During the current Covid-19 restrictions we are offering coaching and counselling services both online and in-person, with appropriate distancing and health and safety measures in place. We are committed to providing students with wellbeing support during these difficult times.

At times people experience issues that cause distress, counselling can help to identify and work through these. Our qualified counsellor will help you clarify the problem, explore your alternatives and find solutions.

What does counselling offer?

  • Individual counselling appointments
  • Educational workshops (e.g. managing stress, bullying, homesickness)
  • Support for academic issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Referral to other services as appropriate
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What can counselling help with?

Almost anything!

Your issues don’t have to be uni related, and they don’t have to be ‘major’. Some of the issues we deal with include:

  • Managing stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Family issues
  • Finding friends, social skills
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Academic concerns
  • Mental Health issues
  • Trauma, abuse or violence
  • The impacts of physical illness
  • Anger
  • Homesickness and adjustment to life at uni
  • Sexuality
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Self esteem

Meet Our Wellbeing Team


  • Registered Psychologist (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Psychology with Honours (Griffith University)
  • Masters of Organisational Psychology (Griffith University)
  • In progress: PhD in Organisational Psychology (Griffith University)

Professional Background:

Nick has over a decade of experience in a variety of counselling, consulting and research-based roles, across commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors.

In the sphere of personal coaching, Nick has experience in empowering individuals to transform themselves and kick goals relating to gaining employment, increasing productivity, overcoming shyness, reducing conflict, increasing energy and more.

Coaching interests:

  • Socialising and relationships
  • Motivation and discipline
  • Emotional resilience and stress management
  • Leadership
  • Career development

Research interests:

  • Occupational health and wellbeing
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Personality and individual differences
  • Recruitment, engagement and retention

Consultation days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Otherwise available via phone or email

Contact Details:
Phone: 0435 528 272
Email: nick.brander-peetz@jcub.edu.au


  • Bachelor of Sociology with Honours (University of Surrey Roehampton, UK)
  • In progress: Graduate Diploma Counselling (Australian College of Applied Psychology)

Professional Background:

Natalie is in her final year of studying for a Graduate Diploma of Counselling with the Australian College of Applied Psychology.

She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role as a Student Wellbeing Officer, including previous volunteer work with children and mentoring young adults. She possesses previous counselling experience within a wellbeing team at a high school and has had a long career working within Human Resources. As a Student Wellbeing Officer and she will be here to support and listen to students with empathy, and work through solutions to overcome any barriers.

Otherwise available via email

Contact Details:
Phone: 3001 7868
Email: Natalie.Thelwell@JCUB.edu.au

Counselling Tools

Below is a list of useful mediation audio that the student counselling service recommends. The following mindfulness meditation by ABC Radio and Smiling Minds have been designed to support Uni Students.

5 Count Breath Meditation


Coping with Change

Coping with Thoughts


Responding to Stress

Below is a list of useful mobile apps that the student counselling service recommends. They cover a range of personal help services, you can access at all times.

Youthbeyondblue The Check-in


Recharge – Move Well, Sleep Well, Be Well


My QuitBuddy

Smiling Mind

The Toolbox

Mindfulness Apps

Health online: Multiple Mindfulness Apps

thedesk offers students free access to online modules, tools, quizzes and advice to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing.

eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 – 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional.

RUOK is a suicide prevention  charity that aims to start life-changing conversations.

Important Phone Numbers

Helpline (Princess Alexandra Hospital): 1300 642 255

Lifeline: 131 114

Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636

Suicide Call Back: 1300 659 467

Brisbane Sexual Assault Services (Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital): 3636 5206

Men’s Line Australia (Supporting men with family and relationship issues): 1300 789 978

Tenants Queensland: 1300 774 263

Homeless Hotline: 1800 474 753

Allianz Global Assistance Overseas Student Health Cover: 13 67 42

Student Assistance Helpline: 1800 994 989