The Counselling Centre

On this page:
Our Services
New clients
Returning clients
Mental Health resources

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

Academic Year (September - May) Hours of operation:
8:30am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Summer (June - August) Hours of Operation:
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 19 years of age and under), 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


Intake is a 30 minute long booked appointment for students new to counselling who may be unsure of how counselling might be useful and gives us an overview of what is happening. In this session, we are able to establish your expectations for counselling and ensure you are ready for counselling.

 Intake appointments are booked at various times throughout the week! Call 902-420-5615, or email to schedule! 


Single Session

Single session is a 30 minute long booked appointment for returning clients who have not used our service for over 1 year or longer or who are not able to return to their original Clinician. This appointment will reassess the needs of the client. Further counselling may or may not be needed. This appointment is with a Clinical Therapist/Psychologist.

Academic and Life Skills Coaching

The Counselling Centre currently has the "Building Acadmic Skills Video Series" which Students may review when considering Coaching. 

Visit our Academic and Life Skills Coaching Page to learn more about the options available to you. 

Returning Clients

Returning clients (seen within the year) 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, SC406
(turn right once you get off the elevator)
Or book online:

Book An Appointment Button


Other Resources

The following resources are meant to guide. Depending on the nature of the need, feel free to contact one of the below resources.


Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline for post-secondary students in Nova Scotia. By calling Good2Talk, students can receive information and referrals about services and supports for mental health, addictions and well-being on and off campus or speak anonymously with a professional counsellor. Fore more information visit:


I.M. Well

Free 24/7 counselling for Saint Mary's University students in various languages. Contact number 1-877-234-5327. More information, as well as the app downlaod at:

Mental Health Advocates

The Counselling Centre has developed an online program to learn more about a variety of mental health related subjects. The Mental Health Advocates program also offers co-curricular hours, which can be awarded after 10 or more modules are completed. 


Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is an e-mental health resource that can be accessed at: (go to My pathways)

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.

Mental health Roadmap for SMU students 


University Security Emergency Line (24 hours)
Residence Services Front Desk (24 hours)
Emergency Police & Fire
QEII Emergency Department- 19 and over
Located on 1799 Robie Street
IWK Emergency Department- 19 and under
Located on South St. (near Robie St.)


(EFAP provider) Shepell*fgi (24 hours)  
Aspiria Student Assistance Program(for International Students)
Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team (24 hours)
or 1-888-429-8167(toll free) 
The Counselling Centre(Sept – May 8:30am-4:30pm:June – Aug 8:30am-4pm: Closed 12-1pm)
The Student Health Services (Fall/Winter/Spring Semesters 9am-4:30pm:Summer Semester 9am-4pm:Closed 12:30-1:30pm)(After-Hours) Family Focus
SHS Website
Family Focus Website
Avalon Sexual Assault Centre(8:30am-4:30pm; closed 12:30-1:30pm)
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) 24 hour Response Line