Student Counselling Services

Student Counselling Services offers short-term professional counselling for students whose concerns are interfering with day-to-day functioning and efforts to deal with the problem have not made enough of a difference.

8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday


Short-term counselling

We offer short-term counselling to U of S students who are registered in at least one course in the current term (and their partners when being seen as a couple). Our services are offered by masters and doctoral trained professionals who are experienced in addressing the mental health needs of students. We have both female and male counselors on staff.

To arrange an appointment, stop by our office or call 306-966-4920. There are no fees for these services.

Consultation services

We provide consultation and professional advice to members of the University community about assisting distressed students.

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When to seek counselling

Students seek professional counselling when a situation or problem interferes significantly with day-to-day functioning and efforts to deal with the issue have not made enough of a difference.

Students seek help for a variety of reasons. Some examples include the following:

  • overwhelming stress
  • persistent sadness or depression
  • loss and grief
  • anxiety or intrusive worry
  • eating and body image concerns
  • relationship difficulties
  • emotional/verbal abuse
  • physical violence and sexual assault
  • difficult decisions
  • questions about sexual orientation or gender identity

If your situation is urgent, please let our receptionist know.

What happens in Counselling

At Student Counselling Services, our first meeting with a student is a 20 minute, initial appointment. During this session, students identify what is most important about their current difficulty and what they would like to change. Together, the student and counselor develop a plan of action. Next steps might include one or more of the following:

  • follow-up with the intake counsellor
  • an appointment with another SCS counsellor
  • carrying out specific strategies or tasks
  • accessing relevant written or online materials
  • seeking campus or community resources

Should you be referred to another SCS counselor, s/he will see you for an initial therapy appointment. The typical wait for an initial therapy appointment is about two weeks. This wait may vary, however, depending on the demand for our services.

During an initial therapy sessions, counselors ask more questions to better understand a student’s concerns. While there are many different approaches to therapy, the process is collaborative and focuses on the changes that students want. Students are active participants in the therapy process. Counselors are happy to address questions or concerns that students may have about the counseling process and will welcome feedback.

Counselling sessions are approximately 50 minutes in length. Together, students and counsellors plan the frequency and timing of sessions.

Urgent situations

Reach out. Talk to someone who can help. At Student Counselling Services, we prioritize students who are experiencing a crisis. Let our receptionist know that your situation is urgent.

A situation is urgent when:

  • Distress is overwhelming and the person is struggling to function
  • A person does not feel safe managing on their own

Some examples of urgent situations include: plans for or serious thoughts of suicide, imminent concerns about violence, and the aftermath of a traumatic event (such as physical or sexual assault).

Urgent After-Hours Help

If you are in a crisis or don't feel safe managing on your own:

What we believe

The staff at Student Counselling services respects the dignity of individuals and their rights to privacy, self-determination and personal development. We promote the values of integrity, honesty and respect. We are committed to maximize benefit and to do no harm to all those with whom we interact.

We believe that discrimination and/or harassment based on any of the following is unacceptable: ethnic and/or cultural background; religious beliefs; sexual orientation; family constellation; mental or physical health concerns or disabilities; financial status; appearance; age; gender; or marital status.

We believe that all forms of abuse and violence are unacceptable.

Student Counselling Services is a Positive Space where human rights are respected and where individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersexed, queer and questioning are welcomed and supported.

Self-help materials

Client rights and responsibilities

Client Rights
  • be treated in a kind and respectful way in a welcoming and safe environment free of discrimination 
  • clear information about the services we provide, what you can expect from counselling and what will be asked of you in this process
  • know the names and educational backgrounds of our counsellors
  • be informed about confidentiality
  • consent to or refuse service and understand the potential implications of such decision
  • view or receive a copy of your therapy record and request amendment if you believe that the record is inaccruate
  • ask questions and express any concerns that you may have
Client Responsibilities
  • be courteous and respectful of other clients and Student Counselling staff
  • respect the privacy and confidentiality of other clients
  • recognize that the needs of other clients may be more urgent than your own
  • be an active participant in the assessment, decision-making and therapy process
  • provide complete and accurate information to the best of your ability
  • let your counsellor know if you have any questions or concerns about the work that you are doing together
  • arrive at your appointments on time
  • provide advance notice if you are unable to attend an appointment

Assisting Students in Distress

Download our quick reference guide for assisting students in distress.