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Counselling and therapy

Counselling is a confidential service for students who are dealing with life difficulties. It is a safe space to explore new perspectives and build resilience.

The goal of counselling is to help you return to normal functioning. Our counsellors will help you identify and understand the challenges you are facing, recognize their impact on your life, and develop strategies to cope with them.

Counselling appointments are offered in both official languages and are free for all uOttawa students. You can visit the walk-in clinic at 100 Marie-Curie, fourth floor, or book an appointment online.

The platform will display appointments available for a two week window.  If you do not see an appointment that suits you in the next two weeks, send us en email and our team will do their best to help you out.

Your first session will be online by default. If you prefer in-person counselling, you can discuss this with your counsellor in your initial appointment.

Counsellors are available on weekdays and three evenings per week.

Monday: 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed.

The service is closed on statutory holidays and when the University closes for the Holiday period.

uOttawa walk-in counselling

The walk-in clinic operates on a first-come, first-served basis and allows you to see a counsellor the same day. This will be a single session to help you deal with what is most important in that moment.

The walk-in clinic is located at 100 Marie-Curie, fourth floor.

Before your first appointment, you will be required to fill out some intake forms. Our information officers will be able to guide through this process.

Campus clinic.
Counselling Services are located on the 4th floor of 100 Marie-Curie.

In response to public health authority recommendations on physical distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are currently conducting walk-in clinic sessions virtually. An administrative agent will be on-site to help you and answer your questions.

Monday to Friday: 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed.

The last appointment takes place an hour-and-a-half before the end of the day. Sometimes, spots fill up quickly and we will reach capacity before the end of the day. If that happens to you, we recommend that you book an appointment online or contact emergency mental health services if your need is urgent.

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Get to know the uOttawa counselling team

Learning more about your counsellor can ease some of the apprehension you may feel before your session. Meet our team.
Get to know the uOttawa counselling team

uOttawa Counselling Services provides specialized referrals to a range of community-based mental health services that complement counselling-based supports. Community-based mental health services allow people to receive specialized services outside of a hospital setting. Specialized referrals can:

  • Help students access the appropriate specialized service to support their mental health concerns
  • Help students reach their optimum level of independent functioning

If you would like to know more about our specialized referrals please contact us at [email protected].

Important: Counselling Services does not provide emergency service. If you think that you or someone you know is in immediate danger, or is too ill to wait for an assessment, you should access a psychiatric crisis service or hospital emergency room OR contact the Mental Health Helpline at +1 (866) 531-2600.:

Below is a list of community-based mental health services that are part of Counselling Services specialized referral program:

Virtual Psychiatric Consultation Clinics: In order to access this service you must have a family doctor, as they receive the psychiatric consultation report and complete follow-up treatments. Psychiatrists are physicians specialized in mental health care. Their role is to support you, your primary care provider, and counsellor. This service is in partnership between The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and uOttawa. It is an opportunity to have a 1hour consultation with a psychiatrist via video-conference.

Ontario Structure Psychotherapy (OSP)OSP program provides free, short-term, face-to-face Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adults experiencing depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (link referral form)

On Track-First Episode Psychosis Program: On Track provides care for people aged 16 to 35 years, who are experiencing symptoms of psychosis or possible early symptoms of a psychotic illness. They work with both patients and their families, they provide mental health assessment and treatment, case management, family and patient education, and support. The goals of treatment are remission of symptoms, community re-integration, and relapse prevention. 

Mobile Crisis Team: MCT is an outreach team that is designed to provide rapid assessment of and stabilization for individuals in the community who are in crisis. This is not an emergency service.

Upstream (case management): Community support workers and students work together to develop goals and a plan to help support students’ mental health needs. 

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