Counselling at Brescia

Mental health counselling is a common service for post-secondary students, as the post-secondary experience comes with challenge and change. The technical name for counselling is psychotherapy which is “primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being…where both [client and therapist] work together to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. Individuals usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life.” (CRPO, 2019)

Where can I find a therapist?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all counselling sessions will be held via phone or online platform until further notice. Please contact each individual therapist for inquiries.

Brescia has partnered with three private practitioners who offer affordable, convenient psychotherapy on Brescia campus. They operate out of Ursuline Hall room 238, with a waiting area at the top of the marble stairs on the second floor of the building. Read more about our practitioners below and consider booking an appointment.


            Jen Perkins, RP                                   Emily Farmer, RSW                           Rachel Sansone, RSW

Jen Perkins, RPEmily Farmer, RSWRachel Sansone, RSW
To book an appointment with Jen, please contact her at To find out more information about Jen, visit her website here.To book an appointment with Emily, please contact her at 519-777-8297.To book an appointment with Rachel, please contact her at or 519-204-3389.
I recognize that the student experience can be complex, with a significant amount of challenge and change throughout your post-secondary career. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with a passion for supporting folks who are coping with traumatic experiences, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship or academic concerns, and life transitions. I actively support folks who identify as a part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and those who are exploring/questioning their gender or sexuality.

I support students by actively listening and asking compassion-focused questions to better understand their situation or concern. I, then, work with students to create sustainable goals that we can explore and work towards in our sessions and apply cognitive behavioural approaches during this process. Meeting you where you are at is important to me and we can work together to figure out how to best support you.

Internal dialogue and intense or lacking emotion can influence us in the actions and decisions we make in our lives. I believe it is important to unpack these thoughts and emotions so that we are better equipped to make value-driven and informed choices. In counselling, we can "unpack" them together and make a plan for personal wellness and success. We all need some help to feel like we are able to be successful effective, and authentic; I hope we can work together to achieve that feeling.
Choosing a therapist is a difficult decision and it is important to work alongside someone you feel comfortable and connected with. My approach to counselling is a blended approach that works to meet you where you are at. I combine various aspects of cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapies (DBT), mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapies (ACT), and holistic/nature/art-based modalities depending on individual needs and preferences. Our work in therapy is one of partnership and collaboration that recognizes you as the expert in your own life, and working in a partnership to meet the goals that you set.

My journey to social work began with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law and Psychology from Carleton University, and afterwards a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. I also hold a graduate certification in victimology. I have worked in crisis mental health since 2010 and have extensive experience working with victims and families of abuse. I have worked extensively with individuals experiencing a broad range of challenges. Some examples include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse issues, unhealthy relationships, schizophrenia, interpersonal difficulties, as well as those simply wanting to improve upon your life.

It is my hope that our journey together can be one that empowers you to take control in your own life with a support and care through these discoveries. If you think this might be a good fit for you, please feel free to book a free consultation appointment. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you.
Rachel is a Registered Social Worker with experience working with Western students as a counsellor, helping them to reach their personal and academic goals. She has worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds facing a variety of mental health challenges.

Utilizing client-centred and evidence-based approaches Rachel believes that we are all the experts of our own lives and aims to help individuals recognize their own unique resources and strengths. Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches are applied in sessions, allowing clients to discover and develop new ways of understanding themselves while learning practical coping strategies.

Life can be overwhelming. If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, if you are struggling to find balance, or if you simply want to live your best life and would like help reaching your potential, you’re not alone and help is available.

Payments and Rates

Psychotherapy is an expensive service, with $120 to $130 per hour being the current average rate in London. To make services more accessible for students, the above practitioners have agreed to charge a rate of $100 per hour for Brescia students.

For undergraduate students, when you pay your ancillary fees, you are automatically enrolled into the USC Student Health Plan which covers upto $750.00 of psychotherapy per year. To submit a claim, sign up for your student account on the benefits website here.

For graduate students, you are automatically enrolled into the SOGS Student Health Plan which covers upto $600.00 towards psychotherapy per year, with a return of 80% of the fees paid. To submit a claim, follow the instructions found here.

When you access the above practitioners, you will pay them upfront through a payment method you can discuss with them. At the end of the session, you will be provided with a receipt that you can process through the student health plan for reimbursement.

*Note: All practitioners are open and happy to provide a short, 15-mins consultation over the phone and before a first appointment to answer your questions, share how their process works, and ensure a good fit together before beginning your counselling journey. You are not obligated to book with a practitioner after a consultation; it’s your choice if you would like to move ahead with an appointment.