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.

Why see a counsellor?

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.

Reasons why people come to see us

The Counselling Service provides:

  • Academic support
  • Personal counselling
  • Assistance with policies and procedures
  • Crisis services.

Issues people often raise with us are:

  • Feelings of academic inadequacy
  • Relationships with others
  • Social anxieties
  • Cultural concerns
  • Depression
  • Balancing the demands of family and study
  • Sexuality
  • Traumatic events (recent or older)
  • Settling into life in Perth

Counsellors are familiar with Curtin’s policies and procedures, and can advise you on appropriate courses of action in the varied 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]

Make an appointment

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

See a counsellor at the Perth Campus

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

Take a virtual tour of our service space at the Perth Campus.

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

If you’re a student who’s new to the service or you haven’t had an appointment in the last six months, you must first have a 20-minute session with our triage counsellor. They will conduct a brief assessment of your needs, and if required schedule a follow up appointment based on the urgency and complexity of your situation. It’s important that you tell the triage counsellor as much information as possible about your situation and what you are seeking. If you need a support letter from Counselling Services, see the requirements.

Session times work on a first-come, first-served basis, and booking commences from 8:30 am. Once triage is full for the day, you will be asked to phone or return the next day. Triage sessions are held between 9.00 am and 12.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

You can book an appointment with the triage counsellor via phone on (08) 9266 7850. Your actual session will be face-to-face. Let us know if you cannot attend face-to-face because you are living outside of Perth, are on placement, have work commitments, you’re unwell, or you have travel restrictions. We may be able to provide you with a phone triage appointment if you fall into one of these categories.

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

See a counsellor in Kalgoorlie

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.

Counselling services for regional students

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

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

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

Contact the Perth Campus reception on (08) 9266 7850 to make an appointment.

Counselling services for online and OUA students

We offer 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

Please note: OUA students are not directly enrolled through Curtin, and as such, should email to request an appointment. When you ask for an appointment, let us know your OUA ID plus the best number to reach you over the phone.

Our counsellors

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

See a list of our counsellors

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