Please note that all students must have an Intake Appointment prior to being able to book individual counselling appointments. This appointment is an opportunity for us to gain an understanding of the nature of your concerns and to determine the course of support required. The counsellor will ask you some questions to help determine the best course of action for meeting your goals. Possible recommendations include attending skill-building presentations, accessing help in the PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) Centre, and learning from online resources. For some clients, individual counselling sessions will be the favourable option. Please remain assured that the counsellor will work with you to create a plan that suits your needs, interests and service availability.
Intake Appointments can be made in person in the Western Student Services Building, 4100. Click here for the hours of operation. You can also make an intake appointment by calling 519-661-2183.
Click here to view our Procedures and Guideline form for Learning Development.
Confidential individual appointments with a counsellor are available to help students achieve academic success. This service is available to all students at Western Univeristy.
Learning Development counselling is for all students. Individual counselling can benefit both successful students who want to improve performance further or increase efficiency by learning new study strategies, as well as students who are experiencing academic difficulties. For students experiencing academic difficulties, it is strongly advised that they arrange a counselling appointment as soon as possible. See Disappointing Grade? for additional information.
Students can use Learning Development support at any point in their studies, from first year to graduate school. Students may self refer to the service or be referred by a professor or staff member. All counselling is confidential; information is not released unless requested by the student and signed consent is on file.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to refer students to Learning Development for counselling. When there is an immediate problem of some urgency, faculty and staff are advised to contact the service by calling ext. 82183 so that the student can be seen for an emergency appointment. For more information about Learning Development and recommendations for the handling of common student issues visit our FAQ page.