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Camosun International

Counselling Services

Meet our counsellors

Our counselling staff help international students adjust to living in Canada. Camosun counsellors are trained to assist students with a wide range of student issues. These can be personal, educational, cultural challenges and career counselling. We also offer assistance for the transition when you return home. These services are all included in your international student fees.


Counselling supports and helps students develop strategies to deal with challenges that many international students experience.  These challenges can include,
but are not limited to:

  • Routines
  • Relationships
  • Reflections about self (identity)
  • Roles
  • Social and cultural assumptions,
  • Understanding of rules and cultural expectations

Your meeting with a counsellor will be private and confidential. Unless you give them permission to discuss your concerns, counsellors are trained and required by their profession to keep everything you tell them private and confidential.

Personal counselling helps students:

  • develop skills to help with personal change
  • reduce stress to help students experience success in college and life
  • learn coping strategies to for dealing with stress and anxiety
  • work on personal difficulties
  • reduce stress, manage depression, deal with grief and loss
  • improve self-confidence, relationships and health
  • create balanced lifestyles

Career Counselling can help you to:

  • identify a career direction or educational program which matches your interests, abilities, work values and preferences.
  • research careers and occupations
  • set career goals
  • make informed career and life decisions
  • learn about labour market information
  • assist students to learn and use the Myers Briggs Type Inventory, Strong Interest Inventory and other inventories in the personal and career planning process.

Educational counselling works on challenges that can impact academic progress.
For example:

  • understanding and adjusting to the post-secondary classroom in Canada
  • time management and procrastination
  • learning styles
  • learning strategies for group and classroom presentations.
  • coping with and reducing test anxiety
  • educational decision-making
  • communication skills for working with instructors and other students.
  • working out conflicts in the classroom or on campus
  • withdrawal from courses.

Booking an Appointment

Appointments can be booked in several ways. Appointments are booked through the Counselling Department by phone or going in directly to the department at the following locations (see below).

If students prefer, they can email Brian Herron (, Anna Stein ( or Marie Abbott ( to book an appointment.  Please note that the international counsellors work out of the International Office. 

Appointments are normally 50 minutes long.

Lansdowne • Dawson 202

  • Hours Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4pm • Closed noon-1pm
  • Phone: 250-370-3571
  • Fax: 250-370-3833

Interurban • Campus Centre 314

  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 4pm • Closed noon-1pm
  • Phone: 250-370-4925

Anna Stein
International Student Counsellor
Phone: 250-370-3585


Brian Herron
International Student Counsellor
Phone: 250-370-3585

Marie Abbott

Marie Abbott
International Student Counsellor
Phone: 250-370-4056

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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