Counselling Services

Personal Counselling for Students

The Counselling Office provides intake, crisis, short-term and longer-term personal counselling/therapy to enrolled students.

Counselling is free of charge and confidential.

Who Uses Counselling Services

People like you and me. Mental and emotional health is defined not by the absence of problems, but by how we cope with them. Counselling is a healthy way to deal with life's pressures.

Some Reasons for Seeking Counselling

  • stress
  • anxiety or depression
  • difficulties with school
  • suicidal thoughts
  • relationship difficulties
  • low self-esteem
  • or other reasons of your own

How Counselling Works

  • an opportunity for you to speak and be heard, and gain clarity and an objective perspective on your situation
  • identifies and strengthens your personal resources
  • gives you new strategies to help yourself
  • builds your self-esteem
  • provides you with support

What to Expect

  • sessions are 55 minutes in length
  • the first session is an intake session where background information is gathered on you and the nature of your concern is identified
  • after an intake you will be paired with one of the counsellors and your counselling can begin; because of the demand for services, there may be a wait list and wait-time to start counselling
  • usual progression of counselling is approx. 1-3 sessions to get a handle on your situation; approx. 3-10 sessions to help you find some direction, strategies and resolution

Confidentiality

All information you share in counselling is held in strict confidence and is not shared with anyone without your consent, except when:

  • clear and imminent danger is indicated, either to yourself or others, or
  • there is an indication of abuse of a minor (age 18 or under), or
  • a court subpoena is received

Accessing Services

The Counselling Office is located in room 295, in the North Building. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, throughout the academic year.

After-hours and on weekends call the Greater Vancouver Crisis Line at 604 872 3311.

To make an appointment:

  • call the appointment line at 604 630 4555
  • email counselling@ecuad.ca, please indicate which days and times you are available for an appointment (e.g. Monday mornings, Wednesday afternoons)
  • come into Student Services, room 100 North Building, and make an appointment in person

The Counsellors

Amy Kheong
M.Ed. Counselling Psychology
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Amy is the clinical counsellor at the University who provides therapy and counselling for students.