Meet a Counsellor
Are you in residence?
Are you a masters or a PhD student in the Faculty of Social Sciences?
Are you a student in the Faculty of Medicine?
If so, you can access your very own Wellness Program.
- Undergraduate Medical Students
Book an appointment with the Student Affairs Office
- Graduate students, residents and TMM students
Contact the Faculty Wellness Program to book an appointment
Are you a varsity student-athlete?
If so, you have access to direct mental health support with Anna Abraham, Varsity Mental Health Coordinator and Registered Psychotherapist. You can schedule a session by emailing her at aabraham@uOttawa.ca.
In response to public health authorities’ recommendation on physical distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 cases, the uOttawa’s Counselling Services will be offering teletherapy appointments by audio or videoconference to promote the safety of our uOttawa community.
Fall 2020 update: All counselling sessions will take place virtually until public health guidelines allow us to return in person. Same-day counselling sessions are only available virtually. The on-site office is currently open for 15 minute in-person mental health crisis assessments only.
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.
Forms and Policies
Students must consent to the terms outlined in the consent form. This form includes a description of services, cancellation policy as well as confidentiality and its limits. When booking an appointment in person, a consent form will be provided to you and must be signed at the reception.