The Arcadia counselling program aims to ensure that each student has the opportunity to develop the necessary competencies for academic success and personal growth. Our counsellors seek to empower students to achieve their full potential in academic, personal, social and emotional development, positive mental health and effective life skills, resulting in career and college readiness and positive wellbeing.
Counselling Department Aims
Understood by and accessible to all students, parents and teachers
Impart important skills to students, parents and staff using a proactive approach
Meet the needs of all students' needs, growth and developmental stages
My name is Edele Nolan and I am head of Counselling here at Arcadia. This is my second year in this role and my 7th year working in the UAE. I have almost 20 years experience in education. I worked as a school counsellor for 5 years and was a teacher before that for 14 years. I am a qualified Play Therapist,I have a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, have a BA in Early Years Education, a BA in Montessori Education and am also a Mindfulness Educator.
I have worked in a variety of different settings around the world and feel I have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to working with children and families.
I am extremely passionate about what I do and believe in the importance of supporting student’s emotional and social wellbeing. My goal is to continue building positive relationships of kindness, empathy, respect and understanding with the students and families of Arcadia. My door will always be open.
My name is Jessica Walkinshaw and I am the secondary counsellor and careers advisor at Arcadia. This is my second year here at Arcadia and 7th year working in Dubai. I have 13 years experience in education, having worked as a school counsellor for 1 year and Head of Music and Performing Arts department in a large school in Dubai prior to that. I have a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
Throughout my career, I have worked in both primary and secondary schools in the UK and international settings. I have led performing arts and literacy across the key stages, worked as a teacher of special educational needs, and played a key role in developing wellbeing and Positive Education.
Working as a school counsellor at Arcadia this year, I aim to share my love of learning and passion for music, wellbeing and positive education with all students. I strongly believe in the application of student-centred and solution-focused positive psychology interventions to achieve the best possible progress for all children.
As a lifetime learner of the arts, I have a special interest in incorporating the expressive arts into counselling techniques used with my students. I believe in the power of creative expression to enhance the lives of students and discover their individual strengths. I am excited to be part of the Arcadia family this year to continue to support and motivate all learners to achieve their potential and flourish in an ever-changing world.
The Arcadia counselling Team supports all of our Arcadia students and families throughout the year. In the primary school we deliver classroom-based lessons and assemblies to all our students with a focus on the following topics