Alexandra Whitehead - Online Career Coach & Psychologist
Managing Director, Be Psyched
CEO & Co-Founder, The Practice Activator
CEO, Well Propelled
BSc(Qld), PGDip(Psych), MBA
Registered Psychologist (Australia), Registered Career Development Practitioner, Performance Coach
You might be feeling a bit lost. You might know that something needs to change - in fact, you might already have some ideas about which direction to head. As a career coach, performance coach and psychologist I can help you with this. I can help you grow both within yourself and professionally. Together, we'll essentially perform a gap analysis of your life (I know this sounds scary but instead it's eye opening). We look at your deeply held values, your ambitions and marry those up to your overall goals.
A bit about me if you want to know what you're in for:
Years ago I somehow found myself working in the financial sector in London, UK. This career change was largely unplanned. In this role, I coached corporate leaders through massive organisational changes. I watched them successfully grow, develop and adapt. Seeing how people could grow, if they were given the right environment and skills was energising. I wanted to stay within this space, and upon my return to Australia, I started Be Psyched, growing it from the ground up.
You can book in directly with me here.
Petra van den Berg - Online Psychologist
You might be feeling vulnerable or unsure about how a 'complete stranger' might be able to help you. Having a good connection with a psychologist like myself is of the utmost importance to establish trust and enable change. I hope to give you a clearer understanding of my skills and approach to people who come and see me.
I grew up in the Netherlands and became interested in mental health issues from my early teens. What intrigued me was that some people encountered many adversities in their lives and could react to these situations in different ways. For example, children growing up with abuse and neglect often went on to develop psychiatric issues later in life, where as some seemed to be free of negative psychological consequences. So, I started reading literature dealing with the human mind from then on, paving my way to a career in Psychology.
At University I chose to study Life Span Psychology to satisfy my knowledge of how a person develops from baby to adulthood and through the various stages in adult life to eventually old age. This gave me a great grounding and depth of understanding of the human psyche and after 6 years of study in the Netherlands and the UK I obtained a Master's Degree in this field.
Career Coach & Programs Manager
BPsych (Hons) (in progress)
From a very young age I was the kid who wanted to be “everything” when they grew up, and I still am! I think this is what drew me into my current career path in psychology. Psychology is an ever-evolving and rewarding profession, as we are able to provide psychoeducation and tools that enable people to flourish in all life domains.
However, had you asked me at 16 if I would be a psychologist I probably would have laughed and told you that I was going to be a teacher. I have always known that I wanted to help people and at the time I believed teaching was how I would do this. I even applied for a Bachelor of Secondary Education at JCU and was offered a position in the course, which I planned to defer for a year. After all the pressure to choose “what I wanted to be when I grow up” I realised I didn’t want to be a teacher, and declined my offer, not knowing what I wanted to be, but never doubting that I would continue on to higher education in the future. After becoming a retail manager at 18 and working full time for 2 years, I was eager to get back into study and found myself drawn to psychology as it had many options for career paths, as well as fulfilling my passion to help people.
Three years into my Bachelor of Psychology at JCU in Townsville, I was incredibly fortunate be offered a position at Be Psyched Psychology. Not only have I evolved my skill-sets and gained a look into the practical application of psychology, but working in such a positive, diverse, and genuine environment has seen me on the way to becoming my best self bot professionally and personally.