Madisen Ecker

Career Coach & Programs Manager
BPsych (Hons) (in progress)

Alex Be Psyched

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.

I’m a Career Coach and Programs Manager at Be Psyched as well as the Project Manager for our Employee Assistance Program. In terms of qualifications, I am a thesis away from completing my Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, with hopes of then going on to do my PhD in environmental psychology, as well as gaining supervision to become a registered and practicing psychologist. I am a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society, and have attended multiple seminars in areas such as Alzheimer’s and Chronic Pain Management. I also have had the honour of presenting at TBWC events, and regularly provide workshops for St Margaret Mary’s College on Career Trajectories. My hope is that through my life I can contribute to helping others live in line with their values, and achieve their own definitions of success.