Referral Programs

Ask us about our referral programs.

There are a lot of ways to improve your health and well-being. At SFU, our team of doctors and counsellors have created a wide range of programs that can help you improve and maintain your health and well-being.

See a program that you're interested in? Call us to book an appointment with one of our doctors or counsellors and ask if the program is right for you.

ACT+: Navigating Anxiety

Do you worry a lot about the future? What others think of you? Where your life is going?

Worrisome thoughts can wreak havoc on your life: disturbing your sleep, appetite, relationships, school work, and more. Everyone experiences anxiety, but the key is to learn how not to let it stand in the way of doing things you care deeply about. Experiential learning will provide you with a new set of skills which will allow you to:

  • free yourself from the constant struggle with worries, anxieties and fears; 
  • reduce unnecessary suffering anxiety can cause; 
  • and get your life back, simply by changing your relationship with your thoughts and feelings. 

A Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach for anxiety.

This program takes place Wednesdays from 9:30am to 11:00am in Group Rooms 1 & 2. It starts on May 22 and ends July 24.

For referrals and inquiries, please contact Sarah Becker at cintern1@sfu.ca.

Dissertation & Thesis Support Group

Students writing their dissertation or thesis often feel stuck, overwhelmed, and isolated.

Reconnect with your creativity and motivation.

This group is a safe and confidential space for graduate students writing theses or dissertations to share their experiences and receive support. Focus on peer emotional support, goal setting, and anxiety/stress management.

This group takes place Thursdays from 10:45am to 12:15pm (May 10 to Aug 8) and 2:00pm to 3:30pm (May 9 to Aug 1) in MBC 0309. 

For referrals and inquires, please contact Susan Brook at hcsgrad@sfu.ca.

Dungeons and Worry Dragons

Face your demons – literally! Group members become players in the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game, therapeutically facilitated to encourage group members to build social skills to combat depression and anxiety.

Tabletop role-playing games (such as Dungeons & Dragons) can increase confidence, creativity, and problem solving skills – all while having fun playing as powerful adventurers in a fantasy world. Facilitated by a clinical counsellor, this group uses teamwork, role-play, and imagination to encourage participants to meet the challenges they encounter in daily life, and is especially helpful for those suffering from low mood and social anxiety.

This program will take place Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm, on from May 10 to August 2.

For referral to this program, please contact David Lindskoog at david_lindskoog@sfu.ca.

The Anxiety Toolkit

This program has 3 sessions dedicated to building skills and tools that will help reduce and manage anxiety.

This program will take place Tuesdays from 2:30pm to 4:00pm in Group Rooms 1 & 2 (enter through Career Services in MBC 0300).

First session:
May 28 - June 11

Second session:
June 18 - July 2

Third session:
July 9 - July 23

For referral to this program, please contact David Lindskoog at david_lindskoog@sfu.ca or Ada Law at cintern2@sfu.ca.

Mindful Self Compassion

This program allows and encourages participants to self-reflect and explore their inner landscape. This is ideal for people who experience self-criticism, low self-esteem or low self-worth, perfectionism, care-giver fatigue, burnout, low self-motivation, challenging relationships, difficulties managing stress, and difficulties being kind to themselves.

This program will take place Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 4:30pm in Group Rooms 1 & 2 (enter through Career Services in MBC 0300). It starts on May 22 and ends on July 17.

For referral to this program, please contact Sarah Parkes at sacomin@sfu.ca.

Call us to book an appointment with one of our doctors or counsellors and ask if the program is right for you.

Past Referral Programs

Skills for Successful Self-Management

Learn to de-clutter your mind and control your emotional reactions.

Life can be hard and sometimes dealing with people can be a struggle. This program will help you to balance your priorities and demands both in life and in relationships and help you gain skills in how to deal with people in effective ways.

ADHD Group Medical Visit (GMV)

Learn about ADHD so you can make informed choices about your own care.

This program is open to you if you have a documented diagnosis of ADHD, and if you are receiving medication or are considering receiving medication to optimize management of your ADHD symptoms. In this program, we hope you'll be better able to:

  • Learn about ADHD medications
  • Learn how ADHD symptoms affect your life
  • Identify your ADHD treatment needs
  • Learn practical tools to help better manage your aDHD symptoms affecting your educational and personal life
  • Meet your academic goals

Better Coping

Get ahead of stress. Gain skills and tools for academic success and personal wellness.

Run as a seminar, we invite you to check in each week with one thing you are struggling with (either through direct sharing or sharing through art/creative activities), and/or one goal you have for yourself.

Hope & Safety

A support group for women who have survived sexual violence.

This is a support group for self-identified women who have survived sexual violence. Join us for a series offered in partnership with the SFU Women's Centre.

The Feeling Good Program

Acquire proven tools, skills, and strategies that can enhance mood, reduce anxiety, and help us better manage stress.

Feeling down, anxious, or overly stressed can sap energy and motivation, disturb sleep and interfere with life, concentration, learning, and academic performance.  That’s the bad news.

The good news: there are effective practices that can enhance mood, reduce anxiety, and help us better manage stress. These sessions focus on just that. 

Each week we examine a specific practice for enhancing well-being. We cycle through topics at least once each term.  

Those include:

  • Getting Active – Feeling better through doing more
  • Practicing Positive Psychology – Applying the science of happiness
  • Sleep – How to get a better night’s sleep
  • Rumination – Reducing cognitive “chewing & stewing”
  • Helpful Thinking – Awareness, acceptance, and flexibility
  • Managing Worry – How to worry more effectively
  • Talking to Ourselves – From self-criticism to self-compassion
  • Stress Management – Effective ways to manage stressors and our response to them

Come expecting to acquire proven tools, skills, and strategies.  Leave prepared to practice in order to enhance well-being and improve academic performance.

Each session will end with participants setting a personal goal to apply some “Feeling Good” practice that week.  Each session will begin with a check in on how that week’s practice went.

Dealing with Stress 101

A body-centered program designed to enhance coping strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and mood through increased self-awareness and mindfulness.

A high percentage of SFU students come to Health & Counselling to ask about how to deal with anxiety, stress, and lack of sleep. 

Do you feel overwhelmed? Are you experiencing low mood or energy, and do you have difficulty focusing on your coursework?

You are not alone.

In this seminar, participants will have the opportunity to learn and participate in a supportive conversation circle and engage in the gentle practice of yoga and guided meditation. These proven techniques are empowering and will leave participants with a lifelong toolkit for dealing with the stress and anxiety in their lives.

Managing Academic Distress

Practice and explore new strategies to cope with academic or emotional distress, procrastination, and anxiety from transitioning to post secondary.

Active Health Program

A body-centered program designed to enhance coping strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and mood through increased self-awareness and mindfulness.

A growing body of evidence shows exercise can positively impact depression.

The Active Health Program at Simon Fraser University is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Health & Counselling Services and SFU Recreation offering students being treated for depression or anxiety an option to supplement their treatment with exercise. Please see a Health & Counselling Services doctor for referral to the program.

Participation in this program would include meeting with a personal trainer to participate in moderate physical activity for one semester. It would require additional commitment to attend orientation at beginning of semester, brief weekly check-ins on Active Health Canvas course, one scheduled follow up with Mental Health Nurse, and a wind-up session at the end of semester.

Winner of the 2017 Best Practices Award in College Health from the American College Health Association (ACHA) for excellence and innovation in college health clinical services.

Skills for Interpersonal Awareness

This program will run every Thursday from January 24 to February 28th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. This group will involve learning and developing strategies for setting boundaries, healthy communication, and discerning wants/needs in the context of relationships and friendships. 

Skills for Emotional Regulation

This program will run every Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, starting on January 29th and ending on March 5th. Group members will learn practical strategies for identifying and managing distress in ways that promote well-being.

Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD

This program will take place Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:00 pm, on February 13, 20, March 6, March 13, March 20, and March 27.

This group will be a 6-week psychoeducational and therapeutic group designed specifically to treat symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The group will run for 1.5 hours weekly for 6 weeks. With assistance from the facilitators, clients will create a list of graded imaginal or in vivo exposure tasks and will participate in these tasks each session, with the support of the group. Clients will also learn methods for coping with attendant anxiety and distress.

Roots and Resilience

The Roots and Resilience group is a gender-inclusive group that runs out of the all-gender resource area of the SFSS Women's Centre. The group is co-facilitated by Beth Triano, clinical counsellor and Sasha Boniface, a Master-level student counsellor. This group is for all students who are survivors of sexual violence and referrals to this group should be directed to beth_triano@sfu.ca 

The group takes place bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm on the following dates:

  • January 29th
  • February 12th
  • February 26th
  • March 21st
  • March 26th
  • April 2nd
  • April 9th

This is a welcoming space to foster community building, growth and healing with and for survivors. Light snacks will be provided at each session. 

*The all genders resource area can be accessed by a nearby elevator. Our centre is wheelchair and scooter accessible with access to accessible and gender-inclusive washrooms nearby. We are an allergen- and scent-reduced space.

Looking for a program or workshop that's open for anyone? Check out our drop-in programs and events.

Looking for a program or workshop that's open for anyone? Check out our drop-in programs and events.