McGill Psychoeducational & Counselling Clinic

The McGill Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic is a teaching and training unit of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology within McGill’s Faculty of Education.

Through its training activities, the clinic provides low-cost psychological services to people seeking psychoeducational assessments or counselling.

Clinic Overview

Used primarily by Master’s and Doctoral students as well as academic staff from the Department’s two accredited psychology programs (Counselling Psychology and School/Applied Child Psychology), the Clinic serves to provide an on-campus setting for students’ clinical training and research. All services are provided under the supervision of qualified and accredited professors from the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology.

Recently renovated, the Clinic is comprised of several private offices that allow for supervision, a waiting room, and a trainee office.

Open to the greater Montreal community, the Clinic offers supervised assessment and counselling services for clients who may have been referred by schools, non-profit/government agencies, or by professionals including psychologists, social workers, counsellors, and physicians. Clients may also contact the clinic directly and make a self-referral for psychoeducational assessments or counselling services. [at] (subject: Clinic%20Inquiry) (Request More Information by Email) 



Clinic Operations & Protocols

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Psychoeducational Assessments:

A psychoeducational assessment is a one-on-one session where a variety of tools are used to develop a complete perspective of the client’s academic skills and cognitive abilities.

Accepted Clientele: Youth, aged 4-20

Current Waitlist: 12 months

Language of Service: Assessments are generally administered in English, although depending on the educational needs of the client, some components of the assessment may be administered in French. All assessment reports are written in English. Potential clients requesting that French be included in the assessment should inform the Clinic Coordinator upon booking. Please note that the Clinic is not equipped to complete psychoeducational assessments for students who primarily study in French or who require a report to be written in French.

For French language services, please contact:


Counselling and Psychotherapy:

This service is a kind of talk therapy, to help clients work through emotional or mental difficulties in a safe, confidential environment.

Accepted Clientele: Adults aged 18+ experiencing social, vocational, or interpersonal issues

Current Waitlist: Accepting new clients for October 2022


Services not offered by the McGill Psychoeducational & Counselling Clinic:

  • Assessments for autism spectrum disorder
  • Vocational/career assessments to children or adolescents
  • Counselling and psychotherapy for children/teens

Clinic Lab PhotoSchedule & Acceptance of New Clients

Clients are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to high demand, and the specific constraints of the practicum programs, only a limited number of clients can be seen each year.

The Clinic operates only during McGill’s Fall and Winter semesters (September - April) weekdays, during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you are looking for other Montreal-area services that fall outside of our clinic schedule, we may be able to provide a referral.

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Have any questions about the various services offered? Wondering how you can request these available services for you or a loved one? Please see the FAQs below to learn more about requesting a Clinic service:

Who can request a service?

Requests for children aged 6-13 must be made by a parent or legal guardian. Individuals aged 14 and older may make the request for a clinic service, but those aged 14-17 will be required to provide informed consent for services.

What information do I need to provide when requesting a service?

The following information is needed to complete the intake form:

  • Type of service being requested (psychoeducational assessment or counselling)
  • Basic contact information including email and preferred phone number.
  • Client identification (e.g. name, age, gender, pronouns, language)
  • Parental information (if applicable)
  • Referral source (if applicable)

What are the next steps after the intake form is submitted?

As a potential client, you will be placed on the appropriate Clinic waiting list. Please be aware that the waiting period can be up to 12 months and that on rare occasion the Clinic may suspend taking on additional prospective clients if the waitlist reaches its maximum.

When services become available, potential clients will be contacted by a Clinic trainee who will conduct a brief screening interview to determine whether the Clinic's resources are suited to the client's requests. A first meeting is usually made at that time. Please note that the wait list time between initial contact and the first meeting can sometimes be lengthy.

What happens if I need more urgent services?

If services are urgently required, Clinic staff is usually able to provide suitable referrals. When a client requires services that are not available in the Clinic, a referral to an appropriate service is usually made.

Alternate counselling and assessment resources can also be accessed here.

Clinic Lab PhotoFee Schedule & Receipts

Clients are charged fees for services rendered. The Fee Schedule is as follows:

Psychoeducational Assessment: $600.00, collected in two installments. The first installment of $300.00 is charged at the end of the second meeting. The $300.00 balance is then charged at the final assessment meeting.

Counselling Fees: $40.00 per session, charged at the end of each session.

Forms of payment: e-transfers


Receipts and Insurance Claims:

A receipt is provided for every payment. As the McGill Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic is a training facility, depending on each individual client's insurance plan, trainee services may or may not be considered an eligible insurance claim. Potential clients are encouraged to check with their insurance provider prior to the initial appointment.

In cases where a client cannot afford to pay the assigned fees they may be eligible for the Clinic Fee Reduction/Fee Waiver policy. During the brief screening interview, trainees may provide more information regarding the Clinic's payments policies.


Clinic policy on completion of Disability Tax Credit Certificate (T2201):

Due to time-sensitive nature of clinical work, our clinical staff are only able to complete the Canada Revenue Agency’s Disability Tax Credit Certificate (T2201) for current/active clients. Form completion is not done on the spot during your appointment; this process may take up to four weeks. Please consult with your psychologist-in-training to request the completion of a Disability Tax Credit Certificate (T2201). All clients who have terminated services with the Clinic should contact their primary care physician for completion of form T2201, as primary care providers are typically in the best position to be aware of the client’s overall current health status. Clients who do not have a primary care physician should contact their local CLSC. The clinic can send a copy of the client’s psychoeducational report (assessment clients) or termination report (counselling clients) to the CLSC or primary care physician for their review.


[Payments can be made using credit and debit cards.

Clinic Lab PhotoClinic Location, Transit & Parking

The Clinic is located in B179, on the basement level (B) of the McGill Education Building at 3700 rue McTavish. There are three building entrances: McTavish, Peel, and through a pathway just north of the building.

Location and Directions

Driving: Note that this section of McTavish can only be accessed by car by driving east on Dr. Penfield and turning left up McTavish Street. (The lower portion of McTavish is for pedestrian traffic only.)

Metro: The closest metro station is Peel. For a complete list of public transportation options please refer to the STM Website.

Parking: Free or metred parking in the surrounding streets is available but highly unpredictable. Paid parking may available in the Education Building underground parking garage (3700 rue McTavish) or in other on-campus parking lots. Please consult McGill’s page on Downtown Campus Visitor Parking.

Clinic Lab PhotoClinic Advisory Committee

The role of the Clinic Advisory Committee (CAC) is to assist the Cinic Director in matters of policy and procedures relative to the operations of the McGill Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic. Clinic policies and procedures are set by the Director in conjunction with the CAC. The advisory committee also vets projected clinic expenses.

The Clinic Advisory Committee is comprised of:

  • Academic staff representatives from the McGill Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology Department’s Counselling Psychology and School/Applied Psychology programs
  • Two representatives from the community
  • Four student representatives
  • Clinic Coordinator

Students registered in courses that use the clinic may bring up concerns, requests, or problems to their respective student representative or directly to the Clinic Director for discussion at advisory meetings. Students may, with prior notice, also attend meetings. The advisory group convenes 2 – 4 times a year.

Members of the Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic Committee:

  • Dr. Judith Norton, McGill Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic Director
  • Dr. Marie-Hélène Pennestri, Counselling Psychology Program Representative
  • Dr. Shanna Williams, School/Applied Child Psychology Program Representative
  • Dr. Tina Montreuil, Chair of Assessment Materials Resource Centre
  • Dr. Vera Romano, Educational and Counselling Psychology Course Lecturer
  • Dr. Shawna Atkins, Educational and Counselling Psychology Course Lecturer
  • Ms. Shelay Paris, Clinic Coordinator
  • Ms. Audrey Mariamo, Counselling Psychology PHD Student Representative
  • Ms. Olivia Gunther, Counselling Psychology MA Student Representative
  • Ms. Erika Infantino, School/Applied Child Psychology MA Student Representative
  • Ms. Samantha Wong, School/Applied Child Psychology PhD Student Representative

Contact Us

All inquiries should be directed to the Clinic Coordinator.

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Clinic Location Address

McGill Psychoeducational & Counselling Clinic
Education Building
3700 McTavish, Room B138
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1Y2

Mailing Address:

McGill Psychoeducational & Counselling Clinic
Education Building
3700 McTavish, Room 614
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1Y2

Business Hours: Weekdays, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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