How do I get counselling support sooner?
Check out some of the options below for more immediate access to counselling supports:
Some students qualify for extended health benefits under their parents' benefits plan. Discuss options with your guardians to determine whether private therapy in the community could be covered for you.
Student VIP Health Benefits
Trent students who have not opted-out of their Student VIP benefits qualify for coverage of private therapy.
Direct2U Counselling powered by I.M. Well
A free app and service designed to connect students with appropriate mental health resources including short-term counselling
Download the I.M. Well app or visit the Direct2U Health Hub with Student VIP
Trent Peer Support
*Closed for Spring/Summer and will return the first full week of classes in September
Non-judgmental, confidential support for Trent students from their trained peers
@peersupporttrent on Instagram
Confidential phone and text support for post-secondary students
Text GOOD2TALKON to 686868
Visit our Mental Health Resources page for more options.
What is Brief Therapy?
See the Overview of Services page for more information.
How many sessions is Brief Therapy?
At Counselling Services, our initial consultation appointment is an opportunity for students and therapists to discuss what approach might work best for them. If Brief Therapy is chosen as the ideal method of intervention, further discussion may be had about how many sessions might best benefit the situation and how often they should occur. Many Brief Therapy interventions follow a 1 + 3 format, including one initial consultation and three follow-up appointments to address the concern. This is flexible, however, and may vary based on the discussion between each student and their therapist.
What if my concerns cannot be addressed in Brief Therapy?
Therapists at Trent Counselling Services will discuss students’ concerns during their initial consultation as well as a variety of options for mental health support. In some cases, Therapists may consult with students to determine whether they might benefit from additional sessions for support or referral to external supports following initial Brief Therapy.
Is single session right for me?
Single Session Therapy (SST) is intended to address concerns in the here and now. As such, it is often available sooner than ongoing therapy, however provides only one session to really focus on one or two key concerns. Some students who might be a good fit for single-session therapy include:
- Those experiencing an immediate concern that does not require ongoing therapy such as: relationship issues, roommate or friendship concerns, academic stress, grief, other immediate concerns
- Those interested in learning about their strengths and resilience to support their own mental health
- Those interested in support focused on current distress
SST is not appropriate for someone who is interested in ongoing therapy or support in addressing more significant concerns. For more information please visit our Overview of Services page.