The Counselling Centre

The Counselling Centre is open virtually to all current Saint Mary's students. To arrange an appointment please email counselling@smu.ca. For more information about the university's COVID-19 response please visit smu.ca/virtualuniversity

The Counselling Centre at Saint Mary's has a mandate to provide brief, solution focused interventions to individual students. While many students are helped with only a few sessions (many are satisfied with what they achieve in one session), students may access up to 8 sessions in one academic year. If counselling identifies concerns or issues requiring more time or specific expertise not possessed by the clinician, a student will be supported through a referral process. Brief extensions to the session cap are assessed on a case-by-case evaluation by the whole counselling team of what goals will be met through the extension. If you are no longer enrolled and attending classes at Saint Mary's, you are not eligible for our service. We do not see employees of the university. Employees can access the EFAP (employee family assistance program) for counselling services. For more information please visit https://www.workhealthlife.com/

Individual personal counselling (virtually by telephone or video), sleep consultations and group education sessions (via Microsoft Teams or Zoom).

Our team of professionals can help you meet your mental health goals. We understand how stressful university life can sometimes be and how making small changes can have a huge impact. Our staff are generalists in their training with experience working with university students.

Academic year (September - May) hours of operation: 8:30am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Summer (June - August) hours of operation: 8:30am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 4:00pm  

We try our best to respond as quickly as possible to meet the needs of our students. please note: we are not an emergency clinic therefore we will refer all emergencies to the qeii emergency department (for ages 19 years old and over), located on Robie Street or the IWK Emergency department (for 19 years of age and under), located on South Street.

  • Man|Made we are looking for participants in an online man|made group. Please email counselling@smu.ca for more information or to register.
  • Mental Health Advocates is a program where students can learn about a variety of mental health related issues; while also earning co-curricular hours! visit https://smu.ca/campus-life/e-mental-health.html for more information.  
  • Healthy Minds NS offers a suite of online mental health resources to complement counselling services available on campuses. Visit https://healthymindsns.ca/ for more information or see flow chart Healthy Minds NS.

Counselling Centre Events


Find information for new and returning clients below as well as more information about our many services and resources in the tabs on the side of the page.

New to Our Service

Meet with a Counsellor virtually (by telephone or video) to build a plan that supports your mental health needs 

First time using our service? Schedule a 30 minute appointment to help us understand and support your personal counselling goals. 

Initial appointments are booked at a variety of times throughout the week to work with your busy schedule. Email counselling@smu.ca 

Returning Clients

Returning clients are welcome to book an appointment for personal counselling directly by:

Contacting us:
(P) 902-420-5615
 
Or book online:


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