What are we all about?
A primary function of the McGill Counselling Service is to assist and support students in the successful management of the wide range of psychological, academic, vocational and life-skill issues they may encounter from the first few weeks on campus through the completion of a doctoral dissertation.
From first-year through graduate school, students may find themselves challenged by the varied stressors in their lives. For some a brief intervention, supportive counselling or answers to worrying questions may relieve their concern, while for others the achievement of personal goals will lie with ongoing therapy.
Whether knocking on the apartment door of a 'missing' student, providing assistance during a crisis, teaching relaxation techniques, or discussing a broken heart, a failed exam or a death in the family, the Counselling Service works to provide effective therapy, knowledgeable support, and an ongoing opportunity for students to discover and develop the skills required to be successful in both their journey through McGill and in the lives they will live in the years ahead.
Counselling emphasizes awareness and prevention, supporting the belief that efforts to deal with problems and issues before they become unmanageable is the key to optimal health and wellness. Counselling encourages a holistic approach to mind-body-environment issues and employs various theoretical approaches and techniques to assist students in their ability to solve problems, make decisions and deal more effectively with their personal situations.
The Counselling Service operates within a short-term model but does not limit the number of sessions available. Some concerns can be addressed in a single meeting, while others may require additional time and effort. Referral to other student services or outside the University may be made if individual concerns require specialized assistance.
The information shared in Counselling is strictly confidential and is released only with the student's written permission or if required by law as in the case of child abuse or the immediate threat of harm to self or others
Team at Mental Health Awareness week
What Services Do We Provide?
Counselling is available to students with psychological, academic and vocational concerns. Both individual and couple counselling are available as well as vocational testing. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of groups and workshops each semester. Other than modest cost-recovery charges for vocational testing material, all full- and part-time students who have paid student service fees are eligible for services free of charge. Please see the menu at the left for more information.
McGill Reporter -University helps students cope with mental health issues
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