We recently introduced you to our NT counsellor Sarah. Now we are introducing Haidee and Sam, who will be providing counselling services at the new City Campus!
We’re thrilled to announce the addition of two highly experienced and compassionate counsellors to our team: Haidee Baker and Sam Thomson. With their diverse backgrounds and expertise, they bring a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to supporting students on their journey towards improved mental health and wellbeing.
Haidee Baker is a registered psychologist with a Master’s degree in school psychology. With over 15 years of experience in various educational settings, community mental health organizations, and private practice, Haidee is passionate about helping students enhance their wellbeing and overcome obstacles that hinder their academic and personal lives.
Haidee has a strong interest in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. Having studied in Australia, France, and Canada, she has a special affinity for supporting international students, migrants, refugees, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Her time living and working in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands has further enriched her understanding and respect for different cultures and communities.
Known for her warm and non-judgmental approach, Haidee creates a safe and supportive space for students to explore their thoughts, emotions, and challenges. She employs evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness-based techniques tailored to each individual’s unique needs and goals. Haidee will be available for counselling appointments at the City Campus on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Beyond her professional endeavours, Haidee enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, indulging in reading, meditation, and horse riding.
Sam Thomson brings a rich background in social work and counselling to our team. With experience in suicide bereavement, grief and loss, school settings, and community development programs, Sam has honed his skills in supporting individuals across various demographics, with a particular focus on men, young athletes, and adolescents.
His leadership roles at the Urgent Mental Health Care Centre have equipped him with expertise in crisis intervention and alternative approaches to mental health crisis care. Sam’s therapeutic approach is rooted in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and person-centered techniques. He adopts a strengths-based, solution-focused approach, tailored to each individual’s needs and preferences. Sam will be available for counselling appointments at the City Campus on Mondays and Tuesdays and at Bedford Park from Wednesdays to Fridays. .
When he’s not at work, you can find Sam indulging in his love for Carlton, hitting the beach, or enjoying a game of golf.
Chuffed to have them join the team:
We are excited to welcome Haidee Baker and Sam Thomson to our counselling team. Whether you’re struggling with academic stress, mental health challenges, or simply seeking support, Haidee and Sam (along with the rest of the team) are here to help you navigate life’s ups and downs with compassion and understanding. Reach out to book your counselling appointment and take the first step towards a healthier, happier you.