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Counselling and Psychological Services is a short-term outpatient counselling centre which provides virtual and in-person appointments to currently registered Concordia students. Personalized care plans may include one-on-one appointments, psycho-educational workshops and/or community support.
At times, a single session with a counsellor may be all that is needed to gain perspective or relief related to a challenging situation.
At a single session appointment, the counsellor will begin by gaining a clear definition of your need for the session and will assist you in mobilizing an action plan using a solution-focused model. Together you will focus on identifying barriers, brainstorming possible solutions and using your strengths and resources to make positive changes. At the completion of your session, the counsellor will provide you with an intervention plan.
Please be aware that single sessions are NOT a substitute for on-going counselling, nor are they meant for students who are experiencing a mental health crisis. These sessions are not available for those students already making use of our short-term counselling service.
Short-term counselling helps patients find new approaches to managing mental health concerns and challenging life situations. Counselling is a confidential and safe space to develop skills and explore new perspectives, as well as increase your self-awareness and build resilience.
Your counselling plan, including the number of sessions and their frequency, will be decided upon between you and your counsellor and vary according to your needs. Many students make significant progress within three to five sessions.
Because we are a short-term counselling centre, some services go beyond the scope of our practice and require a referral to specialized services. If you require long-term treatment and/or specialized services, we will refer you to the appropriate care or service provider.
Please note that all triage appointments will be conducted virtually.
For follow-up sessions, you will have the option of either virtual or in-person appointments. Your triage counsellor will discuss these options with you. While in-person appointments will depend on counsellor availability, we will strive to accommodate your preferred method of counselling.
Access to our offices is by appointment only, and there are no in-person drop-in services at this time.
Triage is your first step if you’re seeking personal counselling. These appointments are mandatory for all students new to our counselling services or who haven’t received services in the last academic year.
During a triage appointment, you will have a brief conversation with a counsellor to discuss your reasons for seeking counselling. This meeting is not a counselling appointment. Triage appointments help us evaluate your needs and direct you to the most appropriate resource which may include short-term counselling at Concordia or a referral to more specialised services in the community.
Wait-times for follow-up appointments depend on several factors including demand for counselling, your needs and situation, as well as your availability. Scheduling flexibility can help secure a follow-up appointment quickly.
If you have access to insurance that would allow you to have services in the community, a list of potential resources can be provided at triage. Please note that if you are being seen by another mental health practitioner outside of Concordia, your mental health needs will be best served by continuing to see them.
Our physical locations are currently closed to the public.