About RRU Counselling
Life can be complicated. This is especially true when you are trying to juggle your life and your learning. We recognize that from time to time personal issues may arise that may have a profound effect on your life. To support you during difficult times, RRU offers a voluntary, free personal counselling service to provide confidential information and referrals, counselling and support. Students can access one-time support, or short-term ongoing counselling (usually three - five sessions) as required. Counselling is provided in-person, over the phone and via email.
Who are our counsellors?
Gemma Fraser is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and has a Masters of Education Degree in Psychology. Prior to starting this part-time role in 2016, Gemma has worked as a contracted Counsellor and Academic Coach with Royal Roads for more than two years. She has a solid understanding of the unique RRU student experience.
Using her varied experience, Gemma works with students to come up with a counselling or support plan to meet their individual needs. This sometimes involves Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy or utilizing Positive Psychology interventions. Sometimes it means just listening quietly and allowing students to talk freely about what's on their mind. In all cases, Gemma is highly motivated to ensure therapy is as efficient as possible and works collaboratively with students to ensure their goals are being met in a timely manner. Gemma is encouraging without pressuring, and her style is straighforward, warm, proactive and solution-focused.
Counselling Services also works with long-term contracted counsellors to ensure students have some choice and find a suitable fit.
What kinds of services are available?
Our counsellors will discuss any range of topics, including but not limited to:
- Anxiety and stress management
- Family challenges/transitions
- Relationship issues
- Group dynamics and interpersonal skills
- Sexual or physical abuse/assault
- Substance abuse and addictions
- Academic and learning challenges
- Time management
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and is maintained at all times, so that every effort is taken to ensure client anonymity.
Make an appointment
Confidential appointments can be scheduled via e-mail or phone. Please use the contact information below to request an appointment.
- Phone: 250.391.2600, ext. 4515
- Toll-free: 1.800.788.8028 (please ask for "Counselling Services")
- E-mail: RRU Counselling
- Book an appointment
Please submit a Consent to Counselling form (.docx) before or at your first appointment. Emailed submission is fine.
We are also able to refer students to:
- Vancouver Island Crisis Line, a 24-hour crisis support response service: 1.888.494.3888
Resources for Students
- Identifying & Managing Anxiety
- Test Anxiety - Anxiety BC
- Anxiety About Academic Writing: Writing is too hard - Emotional and Writing Strategies
- Mind your Mind - Wellness & Mental Health Resources for Young Adults
- Depression Hurts - Resources
- About Depression - National Institute of Mental Health
- The Science of Procrastination - 2.5 minute video
- Sleep Better