What is Counselling?

A counsellor provides support to students experiencing mental and emotional concerns such as stress, worry, depression, etc. Through counselling, new insights and understandings can be gained. Students are then better able to move towards their personal wellness goals..

1 in 5 Canadian youth (ages 15-24) are affected by a mental illness or disorder. – Canadian Mental Health Association

Why Get Counselling?

Professional counselors provide three things friends and family may not be able to: objectivity, confidentiality and professionalism. With a counselor you get an outside viewpoint, from a knowledgeable and experienced provider who will also keep your privacy. Counsellors hold at least a Master’s degree in social sciences or other related specialty areas.

Students see counsellors for a variety of reasons:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sexual Abuse/Assault
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief
  • Relationships

The Stigma Surrounding Counselling

Many people will experience stigma when considering getting support. Stigma creates misinformation and fear, creating a barrier for seeking support. It’s all of our responsibility to challenge stigma.

Counselling consists equally of support from the counsellor, and self-determined/self-responsible action by the client.

Mental Health Commission of Canada – Stigma and Discrimination


The content of all counselling sessions are considered confidential. Both verbal information and written records cannot be shared with another party without your consent. Noted exceptions are as follows:

  • If there is risk of imminent danger to you or another person appropriate ac on will be taken to maintain safety.
  • If it is reported or suggested that a child under the age of 18 or a vulnerable adult is at risk of abuse, danger, harm or neglect it is required by law to inform the appropriate social services and/or legal authorities.
  • Upon the issuance of a subpoena by the courts.
  • In the course of an emergency, your emergency contact may be no ed.
  • As part of our counselling program, we engage in regular consultation, only information necessary to achieve the purposes of consultation will be shared. Examples of this are: Referrals, Student of Concern meetings, Faculty, or Student Services Staff.

Counselling services are confidential. However, on rare occasions, exceptions apply where there is a duty to report. These exceptions include the knowledge or threat of imminent risk to yourself or others; the threat or knowledge of child abuse; a court order or medical emergency. You may obtain more info regarding confidentiality from the professional you are meeting with.

View Confidentiality Agreement

What to Expect

  • At your first appointment you will be provided an intake form and counselling agreement form to complete.
  • You are the primary decision maker as to the direction of your counselling.
  • Most counselling goals can be achieved in one to eight sessions.
  • Expect approximately one to two weeks of a wait for your first counselling session.
  • Sessions are approximately one hour in length.

Other Resources

  • Emergency Services: 911
  • Brandon Police (Non-Emergency Services): 204-729-2345
  • Westman Crisis Services: 1-888-379-7699
  • 204-725-4411 (Mobile Crisis Unit)
  • 204-727-2555 (Crisis Stabilization Unit)
  • Sexuality Education Resource Centre: 204-727-0417
  • 7th Street Health Access Centre: 204-578-4800
  • Community Mental Health: 204-571-8300
  • Addictions Foundation of Manitoba: 204-729-3838
  • Klinic Sexual Assault: 1-888-292-7565 (Toll Free in Manitoba)

This information is available in alternate formats upon request.