On-campus counselling

The Student Counselling Centre (SCC) continues to be available to provide counselling support to University of Manitoba students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are experiencing a high degree of distress, please call our reception desk at 204-474-8592 to discuss your situation. Students needing emergency/crisis support outside of business hours are encouraged to use one of the 24/7 crisis services listed below.

Individual counselling services will be provided via telephone and students wanting counselling support for the first time or former SCC clients wishing to re-connect with us are asked to call our reception at 204-474-8592 to request an initial intake counselling appointment. Existing clients of the SCC will be contacted via telephone by their counsellor at their scheduled appointment time. Existing clients are invited to contact us at the above number if you would prefer us to call you at a different phone number than the one you previously provided to us or if you would like to discontinue counselling at this time. Please note that our calls identify as blocked numbers when we call clients.

At this time, the SCC does not plan to close nor stop providing services. Please see below for additional resources that may also be available for counselling support should you want to pursue alternative options. We thank you for your understanding during this time.

The Student Counselling Centre (SCC) provides a range of counselling services for students at both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses.

Our groups and workshops can help you quickly learn new skills to deal more effectively with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship problems and more.

Personal counselling is also available for anxiety, depression, relationship problems, stress, loss, transition, trauma and violence and procrastination, among other concerns.

Dedicated counselling services are available on-site for students at Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge, as well as for students enrolled in the College of Nursing, the Faculty of Law and the Desautels Faculty of Music. Please contact the SCC main office to learn more about hours and availability.

See below for more info on services and to contact each location.

Student Counselling Centre — Fort Garry campus

The SCC has counselling workshops available daily that do not require pre-registration that can help you cope with and manage a wide range of difficulties. The SCC also offers group counselling and individual counselling. If you would like individual counselling, you need to attend an initial intake appointment that you can request in-person at their office. These appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis each weekday.

474 UMSU University Centre
75A Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204-474-8592

Workshops and Groups

Groups and workshops are a great way to get counselling help for a variety of difficulties.

SCC workshops are available virtually every weekday September through the end of June. Often there is more than one workshop option available on a given day. Workshops usually include teachings on specific topics such as stress management, conflict resolution, self-esteem, relationships, and meditation. They also include sharing strategies for building or adding skills. For more details on our workshops, check out the brochure of 2020 Fort Garry workshops. All workshops will be offered virtually for the fall of 2020 and students must register by calling our reception at 204-474-8592 to receive a link to the session.

SCC groups are also available September though the end of June. Groups differ from workshops in that they are more than one session and you will have the same people in your group week-to-week. Groups allow an opportunity for more in-depth help for your needs. Our groups focus on helping students with depression and anxiety, relationship break-up, substance use, and grief.  For more details on our groups, check out the brochure of 2020 Fort Garry groups. All groups will be offered virtually for the fall of 2020 and students must register by calling our reception at 204-474-8592 to receive a link to the session.

Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, to help you get the most help possible from our workshops and groups and to help you feel connected and part of a community (with your fellow students and our counsellors), we require all students who participate in our virtual workshops and groups to have their video turned on. Those students who turn off their video will be removed from the virtual room.

For more information or to register, please contact:
Student Counselling Centre
474 UMSU University Centre
Phone: 204-474-8592

RBC MOOD (Manitoba Online Overcoming Depression) Program

The RBC MOOD Program is an online counselling service for University of Manitoba students who would like help with low to moderate symptoms of depression. The program consists of a series of treatment modules that are self-directed, which means you choose when and how quickly you complete them. 

When you enroll in the RBC MOOD Program, a counsellor from the Student Counselling Centre (SCC) will be assigned as your online counsellor and will provide support and feedback as you work your way through the modules. 

Benefits of the RBC MOOD Program:
•    learn about depression, stress and anxiety;
•    be introduced to many different treatments for depression, stress and anxiety;
•    develop a variety of skills to manage your mood;
•    be supported by an online counsellor from the SCC;
•    learn about and get connected to other relevant supports on and off campus.

To learn more about the RBC MOOD Program and to find out if is right for you, please come to either the main office of the SCC at 474 UMSU University Centre and request an initial intake counselling appointment or, for students at the Bannatyne campus, connect either in-person (S211 Medical Services Building) or via telephone (204-272-3190) with Student Services at Bannatyne Campus.

Bannatyne campus

Call the Student Services at Bannatyne Campus office to request an intake appointment. Intake appointments are available every weekday throughout the year.

S211 Medical Services Building 
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2 Canada

204-272-3190

Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge

The Student Counselling Centre offers individual counselling at Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge on select weekdays (contact the SCC main office for availability). Interested students should telephone to schedule an initial intake appointment.

In addition to individual counselling, a drop-in men’s group called Zongiigabowin is offered here.

Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge

204-474-8850

Student Counselling Centre - main office

204-474-8592

College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

College of Nursing students wishing to access counselling services may attend the UMSU University Centre SCC location or receive services in the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing. Call the Student Counselling Centre to request an intake appointment. Services are available in the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing location from September to the end of April. For more information, contact the SCC at 204-474-8592.

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law students wishing to access counselling services may attend the UMSU University Centre SCC location or receive services in a Robson Hall Faculty of Law location. Call or visit the Student Counselling Centre to schedule an initial intake appointment. Services are available at the Robson Hall location from September to the end of April. For more information, contact the SCC at 204-474-8592.

Desautels Faculty of Music

Music students wishing to access counselling services may attend the UMSU University Centre SCC location or receive services in a location in the Desautels Faculty of Music. Call or visit the Student Counselling Centre (474 UMSU University Centre) to schedule an initial intake appointment. Services are available at this location from September to the end of April. For more information, contact the SCC at 204-474-8592.

Klinic counsellor in the SCC

Two Klinic community health counsellors will be available in the SCC to provide counselling for students who have experienced sexual assault. These counsellors will be available from September to June and you can call or visit the SCC to connect with them. For more information, contact the SCC at 204-474-8592.

Addictions Foundation of Manitoba in the SCC

An addictions worker from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba is available one day a week from September to May. For more information, contact the SCC at 204-474-8592.

24/7 crisis resources

WRHA Crisis Response Centre

817 Bannatyne Avenue

WRHA Mobile Crisis Service

204-940-1781

Klinic Crisis Line

204-786-8686
Toll free: 1-888-322-3019
TTY: 204-784-4097

Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line

Toll free: 1-877-435-7170
TTY: 204-784-4097
reasontolive.ca

Sexual Assault Crisis Line

204-786-8631
Toll free: 1-888-292-7565
TTY: 204-784-4097
klinic.mb.ca/in-person-counselling/sexual-assault-crisis-counselling

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Services

Helpline: 1-855-242-3310
Online chat: chat.fn-i-hopeforwellness.ca

Gambling Helpline

Toll free: 1-800-463-1554

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

204-787-3942
hsc.mb.ca/emergencynurseexam.html

Willow Place Crisis Line

24-hour crisis line and emergency shelter in Winnipeg for women and their children leaving family violence situations.

204-615-0311
Toll free: 1-877-977-0007
willowplaceshelter.ca/how-to-access-help

Mental health resources

Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM)

Manitoba Addictions Helpline: 1-855-662-6605
24h-hour Problem Gambling Helpline (Toll free): 1-800-463-1554
afm.mb.ca

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM)

adam.mb.ca

Canadian Mental Health Association — Manitoba and Winnipeg

mbwpg.cmha.ca

Empower Me Clinical Response Centre

Empower Me is a mental health and wellness service that supports existing on-campus and Studentcare mental health resources. Empower Me allows you to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants and life coaches for a variety of issues.

Toll free: 1-833-628-5589
studentcare.ca/rte/en/IHaveAPlan_UniversityofManitoba_EmpowerMe_EmpowerMe

Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre

fgwrc.ca

Klinic In-Person Counselling and Support Groups

klinic.mb.ca/in-person-counselling

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society

mss.mb.ca

Men’s Resource Centre

mens-resource-centre.ca

Mood Disorders Association

mooddisordersmanitoba.ca

New Directions

Support for children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. Individuals may have an intellectual disability and/or physical disability and/or use American Sign Language to communicate.

newdirections.mb.ca

OCD Centre Manitoba

ocdmanitoba.ca

Rainbow Resource Centre

RRC offers support to the LGBT2SQ+ community in the form of counselling, education and programming for individuals ranging from children through to 55+. They also support families, friends, and employers of LGBT2SQ+ individuals.

rainbowresourcecentre.org

Sara Riel Inc.

Sara Riel Inc. is a charitable organization that provides voluntary programs and services in a community-based setting to adults experiencing mental health concerns.

204-237-9263
sararielinc.com

Seneca Warm Line (phone support 7:00 to 11:00 pm)

Dedicated peer support workers are available to talk, provide support and offer resources.

204-942-9276

The Laurel Centre

For women experiencing the traumatic effects of childhood sexual abuse.

204-783-5460
thelaurelcentre.com

Family and couples resources

Aurora Family Therapy Centre

204-786-9251
aurorafamilytherapy.com/contact.html

Evolve Family Violence Counselling (at Klinic Community Health Centre)

204-784-4059
klinic.mb.ca/in-person-counselling/evolve-family-violence-counselling

Family Dynamics

204-947-1401
familydynamics.ca

U of M Couples Counselling Project

The Couples Counselling Project is a service, training and research program designed to help couples that have experienced abuse/violence in the past and want to work towards an abuse-free relationship.

204-474-6711
couples@umanitoba.ca
umanitoba.ca/faculties/social_work/research/667.html

Student Counselling Centre staff

Please contact the SCC in-person or by telephone to schedule an initial intake appointment. Please note that these spots are limited and priority will be given to in-person students.

Student Counselling Centre
474 UMSU University Centre
75A Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
204-474-8592

Visit our staff page to read staff profiles

Staff listing

David Ness (Director) 
Associate professor and counsellor
204-474-8619

Nellie Bodnar (B.A.)
Administrative assistant
204-474-8593     

Pamela Gordon
Reception
204-474-8592

Natasha Ali (Ph.D. C. Psych.)
Counselling psychologist
204-474-8592  

Patrick Burek
Counsellor
204-474-8592

Linda Churchill, RMFT
Counsellor
204-474-8592

Kimberly Kiley (Ph. D., C. Psych.)
Clinical psychologist

Lori Mac (Ph. D., C. Psych.)
Counselling psychologist
204-474-8592

Danna McDonald, RMFT RSW
Counsellor
204-474-8592

Natalia Mozol
Counsellor
204-474-8592

Tim Osachuk (Ph. D., C. Psych.)
Clinical psychologist
204-474-8592

Michelle Pearson (MSc.)
Counsellor
204-474-8592

Marlene Pomrenke (M.S.W., Ph. D.)
Social worker
204-474-8592

Lisa Seymour (M.S.W.)
Social worker
204-474-8592

Student crisis counselling

The Student Counselling Centre offers same-day, brief, crisis and emergency services to students in very high distress (e.g., having a panic attack, recently experienced sexual or physical violence, having a plan to harm self or others).

If you are in such a situation, come to the main office of the SCC at 474 UMSU University Centre or the Student Services at Bannatyne Campus office during our regular working hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

There are also off-campus 24/7 crisis resources you can use listed below.

Sexual violence support

If you have experienced any form of sexual violence, know it is not your fault. You are not alone and there are many supports available and people who can help you. 

Counselling for sexual violence is available at the Student Counselling Centre. Visit their main office location to request an initial intake appointment if you would like this support.

Counselling is also available from a Klinic community health counsellor for students who have experienced sexual assault. Visit the SCC to connect with this support as well.

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call campus security (555 from a campus phone) and/or 911.

For immediate support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call the Klinic Sexual Assault Crisis Line at 1-888-292-7565.

For information about supports on campus, please visit Get support.

Self-help resources

The resources listed below are positively regarded within the professional community. Some students may prefer to access these resources prior to seeking professional help, whereas others may use these resources in conjunction with or while awaiting professional help.

Depression resources

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba

Provides support, information and education to those experiencing depression. Find facts and myths about mood disorders, access services and groups or volunteer your time.

www.depression.mb.ca

Changeways Clinic  

Provides an evidence-based self-care program for depression. Available in multiple languages.

www.changeways.com/clientservices/mood-difficulties.html

Mood GYM

Provides a research-based, self-directed cognitive behaviour therapy program for coping with depression. 

moodgym.com.au

Recommended reading
  • Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by D. Burns
  • The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, by M. Williams, J. Teasdale, Z. Segal, and J. Kabat-Zinn

Anxiety resources

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM)

Self-help, non-profit association offering cognitive behavioural groups, support groups, information, referrals, education and public awareness.

www.adam.mb.ca

Anxiety B.C. Complete Self-Help Home Toolkit

Provides simple, step-by-step instructions on how to deal with specific issues related to anxiety — such as how to get a good night's sleep or how to deal with uncertainty in your daily life. There are also tips and techniques to help you relax, plan for more healthy living, set goals and change your way of thinking about things.

www.anxietybc.com/resources/selfhelp_home_toolkit.php

Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center of Chapel Hill and Durham

A free self-help site for people suffering from an anxiety disorder, including panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

www.anxieties.com

Recommended Reading
  • 10 Simple Solutions to Panic: How to Overcome Panic Attacks, Calm Physical Symptoms, and Reclaim Your Life, by M. Anthony and R. McCabe
  • 10 Simple Solutions to Worry, by K. Gyoerkoe and P. Wiegartz
  • Mastery of Your Specific Phobia: Client Workbook (2nd ed.), by M. Antony, M. Craske, and D. Barlow
  • Reclaiming Your Life from a Traumatic Experience, by B. Rothbaum, E. Foa, and E. Hembree
  • Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome your Obsessions and Compulsions (Rev. ed.), by E. Foa and R. Wilson
  • Triumph Over Shyness: Conquering Shyness and Social Anxiety, by M. Stein and J. Walker

Stress resources

Recommended reading
  • 10 Simple Solutions to Stress, by C. Wheeler

Self esteem resources

Recommended reading
  • 10 Simple Solutions for Building Self-Esteem, by G. Schiraldi

Anger resources

Recommended reading

When Anger Hurts: Quieting the Storm Within, by M. McKay, J. McKay, and P. Rogers

Insomnia and sleep disorder resources

Insomnia recommended reading
  • Insomnia Workbook, by C. Morin and S. Silberman
  • No More Sleepless Nights Workbook, by P. Hauri and S. Linde
Other sleep problems

Upcoming events

Contact us

Student Counselling Centre
474 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204 474-8592
204 474-7558
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bannatyne campus location
S211 Medical Services Building
750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2 Canada

204-272-3190
Please call for hours of operation

Indigenous Student Centre, 
Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge

114 Sidney Smith Street
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6 Canada

204-474-8850
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact the SCC office to confirm hours of operation

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