Sometimes we all need a little help. NIC counselling staff is here to help you with challenges you might be facing while an NIC student. Counsellors can help if you’re experiencing difficulty with your studies or issues of a personal nature. They can help with career and educational counselling, problem solving and strategies to help with time management, reducing anxiety and stress and study skills, sexual violence support and referral to external services. Crisis counselling is also available.

All members of NIC's counselling staff have backgrounds in counselling psychology, education, educational psychology, organizational leadership and conflict resolution.

NIC's counsellors

NIC's counsellors are available at our Campbell River, Comox Valley and Port Alberni campuses. They are available on an appointment basis. You can also contact them by phone or email.

Emergency counselling support can be accessed through the Suicide Help Line (1-800-784-2433, 24/7), Vancouver Island Crisis Line (1-888-494-3888, 24/7) or the Crisis Line for Aboriginal Callers (1-800-588-8717).

Campbell River

To book an appointment at our Campbell River campus, call 250-923-9700

Amy Rowes
Amy Rowes

Comox Valley

To book an appointment at our Comox Valley campus, call 250-334-5000

Port Alberni

To book an appointment at our Port Alberni campus, call 250-724-8711

Samantha Banton-Smith
Samantha Banton-Smith

Limits of Confidentiality

You have a right to privacy. Only certain situations require us to share information outside of the college, as directed by law:

  • known or suspected instances of children who need protection;
  • vulnerable adults who are unable to seek support and assistance and need protection from abuse or neglect;
  • cases involving imminent risk of physical harm to oneself or another;
  • or when a court orders the release of confidential information.