Counselling & Clinical Services

Counselling & Clinical Services

Counselling & Clinical Services aims to provide accessible and compassionate psychological and psychiatric services to U of A students. Using a short-term therapy model, we help students improve their personal, social, and academic well-being. We offer consultative services to the University of Alberta community, like opportunities for faculty and staff to consult with us regarding students of concern, as well as provide supervision and training to graduate students in psychology.

Learn more about our counselling model

Why seek help?

There are many reasons why you might want to visit us. Some common issues that students come to us with are depression, social anxiety, self-harm, grief, disordered eating, relationship problems, perfectionism, and adapting to life in Canada. Our goal is to help you overcome these challenges currently impacting your mental health so you’re able to have the best possible experience at the U of A.

Your Initial Consultation

Initial consultations (ICs) are the first appointment that students have in order to access individual counselling, psychiatric, or group therapy services (drop-in workshops don’t require an individual consultation).

Learn more about initial consultations

Services we offer

Initial consultations and all services, with the exception group therapy programs (which have a minimal fee), are free of charge.

  • Personal, Relationship, and Family Therapy 
    We provide students with professional psychological therapy and treatment emphasizing a shorter-term model, including individual, relationship, and family therapy. We assist students with a wide range of mental health and life concerns. 
  • Free Drop-In Workshops
    Workshops are casual, one-time events that teach participants practical and realistic strategies to deal with a particular mental health topic.
  • Group Therapy 
    Groups are ongoing and offer a supportive and safe environment for participants to learn strategies to overcome psychological challenges. Joining a therapy group requires an initial consultation.
  • Listening to Support Students in Distress: Front Line Staff Training
    Front line workers can often be the first point of contact for students in distress. To better support and navigate students to appropriate campus and community resources, the Community Social Work Team in partnership with Counselling and Clinical Services have developed a practical 60-minute workshop to address basic coping skills and strategies for U of A staff members who work directly with students.