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About Counselling

Our Approach

McGill's Counselling Service emphasizes awareness and prevention, supporting the belief that dealing with problems before they become unmanageable is the key to health and wellness. Focusing less on diagnosis and more on each client's strength and capacity for change, we work with students to help them build the skills they need to solve problems, make decisions and cope more effectively with life's major stressors and daily demands. 

wellness wheel and the eight components: academic, career, cultural, emotional, financial, physical, social, spiritualOur approach draws on a holistic view of the individual, recognizing that each of us is composed of various facets – physical, psychological, social and spiritual – and that each of these facets requires attention in order to live a full and healthy life.

Just as each of our clients' situations is unique, so too are their therapy needs. For some, a brief intervention or answers to worrying questions may relieve their concerns, while others will require ongoing therapy in order to achieve their personal goals. Please see our services to learn more about what we offer.

The Counselling Psychology Values

Below are our shared values. If you have an experience that doesn't meet these values we want to hear for you.

  • We believe everyone experiences their own unique challenges as they grow and develop.
  • We view students as being able to overcome their difficulties.
  • We practice from a short-term approach building on student’s resourcefulness and existing strengths.
  • We recognize that personal development, academic performance, and career planning are all interrelated.
  • We know that students affect and are affected by the individuals and circumstances around them.
  • We are sensitive to student diversity.


Please note: To access services, you must be currently enrolled and paying the Student Services fee. The fee is automatically charged to the student account of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows every fall and winter term. Certain other categories of students may opt to pay a fee to use the services.