Counselling Related Questions

1. What can counsellors help with?

Students come to speak with a counsellor for a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, past trauma, homesickness, family problems, loneliness, transition/adjustment issues, grief, career decisions, confusion about their direction in life, and unhappiness with their program of study. You do not have to be in crisis to seek counselling and most of our clients do not have a mental illness. In fact, counselling is not just about dealing with problems – it can also help you to gain self-knowledge and develop your potential.

2. Who is eligible for counselling?

The services of the Centre are available to all Memorial full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students who are eligible to proceed in their program and not on academic leave. Types of services that a student can avail of depends on their current registration status.

3.What are the different type of counselling sessions?

  • Same day session
  • Supportive Counselling
  • Initial Consultation
  • Counselling
  • Bridging

4. What happens in a counselling group?

A group usually consists of four to 10 clients and one or two counsellor facilitators who meet at the same time weekly for 1 ½ to 2 hours around a shared concern. Groups typically take place over a four to eight week period. Groups provide an opportunity to explore issues and receive encouragement, feedback and emotional support from other students struggling with similar problems. Click here for detailed information about our group programs.

5. How much does counselling cost?

Counselling is free to Memorial students who are eligible for our services.

6. What does confidentiality mean?

Confidentiality means that neither the information you share with your counsellor nor the fact that you are using our services will be disclosed to anyone outside of the Centre including parents without your written consent. However there are situations such as if clients are a danger to themselves or others, or a child is being abused or neglected when counsellors are obligated by law and/or professional ethics to inform relevant third parties or authorities. Your counsellor will go over and answer any questions you have about our confidentiality policy at the beginning of your initial appointment.


Student Wellness and Counselling Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000