Update: Learn more about the integration of Counselling and Mental Health Services and the new Psychiatric Services.


The McGill Counselling Service provides one-on-one short-term counselling to individuals dealing with a wide range of psychological and emotional issues and academic and vocational challenges. Trained and experienced in dealing with the unique difficulties encountered by university students, our professional staff work with each client to alleviate distress, promote self-understanding and develop effective solutions to the obstacles impeding their growth and success. 

In addition to our regular counselling services we also offer vocational counselling and testingcrisis support, and the opportunity for students to participate in a number of workshops and groups each semester. We also act as a resource for parents, faculty and staff who have concerns about issues that may be affecting their loved ones or students. 


Counselling is available to all full and part-time McGill students who have paid Student Services fees.


Other than a modest cost-recovery charge for vocational testing materials, as well as for some workshops, counselling services are free of charge to McGill students. 

Letters of Support

We are often asked if Counselling Services provides supporting documentation to defer exams and get extensions on papers. We do provide letters of support but only within certain parameters. A student who is involved with a clinician prior to exams or deadlines may receive a letter outlining the circumstances that have contributed to their academic difficulties. 

Letters are not written after the fact if the clinician has no prior knowledge of the circumstances leading up to the difficulty. Students requiring same-day supporting documentation who are not already known to Counselling Services should go directly to an off-campus clinic.


The information shared in Counselling is strictly confidential, and is released only with the student's written permission or if required by law, as in the case of child abuse or the immediate threat of harm to self or others.

Policy on Missed Appointments

Due to the significant demand for services, and the cost to Student Services for unused time, a 24-hour notice (email or phone *leave message if needed*) is absolutely required for cancellations. Students who cancel their appointments with less than 24 hours before their appointment will be charged a $15.00 cancellation fee. Students who do not contact us to cancel will be charged $30.00.