Student Counselling Services

Student Counselling Services supports the mental health and well-being of students through the provision of clinical services, educational programs and consultation for faculty and staff.

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

Services for Students

  • Brief, individual and couple therapy
  • Groups and workshops
  • Mindfulness Meditation 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

When to seek counselling

Students are encouraged to seek counselling when difficulties,

  • persist
  • 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.

Urgent situations

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 Assistance

  • Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service (306) 933-6200 (24 hour crisis line and consultation)
  • Royal University Hospital Emergency Department (306) 655-1362
  • University of Saskatchewan Protective Services (306) 966-5555
  • Saskatoon Police Services 9-1-1 (or 9-9-1-1 on campus)

Additional Crisis Services

Groups and Workshops

Fall 2015 Workshops

These sessions offer practical strategies to help manage the demands of university. Open to all current U of S students, free of charge.

Presenting without Panic

If public speaking scares you, you are not alone!  In a supportive environment, participants will learn about presetnation anxiety and specific strategies to amke it more managable.  To register, see link below the list of workshops.

  • Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
  • 11:30-12:30pm
  • Room 323 Place Riel Student Centre

Stress - Naturally!

A workshop exploring ways to change one's relation with stress drawing on inspiration from nature.  Provides ideas and strategies to look at and respond to stress differently making links to lessons and benefits from nature. To register, see link below the list of workshops.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
  • 1:30-3pm
  • Student Counselling Services, 3rd Floor Place Riel Student Centre (Room 310)

Dealing with Difficult Emotions

This workshop will provide a review of some Cognitive Behavioural Theray (CBT) and Mindfulness strategies to dientify, manage and cope with more intense emotions. To register, see link below the list of workshops.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
  • 3:30-4:30pm
  • Room 323 Place Riel Student Centre

Introduction to Mindfulness

Learn about mindfulness meditation and its potential benefits.  Participants will have an opportunity topractice meditation and learn ways to incorportate brief moments ofmindfulness in teir day as a way to ease the stress of university. To register, see link below the list of workshops.

  • Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
  • 11:30-12:30pm

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a way of paying kind, curious attention to what is happening in our lives.  While it does not eliminate challenges, it can help us meet and repond to life's pressures with greater ease.

Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation Sessions

Offered for current U of S students.  Those new to and familiar with mediation are welcome.

  • Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Sept. 28-Dec.14, 2015
  • STM Chapel (2nd Floor, St. Thomas More College)

Mindfulness Meditation: Developing your Practice

An 8 week course for students who are keen to develop a meditation practice.  Weekly classes provide guided practice, support materials and opportunity for discussion.

  • Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
  • October 7-December 2, 2015
  • STM Chapel (2nd Floor, St. Thomas More College)
  • Enrolment limited to 25, registration required

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


Clinicans are available to consult with members of campus community who are concerned about a student. For assistance please call (306) 966-4920 and advise reception if your situation is urgent.

Download our quick reference guide for assisting students in distress.