Wellbeing & Counselling

Our counselling services aim to provide guidance and support to students and their families. With expert care and knowledge, we can assist students to overcome any challenge they may face. 

The College Counsellors work in a multi-disciplinary team. Together with Year Level Coordinators, the Careers team, the VET team, Nurses, the heads of Senior and Middle school and the College Chaplains, they work to provide students with counselling support and management for a variety of social, emotional and relational concerns.  We also work closely with families to provide support and referrals to external providers as necessary. 

Supporting students through...

    • Overcoming anxiety
    • Managing sleep
    • Managing stress
    • Building a positive body image
    • Overcoming depression
    • Surviving Year 12
    • Building resilience
    • Challenging family dynamics
    • Overcoming grief and loss

      ...and many more topics
Counselling Facilities

Grace Lutheran College's Counselling Centre is located in the main chapel precinct next to the Ministry offices.  Access is via the Senior School Administration main entrance. 

When attending a personal meeting on the college premises, visitors must sign in / out at the reception desk.

Accessing Student Support

There are a number of ways that students can access the services of the College Counsellors:

  1. Students may be referred by their GEL teacher directly to the College Counsellor or by the Year Level Coordinator.
  2. Students may self-refer to see the College Counsellor through either the Middle School office or the Hub.
  3. Parents can contact the Counsellor directly via email or phone to discuss their child’s needs and request an appointment.
  4. All appointments are held in the strictest confidence with consensual agreement by the student and in consultation with the parent (where age criteria is not met).
  5. Students can also be referred for online telehealth counselling during our current COVID-19 pandemic.  Students and parents can contact the Counselling team via counsellors@glc.qld.edu.au.
  6. All student sessions with our counsellors are fully funded.  Cognitive and behavioural assessments may accrue a fee for services. 
External Support Services

Our counselling team may be able to refer students for additional support outside of the college. There are also many services readily available to students and their families to seek guidance and support.

Beyond Blue | Youth Beyond Blue | 1300 22 4636 | Online Chat (3:00PM - 112:00AM)

Headspace |1800 650 890 | Online and Email support

Kids Helpline | 1800 55 1800 | WebChat Counselling (12:00PM - 10:00PM)

Lifeline | 24hr Crisis Support: 13 11 14 | Online Chat (8:00PM-4:00AM)

Parentline | 1300 30 1300 | Web Counselling (Tues & Thurs 11:00AM - 2:00PM)

MEET OUR TEAM

Meet the counselling team supporting our Grace Community...

Mr Dale Dearman
College Counsellor, Rothwell
Monday – Friday, 8:00AM - 3:10PM | (07) 3897 2120 | Dale_Dearman@glc.qld.edu.au


Dale has over twenty-five years’ experience working with youth and families across  schools in the North Brisbane region. Having recently completed studies in psychology, Dale is now a fully registered psychologist with AHPRA. He has experience working in both school based and clinical settings. Dale has also completed a Masters in Counselling and Bachelor of Music which combined with life experiences that have provide skills and tools to progress into a fulfilling life and marriage. Dale has diverse experience working with youth and adults across a number of areas.  Dale is enthusiastic about working with students, staff and parents of Grace Lutheran College, assisting them with their journey into mental and emotional health.

Dale has complete training and worked in several modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, Living Wisdom Counselling, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.  Dale is also able to assist with cognitive and behavioural assessments  in consultation with head of middle and senior school.  Dale seeks to build lasting therapeutic relationships with students through, trust, respect, empathy, acceptance and humor, providing a tailored individual approach. 

Dale lives in with his wife Gina and twin 12 year old daughters Lily and Mia. Dale loves anything musical, working on old cars, playing guitar, singing, writing and recording music, hanging at the beach and good strong coffee. 

Mrs Debbie Cale-Clark
College Counsellor, Caboolture
Monday - Friday, hours by contact | Debbie_Cale-Clark@glc.qld.edu.au

Debbie’s career began in teaching high school age students in Sydney and thoroughly enjoying the interaction with tween and teenage young people. She subsequently felt drawn to the field of counselling noticing that young people and adults often struggle with the complexities of life and need support in managing how to handle these. She has over thirty years of experience in working with young people as well as adults in the fields of education and counselling. Her qualifications are in Education, Applied Science, Family Studies, Counselling and Developmental Trauma. Debbie has grown personally through life’s experiences that enrich her understanding and compassion. Debbie has been at Grace Lutheran College for eight years and is enthusiastic in supporting students, staff and parents in gaining confidence and growing in mental, emotional and relational health. 

Debbie has completed training and worked in several modalities including; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Group Therapy and Solution-focused Therapy. In many cases the given intervention will be a blend of approaches which focus on supportive, short-term solution-focused outcomes. Debbie is keen on building lasting therapeutic relationships with students with the individual student’s needs in mind. 

Debbie lives with her husband, Steve and has three sons. Two are in their early twenties and still live at home. Debbie enjoys daily, long walks through the neighbouring forest with her dogs, cycling, travelling, audiobooks, puzzles and catching up with friends and family. 

Mrs Libby Farmer
College Counsellor, Rothwell
Tuesday – Thursday, 8:00AM - 3:10PM | (07) 3897 2103 | Libby_Farmer@glc.qld.edu.au


Libby is passionate about helping young people reach their potential, both in and out of the classroom. My teaching experience ranges from Primary to Senior Secondary. She has also worked as a facilitator with LEQ (Lutheran Education Queensland), to deliver professional learning experiences to teachers in the subject of Christian Studies.

In her previous role as Director of Care & Wellbeing she was responsible for the pastoral care of the students and staff across the Senior Campus. Her passion for helping adolescents always remained and this encouraged her to return to study and complete a Master of Education in Guidance and Counselling which has now led to her current role of Student Counsellor at Grace Lutheran College.

Libby has three adult children and one fur child. She is part of a blended family that has been together for 18 years and have experienced the highs and lows of adolescence. Together with her husband Rod they enjoy travelling, going to the AFL, playing board games and reading.