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)
How Do I Book an Appointment?
If you would like to book an appointment select the Book Now button below, or if you
have questions and/or don't see any available times, please contact the Manager of
Student Wellness via email at email@example.com or call 519-432-8353, ext. 20670.
Please be aware the Student Wellness Services works regular business hours. As such,
your email will be answered during that time. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support in the moment, please
contact Reach Out at 1-866-933-2023.
About Brescia's Mental Health Counsellor:
Emily Starratt (she/her) is a Registered Social Worker, as the Mental Health Counsellor
at Brescia University College. Her focus will be on counselling, student wellness
promotion, skill development and mental health program creation and implementation.
At times life can feel hard, messy and overwhelming, as you try to navigate new transitions.
Finding a sense of balance helps to bring in space for the joy and beauty that life
brings. When working with Emily, she will focus on pulling from your individual strengths
to work towards your mental wellness goals and find your sense of balance.
In addition to Brescia, Emily maintains a private practice where she works with children
and families specializing in grief, bereavement and life transitions. In her free
time, you can find her creating a new DIY project, watercolour painting or teaching
What to expect at your first appointment:
Brescia's Mental Health Counsellor aims to provide students with evidence based, short-term
mental wellness support, through a brief change-oriented model. This service offers
confidential psychotherapy appointments.
Counselling appointments can be accessed through an initial intake appointment with
the Student Wellness Manager. They will focus on asking questions to understand the
student’s concern, followed up with booking the student in for an initial counselling
appointment. Prior to attending their first appointment, students will be required
to complete some preliminary paperwork.
During the first appointment, the counsellor will work collaboratively with students
to establish a plan to address identified concerns. Counselling appointments will
last 50 minutes. Many students find that one appointment is all they need to get back
on track, and others may benefit from a few follow-up appointments. Students looking
for long-term counselling will be directed to a range of supports that are available
online and in the community.
Alternatively, if you are looking for on-going, longer term counselling, you can explore
Psychology Today for a private practitioner. Private therapists can typically be covered under your
student health benefits (Purple Care). Please reach out to the Manager, Student Wellness if you have questions or need help navigating services.
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 up to $600.00 towards psychotherapy per year, with a return of 80%
of the fees paid.
CMHA Virtual After Hours Crisis Counselling
Students can set up an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org during their operating hours.
All appointments will take place over Zoom or phone.
CMHA Crisis Counselling will return on October 10 through to December 9 on Monday,
Wednesday and Thursdays from 5-9pm.
International Students & For Brescia Students Outside of Canada
International student wellness is a key priority at Brescia. The Coordinator of International Programs and Global Education at Brescia can assist with a number of practical issues while you are studying at Brescia.
The International and Exchange Student Centre at Western launched an entire website
dedicated to student wellness. Please visit iwellness.uwo.ca to access a variety of resources and reading for international students.
As a member of International SOS, support services are available 24/7. Emotional Support services through International
SOS (ISOS) entitles you to up to five sessions of structured counseling with a mental
You can contact ISOS 24/7 via phone (1-215-942-8479 or any of the Assistance Center
phone numbers, collect calls accepted), or through the Assistance App. Login to access Western's (including Brescia and the Affiliated University Colleges) ISOS
Black and Racialized Student Supports
For Black and Racialized students who are experiencing race-related stress and are
seeking a safe space to talk, they can request to speak with counsellors who are themselves
persons of these communities with lived experience. Please call 519 661-3030 to book
an appointment at Western Student Health and Wellness and/or visit our Brescia Baines Peer Support Spaces.