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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)

Same Day Counselling (Not available effective April 26, 2022)


Lina Saadeddin, MA, RP(Q) (she/her)

Lina is a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) currently working at Western University as a mental health counsellor. Lina is a Western Alumnus who was once a student on Brescia University College’s campus and Althouse College. Her previous counselling experience includes working with postsecondary students, and newcomer families and youth, which helps her understand the various unique challenges that show up in different individuals’ lives. Lina’s therapeutic approach is client-centred, she also uses trauma-informed, anti-oppressive and culturally responsive lenses in her framework. Lina uses a variety of techniques from Cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, alongside self-compassion and others based on the individual’s journey. Lina's goal is to reduce stigma around mental health challenges, and support individuals from various backgrounds in their journey.

 made by calling The Hive at Brescia (519) 858-5151 or visiting MSJ 157 to take your timed ticket. 

If you are looking for brief solution focused counselling that is free, you can book an appointment at Western Student Health 519-661-3030. 

Where can I find a therapist for on-going counselling ($100.00/session & reimbursed through health benefits)?

Brescia has partnered with local private practice therapists who offer affordable, convenient psychotherapy for Brescia students on Brescia's 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. These appointments can be covered through your Purplecare Student Health Benefits. 


Our therapists are offering virtual, phone, or in-person psychotherapy to students and are accepting new referrals. You can book an appointment directly with the therapist (see below).

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Rachel Sansone, MSW, RSW (she/her) 

Rachel is a Registered Social Worker with experience helping students discover and develop new ways of understanding themselves, while learning practical coping strategies to reach their personal and academic goals. She is familiar with the unique challenges faced by post-secondary students and has a passion for supporting learners through this transitional and transformative time. Rachel utilizes mindfulness-based approaches, an effective treatment for a variety of mental health challenges including stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. 

To find out more information about Rachel, visit her website.

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Siham Elkassem, MSW, RSW, PhD Candidate (she/her)

Siham provides a safe space for students to process thoughts, emotions and difficulties related to their personal and academic lives. Her clinical practice is rooted upon an intersectional racial trauma informed approach coupled with interventions in therapy that include narrative approaches to search for meaning and change, along with CBT and DBT modalities to help you develop coping strategies. Siham strives to create an atmosphere where empathy and connection are used to support working through challenging emotions and experiences by exploring one's strengths, skills and identity.

To find out more information about Siham, visit her website.

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Siham Elkassem
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Jennifer Perkins, MA, RP, C.C.C. (she/her)

(Not accepting new clients)


Jen recognizes that the student experience can be complex. Whether it's keeping up with academic demands, making big decisions about the future, navigating new relationships, or navigating your identity, Jennifer believes that finding an affirming and comfortable environment to process things can make all the difference.  Jen is a Registered Psychotherapist with a passion for supporting folks who are coping with stress, ADHD, general and social anxiety, depression, grief, relationship or academic concerns, and life transitions. She actively supports folks who identify as a part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and those who are exploring/questioning their gender or sexuality.

To find out more information about Jen, visit her website

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Payments & 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 up to $750.00 of psychotherapy per year. To submit a claim, sign up for your student account on the benefits website.

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 willing 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.