The Counselling Centre

The Counselling Centre


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The Counselling Centre provides a broad range of confidential services all free of charge to students currently registered and attending classes at Saint Mary's.


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We offer individual personal counselling, academic & life skills coaching and consultations. Our team of professionals will help you meet your academic and personal goals. We understand how stressful university life can be and how making small changes can have a huge impact. Staff are generalists in their training. Students wishing to speak with a Psychologist/Clinical Therapist with specialized training in a given area (e.g. addictions, learning disabilities, etc.) should go to apns.ca.

We try our best to respond as quickly as possible to meet the needs of our students. We are not an emergency clinic therefore we will refer all emergencies to the QEII Emergency Department, located on Robie Street.


For all of The Counselling Centre services, students are required to complete an intake form which takes 5-10 minutes.

Our hours during the academic year are 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm and during the summer 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm.

All new students to our service are required to do a drop in appointment first with our Intake & Programs Coordinator. Drop in times are as follows: Monday: 1pm-4pm, Tuesday: 9am-11:30am, Wednesday: 9am-11:30am, Thursday: 1pm-4pm and Friday: 1pm-4pm. Drop in times are subject to change without notice and are based on the Intake & Programs Coordinator's schedule.

All new students for Academic & Life Skills Coaching are required to do a drop in appointment first. Drop in times are as follows: Monday: 9am-11:30am and Tuesday: 1pm-4pm.

Returning students can book an appointment for personal counselling and/or academic & life skills coaching by calling 902-420-5615, emailing counselling@smu.ca or droping by our office, 4th Floor, Student Centre (turn left once you get off the elevator) or you can book online.

Morneau Shepell offers 24/7 free, confidential phone counselling to Saint Mary's students. If you are an emergency or crisis after hours, please contact Shepell-fgi at 1-855-649-8641 and tell them you need immediate assistance.

To view Morneau Shepell's new student support website visit http://mystudentsupport.com/ and be sure to check out the articles on: Managing stress with yoga, mental health myths, etc.

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For more information on mental health and life balance please visit http://ourhealthyminds.com/.

Healthy Minds is now available for free for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod Touch through the App Store or through healthymindsapp.ca and difd.com, where printable promotional materials are also available.

Transitions is a free mental health booklet. To view the booklet please click the link http://teenmentalhealth.org/toolbox/transitions/ .

The Counselling Centre has various mental health initiatives we have developed which include: how to help a student in distress, SMU Talks for Faculty and Staff, WellTrack an online mood tracker for students and much more.

SMU offers some great InBalance Wellness programs. Please visit http://www.smu.ca/campus-life/inbalance-wellness-program to view upcoming events/sessions being held.