Our counsellors

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.

Bronwyn Jackson

Counsellor, Gippsland

BBSc (Hons), DPsych (Forensic), GradCert (Aboriginal Studies), CertIV (Bereavement)

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 (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), but uses a multi-faceted approach to meet the needs of her clients.

Jodie Baker

Senior Counsellor, Gippsland

MSW (Social Work);  MCoun (Counselling);  GradCert (Dispute Resolution), CertIV (Disability)

Jodie has completed a Masters in Social Work at Federation University Australia and a Masters in Counselling at Monash University.  Jodie is a registered full member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and the Australian Counsellors Association (ACA).   Jodie has extensive experience in the mental health, disability, employment, and education sectors.   Jodie has a warm, relaxed, and eclectic counselling style.  Jodie uses a range of evidenced based therapeutic approaches focusing on assisting students to improve insight, self-compassion, and practical strategies to achieve counselling goals.

Kate Steckyj

Counsellor, Ballarat

Bachelor of Social Work (Victoria University)

Kate completed a Bachelor of Social Work at Victoria University in 2012. She has worked in Housing, Disability, Child Protection, Child and Family Services, Infant and Child Mental Health Services based in the Grampians and Wimmera region, Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation and Community Care Units based in Western Suburbs of Melbourne. Kate has extensive experience working with individuals of all age ranges whilst utilising anti-oppressive frameworks with a systems theory lens to ensure that all students from all backgrounds are supported to learn and thrive whilst gaining an education at university.

Krystel Goodman

Counsellor, Berwick

BA (Psych), GradDipPsych, MPsych (Couns)

Krystel has completed a Masters of Psychology (Counselling) at Monash University and is a registered psychologist. Krystel has worked in community, educational and private settings since 2011. Krystel has a warm, compassionate and non-judgemental approach to counselling and aims to work collaboratively with students to develop insight and facilitate positive change.

Miriam Nuske

Counsellor, Ballarat

BBSc (Flinders University), BBSc(Hons) (Flinders University), Registered with Psychology Board of Australia

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 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 and 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. She 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.  Sybil is an Instructor in Mental Health First Aid, and has a specialised interest in suicide prevention.  She has recently completed credentialing to be a culturally competent Disaster Mental Health Counsellor, with a focus on complex trauma and transgenerational resilience.