With a referral from a GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician your child will have access up to 10 sessions of counselling under the Better Access to Mental Health program.

Following the sixth session a progress report is shared with the referrer and if necessary a further four sessions requested. Session length is 45mins.


Sonia Panek is committed to emotional, social and psychological wellbeing and believes when this is achieved children can reach their fullest potential interpersonally, personally and academically.

Her methodology in working with children is viewing the child in the context of their family. Counselling sessions are usually always play based incorporating psychological focussed strategies and treatment. The best interest and safety of the child is always paramount.



For Information on how to access and the process of the counselling sessions, please CLICK HERE.


To apply for Sonia's services a few details are required.  Please CLICK HERE to access this document.



Other Services



3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression.

beyondblue is working to reduce the impact of anxietydepression and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience. 





Barwon Services Connect Barwon Services Connect can provide an outreach service to your family.
What is Services Connect?
Services Connect is an easier way for you to get the help you need.
What will happen if you take part?
We will talk to you about what is important to you:
* Having a safe place to live
* Working
* Learning
* Looking after yourself and your family
* Being a good parent
* Looking after your health
* Managing money
* Being safe
* Being part of the community
* Building relationships
Families who would like to be referred by the school to this service please contact the office at Hamlyn Banks PS on 5278 3100 to speak with Ms Joey O'Shea. If Ms O'Shea is unavailable, please ask to speak to Mr Daniel Vella or Mrs Kerrie Duan.