Peer counsellors – Who are we?

Like you, we are University of Ottawa students who used Counselling and Coaching Service for support in helping us overcome personal challenges that were getting in the way of our success at university. Our shared experience can help us understand and support you in what you are going through.

We have been trained to listen and provide informal emotional support to assist you in achieving your goals. To connect with one of us, please speak to your counsellor at C&CS. We look forward to becoming part of your support network.

Alix

Alix

Hello! I grew up in Kitchener, however I have always been drawn to Ottawa for its "small, big city" feel. I'm in my fourth year of Psychology with dreams to find a career in counselling for adolescents. I know first hand that University life can be so demanding with pressure to juggle all many aspects of life; friends, family, education, etc. I am a strong believer in self-care and I hope that I can use the opportunity of being your peer counsellor to help you feel balanced and supported in your life endeavors! 

Carolyn

Victoria

Hello! My name is Carolyn, and I am a 3rd year Psychology student, originally from Calgary, AB. This will be my 4th year working as a peer counsellor! My hobbies include cooking, making art, running, yoga, playing volleyball, dancing, being outside in nature, and laughing with my friends. I look forward to connect and get to know you! I’m happy to go for tea and chat about anything you like. Since being in Ottawa for the past six years, I feel like I have learned to overcome many challenges that life threw at me - from issues surrounding trauma, relationships, transitioning to university life in a new province, and anxiety and fear. I found a lot of compassion, safety, and support from the SASS counselling services; they were a major factor in my own personal growth and development. I hope to be a part of your support system, and I look forward to meeting you!

Emma

Emma

Originally from Gaspé, Quebec, I have came to Ottawa in 2012 to pursue a bachelor degree in Civil Law, I then switched to a bachelor in psychology and linguistics. In April, I graduated from my undergrad and now I am doing a master’s degree in linguistics. I have had many challenges and many successes during my undergrad (as has every student does) and I am really looking forward to being part of your support network. I enjoy playing piano, guitar, and voice, and love outdoor sports: hiking, skiing, skating – anything that ends with -ing. Hope to see you soon!

Erin

Erin

Hi there!

I’m a fourth year Psychology student with a minor in Women’s Studies. I also love to write stories and, as of this year, I am the Vice President of the Creative Writing Club on campus. This is my second year as a peer counselor, and I am very excited to be back! I’m especially interested in the issues faced by people in the LGBTQ+ community. I have a lot of experience struggling with school stress, relationships, and self-esteem, and I’d love to use my experience to help other students deal with their own struggles. 

Karan

Karan

Hello! My name is Karan and I’m a 4th year Biomedical Sciences student. I’m originally from Oakville, ON which is a part of the Greater Toronto Area. My hobbies include guitar, exercise and spending time with friends. I’m also a First Responder on campus and balance the  challenges of being a full time student, maintaining a support network and fulfilling my own goals and aspirations. I found a lot of support from SASS counselling and coaching in issues surrounding relationships, school and managing a busy schedule. I’m really looking forward to getting to know you and being a part of your support system.

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