Peer counsellors – Who are we?

Group of student peer counsellors

Like you, we are University of Ottawa students who used the Counselling Services 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 Counselling Services. We look forward to becoming part of your support network.

 

Carolyn

Hi there!

My name is Carolyn, and I am studying for my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. I’m originally from Calgary, AB (home of the Stampede!) and this is my 7th year working as a peer counsellor!

I love to sing, cook, paint, run, swim, as well as be outside in nature and spend time with my friends and family. Since being in Ottawa for the past nine years, 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 and support from Counselling Services, as 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!

Emilie

When overcoming challenges, we are constantly striving to become the best versions of ourselves. Transitioning to university can be difficult; being away from home, feeling lonely, feeling the need to achieve good grades, struggling with time management, and more. We are here to help you understand yourself, support you through difficult times and guide you towards your own version of success.

My name is Emilie, I am currently in my 5th year at the University of Ottawa and I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. I am originally from Alexandria, a small town in Eastern Ontario.

I am very passionate about the great outdoors; hiking, kayaking, snowboarding. I love listening to music, discovering different food, visiting new places and spending time with my family and friends.

I am grateful to be a part of the peer counselling team this year and I look forward to getting to know you on your journey of self-development.

 

Ila

Hello!

I am a 1st-year student in the M.Ed. Counselling and Psychology program and it’s my second year as a peer counsellor. My bachelor's degree is in Psychology and I've done some research in the formation and storage of fearful memories.

I’m originally from a small town in Ontario, so moving to Ottawa was a huge transition for me. I enjoy spending time outside and in, caring for my plants, or gaming and watching movies. I’ve sought help from counsellors for anxiety and self-esteem and I am excited to share my experiences with other students who may be struggling in similar ways.

I look forward to helping you find your strengths and connect this year!

Kali

Hello!

 My name is Kali and I’m a fourth-year student in Psychology.

In my free time, I like to read, hike, cook, and hang out with my friends. There can be a lot of stress and anxiety that comes along with being a university student even if you are originally from Ottawa and you didn’t have to make the transition living in a new city. Regardless of how much support you have around you, it is always great to expand your support system.

I’m excited and hope to be a part of yours!

Kyla

My name is Kyla, and I am on my final year of my bachelors in Sociology with a minor in the Social Sciences of Health.

When I have free time from my studies I enjoy cooking, swimming, practicing yoga, watching movies, listening to podcasts, and socializing with friends. I feel that I have learned many strategies to cope with stress through my previous experience, with complex family and partner relationships, school/life balance, and anxieties relating to school. I have been able to overcome many challenges in my life through years of practice, growth from working with Counsellors and the services provided at the University of Ottawa.

I look forward to meeting you and hope to become a part of your personal support system! 

Lucas

Hey there!

My name is Lucas, and I am a 4th year Psychology student. I’m originally from a tiny town near Burlington, ON called Waterdown, which is part of the Greater Toronto Area.

My hobbies include travelling, music, running, yoga, going to the gym, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family. This is my third year as a peer counsellor at the university, I’m excited to continue to learn while exploring this opportunity 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 Counselling Services in issues surrounding anxiety, stress, time management, and relationships. I look forward to employing my personal experience to be a part of your support system.

I look forward to meeting you!

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