Whether your dream is to properly care for or diagnose and treat people who have mental illnesses, make a real difference to the lives of at-risk or disadvantaged young people in the community or create your very own counselling practice, the sky is the limit at Excelsia College.

Anastasia is a Master of Counselling student at Excelsia. She is working to create a better world for children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties. According to Beyond Blue, it is estimated that around one in seven Australian kids experience mental health issues and about half of all serious mental health issues in adulthood begin before the age of 14.

We spoke to Anastasia to find out more about her study journey, what it means to be an Excelsia student and the simple piece of advice she would offer people who are looking to pursue a career in Counselling.

Why did you choose to study the Master of Counselling at Excelsia College?

I enjoyed the Excelsia College Open Day and how current, previous and future students got together and socialised. Ultimately – I enjoyed the fact that Excelsia is close to home, and offers flexible study times and patterns. Classes are small and intimate which means you don’t get lost in the crowd, something that can often happen at larger universities and providers.


What is your favourite thing about studying counselling at Excelsia?

It is hard to pick just one, but if I had to, I guess I would say the people. I have gotten to meet a lot of interesting individuals from all over the world and the atmosphere is very inclusive and warm. The staff at Excelsia work hard to create a student community where students can connect and build strong relationships.


Highlight of your studies so far?

The diversity in the Excelsia College community. The College also offers a free confidential Counselling service to all students. It is a safe, supportive and private atmosphere to discuss any concerns you may be experiencing throughout your studies.


What has studying at Excelsia taught you?

So many things. About myself primarily. But also, about the world and people in general too. My world has been opened up in ways I never expected or saw coming.


What is one piece of advice you would offer students who are looking to study counselling?

It is a challenge worth taking!

If you think you can do it, you can. Trust yourself and your abilities!


What are your future dreams, hopes and aspirations?

I aspire to help children and young people in any way, shape or form. My dream is to have my own practice, which will be a very colourful, creative, warm and safe space for my clients.

Excelsia College is now offering for the first time a NO FEE online short course to give you a taste of postgraduate study and introduce aspiring counsellors to the mental health sector. Secure a place for August commencement and apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Graduate Certificate in Counselling! Places are filling up fast. We have added detailed information to the individual brochure here

Further questions? We would love to chat! Contact us via the enquiry page here or call us on  02 9819 8823.