Meet a Counsellor
Please note: In response to public health authorities’ recommendation on social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 cases, effective immediately the uOttawa’s Counselling Services will be offering appointments by telephone and by videoconference to promote the safety of our uOttawa community.
Our services will not be offered in person until further notice, but same-day remote sessions are still available.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a confidential service for students who are dealing with temporary life difficulties such as homesickness, relationship breakup, serious illness or death of a family member, academic or financial stress, etc. The aim of counselling is to facilitate a timely return to normal functioning.
What can counselling do for you?
We will help you identify and understand the challenges you are facing, recognize their impact on your life and develop strategies to cope with them. Counselling provides you with a safe space to develop skills and explore new perspectives, as well as increase your awareness and build resilience. It is possible to prevent problems down the road by learning these important skills now.
How does counselling work?
Our services are provided by professional counsellors and at times by closely supervised Master's level interns. After an initial consultation, you will be assigned a counsellor, who will work with you in the short-term to address your difficulties. If your needs would be better addressed though longer term services, we will connect you with the appropriate community resource.
Are you in residence?
You have access to in-house counsellors who will welcome you in an accessible, non-judgmental, objective and totally confidential manner, no matter what the issue.
Are you a student-athlete?
If so, you have access to direct varsity mental health support with Anna Abraham, Varsity Mental Health Coordinator and Registered Psychotherapist. You can schedule a session by calling 613-562-5800 ext. 4525 or by email at aabraham@uOttawa.ca.