About Us

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Student Counselling & Development (SCD) aims to help York students realize, develop and fulfill their personal potential in order to maximally benefit from their university experience and manage the challenges of university life. Students come to SCD because of a wide range of concerns including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, abuse, stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, eating and body image as well as issues related to sexuality.

Student Counselling & Development provides:

  • Short-term individual, couple, and group counselling services to York University students
  • Personal development workshop and workshop series
  • Crisis intervention for York students
  • Consultation to the York Community regarding students in distress/crisis and issues related to mental health in general
  • Critical incident response debriefings and consultations
  • Clinical training for graduate students in Psychology, Social Work, and Psychotherapy

Learn more about other York University resources related to mental health and wellness at York.

Since SCD is funded almost entirely by student ancillary fees, there is no additional charge for any of the core services provided to students. In some programs, a minimal refundable deposit may be used to enhance participation rates. In some cases, fees may be charged for services that go beyond the core services. The use of services at SCD is purely voluntary and SCD conducts assessments and clinical interventions only at the request of the primary individuals involved. Staff and interns take all possible precautions to maintain client confidentiality and guard against the disclosure of personal information unless informed, written consent has been obtained from the client. (For more information, please see our Privacy Statement).

Mission Statement

Student Counselling & Development (SCD), through its professional staff, strives to provide a range of essential psychological services to the York University Community in order to optimize the quality of the scholarly and communal life of the university. The primary aim of SCD is to help students realize, develop, and fulfill their personal potential in order to maximally benefit from their university experience. Achieving this aim requires that a range of programs as well as individual and group counselling are available to all students enrolled at the university. SCD also acts as a resource to faculty and staff of the university.