Principal's Profile

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My name is Peter O'Toole. I am the owner and Principal of Life Giving Counselling and Tutoring. I have had over 38 years experience as a secondary school teacher and have had 19 years experience as a therapeutic foster carer addressing the needs of over 50 foster children: one of these has lived with me since 2010. He is now 24 years old. My counselling and tutoring service addresses a variety of issues that can prevent a person from reaching their full potential and living a full and meaningful life. I have a strong positive psychology focus aimed at helping people to be resilient and able to successfully manage the challenges life can present.

I completed working as a chaplain at the end of Term 1, 2018. My work addressed issues of Grief and Loss, Bullying, Family Concerns and all School related Concerns and Relationship issues. My main focus has been boys education. I have also supported a student living with cancer and another student with health issues.

I am committed to personal growth and development.


Clinical Pastoral Education Unit, ASPEA, Royal Melbourne Hospital 2012
Diploma of Counselling, Institute of Counselling and Community Studies, Caroline Springs 2012
Diploma of Family Intake and support Work, ICCS, Caroline Springs 2012
Certificate IV in Workplace Training (Cat 2), Aust School of Commerce & Management 1998
Graduate Diploma of Educational Administration, University of Melbourne 1992
Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University 1988
Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), Australian Catholic University 1985
Bachelor of Theology, Melbourne College of Divinity 1984

Recent Professional Development

2021 Mental Health Super Summit, Mental Health Academy, 1-3 October 2021
Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) Bobby Cook Counsellors Victoria 11 September 2021
Alternate Dispute Resolution and Family Dispute Resolution, Yvonne Flanders, Counsellors Victoria 14 August 2021
Dieticians in the Therapy Space, Kiri Woodington, Counsellors Victoria, 12 July 2021
Victorian State Government Mandatory Reporting and other Obligations 22 May 2021
Supporting Neurodiversity in the Counselling Space, Rebecca Taylor, Counsellors Victoria, 8 May 2021
The Social and Emotional Wellbeing of LBGTIQ+ Webinar Child Family Community Australia 28 April 2021
Treating Complex Trauma: Beyond Competency, Pesi Australia, 17 February 2021
Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: Distance Therapy Training, Pesi Australia 8 May 2020