The Counselling Centre
If you are residing outside of Canada and have the SMUSA Health Plan please contact the Health Plan Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on counselling services coverage in your home country.
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/.
We are offering virtual counselling appointments via telephone and video. When necessary we will see clients for an in-person appointment (if permitted by Public Health and the University). We offer early evening appointment times for clients who are unable to attend during set counselling appointment times/regular business hours. Please inquire by emailing email@example.com for availability with your Clinician.
The Counselling Centre triages any request for service. At times, same day appointments are available for clients. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.
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.
If you have any comments or feedback for The Counselling Centre please send them to the Manager of The Counselling Centre Brian MacAulay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Man|Made we are looking for participants in an online man|made group. Please email email@example.com 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.
The federal government of Canada has established a counselling service called Wellness Together Canada. This counselling and educational resource is available for everyone including, post-secondary students residing in Canada and those who are living outside of Canada but are registered with a Canadian university. If you are a SMU international student and living outside of Canada, please indicate that you attend Saint Mary’s when accessing services. This resource allows you to access free confidential counselling 24/7 via call or text to 1-866-585-0445 (Adults) or 1-888-668-6810 (Youth). If you’re calling from outside of Canada call fees may be applied.
Wellness Together Canada offers help in the following six areas:
- Coping with Covid-19
- Managing low mood
- Managing worry
- Coping with stress
- Strengthening relationships
- Managing substance abuse
For those in distress, needing immediate support, please use the following contacts for your specific group:
Adults: Text WELLNESS to 741741
Youth: Text WELLNESS to 686868
Indigenous Peoples: Can also reach out to HOPE FOR WELLNESS at 1-855-242-3310
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Returning clients are welcome to book an appointment for personal counselling directly by: