Peer counsellors – Who are we?

Like you, we are University of Ottawa students who used SASS - Counselling and Coaching 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 SASS - Counselling and Coaching. We look forward to becoming part of your support network.

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Lucas

Hey!

My name is Lucas, and I am 2nd year Psychology student. I’m originally from this tiny town near Burlington, ON called Waterdown, which is part of the Greater Toronto Area. My hobbies include snowboarding, music, running, going to the gym, travelling, and spending time with friends and family. This is my first year as a peer counsellor at the university, I’m excited to continue to learn while exploring this opportunity with you! Although I’ve only been in Ottawa for less than two years it already feels like home. I hope to be able to share my love for this city with you. I’m a strong believer in the notion that everybody should see a counsellor – whether or not they’re in distress. I found a lot of support from SASS counselling and coaching in issues surrounding anxiety, stress and time management, and relationships, I look forward to using my personal experience to become part of your support system. I look forward to meeting you!

Carolyn

Hi there!

My name is Carolyn, and I am a 4th year Psychology student, originally from Calgary, AB. This will be my 5th 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 getting to know you and connecting! I’m happy to go for tea and chat about anything you like. Since being in Ottawa for the past seven 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! 

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Erin

Hi!

My name is Erin, and I’m a student in the M.Ed. Counselling Psychology. I have an Honours B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies, and this is my third year as a peer counsellor. In my spare time, I like to play video games, knit, and write stories, and I am the President of the uOttawa creative writing club. I have a special interest in working with LGBTQ+ students, and more generally, with issues of self-esteem and relationships.

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Kendra

Hello!

My name is Kendra and I'm a 4th year Psychology student with a minor in Social Sciences of Health. I'm originally from Chatham, ON and my hobbies include traveling, running, cooking and spending time with friends. I also do work with two of the clinical psychology research laboratories here at the university. I have experience with the struggles that university life can present such as being away from home, stress, anxiety and finding a good work-life balance. I've always had a passion for helping others surrounding mental health and hope to one day become a counsellor. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your social support system!

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Andréa

Hello,

My name is Andréa and I’m in my first year of B.Ed. at uOttawa, and also my first year as a peer counsellor with SASS Counselling and Coaching. I finished my degree at Queen’s university in linguistics and French studies. My pastimes include crafting of all kinds, reading and spending too much time in front of my television. I am a good listener and I’m looking forward to becoming part of your support team.

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Liz

Hey!

My name is Liz and I’ve graduated with a bachelor degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Biology and I am now enrolled in a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. My interest in psychology really peeked after dealing with my own struggles in which I sought support for from SASS. I’d love to use some of my experiences like learning about self-compassion, mindfulness, and managing relationship struggles with you. This is my second year returning as a peer counsellor and I am really excited in being able to be a part of your support system.

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