Need to talk? We’re here to listen.


Counselling at the OCAD U Health & Wellness Centre is a free, short term, client-centered, non-judgmental service. Licensed/registered, professionally trained counsellors provide one-to-one counselling to students experiencing a crisis or seeking ongoing therapy. Examples of challenges students bring to counselling include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship or family issues
  • Sexuality
  • Grief or loss
  • Self esteem
  • Drugs or alcohol use


Counsellors are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To make an appointment with a counsellor you can call 416-977-6000, Ext. 260, email or simply walk-in to the clinic. If you are experiencing a crisis or are new to counselling, you can meet with the counsellor available for walk-in appointments at your convenience. There is a counsellor available for walk-in visits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; appointments generally occur on a first-come, first-served basis with the last appointment at 3:30 p.m.


If you anticipate the need to miss an appointment, please notify us as soon as possible.


All of our counsellors are trained, experienced staff that are aware of the unique issues and/or challenges that may affect art and design students. Please click on the bios link to read more about the Health and Wellness Centre Counsellors.


Counselling is an active process where you and your counsellor work together to find ways to resolve issues and/or address your concerns. To get the most out of your sessions:

  • Come prepared with issues to discuss with your counsellor; set a specific counselling goal
  • Decide on the frequency of visits with your counsellor
  • Actively work on counselling goals between sessions

From time to time counsellors and health care students may ask permission to audio or video record counselling sessions for continuing education and professional development purposes.


You can learn more about the variety of campus and community resources and services available to you by meeting with one of our counsellors; they may be able to assist you with the referral process if required. A list of resources is also available on our Resources page.


Confidentiality is a legal obligation and priority of the Health & Wellness Centre. Information is not released outside the Health & Wellness team without written permission from you. There are however specific circumstances, as identified by law, where a health professional is required to disclose certain information. During the first counselling appointment, you will be given information about confidentially and your counsellor will review this with you.

Click here to view our Confidentiality Policy
Click here to view our Consent to Disclose Personal Health Information

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