Who can use the Counselling Services and what does it cost?

All current Acadia students. There is no cost.

For Faculty and Staff, Acadia University also offers an Employee and Family Assistance Program. For more information about this program contact Human Resources or visit their website:  External Employees and Family Assistance Program

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by:

  • Phoning (902) 585-1246;
  • E-mailing the Centre at: counselling@acadiau.ca
  • Dropping by the Old Sub, Lower Level (red brick building beside the Student Union building)

Walk-in service is available at times, but often it is necessary to make an appointment.

What if I have to cancel my appointment?

If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact us allowing 24 hours notice by calling 585-1246 or emailing, counselling@acadiau.ca

Should I see a counsellor?

University poses many challenges. Many students experience stress due to the adjustments required by their studies and the multiple roles in their lives. Common issues students identify are feeling worried, anxious or depressed, having relationship problems or underachievement in their studies.

Most students can benefit from seeing a counsellor at some point in their university experience.

What can I expect?
  • When you make an appointment you must first have an intake appointment. This is just a 30 min process where you sit down with one of our counsellors and answer some questions about yourself. This allows us to see you quickly and touch base to see if there may also be other resources that can help you as well!
  • Counselling is a 50-minute session where you work with a counsellor to identify why you might be struggling 
  • You'll work on developping strategies for better coping.
  • You'll receive support and guidance for making sometimes difficult changes.
  • You'll have the opportunity to speak honestly about your state of mind, feelings and disappointments.
  • Judgement free zone
How long will it take?

Many clients benefit from a single 50 minute session with a counsellor. Occasionally, for complex concerns, you may choose to meet for more sessions. At any time, you are welcome to return for further help with the same or with a new situation.

Do I need to give my name?

At your first appointment a Counsellor will ask you to fill in a short intake form which includes your name and some other information that will be used only for statistics which would not identify you or your Counsellor's use. 

Is it confidential?

All sessions at the Student Resource Centre are confidential (except under emergency situations involving clear and imminent danger to yourself or others). What you share with a counsellor will be held in confidence. In addition, the identity of those who use the Counselling Centre is also regarded as confidential.

Are counsellors professional and well qualified?

Yes. Whether your concerns are personal, social, academic, or vocational you will find professional counsellors and staff whose training and experience uniquely fit the university setting. For more information about our qualifications and special interests, just click on Staff Profiles.

I have questions about career and university resources

Check the Career Services page for information on careers and resources as well as on our website for information about career testing and various professions. The Centre's staff are well qualified to offer guidance in your study and career path when questions arise. Just contact us to set up an appointment at 585-1246.

What if I need to talk to someone when the centre is closed?

If you need assistance outside of office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm), please

contact Acadia Security at 585-1103.

In case of an emergency, dial 7-911 (on campus) or 911 (off campus).

Workshops

Our staff offer workshops in residences on various topics in counselling issues or topics in study skills by request of the Resident Assistants. Contact us at counselling@acadiau.ca, 585-1246.