Lisa Menzel is a Counsellor with over 20 years' of experience working in local government, community services, education, corporate & private sectors. Lisa has supported people across the lifespan, including children, young people, adults & families in the areas of mental & emotional health & wellbeing such as anxiety and depression, relationships, loss/grief & many other complex & challenging issues. Since being a mother of 3 young children, Lisa has a particular interest in early childhood development as she knows the importance of building a strong 'parent-child' bond through her own experience as a mother and Counsellor. Lisa is an Author of two picture-storybooks for families to use as tools to engage in conversations with their children, encouraging self-awareness, learning appropriate behaviours but most importantly to spend quality me together to bond and foster healthy and happy relationships.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts - Youth Affairs, a Post-Graduate Diploma & Masters in Human Services Counselling. She is also trained in First Aid & Mental Health First Aid, & continuously engaging in Professional Development as per Clinical Membership (Reg. 21632) guidelines of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia).
You will also find her on the ARCAP Register (Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). Lisa is an Accredited Supervisor, providing clinical supervision to other practitioners in the helping professions.
Lisa has a genuine passion for supporting others & believes that all individuals have the right to empowerment & humanity.
It's been wonderful to have Lisa with us at Acacia College for the last two months of the school year.
When Lisa first arrived, we were all in shock because we had just heard the news that our precious school would be closing at the end of 2012 as a school of the Uniting Church.
Lisa quickly gained our confidence with her sensitive approach. She was not pushy but waited in her office or in the staffroom for staff to approach her. It wasn't long before Lisa was being asked to see students as well as staff and her days became very full.
I've appreciated the way that Lisa and I have been able to work together. When I talk with Lisa I know that I have her full attention and that she understands what I'm trying to say.
I readily referred students from both Junior School and Middle School to her, confident that they would be in good hands.
I'll be sorry to say 'goodbye' to Lisa when the term ends.
Rev Ros McDonald