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CMSV 500 Student Counseling Center

Policy Name: Student Counseling Center

Counseling is a process that helps individuals explore personal issues through discussion with trained professionals. The Counseling Center at the University of Mount Saint Vincent strives to provide mental health services for the entire student body. Through individual counseling and crisis intervention, as well as workshops, support groups, and referrals to community providers, our clinicians are dedicated to helping our students work towards emotional growth, healing and awareness.

The Master of Science Physician Assistant Program faculty and staff, along with the staff of the College’s Counseling Center, are available to assist all program students with assistance should they be required. In an emergency situation, faculty must address the situation immediately.

Common Concerns
Students must realize that there is not just one reason to seek support from the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center helps students navigate issues big and small—whatever struggle or difficulty you are having, the Counseling Center is there to help. Please avail yourself of this important and vital resource.

Some of the common concerns that students may face include, but are not limited to:

  • Stress or pressure
  • Sadness or depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger or irritability
  • Adjustment or homesickness
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep or appetite changes
  • Suicidal thoughts or self-harm
  • Body image or self esteem
  • Trauma
  • Grief or loss
  • Substance use or abuse
  • Identity discovery

Counseling Services Offered

Individual Counseling:

  • Students interested in individual sessions typically meet with their counselor on a weekly basis for a period of six weeks (on average).
  • During this time, students can expect that their counselor will conduct an intake assessment, create goals, and begin to address their concerns.
  • In the event that the student needs more than six sessions to achieve their goals, the Counseling Center is generally able to accommodate.
  • Students who do not want to come on a regular basis are also welcome to drop in as needed for support.

Support Groups:

  • The Counseling Center offers a Grief Group, a weekly, drop-in support group for students who have experienced a significant loss.
  • If you are interested in attending the group, please email


  • This is a valuable asset to many students and includes workshops relating to:
    • Test Anxiety
    • The importance of student collaboration
    • Communication
    • Dealing with family pressure

Counseling Center Confidentiality
The services of the Counseling Center are confidential and private. Neither the identity of the students using the service, nor any disclosures made by students, are shared without written consent, except in circumstances involving clear and imminent danger to the student or others.

Contact Information
Founders Hall 231

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please note: We are sometimes able to offer later hours, depending on staffing. When you request an appointment, please indicate that you prefer later hours.