Counselling Centre Overview

Our Mission

The Counselling Centre actively participates in student development and success by creating innovative educational programs, offering individual personal counselling along with collaborating with on and off campus programs and agencies to expand capacity around the mental health services to our students. 

"This service was very helpful. The staff do a great job in terms of pointing you in the right direction."

-Anonymous Student

The Counselling Centre provides a broad range of free and confidential services to students currently registered and attending classes at Saint Mary's University. We offer short-term individual counselling, sleep consultations, group programming, and events on campus.

Meet the Team

Brian MacAulay, MSW 
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Brian received his Masters Degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University and his BSW from the University of Calgary. Brian has worked in various capacities in government, university and health services with a focus on addictions, trauma, family/intimate partner violence, clients in conflict with the law and victims of crime. Brian believes that the strength and motivation to change comes from within the client where the role of the therapist is to help facilitate change. Brian helps people target their innate strengths while establishing tangible goals and outcomes.  He helps support people in digging deep to examine our past mental-emotional concerns that are impacting our day-to-day lives. Brian enjoys working from a Narrative based approach though will incorporate Cognitive Behavioural, Solution Focused or Psychoeducational approaches when needed. With 20 years of experience, Brian has experience working with individuals, couples, youth, and families providing support and helping to facilitate change. 
Cindy Boland, MEd
Cindy completed her Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of Western Ontario and her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University. She has worked in universities, addiction treatment settings, community practices and most recently at the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre supporting survivors of sexual violence. Areas of particular interest include trauma, shame/self-worthangerrelationship struggles and boundaries. Cindy’s approach to therapy is highly collaborative, as she believes empowering clients is key to growth. Her orientation is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Lorianne Urquhart, MEd 
Lorianne completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Dalhousie as well as a Masters of Education (Counselling) from Acadia University. She has a background as a teacher, coach, tutor, and counsellor, working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Her approach to counselling is largely collaborative, working alongside clients to encourage autonomy and positive self-growth. Her main areas of interest include, but are not limited to, anxietymindfulnessself-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and substance use.
Brandon Yeo, MEd 

Brandon has a Masters of Education in Counselling from Acadia University and his Bachelor of Arts from Mount Saint Vincent University. Brandon has experience working as a Counsellor at the Mount Saint Vincent University counselling centre as well many years’ experience working with adults with disabilities. Brandon takes a strengths-based approach to counselling and uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in his practice. His main areas of interest are, but not limited to: anxietydepression, ADHD, relationships, toxic masculinity, and problems surrounding social media usage.
May Tian, MEd
May immigrated to Halifax from China in 2006, completing her Master of Arts in Family Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University and her Master of Education in Counselling at Acadia University.
May has worked at universities, community practices and, most recently, at the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) to support refugee clients and newcomers through trauma informed approach therapy. May integrates evidence-based therapy methods in her approach (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Internal Family System, Mindfulness, Person-Centred Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and others) to address not only presented but also hidden issues from a comprehensive and compassionate perspective. Her focus includes trauma, attachment related issues, stress, anxiety, self-esteem and relationships. May can offer counselling services in both English and Mandarin.
Emma Dubois
Mental Health Educator
Emma completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mount Allison University in 2015. She has seven years of experience working in university residences coordinating wellness and community-building programs. You can find her designing and facilitating mental health literacy programs through forums such as peer-based education, workshops for students, presentations for staff and faculty, and social media.
Ashleigh George (Maternity Leave)

Ashleigh Dempsey
Ashleigh has a Paralegal Diploma from Maritime Business College. Ashleigh can be found booking personal counselling appointments for current students at Saint Mary's. She can answer any questions students may have about The Counselling Centre.
Brandi Veith (Maternity Leave Cover)
Brandi has a Medical Administrative Diploma from Eastern College. Brandi can be found booking personal counselling appointments for current students at Saint Mary's. She can answer questions students may have about The Counselling Centre, and if she can't, she will find someone who can!
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