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Counselling Services offer a wide range of services to Fanshawe students. Counsellors provide a confidential atmosphere where you can explore any topic or situation and discuss any concerns you may have. Our counsellors are professionally trained, have a wealth of experience and knowledge and can assist you in areas such as mental health, substance use, relationships, and other personal concerns that might impact your academic success.

 

COVID-19 InfoTo protect the health of our students and staff, our services are being offered remotely until further notice. Counselling services can be delivered by secure video conference or over the phone. Limited appointments for urgent matters are offered in the Student Wellness Centre. See below for hours.


Looking to schedule an appointment with a counsellor? Contact us at the information listed at the bottom of the page.

Services provided

Personal counselling

 

Short term, goal-focused counselling support available for full-time students. Same day appointments may be available for urgent concerns.

Call 519-452-4282 or email counselling@fanshawec.ca to request an appointment.

 

Groups and workshops


NOTE: To register for any of our groups and workshops below, please call 519-452-4282 or email counselling@fanshawec.ca. Please include your full name, phone number, email address, student number, and the group(s) or workshop(s) you would like to join:
 

BE Well: Skills for Emotional Wellbeing
Dates: Oct. 22 - Dec. 10, 2020   Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Start any week and cycle through the five sessions.
Where: on Zoom
A 5-week series which will help you develop coping skills and strategies to promote your wellbeing. Applicable to those dealing with anxiety, depression, or anger. Earn co-curricular hours by attending!
  • Module #1: BE Present. Bringing awareness to everyday life.​​​​​​
  • Module #2 BE Balanced.​​​​​​ Learn to identify, understand and regulate your emotions to improve your personal effectiveness.
  • Module #3 BE Brave. Thinking, emotions, and taking action.
  • Module #4 BE Calm. Skills to cope with feeling anxious, distressed and overwhelmed.
  • Module #5 BE Connected. Skills to improve your relationships and ability to deal with conflict.

 

Autism Spectrum Social Group
This is a virtual drop-in, social group for Fanshawe students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please join us for a chance to meet new friends in a relaxing and fun environment.

When: Every Thursday on Zoom from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Dates: October 8 - December 17 2020

Where: on Zoom

High Definition Group for Students with ADHD
When:
Every Thursday, on Zoom from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Start Date: October 8, 2020

Where: on Zoom
Join us for support and strategies to assist you in thriving at Fanshawe as a student with ADHD.

Presentation Anxiety Workshop
Join us for a one-hour virtual session dedicated to providing information, exercises, tools, and strategies to help students with presenting in front of audiences and individuals.

September 30th 2020 at 3:00 p.m. 

October 28th 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

November 24th 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: on Zoom


Peer Support Groups

WHAT IS PEER SUPPORT?

Practical and social non-judgmental support offered by fellow students.

 

TRAINED PEER SUPPORT STUDENTS OFFER:

  • Hope, empowerment, and connection.
  • Opportunities to explore and navigate Fanshawe and community resources at your own pace.
  • Virtual drop-in groups that are welcoming and flexible.

 

Virtual Peer Support Program Schedule

Mondays:

Parent Peer Support Group

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

October 5th to December 7th

 

Tuesdays:

Peer Support Drop-in Group

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

October 6th to December 8th

 

Virtual Peer Support Waiting Area during the CMHA Crisis Service (ONLY open to students accessing CMHA on campus)

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

October 20th to December 1st

 

Wednesdays:

Peer Support Drop-in Group for Students in Residence

5 p.m. to  7 p.m.

October 7th to December 9th

 

Thursdays:

Virtual Peer Support Waiting Area during the CMHA Crisis Service (ONLY open to students accessing CMHA on campus)

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

October 22nd to December 3rd

 

Fridays:

Peer Support Drop-in Group

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

October 9th to December 11th

 

 

Accessibility Peer Social Group

A social group open to all students with disabilities to:

  • Make friends
  • Share strategies for managing college life
  • Learn about college services
  • Develop self-advocacy skills

Mondays - Oct. 19, Nov. 2, 16, 30 & Dec. 14, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

To join, please email peermentoring@fanshawec.ca for the Zoom link!

 

 

 

Transition support for students


STEPping into Fanshawe
The Summer Transition Experiential Program (STEP) is a transition program for students with mental health concerns. 
For students who are already coping with mental health concerns, we want to offer an 
opportunity for extra support in the transition process. This year
, STEPping into Fanshawe will be offered virtually - click here for more info.

Date: Informative video sessions will be available starting August 31, 2020

Cost: FREE!
 You can also register for an interactive Q&A session, including a student panel that will take place September 10, 2020.
 Please email counselling@fanshawec.ca to register.

 

Sexual violence prevention and support


Leah Marshall, Fanshawe's Sexual Violence Prevention Advisor, confidentially supports students who have experienced any form of gender-based violence. The violence does not have to have occurred while you are a student at Fanshawe; it can be historical or have taken place off-campus. Support and assistance includes, but is not limited to:

  • Information regarding campus and community services
  • Referrals to medical care
  • Counselling services
  • Academic accommodations
  • Information on legal and reporting options

 

For more information and additional resources, visit the Sexual Violence Support and Education page or contact Leah at lkmarshall@fanshawec.ca.

Survivors are believed and supported as they decide what options to access.
 

Traumatic event response

 

Counsellors are available to respond to traumatic events within the College community, such as the death of a classmate or teacher and incidents of violence. Counsellors can also assist groups impacted by traumatic events in the community or around the world. 

Debriefing sessions may be initiated by faculty, students, staff or counsellors in Counselling and Accessibility Services, and may occur in the classroom or in small groups.

To request a traumatic event response debriefing, please contact us at 519-452-4282 or counselling@fanshawec.ca.

 

WellTrack - interactive self-help therapy app

 

WellTrack is an interactive self-help therapy phone and tablet application intended to help with stress, anxiety and depression. Watch the video below for a full walkthrough and tutorial of the application.

Download the free mobile app with your FanshaweOnline (FOL) email address!
Apple App Store: Click to download
Google Play Store: Click to download

 

 


Frequently asked questions

What is counselling?

 

At Fanshawe College, "personal counselling" refers to confidential professional counselling - offered by registered psychotherapists and registered social workers - to individual students or groups of students, in order to address personal concerns that are impacting their academics, such as:

  • mental health concerns
  • grief and loss 
  • coping with stress
  • family or other relationship issues
  • abuse issues (e.g., domestic violence, sexual assault)
  • suicidal thoughts/intentions
  • substance use and addictions
  • adjusting to Canadian and/or college life

Our counsellors will work with you to identify what is causing your distress and to create a plan to support you and help you to better cope with, address, and manage these concerns.

 

Why should I meet with a counsellor?

 

Counselling provides a safe, judgment-free space where you can speak with a trained professional who is there to help, when you need it most. Often people will seek counselling when they are experiencing distress which interferes with some part of their life such as school, work, or relationships.

 

How long do counselling sessions last for?

 

Regular counselling sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes. Brief consultation (urgent same day) appointments are 20 minutes in duration and meant to address a single concern.

 

What can I expect from meeting with a counsellor?

 

We will assist you in exploring your thoughts and feelings, how you have been coping, what’s working and what has been challenging. Then together, we will create a plan on how to improve your situation. That may include further appointments or referrals to other resources.

 

Do I need to prepare anything in advance?

 

Not necessarily, but writing down some thoughts ahead of time can be helpful if you’re feeling anxious about your first session. It’s ok if you’re not sure what to say, we will assist you in exploring your concerns.

 

How do I book an appointment?

 

We are always just a phone call or email away! Contact us (information at the bottom of our page) to   request an appointment. Same day appointments are available for urgent concerns.

 

Will my information be kept private and confidential?

 

Yes, all the information you provide to your counsellor is confidential and kept within Counselling and Accessibility Services. We will not share personal information with other departments of the College or any other party without your consent.

 

Does counselling cost anything?

 

Counselling at Fanshawe is free of charge for all full-time students.

 

How can I get the most out of my counselling sessions?

 

To get the most out of counselling, we recommend that you:

  • Attend all of your scheduled sessions.
  • Be as specific about your concerns and goals as possible.
  • Participate actively, openly, and honestly.
  • Discuss your progress with your counsellor as you go along.

 

I have a disability; what services are available to me?

 

Fanshawe College has many services available that can be helpful to students with accessibility needs. Visit the Register with Accessibility Services page for more information.

 

 

Other resources

Crisis supports

CMHA on CAMPUS - Fall 2020

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS

Meet with CMHA Crisis Support Workers

Oct. 20 - Dec. 3, 2020

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. (last walk-in at 8:00 p.m.)

Falcon House Residence

Room 127 - Check-in in the lobby.

 

CMHA Virtual Crisis Appointments

MONDAYS 

Oct. 19 - Dec. 1, 2020

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Criteria:
Must be a resident of Ontario
Must be a student from one of the above Universities/Colleges
Must be able to attend a virtual appointment via OTN or Telephone 

Students will email studentcrisisappointment@cmhamiddlesex.ca DURING the above designated hours to request a crisis appointment. They will provide their phone number within the email for a CMHA intake worker to connect with them. 

 

 

Mental health supports

 

 

Addiction and harm reduction services

 

 

Support for basic needs

 

 

Self-help resources

 

 

Health services

 

 

Accessibility services

 

For all Fanshawe students requiring accessibility services and supports, register with Accessibility Services to get started.

 

 

Hours of operation

September to Mid-May:

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 

Mid-May to August:

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m

 

Contact Counselling Services

Phone 519-452-4282
Fax 519-453-2826
Email
counselling@fanshawec.ca

Location

(see note above for interim COVID-19 location and services)

Room F2010, London Campus
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Other Campuses

  • St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus: 519-633-2030
  • Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus: 519-421-0144
  • Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus: 519-426-8260
  • School of Digital and Performing Arts (downtown London location): 519-452-4430

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