Being a post-secondary student can be a stressful experience. Counselling is available to full and part-time registered students, who may experience a wide range of personal, career, and academic issues. The goal of Counselling Services at ACAD is to help students cope with any stressors that may arise with the aim of enhancing their emotional and psychological wellbeing, as well as supporting their social, academic, and vocational success. An ACAD Counsellor will help you to use your own resources (and develop new ones) in order to answer questions and solve dilemmas. Some of the reasons students seek counselling are depression and isolation, stress and anxiety, self-esteem and body issues, health and wellness, procrastination and time management issues, stressful life experiences, substance abuse, relationship and marital issues, career planning and life transitions, grief and loss, and personal growth. We recommend that you access this service as soon as difficulties arise rather than wait for a crisis. With early intervention, there are generally more options to resolve concerns.
Emergency or crisis situations will be seen as soon as possible. Please come into the office or call us during office hours at 403-284-7666. After-hours emergencies are encouraged to call 911 or the 24-hour crisis line at the Calgary Distress Centre: 403-266-4357.
The information shared in counselling will be kept confidential and released only with your permission, or, in very rare circumstances, if required by law.
Counsellors have extensive training and experience working with post-secondary students. The Counselling Centre operates on a brief counselling model, working toward a solution in as few sessions as possible. Referrals may be made if your concerns require assistance beyond the mandate of the Centre.
Are you having a difficult time? These are things you can start doing now to help you feel better (if you aren’t already).
Be sure to make a Counselling appointment as soon as you start to notice that you are having difficulty or would like to find out more about the above suggestions (403-284-7666 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Jason Bauche, Registered Psychologist, Counsellor
Location | Main Mall, behind Security and just outside Student Experience + Admissions Offices
For immediate safety concerns for yourself or for another person, please call 911 or the Distress Centre Crisis Line at 403-266-HELP (4357).