Counselling Services for Students

A Place to Turn When You Need Help

Professional, Safe and Confidential
During the COVID19 situation, Counselling Services are available by telephone, email, and Zoom. The Powell River campus number is 604-485-2878 and is monitored for messages during office hours.
We invite you to email student services staff for an Educational Advisor/Counsellor to contact you by email, phone or Zoom meeting.  Please provide your full name, phone number, student number (if applicable), best times to reach you during our regularly scheduled work week and your preferred way for us to contact you.  You will be contacted by Counselling Services to set up an appointment. 

Counsellors are available Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm by:

PHONE: we can schedule a phone appointment

EMAIL: we can reply to your email with answers to your questions and continue a conversation in that format.

ZOOM: we can set up an online meeting through the Cloud based video conferencing program Zoom.  It's free and easy to download from

Until further notice, we will not be offering face-to-face service at VIU.

Counselling Services offers free confidential and professional support to enrolled VIU students. Counsellors collaborate with students in a compassionate setting to clarify concerns, establish goals and explore resources for well being. We offer a variety of services which can assist in the management of personal challenges allowing students to have the best university experience possible.

Need to speak to a counsellor right away?  The BC Government has just announced a new app 24/7 Here2Talk that provides phone, text, and chat options for students in crisis and/or needing a counselling session.  Students can call as often as they like and the service is free.  You can access their web page at
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