Services for Students
- Brief, individual and couple therapy
- Groups and workshops
- Mindfulness Mediation sessions
Services are provided by masters and doctoral trained professionals who are experienced in addressing the mental health needs of students.
- U of S students registered in at least one course in the current term
- Non-registered partners of students if being seen as a couple
- There are no charge for services
- A fee for repeated missed appointments may be applied
We provide consultation and professional advice to members of the University community about assisting distressed students.
Groups and workshops
A list of Fall programs is coming soon!
Mindfulness meditation is a way of paying curious and kind attention to what is happening in our lives. It will not eliminate life’s pressures, but can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, mind and body. Learn more about the meditation sessions we offer.
When to seek counselling
Students are encouraged to seek counselling when difficulties,
- have significant impact on wellbeing
- disrupt academic functioning
Reasons students seek help:
- 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.
To make an appointment
- Students have quick access to a brief initial appointment to hear concerns and work with you to determine next steps.
- Care is coordinated with other services (e.g., Student Health Services, Disability Services for Students) as needed.
To arrange for an appointment, stop by our office or call 306-966-4920.
A situation is urgent when a person is:
- At risk of suicide
- Feeling unsafe
- Has experienced a recent trauma
- Distress is overwhelming and not able to function
Student Counselling Services prioritizes students in crisis. Please inform receptionist when a situation is urgent.
Urgent After-Hours Help
If you are in a crisis or don't feel safe managing on your own:
- Call Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service 306 933-6200 (24 hour crisis line)
- Visit a hospital emergency room
- Royal University Hospital (24 hours)
- St. Paul’s Hospital (24 hours)
- City Hospital (9am-8:30pm)
- Call 911 or Campus Safety 306 966-5555
- Saskatoon Sexual Assault Centre 306 244-2224 (24 hours)
- YWCA Saskatoon Crisis Shelter 306 244-2844 (24 hours)
- Saskatoon Interval House 306 244-0185 (24 hours)
- Saskatoon Crisis Nursery 306 242-2433 (24 hours)
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.
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- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Defining Your Interests, Values and Goals
- Mastering Exam Anxiety
- Understanding Depression and Developing a Plan to Overcome It
- Taking Care of Your Physical Health
- Challenging Depressive Thinking
- Managing Your Emotions
- Making Behaviour Changes
Social Anxiety Workbooks
- Understanding Anxiety and Key Treatment Strategies
- Social Anxiety: Challenging Anxious Thinking
- Social Anxiety: Making Behaviour Changes
- Understanding Anxiety and Key Treatment Strategies
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- Panic: Making Behavioural Changes
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- Assertive Communication
- What to do When a Friend is Depressed
- Exam Anxiety
- Grieving Unexpected Death
- Healthy Relationships
- Managing Anger
- Surviving Finals
- Panic Attacks
- Social Anxiety
- Stress Managment
- Succeeding at University
- Supporting a Friend Who is Anxious
- When a Relationship Ends
- Dealing with Reverse Culture Shock
- Assessing for Culture Shock
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- Managing After a Traumatic Event
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Client rights and responsibilities
- 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
- 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