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@statuscaring Thank you so much for your responses! I'll have to fill in my own questions now Smiley Very Happy 

 

It's super interesting to hear about your counselling experiences because I was thinking of doing a diploma of counselling at some point. Psychology can be very clinical and I would love to learn some more strategies! Could you tell me a bit about what some of the favourite things you've learned are?

 

I also am so glad to hear that you've found your calling Heart I just studied child and adolescent psychology last semester and I completely agree with the importance of the early years in framing someone's life. I'm the same!

 

I completely relate to the performance anxiety too Smiley Sad I have bipolar disorder and even with medication at times it can be hard for me to look after myself, it seems impossible to look after other people too! But I think that people who want to go into caring professions really have something special to offer and having gone through struggles yourself makes you a great mentor. Also, therapists have their own therapists too! I've heard them being called grand-therapists Smiley LOL

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@Starfish7 I would agree with @Eden1717, psychology is a very specific sphere of knowledge but it goes really well with a lot of different subjects! Are you talking about general electives? Philosophy is also a really interesting elective and tends not to be very difficult in the first year! Or anthropology. Cognitive science is also basically psychology Smiley Very Happy 

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Of course @StormySeas17 I'd love to tell you some of my favourite things I've learned.
I really have enjoyed learning about the specific counselling skills, in my classes we get to form 'triads' which allow us to practice the techniques that we are learning about. This means that one person is the 'counsellor' one person is the 'client' and the other is an observer. It is so daunting, but each time I do these practices I feel better and more confident.
I also enjoy learning about the different theories-Attachment Theory is very interesting!!
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@statuscaring Thanks so much! Yeah I've heard good things about the practical elements of counselling courses... you don't really get it with psychology because it's more research-based. So super useful! We also learn similar theories in psych, it's probably the theories which are my favourite Smiley Happy

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I LOVE this thread!!

 

I am graduating high school this year, however I want to study psychology/social work so I can change a persons life they way so many people changed/saved mine!. I believe this is the reason many people go into this career which makes it even more worthwhile. 

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Hi Everyone! I definitely wanted to contribute to this thread - I am currently studying Psychology and have done 4 years of it! A little back story, I started my university career studying Secondary School Teaching with a major in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art so I had the ability to teach both however after a year I decided I just loved psychology so much I wanted to pursue that and keep art as a hobby! Now, I have completed a degree in Psychological Science as well as an Honours degree in Psychology (very confusing terminology). I have 2 more years of Masters and then I will be a registered psychologist.!

Why do/did you want to study psychology? - so I decided on psychology initially as my mum has a personality disorder and I spent may years battling through my adolescents and managing her mistreatment and difficult behaviours sometimes. I ended up wanting to help others who battled with mental health but also those who didnt but were affected by other peoples mental health

What advice do you want/can give on this topic? And anything else you can think of! - I think if you're passionate about psychology and truly love it, you will absolutely love studying it. It is a very complicated process (of which im happy to explain if people are interested) and takes 6 years of studying and 3 degrees to be a Clinical or General Psychologist but I have honestly loved every second of studying and cant wait for my last degree and getting into the field!

If anyone has any specific questions I am so happy to answer them - I know it can be a confusing and daunting process but I have a lot of knowledge on things like the university pathways, relevant work experience and so on Smiley Happy
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Hey everyone!

I have just recently graduated from a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). I wanted to study this area as I love listening to people and giving them advice, however, I also love biology and majored in cognitive neuroscience. This year more than ever I realised how much I love the connection between nutrition, mental health and overall wellbeing. I now want to study a post grad in counselling to get a bit more perspective on this side of things as I didn't major in interpersonal skills throughout my degree, however, I am also wanting to study dietetics down the line and incorporate nutrition and exercise knowledge into counselling. My dream is to help young girls and boys who struggle with body image and mental health problems as I have found from my own experiences that these are often highly connected to each other. I have realised that often my negative body image has affected my happiness without even realising (although I think I always knew on some level, I just didn't realise the extent to how much it affected my day to day life). 

 

Is anyone else in this joint field at the moment? I would love to know your experiences with it! 

 

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@JullyBean Hi there! 

 

That's awesome that you've graduated from honours! I was hoping to start mine next year but my timetable is all messed up so I'm two years behind Smiley Sad How did you find it? Did you end up being able to do a thesis or anything on nutrition and wellbeing? It sounds super interesting Smiley Very Happy

 

I haven't been able to study that myself much, but as someone who has struggled with disordered eating it's a very interesting field. I don't know if you studied this but one study I looked at found that there was no link between body dissatisfaction and body size. Like people can be a healthy or unhealthy body type and both or neither can have problems with their mental health. It's really sad because people assume that if you look a certain way that means you're more likely to have issues but it really can affect anyone Smiley Sad Have you done any research about the stomach being the second brain?

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Hey @LeapofFaith I think it's really beautiful that you've found your calling in the people that have helped you. I think your empathy and genuine desire to help others will take you so far! Heart

 

@Wolfie_ Thank you so much for replying! I relate to being interested because of family experience- there is a lot of mental health issues in my family from bipolar to OCD and I've found even my undergrad has helped a lot in learning more. It's so awesome that you've been able to streamline and find your passion- I'm sure your other education will help you in the long run! I'd love to know what kind of work experience you've been doing since I've got my eye on masters too.

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@StormySeas17 How far into your undergrad are you? Ive previously worked as a behaviour therapist for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder which I loved and im currently looking for a job in mental health support work or disability support work. There are so many options you just need to be creative in your SEEK searches Smiley Happy