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Stepped Care Model

A therapist can guide you to determine your best options based on your needs!

  • Efficient integration of counselling and SASS-wide services, including the university community as a whole.
  • Students will experience more autonomy and a higher level of competency in order to continue succeeding at uOttawa. 
  • Program options are based on individual student needs and strength.
Grey block forming tip of pyramid; text says Pathways to specialized mental health care
 Blue block forming 6th step of pyramid; text says Meet a counsellor, Individual short-term counselling
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Teal block forming 4th step of pyramid; text says Develop your skills, Peer-to-peer services and workshops
Green block forming 3rd step of pyramid; text says Self-directed online mental health resources (TAO)
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Option 1: Get Started

This option includes:

  • Access to online resources such as books, apps, podcasts and worksheets;
  • Means to develop mental health literacy;
  • Opportunities for you to take responsibility for your own wellness and mental health care.

Explore the online wellness resources

Option 2: Walk-in

This option provides:

  • Rapid access to a single counselling session;
  • Short term services to improve academic success;
  • An action plan developed in collaboration with a professional counsellor, allowing you to take charge of your wellness and achieve your goals.

Walk-In Clinic

Option 3: Online self-directed therapy - TAO

This option includes:

  • A self-directed process allowing you to access online interactive resources and modules on topics such as managing anxiety and depression;
  • Different remedial approaches to mental health such as mindfulness, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy;
  • Tools for students who are ready to engage in a gradual change process;
  • Assistance from a therapist, as needed.

Access TAO Self-Help (Online Support)

Option 4: Skills Development

This option includes:

  • Peer support on campus to address emotional, health and academic needs (peer counselling, physical activity counselling, health promotion workshops, mentoring and study groups)

Develop your skills here

Option 5: Group Programming

This option includes:

  • In-person group therapy to support student mental health;
  • Best practice approaches for depression, anxiety, stress, and interpersonal relationships;
  • An opportunity to develop a sense of community and resiliency;
  • Referral by a therapist to a group that fits your interests and needs.

Schedule of drop-in workshops and support groups


Option 6: Meet a Counsellor

This option provides:

  • Short term intensive individual counselling process (6 to 8 sessions);
  • Student readiness to engage and face challenges related to the process of change;
  • Length and number of sessions determined by the therapist’s professional and clinical judgment as well as the assessment of progress made;
  • Sessions may be conducted weekly, every two to three weeks or monthly, depending on student’s progress and needs;
  • Homework may be required to monitor the desired outcomes.

Book your consultation appointment with a counsellor

Option 7: Pathways

This option includes:

Specialized referrals to a range of community-based mental health services that complement counselling-based supports. Community-based mental health services allow people to receive specialized services outside of a hospital setting.

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