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Counselling Services for International Students

Camosun College has counsellors who are trained to assist international students with a wide variety of issues. You are welcome to talk about personal, academic, career and/or cultural topics in a private and confidential appointment. Counselling services are available in-person and virtually (phone or video) and are included in your international student fees. Counsellors support students to navigate smaller, non-urgent issues as well as larger, more complex issues and/or crisis situations.

Book an appointment with an International Student Counsellor

Contact the Counselling Centre at 250-370-3571 to book an appointment. Phone, video, and in-person counselling appointments are available for international students Monday-Friday.

Students located outside Canada

Due to privacy, legal and ethical limitations Camosun College cannot provide counselling services to students located outside of Canada. Students in other countries are invited to access Here2Talk, which provides 24/7 confidential mental health counselling and community referrals for BC post-secondary students through app, phone and web.

Urgent 24-Hour Support

If you need urgent support after-hours, please contact the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888 or Here2Talk at 1-877-857-3397. Both services are available 24/7.

Why talk to a counsellor?

College life and a new culture can bring changes which might require making adjustments in many areas of your life. New ideas, strategies, or resources might be needed as you navigate these changes. Sometimes it can help to talk about your experiences, questions or confusion in a non-judgmental and confidential environment. 

Counsellors can help with:

  • Personal concerns, including stress management strategies, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, isolation, loneliness, grief and loss, self-esteem and identity, cultural transition, etc.
  • Career planning and exploration
  • Success in academic and educational goals
  • Decision-making and problem solving

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.

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Please contact the Counselling Centre at 250-370-3571 to book an appointment

Personal counselling

Personal counselling helps students:

  • develop skills and strategies that support personal growth
  • self reflect and make sense of feelings and emotions
  • learn coping strategies for reducing stress and anxiety
  • manage and move through depression
  • deal with grief and loss
  • improve self-confidence, relationships and overall health
  • explore and strengthen connection to your personal identity
  • create a balanced life style that support success in academic goals

Career counselling

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.

Educational counselling

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 and Attending Appointments

Counselling appointments are available Monday-Friday at Lansdowne and Interurban.

Appointments can be booked in several ways: by phoning the Counselling Centre, by visiting the Counselling Centre at Lansdowne or Interurban, or by emailing the international student counsellors directly.

Appointments are normally 50 minutes long.

Lansdowne Counselling Centre • Dawson 202

Hours Mon-Fri, see Counselling Centre page for current hours
Phone: 250-370-3571
For in-person appointments at Lansdowne, please check-in at the Counselling Centre, Isabel Dawson Building 202.

Interurban Counselling Centre • Campus Centre 314

Hours: Mon-Fri, see Counselling Centre page for current hours
Phone: 250-370-4925
For in-person appointments at Interurban, please check-in at the Counselling Centre, Liz Ashton Campus Centre 314.

If students prefer, they can email Brian Herron (herron@camosun.ca), Anna Stein (steina@camosun.ca) or Marie Abbott (abbottm@camosun.ca) to book an appointment.

Meet our counsellors

Anna Stein, International Student Counsellor

Anna Stein

Counsellor for International Students

I was born on Musqueam territory and have spent most of my life as a grateful visitor on the beautiful Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. I love the di ...

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Brian Herron

Brian Herron

Counsellor for International Students

I completed a B.Ed. at the University of British Columbia, followed by an M.Ed. in counselling psychology at Simon Fraser University. I have over 10 y ...

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Marie Abbott, International Student Counsellor

Marie Abbott

Counsellor for International Students

Hello! My name is Marie, and I feel privileged to work with international students at Camosun College as a counsellor. My story begins in Whitehorse, ...

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Urgent 24-Hour Support

If you need help after hours, contact the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888 or contact Here2Talk at 1-877-857-3397. Both services are available 24/7.

Crisis Line