Collingwood College has a new school psychologist

Collingwood College has a new school psychologist once a week

Students can now see Olga for 10 sessions a year. To do this the student must obtain a Care Plan from a GP made out to VCPS (which stands for Victorian Counselling & Psychological Services). If you wish you can contact the welfare team (Gareth (Tel. 9412 7766), Vicki, Keir or Craig) to discuss this.

The following is a profile written by Olga:

I am a registered clinical psychologist, who works with children and young people (0-25 years of age). I have extensive experience in assessing, treating, and managing cognitive, emotional and behavioural stresses experienced by infants, children, adolescents and young adults. I specialise in working with young children (up to five years of age), psychosomatic complaints, anxiety and depressive disorders, mother-baby psychotherapy and personality disorders/traits.

I use a variety of techniques according to a young person’s needs, including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, play therapy, family and parenting work, group work, work with parent/s and child together, and individual psychotherapy. My work with a client can be short-term (six sessions) or long-term, depending upon the goals identified.

One of my core interests is working with children and adolescents with psychiatric and medical conditions. My doctoral thesis examined whether individual factors (i.e., level of adolescent autonomy and the ability to plan and organise tasks and activities) and family factors (i.e., parental overprotection and parental perception of their child’s vulnerability) influenced psychological adjustment in adolescents with shunted hydrocephalus.

If necessary, I can work in collaboration with all of the systems relevant to a young person (including their immediate environment, their family, school, work place or other agencies involved). My work focuses on exploring and working towards all of the goals that a young person has identified.

The following is a link to the VCPS website where you can listen to Olga discuss her work:

http://www.vcps.com.au/clinical-psychologist/dr-olga-szymanska

Gareth Rego

Student Welfare Coordinator

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