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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

What to expect from mental health therapy

Our Student Wellness Coordinator or your Accessibility Counsellor may have referred you to one of our Mental Health Counsellors for one-on-one therapy. Here is what you can expect during a therapy session. You can also view our counselling FAQ page for more details.

  • Appointments can be booked at the end of your session, or by calling the Student LifeLine: 905.721.3392 or emailing studentlifeline@ontariotechu.ca.
  • For longer-term or more specialized therapy services, SMHS can provide appropriate community referrals.

What to expect from follow-up appointments:

  • Your SMHS counsellor will connect with you at the time of your appointment using the modality that you have requested.  If you requested a Google Meet appointment, your counsellor will send you the link ahead of time.
  • During your session, your counsellor will provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to work through the challenges you are facing.  
  • You do not have to share anything that you are uncomfortable sharing.  You will know when you feel safe enough to share.
  • Your counsellor may provide you with strategies or resources to support you.
  • Sometimes your counsellor may refer you to a community support to meet a specific need that you have.  For example, some students benefit from case management, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), support for eating disorders or early psychosis intervention.
  • Together with your counsellor, you can decide whether it would be best to book another counselling session, or whether you can manage independently. 
  • You can always reconnect with Student Mental Health Services if the need for counselling arises again.