tertiary STUDENTS

tertiary Students

In the hustle and bustle of university life, some tertiary students find themselves struggling with the weight of academic expectations, the presence of mental health challenges, and the complex landscape of societal pressures. As a psychologist in Brisbane, I’ve taken the time to really delve into and understand the unique challenges and aspirations that tertiary students might be experiencing.

For many tertiary students, the step from high school to university isn’t just about adjusting to new classes or making new friends. It’s also about navigating the intricate maze of pre-existing mental health conditions in an environment that often demands peak performance. In fact, some of you might be seeking professional support for the first time, even if you’ve previously been diagnosed with conditions that have affected your mental health.

Anxiety in its various forms—be it performance anxiety, social anxiety, or generalised anxiety—seems to be a common companion for many. This can be intertwined with issues like ADHD, perfectionism, mood disturbances, low motivation, depression, and a persistent pessimistic way of thinking.

The internal pressures of high self-expectations and the worry of societal judgement can create a mix of perfectionistic and negative thinking patterns. Some of you might relate to feeling like you have to project a facade to the world, while inside you’re feeling like who you are and what you do will never be good enough.

What lies beneath varies, but some possible underlying issues range from undiagnosed conditions like ADHD, anxiety and depression.

Tertiary students who I work with are often seeking techniques and strategies to manage stress, anxiety, study pressures, and mood fluctuations. Also often having a desire to be more connected with family, friends and partners. For those struggling with social anxiety, there’s often a longing to confidently navigate social settings and to feel at ease during performance-based situations, such as university presentations.

I recognise that taking the first step towards seeking help can be daunting. The fear of admitting to perceived flaws, or viewing the act of seeking help as a sign of weakness can often prevent you taking the first step.

I offer a warm and friendly approach, grounded in practical and goal-oriented strategies that are tailored to your unique needs. If you’re new to coaching or counselling, it’s natural to feel anxious. Rest assured, I provide a non-judgmental space where you’ll be truly heard and understood.

It’s also important to find a psychologist who is right for you, and you feel you can connect with. I offer free 15 minute online consultations, giving us an opportunity to meet, and see if we’re the right fit for each other before you decide to book an appointment.