School Counselling Service

Our School Counsellor, Surya Raju-Gilfeather, can be contacted on 07400812059 or by email: 

Culloden Academy provide a Counselling and Psychotherapy service for its Associated School Group (ASG) comprising the Academy and it’s six feeder primaries of Ardersier, Balloch, Cradlehall, Croy, Duncan Forbes and Smithton. The service is provided through an independent practitioner who is based at the Academy and works closely with our Guidance Team.

The service is open to all children and young people (CYP) from 10 to 18 years old who are pupils of the ASG, and it can be accessed either directly by the CYP, referred through the Guidance Team, by their parent / carer / guardian (PCG) or by other 3rd parties.

The schools provide a safe and confidential space for the CYP to discuss any issues they wish to express and, outwith extreme circumstances, this discussion will remain strictly between the CYP and the Counsellor. The service provides an offsite facility when needed.

For more information you can look on the services website at, give Surya a call on 07400 812059 or pick up a leaflet from the Counsellor, Guidance or Reception.


Having graduated from QMU Surya joined the Occupational Therapy team at The Royal Edinburgh and specialised in Psychiatry. 10 years later she accepted a senior role at Aberdeen’s Cornhill Hospital and was part of the Scottish Government’s program for the inmates in Peterhead Prison’s special unit. Having qualified in Counselling and Psychotherapy through UHI she gained her certification in Counselling Children and Young People from Strathclyde University and has since added certification in Grief Counselling. She is currently studying Interpersonal Neurobiology.