Residence Counsellor

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. 

Residence Counsellor Appointment 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 campus resources and community supports. 

Who is the Residence Counsellor? 

The Residence Counsellor is a professional social worker who has experience providing support to people from diverse backgrounds facing a variety of mental health concerns and life stresses. Residence Counsellor makes a special effort in recognizing issues of equity and diversity when providing culturally competent counselling services to UTM students living in residence.  She has worked in a variety of different settings including community mental health organizations, hospital, school settings, residences at U of T , and is available as a resource to any UTM student living in residence. She provides strengths based, solution-focused individual counselling, as well as group counselling and wellness 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 or provide appropriate resources in the community. Appointments are held in the Residence Counsellor’s office, which is located in Oscar Peterson Hall. Counselling sessions are typically 50 min in length. Following that first appointment, you and the counsellor can mutually decide next steps that may include group counselling, referral to other campus and/or community supports, brief individual therapy (3 session model) or individual counselling/case management. 

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 solution-focused, narrative therapy, CBT, and arts-based therapy.

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.