Capilano University’s Counselling Services offer free, confidential advice to students in need.

Are you struggling? Do you need to talk?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed about something, we encourage you to talk to a counsellor. The sessions are free and fully confidential.

Counsellors can talk to you about a number of issues including:

  • addiction
  • anxiety
  • assertiveness skills
  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • grief and loss
  • goal-setting and motivation
  • procrastination
  • relationship difficulties
  • self-esteem
  • self-harm
  • sexuality
  • stress management
  • suicidal feelings, and
  • time management.

How to get help

North Vancouver students

To make an appointment with a personal counsellor, visit our office (Birch Building, room 267) or call us on 604 984 1744.

Please note: If the Counselling Office is closed and you need urgent support, please call the BC Crisis Centre on 604 872 3331. The hotline is staffed 24/7 by trained and caring volunteers. Calls are free and confidential. They also offer a free and confidential online chat service at Youth In BC.

Sunshine Coast students

Make an appointment with our personal counsellor Jules Smith.  You can do this in person at the front desk reception, or by calling 604 885 6101. Appointments usually last an hour.

If we are unavailable during office hours and your issue can’t wait, you can call the North Vancouver counselling office at 604 984 1744.

Please note: If all our counselling services are unavailable and you need urgent support, you can call one of the following Sunshine Coast crisis services:

  • Crisis Line Daytime: 604 885 6101 (8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Monday to Friday),
  • After Hours Crisis: 604 740 0442 (3.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday; 8.30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends), and
  • St Mary’s Hospital in Sechelt: 604 885 2224.

You can also call the BC Crisis Centre on 604 872 3331. The hotline is staffed 24/7 by trained and caring volunteers. Calls are free and confidential. They also offer a free and confidential online chat service at Youth In BC.

For career and course planning issues, you can make an appointment with our academic advisor Heather Ingram. You can do this in person at the front desk reception, or by calling 604 885 6101. Appointments usually last 30 minutes to an hour.

Other resources for students, faculty and staff

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, we have a number of handouts you might find helpful.  You’ll find them on the Coping Skills page.

Visit Helping a Student in Crisis to find out what to do if a student you know is in need.

If you’re having difficulty with your coursework, you’ll find a list of handouts at Study Skills.

Still have questions? Check our FAQs.

Community resources

In addition to the emergency crisis help listed above, there are many other resources outside CapU that may be of help. The Community Resources List (pdf) includes help for alcohol and drug addiction, sexual assault, domestic abuse, gambling addiction and legal advice.