Meet counsellor Monica Boulos, M.A., c.o.


Congratulations on your admission to Concordia! Being a first-year student comes with many exciting experiences, some challenges, and a whole lot of figuring things out. If at any point you feel like this transition is more difficult than you expected, please reach out and make an appointment to meet with me. I am here to listen and to help you find ways to thrive on both a personal and academic level. My goal is to offer a safe and non-judgmental space and to provide you with the tools and strategies you need to make the most of your first year on campus.

Some reasons students may choose to see me

  • Questioning the decision to attend university
  • Feelings of isolation, self-doubt, discouragement
  • Difficulty coping with the demands of university life
  • Overwhelming stress
  • Culture shock and/or feeling homesick
  • Lack of motivation
  • Chronic procrastination
  • Difficulty making friends and connecting with peers on campus
  • Difficulties associated with peer pressure or other relationship issues
  • Juggling family expectations and personal goals
  • Identity exploration
  • Dissatisfaction with academic program
  • Lack of educational and/or career direction
  • Difficulty navigating the university system

Please note that the First-year Support Counsellor does not offer psychotherapy services. If a student is struggling with significant anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns, they should seek help from Counselling & Psychological Services.

Eligibility for services

Any student in their first year of studies at Concordia is eligible for First-year support counselling. Their eligibility begins when they confirm their offer of admission (and pay the $100 deposit) and continues until 12 months after they begin taking classes. This includes:

  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Mature students
  • Transfer students from other universities
  • Exchange students
  • Independent students (eligible during their entire time as an independent student, and for the first year once they are admitted into a program)


Alternative support options at Concordia

  • Have general questions about your academic journey? Not sure where to start? Book a video call with student mentor or request a staff navigator.
  • One-on-one appointments and workshops with learning specialists are available through Learning Services
  • Access career planning workshops and job search help through CAPS
  • Personal counselling is available through Wellness Together Canada, a 24/7 tele-counselling line available to anyone residing in Canada (including international students)
  • EmpowerMe: Connect by phone or online with counsellors and life-coaches, available 24/7. 1-833-628-5589 in Canada and the U.S. Find international numbers.

Contact us

514-848-2424, ext. 7369 / 5901

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Sir George Williams Campus
Room H-745.01

Loyola Campus
Room AD-101

Office hours

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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