and prevent future issues from developing.

Personal counselling 

Common issues addressed include: 

  • Conflict management in relationships (professional, intimate, academic) 
  • Sexuality
  • Stress or anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Traumatic events/incident 
  • Academic difficulties 
  • Perfectionism  
  • Addiction 
  • Neurodiversity  
  • Cultural concerns  
  • Life/study balance  
  • Adjustment to life in Perth  

Group programs and workshops 

A range of groups are offered including those aimed at: 

  • Managing stress in your life or on placement 
  • Anxiety skills development 
  • Improving self-compassion 
  • Dealing with depression and/or anxiety 
  • ADHD Support Groups 
  • Developing mindfulness-based cognitive strategies 
  • And a host of other topics. 

Assistance with policies and procedures 

Clients come to us concerned with procedures for dealing with: 

  • Special circumstances 
  • Appeals 
  • Deferred assessments 
  • Leave of absence 
  • Withdrawal from units. 

In’s policies and procedures, and can advise you on appropriate courses of action in various situations.

If you’re an international student, be assured that we are a multi-cultural service with staff who are sensitive to cross-cultural issues. You’re welcome to visit us – you don’t need a major crisis to justify a visit!

What does our space look like?

Statement of Confidentiality

Psychological and Counselling Services adheres to the normal tenets of professional confidentiality. Please see the below pdf for more detailed information.

Statement of Confidentiality [.pdf 84KB]

Book an appointment

We have services for Perth, Kalgoorlie, online and regional students.

Perth

You can book an appointment by calling (08) 9266 7850 or by visiting our reception on level 2 of Building 109.

Our reception hours are:

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5.00pm
Friday: 8.00am to 4.30pm

There may be a waiting period of up to four weeks during our busy times of the year.

Appointment hours

Monday to Thursday: 8.00am to 6.00pm
Friday: 8.00am to 4.30pm

Your initial appointment (Triage)

Triage is the initial appointment you will have with our counselling service if you haven’t been before or haven’t been in the last 6 months. It involves a 20-minute assessment by our triage counsellor. By the end of the assessment, the triage counsellor will be able to determine the urgency and complexity of your needs and offer you appropriate service options. These service options could be one-on-one counselling, group programs and workshops, organisational support (e.g., extensions for assignments, unit withdrawals, refunds under special circumstances), or referrals to external services and/or online resources. Triage and the service options can be face-to-face or online depending on your needs, study type, geographic location, and the nature of the service.  

Triage session times work on a first-come, first-served basis. Bookings can only be made between 9.00am to 1.00pm AWST Monday to Friday on the day of the appointment. Sessions fill up very fast so please call as early as possible to secure a spot. If appointments are full that day, try again the next day.  

Session times availabilities: 

  • Between 9.00am and 1.00pm AWST Monday to Friday 

Booking avenues: 

  • Call +61 8 9266 7850 or 1800 651 878  
  • Visit reception – Building 109 level 2, 1 Kent St, Bentley WA 6102. 

Once you have an appointment booked you will be asked to complete a registration form, to read and agree with our confidentiality statement. 

Kalgoorlie

You can book an appointment by calling Curtin Kalgoorlie’s Student Wellbeing Advisor (08) 9088 6029 or visiting us Building 701, Room 114

There are different counselling services available in Kalgoorlie. We encourage you to contact one of the below health services or local mental health practitioners.

You’re also welcome to contact the Student Wellbeing Advisory Service or the Counselling Service at the Perth Campus (see details above) for assistance in arranging a referral or, in the case of the Counselling Service, to make an appointment to receive phone or online counselling.

Regional

We offer a free, confidential counselling service to all enrolled regional students. The service can be provided face-to-face, online via Skype/Zoom or over the phone – depending on what is possible for you as the student. To arrange an appointment please call our reception on +61 8 9266 7850 or email counselling@curtin.edu.au.

Free face-to-face counselling services are available at the following locations:

  • Albany
  • Esperance
  • Geraldton
  • Karratha
  • Margaret River
  • Port Hedland.

Online and OUA students

OUA:

You can access free and confidential appointments with professionally-qualified counsellors appointed through OUA. This short-term, solution-focused service can help you: 

  • Work through stresses relating to student life 
  • Deal with study anxiety 
  • Look after any health or welfare issues that are affecting your studies 
  • Manage your work, study and life balance 

Your first step is to request an appointment by emailing counselling@open.edu.au. Provide them with  

  • Your name 
  • Your OUA ID card number
  • Your best contact phone number

Go to the OUA for more information about the services and requesting an appointment 

Curtin:

Curtin also offers a free, confidential counselling service to students who study online via direct enrolment at Curtin. The service is provided online through Zoom, a web or app-based video chat program, or via telephone – depending on what is easier and more convenient. In the case of Zoom, each client will receive a link for the session prior to their appointment.

To arrange an appointment please call our reception on +61 8 9266 7850 or email counselling@curtin.edu.au. OUA students may also use Curtin’s online counselling system.

Indigenous counselling services

We offer specialised services for Curtin’s Indigenous students and staff. Joyleen Koolmatrie, an Aboriginal psychologist, works from both the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) and the Counselling Service and provides a safe, confidential, professional and free place to talk.

Book an appointment

To make an appointment, phone Counselling Services on (08) 9266 7850. Or if you are seeking help on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday you can also present at Joyleen’s office at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies during working hours.

Counselling Services
Mondays and Thursdays
Building 109, Level 2
Phone: (08) 9266 7850

Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Tuesdays, Wednesdays (half day) and Fridays
Building 211, Room 228

Our counsellors

See a list of our counsellors

Our counsellors are highly qualified (Counselling Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists) and have a range of expertise to provide quality professional service to students.

  • Sean Murray, PhD (Pretoria) – Head of Service
  • Ariane Cummins, Clinical MPsych (Curtin) – Clinical Manager
  • Jagan Rama Sendren, PGDip Counselling (Nanyang Polytechnic) – Social Support Advisor
  • Graham Semple, MPsych (Curtin)
  • Joyleen Koolmatrie, MPsych (Curtin)
  • Karen Robson, MPsych (Curtin)
  • Penny Chai, MHS/PGDip (Auckland)
  • Penny Fox, MPsych (Natal)
  • Ruth Swan, MPsych (Curtin)
  • Brent Stewart, MPsych & Counselling MPsych (Curtin)
  • Kristen Seaman, Clinical MPsych & PhD (Curtin)