I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey in Modern Languages (French and Spanish). Currently, I'm pursuing a Master's degree in Psychology as a conversion course at Surrey.
It's great that you're recognising the need to explore your academic path and ensure it aligns with your interests. I personally believe that studying something you're passionate about is the most important. Changing courses isn't uncommon, so don't worry!
Personally, I initially chose my undergraduate program out of interest, and it turned out to be a valuable experience, equipping me with transferable skills and helping me discover my passion for supporting others.
I have friends who transitioned from psychology to mental health nursing. It's demanding due to the required placements each year, but it can also be incredibly rewarding if you're dedicated.
If you're already contemplating a switch, it might indeed be a sign that you should explore other options. When I was uncertain about applying for the conversion course, I reached out to the faculty to schedule a meeting and discuss its suitability for my goals. I was completely honest about my thoughts and feelings around studying the course.
Counseling is a separate qualification, but psychology/mental health nursing skills can certainly help. I recommend having conversations with your lecturers and, if it feels like the right move for you, go for it!
Best of luck, and feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions.