Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Personal Counsellors

Sevda Akilli and Solita Hoogendam provide students of the Faculty of Education with counselling services.

Some reasons why people seek counselling include:

  • Abuse and assault issues
  • Academic engagement or direction
  • Substance use
  • Anxiety and mood problems(e.g. depression, suicidal thoughts)
  • Coping with grief or loss
  • Relationships (family, romantic, platonic)
  • Eating/body image difficulties
  • Self-harm
  • Homesickness/loneliness
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Sexuality and sexual orientation
  • Gender expression 
  • Gender identity
  • Gender-based discrimination
  • Stress
  • Transition to university
  • Social functioning
  • Dealing with racism

About the Counsellors

Sevda and Solita view counselling as an individual’s opportunity for personal growth. They believe those seeking counselling are the experts of their own lives and they merely act as a neutral third party, without judgement, to be a sounding board or a cheerleader. Together both parties can put the puzzle pieces together to make sense of issues and/or questions and move forward. 


For Appointments and Information

To schedule a same day appointment, please contact Student Wellness Services at 613-533-2506 and request an appointment with an Education counsellor.


Counselling Services are available Monday through Friday 9 am – 4:30 pm

If you are in crisis and it is after hours, please click here.

For additional information regarding resources related to Counselling, Health and Accessibility Services at Queen’s visit the Student Wellness Services website.

Other Resources

Multifaith Chaplain

Multifaith Chaplain Adam Bloemendal has regular hours at Duncan McArthur Hall for Education students. The office is located at B137C and is open Mondays from 12:30 - 3:30 pm. Email or call (613-533-2186) set up an appointment.

Faith and Spiritual Life at Queen's

Wellness Groups at SWS

We offer a number of multi-session groups and one-time sessions for students only.  We also have a number of different trainings designed to help students, faculty and staff support people experiencing mental health problems. For more information click here.

Empower Me

Empower Me is a 24/7 phone service for crisis situations and scheduled sessions that allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. For more information click here.


TAO is a new interactive tool to help you manage the many stressors that can come with university life. TAO’s self-help activities are built on scientific research and have been found to be helpful to students who are motivated to maximize the way they think and feel. For more information click here.