On-Location Wellness Counsellors

The University of Toronto, the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Medical Biophysics are committed to ensuring that our students are supported and academically thrive while engaged in their graduate training. The university has established a framework for approaching mental health among our student population that can be accessed online by clicking here.

Effective Fall 2018, the Office of Graduate and Life Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine will have two dedicated on-location counsellors available exclusively to our graduate students:

1)  Laurie Coleman (MSW, RSW) is a Wellness Counsellor and Coordinator at Health and Wellness, Student Life.  Since 2011, she has been part of the on-location mental health team. She provides service Mondays – Thursdays, 9am – 5pm at 500 University Ave. In addition to this, she will be available every other Tuesday evening at the Koffler Centre. She also co-leads the Grief Support Sharing Circle, Mindful Eating: Food & Mood and Mindful Moments on campus.

2)  Saretta Herman (MSW, RSW) is a Wellness Counsellor and Coordinator at Health and Wellness, Student Life. Since 2015, she has been a part of the on-location team and comes to GLSE from the School of Graduate Studies. Before U of T, she worked in Children’s Mental Health, Youth Justice, and at a clinic specializing in cognitive-behavioural therapy. She provides services Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9am – 5pm, in the Medical Sciences Building at 1 King’s College Circle. 

The on-location service is a brief counselling service that aims to connect students with a counsellor in a timely fashion in order to get the support that they need. The counsellors are trained to provide personally tailored treatment specific to what students are experiencing.  The on-location counsellors are also familiar with other campus and community supports and can help students find and connect with other supports, if needed. Many students find it helpful to meet with a counsellor to have a space to talk about these issues and to obtain professional support in managing them.

How to make an appointment

To schedule a first appointment with a counsellor, please contact the Health and Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 (select option “5”) or drop by Health and Wellness at the Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 111, and ask to book a time with a GLSE (i.e. Faculty of Medicine) counsellor. Follow-up appointments can be scheduled directly with a counsellor.

Alternatively, students can also ask faculty or staff to refer them to these services.

For more information, please see the GLSE Student Health and Wellness website.

Other Resources Available to Students

Health and Wellness via School of Graduate Studies

The School of Graduate Studies has developed an excellent Health and Wellness website that includes a directory of resources by campus, category (i.e. academic support, accessibility, health and dental, mental health, safety, international students, faith and spirituality and family and recreational) and language/accessibility. Visit the Health and Wellness section of the SGS website by clicking here.

Health and Wellness Workshops

There are many workshops offered through the Office of Student Life. Topics include better coping skills, mindfulness, grief support groups, sexual health information, suicide alertness training and better sleeping. For details, eligibility and questions regarding the confidentiality of attendance at these workshops, please click here

Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre

Current grad students or postdoctoral fellows at UTM, UTSC or UTSG are welcome to connect confidentially with one of our trained G2G Peer Advisors (G2G=grad-to-grad) to talk about options and strategies for addressing a concern and university supports and resources.  G2G do not intervene or advocate – they listen and can help you to navigate your own way forward.  Faculty and staff members can refer students to the G2G Peer Advisors and/or contact the CRC directly to discuss early and effective conflict resolution strategies and opportunities for skills development and training of indivial departments.  For more information, please click here

What do to in an emergency? 

Students in need of immediate medical attention should go to the nearest hospital emergency department, or call 911.


Although these services and the Health & Wellness Centre is closed evenings, weekends and all Statutory Holidays, there are other local walk-in clinics that students can access. Please click here and scroll down the page for more information.