Get help now
If you need help now, contact one of the following crisis services:
- Here2Talk — a free, confidential counselling and community referral service, conveniently available 24/7 via app, by phone (1-877-857-3397) and online
- Empower Me — a 24/7 phone counselling service for undergraduate students who are members of RRU's Student Association 1-877-234-5327
- Canadian Crisis Centres — a list of crisis centres across Canada
The Royal Roads counselling team
The counselling team at Royal Roads University includes qualified, experienced staff and the occasional counselling intern.
You can book counselling and learning strategy services from the following counsellors:
Sarah's been working with Royal Roads since 2012 as a counsellor, career counsellor, internship advisor, instructor and team coach. Her varied experience gives her a thorough understanding of the challenges and rewards you may face as a student. Open, approachable and encouraging, Sarah creates a warm and comfortable space for positive work and interesting conversation.
Sarah holds the individual needs of students at the centre of her work. Her counselling approach draws on elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy and coaching. Sarah can work collaboratively with you to ensure your goals are met efficiently and effectively.
Sarah's a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Sarah completed a Master of Education degree in Counselling Psychology in 2011.
Sarah's available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for appointments in person, by phone or on Skype.
Gemma has worked at Royal Roads University since 2014 in various roles, including learning strategist, counsellor and team coach. She's known for being warm and friendly. She creates an atmosphere where students feel encouraged to explore possibilities in a safe and supported way.
As a counsellor, Gemma uses a variety of approaches including solution-focused brief therapy, narrative therapy, emotionally-focused therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy. She'll work with you to meet your individual needs with gentleness and compassion.
In a non-judgmental and positive way, Gemma can collaborate with you. She'll help you explore what's working well and areas that might need change, and create accountability for the change process.
Gemma's a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and has a Master of Education degree. Gemma's available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
PIȾELÁNEW̱OT (Samantha) Etzel
PIȾELÁNEW̱OT ŦE NE SNÁ ĆSE LAE SEN EṮ W̱SÁNEĆ I ALEṈENEȻ SȾÁUTW̱ translation: PIȾELÁNEW̱OT (pete-sa-lane-uh-whot) is from W̱SÁNEĆ territory and currently lives and resides in her home territory of Tsawout First Nation.
PIȾELÁNEW̱OT supports individuals, couples and families through their challenges by creating a sacred space that is grounded in respect, trust, safety, empowerment, acceptance and care.
In 2011, PIȾELÁNEW̱OT received a Masters degree in Education, Counseling in Indigenous Communities from the University of Victoria. PIȾELÁNEW̱OT has been providing counselling services since 2011.
See our online booking system http://libcal.royalroads.ca/appointments/ to view PIȾELÁNEW̱OT's availability.
Rachel Athey is a counselling practicum student under the supervision of Gemma Fraser and Sarah Chettleburgh.
Rachel takes a non-judgmental, open, and collaborative stance towards providing support and exploring solutions. She is interested in incorporating mindfulness skills into Cognitive-Behavioural, Solution-Focused, and Positive Psychology approaches.
She is currently completing her Masters of Education Degree in Counselling Psychology and plans to register as a Clinical Counsellor. Rachel has been a social worker and in Victoria for 12 years. She owned and operated a non-profit yoga and wellness center for the past 8 years and is passionate about accessible, community-based programming.
See our online booking system http://libcal.royalroads.ca/appointments/ to view Rachel’s availability.