Our staff

Our counselling service consists of a diverse group of professionals. We provide a free and confidential counselling service to all of our students in a supportive and welcoming environment.

Allison Boucher - Coordinator

Counselling and mental health programs coordinator

BA, Grad Dip App Sc (ProfPsy) (Ballarat)

Allison commenced working at the University of Ballarat (now known as Federation University Australia) as a counsellor in 2003. Prior to this she worked in disability, mental health, employment and WorkCover. Allison is currently overseeing the counselling role. Her vision is to offer a professional service to students, where they can feel supported to achieve their personal and academic potential. Allison uses an eclectic approach to her counselling work, but trained in cognitive behavioural therapy. Her personal goal is to help you feel connected and supported during counselling.

Annette Riddell

Counsellor, Ballarat

BA, BSW, Post Grad Dip Family Therapy, Post Grad Cert Art Therapy

Annette has been working as a counsellor in secondary and tertiary education for the last nine years. Prior to education she has worked in a variety of counselling settings; sexual assault, drug and alcohol and general counselling, where she provided individual, group and family counselling. Annette uses a range of approaches in counselling and has a special interest in trauma. Her personal goal is to provide high quality counselling to students, so that they can realise their personal and educational goals.

Brock Dawson

Counsellor, Ballarat

BPsych, Post Grad Dip Psych (Ballarat)

Brock studied psychology at the University of Ballarat, completing his postgraduate diploma in 2004. After leaving university, he moved into the field of mental health, working primarily with complex clients in an adult mental health setting. Brock studied cognitive behavioural therapy and incorporates motivational interviewing into his person-centred approach to counselling.

Bronwyn Jackson

Counsellor, Gippsland

BBSc (Hons), DPsych (For)

Bronwyn completed her study at the University of Melbourne in 2001 and subsequently worked in the women's prison system providing both group and individual therapy for 8 years. She commenced working as a student counsellor at the Gippsland Campus in 2013 and endeavours to empower students to overcome obstacles and develop resilience, both with respect to their study and their personal issues. Bronwyn has a background in cognitive behavioural therapy, but uses a multi-faceted approach to meet the needs of her clients.

Jodie Baker

Counsellor, Gippsland

Master of Counselling (Monash University), GradCert Dispute Resolution (Charles Sturt University)

Jodie has completed a Masters of Counselling from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Charles Sturt University. Jodie has worked in a variety of roles within the community services sector delivering disability, mental health, training and employment programs. Jodie uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to assist individuals to achieve their counselling goals.

Miriam Nuske

Counsellor, Ballarat

BBSc (Flinders University), BBSc(Hons) (Flinders University), AHPRA registered

Miriam is a registered psychologist who prior to commencing work for the University was employed as a psychologist in a public mental health service and also within a government setting. She has experience working with individuals with a a range of different presenting issues including mood and anxiety disorders, stress and sleep difficulties. Miriam utilises a cognitive behavioural therapy  approach and incorporates motivational interviewing and mindfulness strategies. She is committed to achieving the best possible outcome with her clients.

Sybil Braybrook

Counsellor, Wimmera & Ballarat

BA (Hons), BNursSc, Master of Counselling (Bond University)

Sybil completed a Masters of Counselling from Bond University whilst managing the Counselling Clinic at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Sybil relocated to the Wimmera in 2008, working within a primary/community health care setting to deliver counselling services to rural communities. Her recent work history has included AOD service delivery and reform agendas. Sybil specialises in behavioural therapy and incorporates problem solving, psycho-education and biofeedback to deliver a tailored approach that ensures person-centred care.