At JCU Brisbane, we offer individual counselling to students for both academic and personal reasons.

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.

Meet Our Counsellors

As your Student Wellbeing Counsellor, Tracy can help you with solutions to overcome challenges you may be facing due to school, family, relationships or health related issues. Tracy is a good listener, does not blame or pass judgement and everything discussed is confidential.

Tracy will help you explore alternative solutions so you can make the best possible decisions for yourself. She can suggest resources and tools as well as other JCUB services to support your needs.

  • Tracy is an experienced counsellor having worked with thousands of high school and university students as well as adults in their life stage transitions. She is a co-founder and director of an industry leading ability testing and career guidance company and has worked with organisations and teams on leadership, productivity and wellbeing in small and large groups.
  • Tracy has studied at Buxton College, UK, Bond University, Griffith University and the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She is also qualified as a TESOL teacher.
  • Tracy was born in the UK, settled in Australia with her husband and three children and two dogs. Tracy loves traveling, connecting with nature and spending time with family and friends.
  • Tracy is passionate about helping young people reach their goals, achieve their potential and find happiness in all aspects of their life.

Qualifications:

  • Psychologist with Provisional Registration (AHPRA)
  • Bachelor of Psychology with Honours (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

Availability:
Typically on-site Wednesdays & Fridays
Otherwise available via email

Contact Details:
Phone: 07 3001 7895
Email: nick.brander-peetz@jcub.edu.au

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

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

Compassion

Coping with Change

Coping with Thoughts

Gratitude

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

MindShift

Recharge – Move Well, Sleep Well, Be Well

MyMoodTracker

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