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)
April is a Registered Psychotherapist who has worked with university students in various capacities since she herself was one. This has allowed her to have a strong familiarity with the unique challenges that students face. April loves working with campus communities and the diversity of individuals within them.
April’s approach is client-centered and tends to vary between the use of acceptance commitment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness and self-compassion techniques. April offers an empathetic environment for students where she brings kindness, genuineness and humour to her time with students. She is honored to offer students a safe space where they can process various concerns, grow in self-awareness and build the resiliency needed to face life’s challenges.
April is available on Brescia campus Mondays and Fridays in St. James Building room 157 for same-day appointments. These appointments can be made by calling (519) 661-3030. She is also the facilitator of the “Skills for Wellness Support Group” run on both Western and Brescia’s campuses.
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.
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 is passionate about working with children, youth, individuals and families to create a space where wellness is actualized through personal empowerment.
Siham offers a safe space for individuals and families to work on strengthening relationships, improving communication, and developing coping skills through therapeutic interventions.
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.
Siham's work rests at the intersections of social work, psychology, spiritual practice and activism. This often involves discussions on dismantling systemic and individualized oppression as an act of decolonizing the mind, body, and spirit.
To find out more information about Siham, visit her website.
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.
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.