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Counselling

Why come to counselling at the SU Wellness Centre?

Speaking with a counsellor can help you in many areas of your life. Whether you are a successful student looking to brush up on your skills, are concerned about a friend, or in crisis, a counsellor can help you identify ways to improve your wellbeing and achieve your goals.

Some of the top reasons students visit us include:
1. Relationship Concerns
2. Anxiety/Stress
3. Depression/Grief
4. Academic Concerns
5. Career Concerns


What type of counselling do you offer?

  • Individual counselling:  for students who identify psychological barriers interfering with their performance, day-to day functioning, and overall well-being. Such issues might include, but are not limited to: depressed mood, anxiousness, isolation, heightened stress, relationship difficulties, and grief. This includes personal counselling, career counselling, and academic counselling.
  • Couples counselling: for couples interested in enhancing their relationship through effective communication. At least one member of the couple must be a University of Calgary student to access this service.
  • Psychoeducational workshops: learn valuable skills on a range of personal and academic topics to enhance your well-being (e.g., mood & motivation; reducing anxiety, stress management, effective communication in relationships).
  • Assessment and referral to other on/off campus resources, as appropriate.

How do I get to meet with a counsellor?

When you call or visit the SU Wellness Centre to see a counsellor, the following process typically occurs:

  • Our reception will greet you
  • You will be scheduled for an initial meeting with a counsellor or other mental health professional
  • During the initial meeting, the counsellor  or other mental health professional will talk with you about your concerns. Some of the questions that you may be asked include:
    • To talk about yourself, such as what you are studying, where your home is, who you live with
    • What brought you to counselling
    • The concerns you are having
  • Towards the end of the initial meeting, the counsellor or other mental health professional will talk with you about either:
    • Matching you with a counsellor so that you can go for ongoing counselling
    • Referring you to other resources as appropriate 
  • If you are matched with a counsellor and have ongoing appointments, here is what you could expect a counsellor to ask in a typical counselling session:
    • To talk about yourself, your family and other personal information as it relates to your concern
    • To explain your concerns and the reasons why you came to counselling  
    • To work with the counsellor to create a counselling plan to address your concerns

The SU Wellness Centre works very closely with other on and off campus services (e.g., Student Success Centre, Career Services, Calgary Counselling Centre etc.) to make sure students are supported for all of their needs.


How much does counselling cost?

  • As long as you are an enrolled student at the University of Calgary, counselling and group sessions are free of charge.
  • Please note that 24 hrs notice is required to cancel or reschedule an appointment in order to avoid a $25 fee.
    (Please note: Rates and policies are subject to change on an annual basis.)
  • Late arrivals (later than 10 minutes after the scheduled start of the session) will be rescheduled and a No Show fee will be charged.
  • Charges for a couple are the joint responsibility of the participants involved in the session. If charges are to be applied to an account due to delinquency or No Show/Late Cancellation they will be applied to the University of Calgary student account only (therefore if only one partner is a UofC student he/she will receive the full charges).
  • The Counselling Centre will notify you if you have an outstanding bill. Continued non-payment will result in the charge being forwarded to the Registrar’s Office and a ‘withhold’ will be placed on your registration. (For example, this means you will be unable to register in classes, get transcripts or receive your degree until payment is made.) You will not be allowed to book further counselling appointments until payment is made, unless an emergency situation arises.

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