We're here to help you succeed!
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.
Looking to schedule an appointment with a counsellor? Contact us at the information listed at the bottom of the page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
Peer support services
Peer Support is Here For You!
- Looking for a sense of community?
- Need to talk?
- Trying to find the right resources?
What we offer
We offer support to fellow students using virtual drop-in spaces. We’re trained in active listening, communication skills, navigating resources, diversity issues, and wellness strategies. We offer hope, empowerment, and connection. There are also opportunities to explore both Fanshawe College services and community resources with us at your own pace.
Virtual drop-in dates and times
Mondays and Tuesdays
From January 24 until April 5, 2022
Time: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Email email@example.com to register and receive a link to our Zoom rooms**.
Parent Peer Support
Mondays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
From January 24 to April 4, 2022
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and receive a link to our Zoom rooms**.
** Open to current Fanshawe students living in Ontario ONLY.
Groups and workshops
NOTE: To register for any of our groups and workshops below, please call 519-452-4282 or email email@example.com. 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
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: via Zoom
Description: A 5-week series which will help you develop coping skills and strategies to promote your wellbeing. Applicable to those dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or anger. Earn co-curricular hours by attending the five modules (listed below):
|#1: BE Present||Bringing awareness to everyday life.|
|#2: BE Balanced||Learn to identify, understand and regulate your emotions to improve your personal effectiveness.|
|#3: BE Brave||Thinking, emotions and taking action.|
|#4: BE Calm||Skills to cope with feeling anxious, distressed and overwhelmed.|
|#5: BE Connected||Skills to improve your relationships and ability to deal with conflict.|
Autism Spectrum Social Group
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: via Zoom
Description: 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.
High Definition Group for Students with ADHD
Date: May 5 to June 23, 2022
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: via Zoom
Description: This online group is designed to give students with ADHD the skills and strategies needed for academic success and emotional wellbeing.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register!
Test & Presentation Anxiety Workshop
Addiction Information Sessions
Accessibility Peer Social Group
Location: via Zoom (email email@example.com for the link)
Description: A social group open to all students with disabilities to make friends, share strategies for managing college life, learn about college services and develop self-advocacy skills.
Transition support for students
A group of four workshops over two days designed for first-year Fanshawe students that covers a variety of skills, such as life at high school vs. college, "College Hacks", dealing with test anxiety, mindfulness and wellness and much more! Attend one, two, three or all four sessions listed below -- it's up to you!
Thursday August 26 (Morning) | In the Right Headspace for College
9 - 9:30 a.m. || Differences Between High School and College
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. || Manage Stress and Thrive
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. || FanshaweOnline (FOL) Demo and College Hacks
Thursday August 26 (Afternoon) | Study Smart, Reduce Burnout, Quality Over Quantity
1 - 2 p.m. || Note Taking and Study Strategies
2 - 2:45 p.m. || Body / Mind Break and Library Learning Commons
3 - 4 p.m. || Dealing with Test Anxiety / Presentation Anxiety / Test Taking Strategies & College Hacks
Friday August 27 (Morning) | In the Zone: Pace Yourself and Stay Motivated
9 - 10 a.m. || Motivation
10 - 10:35 a.m. || Staying Organized - Time Management
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. || Student Panel - Ask Anything & College Hacks
Friday August 27 (Afternoon) | Involved: College Life is More Than Academics
1 - 2 p.m. || Communication Skills for College Life
2 - 2:35 p.m. || Body/Mind Break & Student Union, Clubs & Events
2:45 - 4 p.m. || Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Support; Alcohol / Drug Consumption with Harm Reduction Strategies; College Hacks
Thursday August 26 and Friday August 27, 2021
Fast Forward to Fanshawe
A program for NEW students registering with Accessibility Services! Grab some popcorn, relax, and watch the Fast Forward to Fanshawe videos that Accessibility Services has put together to help you transition to Fanshawe.
Spend some time with us (via video) before classes start to find out how Accessibility Services can help you with things like:
- Student life and what to expect
- Adaptive technology, FOL, and WebAdvisor
- Note taking and learning strategies
- Test taking tips
Check back here for registration info for the Fall 2021 semester.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- anger management
- adjusting to Canadian and/or college life
- ...and more!
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?
The decision to begin counselling is an important one. People have reported both a greater level of comfort and more favourable results when they understand what to expect from the counselling process. At our counselling office, you can expect:
- to meet one-on-one in a private setting with a professionally trained personal counsellor
- to explore your thoughts and feelings
- the content of your sessions to be held in confidence
- support and encouragement
- to have follow-up appointments as required that fit your class schedule
- to create a plan on how to improve your situation
- to be informed of other resources that might be helpful to you
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. When necessary, our counsellors will refer you to appropriate services in the community.
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.
- Tell your counsellor if you don't think you're being helped.
Successful counselling is a joint process requiring your motivation and active involvement. The more actively involved you are, the more effective counselling will be for you.
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.
CMHA After Hours Counselling For Anyone in Need
Provided by CMHA Counsellors
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Registration ends at 8:00 p.m.)
Must be a resident of Ontario
Must be a student of Fanshawe
Must be able to attend a virtual appointment via Internet or Telephone
Email email@example.com between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. to request a crisis appointment. Provide your phone number within the email for a CMHA intake worker to connect with you via internet or telephone.
- Mental Health Addictions and Crisis Centre (24/7 support)
- Reach Out - Mental Health, Addictions and Crisis Support Line
- Phone: 519-433-2023
- Good 2 Talk - Student Support Line
- Phone: Call 1-866-925-5454 or Text "GOOD2TALKON" to 686868
- ANOVA - Supports for individuals experiencing violence or abuse.
Mental health supports
Addiction and harm reduction services
Support for basic needs
For all Fanshawe students requiring accessibility services and supports, register with Accessibility Services to get started.
Hours of operation
On Campus Hours - Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Virtual Hours - Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.