The John Abbott Counselling service helps students deal with personal, career and educational concerns. Individual personal counselling is available throughout the year. Career exploration groups and specialized workshops are also offered during the academic year.
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John Abbott Counselling Services is staffed by five licensed professionals (counsellors and psychologists) and one counsellor-in-training and is available to any student enrolled at the college. Our role is to help students attain their personal goals in the areas of career, educational, social and personal development. We are here to listen to our students’ concerns and to help them develop insight and strategies to stay motivated and focused on their goals.
Our service provides short and medium term individual personal counselling as well as career counselling and exploration (small group format). In addition, we hold workshops on a variety of topics and administer the academic standing and advancement (probation) policy. Aside from a nominal charge for career testing, services are free and confidential.
John Abbott Counselling Services is open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday when the college itself is open. In the summer, from mid-June to mid-August, we are open Monday to Thursday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM and on Friday from 8:00 AM to noon. Counselling Services is located in Student Services, Hochelaga 102. You can reach us at 514-457-6610, local 5292. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
During the academic year, students who have not been seen in the Counselling Service are first seen at a drop in. After discussion with a counsellor or psychologist, further appointments can be made or there may be a referral to another resource. Drop in times are available on the student portal.
During the summer, our staff is available by appointment. Please contact the Student Services receptionist (HO-102, 514-457-6610, ext. 5292) for dates and times of availability or to make an appointment.
- West Island Crisis Centre: 514-684-6160 24-hour confidential crisis line, available 7 days a week, for both a person in distress or concerned family/friends. Mobile Service - a member of the crisis team can meet with you to assess a crisis situation. Short-term residential stay.
- Suicide Action Montreal: 514-723-4000 24-hour/7 day a week confidential support line for individuals contemplating suicide, concerned friends/family, as well as individuals affected by suicide.
- Sexual Assault Centre: 514-934-4504 24-hour/7 day a week confidential support line for individuals of all ages who are survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and/or incest.
- SOS Violence Conjugale: 1-800-363-9010 24/7 phone line that can direct you to available shelters and support services in Quebec for situations of conjugal violence.
- Tel-Aide: 514-935-1101 Confidential listening and support line for: loneliness, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, grief and loss, etc.
- Batshaw Youth and Family Service 514-935-6196
- CLSC Lac St-Louis 514-697-4110
- CLSC Pierrefonds 514-626-2572
- CLSC Lachine-Dorval 514-639-0650
- Depression, "the blues", feeling lack of energy and/or motivation, loneliness
- Anxiety, fears, phobias, perfectionism, obsessional thinking
- Relationship problems
- Grief, mourning, loss, divorce or separation
- Abuse (physical, sexual, verbal, emotional) histories and their outcomes
- Eating disorders, bulimia, anorexia, over-eating
- Anger, impulsiveness, domestic violence, aggression Low self-esteem
- Drug and/or alcohol problems, addictions, gambling
- Stress, "burn out"
- Sleep problems
- Suicidal feelings or thoughts