Counselling Services

UNB Counselling Services offers free and confidential support services to full- and part-time UNB and STU students.  If you feel like you need some support you can book an Initial Consultation appointment. 

Our team of Counsellors, Doctoral & Masters-level interns use a number of different approaches to help students.  When you meet with a member of our team for an initial consultation, one of the goals for the session will be to help you create a treatment plan that will meet your needs.

Some treatment options include:

  • Referral and assistance in accessing other campus and community resources
  • Self-directed resources like apps, websites or books
  • Supported online psycho-education and self-study (Therapist Assisted Online)
  • Group counselling
  • Short term individual counselling

In the Aftermath of the Brookside Tragedy

We are all reeling from the events that took place in the Brookside area on Friday that resulted in the tragic deaths of four people, two of whom were police officers.  When violence hits this close to home, it can have a severe impact on our ability to cope and function.  The closer you are to the situation, the more severe the impact may be on you. 

Everyone deals with events like this differently and there’s a pretty broad range of ‘normal’ reactions.  Anxiety, intrusive thoughts, sleep disturbance, hypervigilance and even flashbacks can be common.  Fortunately, our brains and bodies are pretty remarkable at recovering and self-regulating.  Most people will recover from this intense distress over the period of a few weeks as we process and work through it. 

There are many things you can do to help yourself recover:

  • Talk about it.  Seek support, comfort, and reassurance from people who care about you.  It may be helpful to talk to others who are also affected so you don’t feel as alone.
  • Balance your viewpoint. It’s easy to see the world as a pretty dark place.  Balancing your viewpoint means keeping the healthy, positive, meaningful people and events in your life in mind as well as making space for the dark.
  • Turn it off and take a break.  Limit your exposure to media coverage (including social media).  Overexposure can actually increase your distress and slow your natural recovery.  Make sure you take breaks to do things that make you feel good.
  • Honor your feelings. Remember that it is common to have a range of emotions after a traumatic incident.  You may also experience intense stress similar to the effects of a physical injury. For example, you may feel exhausted, sore or off balance.
  • Take care of yourself.  Especially when the world feels all shaken up, a strong foundation is important.  Eat well-balanced meals, get plenty of rest and build physical activity into your day.  If you have trouble sleeping, try doing some yoga or meditation.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.  Substances may give you a temporary escape from feelings but don’t actually help you recover from your distress, and can actually cause your emotional pain to feel more acute.
  • Help others or do something productive. Helping and connecting with others can help you feel like you’re doing something to make things better, which can reduce feelings of powerlessness or helplessness.

If you have recently lost friends or family in this or other tragedies. Remember that grief is a long process. Give yourself time to experience your feelings and to recover. Dealing with the shock and trauma of such an event will take time. *

If you are struggling with your feelings in the aftermath of this event, and would like to speak to someone, please come to UNB Counselling Services in the CC Jones Building (26 Bailey Drive) or call 453-4820.

The CHIMO Helpline is also available 24/7 at 450-HELP (4537)
*Information adapted from the American Psychological Association