Student Counselling at Windsor Law

 

In 2016 Windsor Law, in conjunction with the University of Windsor’s Student Counselling Centre has provided an in faculty Clinical Therapist for all registered law students. The Clinical Therapist provides free, confidential consultations, referrals and mental health counselling. 

Law school can be an exciting and dynamic experience, it can also present some challenges. Outside of the obvious academic pressures, students may have to deal with stresses related to:

  • Physical or mental illness (e.g., depression, anxiety)
  • Family issues
  • Sexuality or identity
  • The end of important relationships
  • Illness or death of a loved one
  • Living away from home
  • Financial concerns

Sometimes coping with one or more of these stresses can prove to be overwhelming. The Clinical Therapist in Law and the professional staff of the Student Counselling Centre are here to help!

The University offers short-term counselling and therapy services to students who may be experiencing a number of emotional and or behavioural difficulties during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters.

If a student has a need for long-term counselling, the Clinical Therapist may provide referrals to assist the student in accessing resources in the community.

We take confidentiality seriously. The fact that you attend a consultation or therapy session, and what you say to your therapist, stays private and all paperwork is securely stored with the Student Counselling Centre. By law, we may not reveal anything about you to anyone without your permission, with only a few exceptions.

Limitations to confidentiality include: 

  • A legal subpoena or search warrant
  • Extreme circumstances of imminent danger to you or someone else
  • A situation where a therapist suspects child abuse or neglect
  • A situation where a therapist suspects sexual abuse or harassment by a registered health professional Included in the initial application and treatment consent form you complete is a description of our policies and procedures.

 

Included in the initial application and treatment consent form you complete is a description of our policies and procedures. A more detailed Privacy Policy is also available.

We are required to keep records of your visits for a minimum of 10 (ten) years after our last contact with you, but these records stay at the Student Counselling Centre. They are not shared with the university.

Although there is a Clinical Therapist located in the Faculty of law specifically for law students, if you do not feel comfortable attending sessions at the Faculty, you can attend at the main student counselling centre.

Client Rights

  • Be treated in a kind and respectful way in a welcoming and safe environment free of discrimination
  • Clear information about the services we provide, what you can expect from counselling and what will be asked of you in this process
  • Know the names and educational backgrounds of our counsellors
  • Be informed about confidentiality
  • Consent to or refuse service and understand the potential implications of such decision
  • View or receive a copy of your therapy record and request amendment if you believe that the record is inaccurate
  • Ask questions and express any concerns that you may have

Client Responsibilities

  • Be courteous and respectful of other clients and Student Counselling staff 
  • Respect the privacy and confidentiality of other clients
  • Recognize that the needs of other clients may be more urgent than your own
  • Be an active participant in the assessment, decision-making and therapy process 
  • Provide complete and accurate information to the best of your ability
  • Let your counsellor know if you have any questions or concerns about the work that you are doing together
  • Arrive at your appointments on time 
  • Provide advance notice if you are unable to attend an appointment

If it is your first time booking Student Counselling services, you must come in person to make an appointment.

The Student Counselling Centre main office is located in Room 293 of the CAW Centre. You will be asked to complete an application form and a treatment consent form which includes your contact information, space to indicate your concerns, and a consent form to read and sign. You can also print and complete the application and bring it into the office during regular business hours.

For more information about booking an appointment please visit the Student Counselling Centre website. 

 

About Windsor Law's Clinical Therapist

Laura is the Clinical Therapist in the Faculty of Law.

She holds an MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Registered Social Worker. She has extensive experience providing therapy to individuals, groups, and communities and has a broad interest in social justice issues.

She has over 12 years of experience working in mental health, which includes working with survivors of violence, working in a hospital setting, and working at Legal Assistance of Windsor.

Laura’s approach to therapy is collaborative and strengths-based, aiming to draw on inner resources and promote resilience in her clients. She draws from an eclectic base of therapy modalities, including Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Narrative Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). Laura also enjoys using mindfulness-based interventions. Laura aims to help students develop the skills needed to succeed emotionally and competitively in the law field.

 

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