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What does a counsellor do? How is this different from an advisor?

Counsellors work with students to support academic and personal success and well-being. This is done through clarifying career goals, teaching self-management skills, addressing personal concerns, and helping understand related policies at KPU.

Advisors assist with course selection, educational planning and transferring information to and from other institutions.

What do I see a counsellor for?

Students may choose to see a counsellor due to a lack of clarity or confusion about what career to pursue, affecting the courses they take and their focus in class; others come because they are underperforming in class in spite of their effort; and there students who are facing personal challenges (e.g. relationships, financial, crisis, mental health) which negatively affect their studies. Often there are multiple reasons for why a student seeks counselling.

Is counselling like psychiatry?

No. Counsellors are not medical doctors and do not prescribe medication.

Do I have to pay?

No. Counselling services are free to registered KPU students.

Does it work for everybody?

Experience shows that individuals who seek advice in times of need tend to make better decisions about their education, relationships, and career.

Will the counsellor give me advice?

The counsellor supports you in identifying the reasons for your concern, the options available to you, and ways to help yourself resolve whatever challenges you are facing.