Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an appointment with a Dawson counselling professional?

We have streamlined all inquiries and referrals to a single point of entry. All applications for distance counselling, as well as any student-centred mental health related inquiries, can be sent to Dawson Psychological Counselling at

The email is monitored from 9:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.

What can I expect in my first meeting with a counselling professional?

Your first meeting with a counselling professional will focus on your reasons for coming. This private meeting will give the counselling professional an opportunity to get an initial understanding of your situation, and will allow you to explore the range of possible actions that you may choose to pursue. A follow-up appointment will be made as necessary.

How can meeting with a counselling professional help me?

Talking over your concerns or problems with a trained professional can help in a variety of ways. You may find yourself feeling overwhelmed at times with increasing academic and personal responsibilities. Students also access the Counselling Service to talk about confusion over future career and educational paths, goal-setting and other academic concerns. You may be struggling with an issue that is affecting your ability to focus on your studies effectively. Looking at the situation with a counselling professional can provide new approaches to problem solving, as well as support and encouragement to make changes in your life. Personal issues such as depression, family troubles, anxiety, loss and grief, shyness, relationship problems, addictions, motivation and sexual orientation are examples of what can be discussed in counselling.

What if I need to see a counselling professional urgently?

If you are in crisis, do not hesitate to contact our services at You will contacted as quickly as possible by our intake worker. If you are in crisis outside of our counselling services office hours or you are not at the college, please call 9-1-1 or go to the closest hospital emergency service.

How can I be sure my privacy will be respected if I meet with a Dawson counselling professional?

The professional code of ethics of our licensing body, the Ordre des psychologues du Québec, ensures client confidentiality is respected at all times, except in very specific circumstances. This means that normally what you discuss with a counselling professional cannot be shared with anyone else, including parents or teachers, without your written permission. Make sure to discuss any concerns you have about confidentiality during your first session.

What if I am not sure whether one of the workshops is right for me?

We have streamlined all inquiries and referrals to a single point of entry. All questions regarding Career Counselling should be sent to

When is the Counselling Service open?

We are located in room 4E.2. Our office hours are:

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Last Modified: August 19, 2021