The Counselling Centre

Welcome to The Counselling Centre

We are a service available on campus to all current and registered Saint Mary's University students. We offer individual personal counselling, academic & life skills coaching and consultations. Our team of professionals will help you meet your academic and personal goals. We understand how stressful university life can be and how making small changes can have a huge impact. Our staff are generalists in their training with experience working with University students.

Our hours During the Academic Year (Sept-May) are

8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm


During the Summer (June - Aug) 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm.

We try our best to respond as quickly as possible to meet the needs of our students. Please Note: We are not an emergency clinic therefore we will refer all emergencies to the QEII Emergency Department (for ages 19 years old and over), located on Robie Street or the IWK Emergency Department (for under 19 years of age), located on South Street.



 Find information for new and returning clients below as well as more information about our many services and resources in the tabs on the side of the page.

New to Our Service:

Personal Concerns

The first step for students who have never used the services of The Counselling Centre and are seeking help for personal concerns is to participate in an Intake session.  These sessions take place on a drop-in basis Monday to Friday.

  • You will meet with our Intake & Programs Coordinator to discuss your concerns and the best options will be recommended
  • This Intake session will be approximately 20 to 30 minutes
  • You will be required to fill out an Intake form beforehand which will take approx. 5-10 minutes
  • This session is First-Come-First-Served


Drop in times for Intake are as follows: 

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 1pm-3:45pm


Wednesday/Friday: 9:00am-11:30am



Academic and Life Skills Coaching

The Counselling Centre has a variety of services and resources to meet your academic needs as a student. Visit our Academic and Life Skills Coaching Page to learn more about the options available to you.


Please Note:

  • There are no longer drop in times for Academic & Life Skills Coaching.

Returning Clients

Returning students are welcome to book an appointment for personal counselling and/or academic & life skills coaching directly by:

Contacting us:

(P) 902-420-5615


Dropping by our office:

4th Floor Student Centre

(turn left once you get off the elevator)

Tour -- Door

Or book online:

Book An Appointment Button


Other Resources

Morneau Shepell

Morneau Shepell offers 24/7 free, confidential phone, email and web counselling to Saint Mary's students. If you are an emergency or crisis after hours, please contact Morneau-Shepell at 1-855-649-8641 and tell them you need immediate assistance. This service is confidential and you will speak with a Clinician right away if you are in crisis.

To view Morneau Shepell's new student support website visit and be sure to check out the articles on: Managing stress with yoga, mental health myths, etc. 

Healthy Minds App

For more information on mental health and life balance please visit

Healthy Minds is now available for free for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod Touch through the App Store or through and, where printable promotional materials are also available.

Transitions Booklet

Transitions is a free mental health booklet. To view the booklet please click the link .

Other Counselling Initiatives

The Counselling Centre has various mental health initiatives we have developed which include: how to help a student in distress, and SMU Talks for Faculty and Staff.

InBalance Programs at Saint Mary's University

Saint Mary's University offers some great InBalance Wellness programs. Please visit to view upcoming events/sessions being held