Making an Appointment
Current students living in Residence can make an appointment by going to the Residence Services Desk in Oscar Peterson Hall, or by completing the online webform.
What is counselling?
Counselling is the chance to speak to someone about any struggles or concerns you may be experiencing. Counselling is not about getting advice, but rather the chance to talk to someone who will listen without judgement, and who will work collaboratively with you on your goals. It’s a free and confidential service. For students who need more complex or long-term help, the counsellor will work to connect you to appropriate community supports.
Who is the Residence Counsellor?
The Residence Counsellor is a professional social worker who has experience providing support to people facing a variety of mental health concerns and life stresses. She has worked in different residences at U of T for the last 8 years, and is available as a resource to any UTM student living in residence. She provides individual counselling, as well as group counselling and programs throughout the year.
What can I expect coming in for counselling?
The first step is to book an appointment, by filling out the web form. The Residence Counsellor will then contact you by phone within 24-48 business hours to set up an appointment. Appointments are held in the Residence Counsellor’s office, which is located in Oscar Peterson Hall. Appointments usually last for one hour. Following that first appointment, you can decide whether or not you’d like to book another session, if another resource is better able to help you, or if that one session was enough.
What kind of issues can the Residence Counsellor help with?
The Residence Counsellor helps students who face a variety of issues. Some of these include: anxiety, stress, depression, relationship problems, body image, self-esteem, substance abuse, coming out, family conflict, and more. Some students worry that their problems might not be "big enough” to seek out counselling for, but everyone can use someone to talk to! There is no such thing as too small (or too big) of a concern to talk to the counsellor about. Everyone is welcome.
What kind of approach does the Residence Counsellor take?
The Residence Counsellor offers short-term, solution-focused counselling. She uses a variety of modalities, including narrative therapy, CBT, arts-based therapy and even pet therapy. Her dog, Moose, is a mini golden doodle, and comes to sessions with students who indicate that they like dogs. Studies show pets decrease loneliness and improve our mood!
What impact will seeing the Residence Counsellor have on me?
It depends on your individual situation and goals, but other students who saw the Residence Counsellor reported feeling happier, less stressed, more connected to the residence and campus community, and more confident in their ability to handle their stresses.