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Counselling

Counselling Services are available to all students.  Our professionally-trained counselling staff is available to help students who are experiencing difficulties with their studies.  Counsellors also assist students with issues of a personal nature which may be affecting their ability to be successful in their courses. Crisis Counselling is also available. 

Students who are undecided about their career or educational goals may see a counsellor for assistance.  Workshops in areas such as stress-management, study skills, and time management are offered throughout the year.  Contact the counselling services at your local campus for more information.  Our goal is to help you reach your goal!

Services we offer

Career and Educational Counselling:  Explore career options, develop skills in problem planning, and prepare to transfer other institutions.

Problem Solving:  NIC counsellors can help you develop strategies to resolve personal issues that are getting in the way of achieving your goals.  They can assist you in a crisis by providing you immediate support and identifying resources outside the College that are available to you. Please tell us if it is a crisis so we can see you quickly.

Learning Strategies: Learn effective study skills including exam preparation, academic reading and note taking, time management, reducing anxiety and stress.

NIC Policies and Procedures: Counsellors can help you interpret NIC’s policies and give you guidance.

About us

The members of NIC’s counselling staff have backgrounds in Counselling Psychology, Education, Educational Psychology, Organizational Leadership and Conflict Resolution.

Cost

No fee is charged for Counselling.

Limits of confidentiality

You have a right to privacy. While it is unusual to break confidentiality it is our duty to advise you of the following:
We will only release information about you to others with your written permission with three exceptions. These are when there are reasonable grounds to believe that:

  • a person under the age of 19 needs protection from abuse
  • individuals are likely to cause injury to themselves or others
  • we are ordered by a court of law to provide confidential records

Contact Us

Professionally-trained counselling staff is available at our Campbell River, Comox Valley and Port Alberni campuses.  They are available on an appointment basis and may also offer a drop in service. You may also contact them by phone or by e-mail. All Counsellors offer emergency support.

Comox Valley Campus
Janet Beggs
250-334-5000 ex: 4048
janet.beggs@nic.bc.ca
To book an appointment at our Comox Valley campus, call 250-334-5000

Campbell River Campus
Amy Rowes
250-923-9711
amy.rowes@nic.bc.ca
To book an appointment at our Campbell River campus, call 250-923-9700

Port Alberni Campus
Samantha Banton-Smith
250-724-8734
sbsmith@nic.bc.ca
To book an appointment at our Port Alberni campus, call 250-724-8711