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Life Happens and we all need someone to talk to and help. Our Ambrose Counselling team is here for you and wants to help you. Ambrose has a variety of counsellors on-site or on-line to help you navigate a wide range of concerns that impact your academic performance and your overall well-being. This may include relationship concerns, stress, feeling overwhelmed, loneliness, feeling depressed, or addiction. Ambrose wants to support you to get the help you need.

Counselling Services will begin again after classes start for the semester. (In order to allow as many people as possible to access these services, we kindly request that you only book a maximum of 2 sessions in advance). 

If This Is An Emergency, Please Call 911

There is someone always ready to talk to you (24/7) at the Distress Centre

403-266-HELP (4357)

Billing for 2022-2023:

Ambrose offers accessible short-term counselling for registered Ambrose students.  Ambrose University will completely cover* the counselling fees for 5 therapy sessions per student, per academic year (Sept-June). These sessions are free to the student.  If a therapist determines that therapy should continue beyond 5 sessions, the sessions will be subsidized by the University and students will be charged $50 per session as long as appointments remain available.  If the counselling schedule should become full, students with treatment plans beyond the 5 sessions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  

In summary:

•        5 free* therapy sessions/student/academic year
•        $50/session after the first 5 – dependent on treatment plan and availability 
•        Students must be registered for classes during the semester they are accessing therapy

* no-show charges of $75 will still apply for sessions cancelled/rescheduled within 24 hours of the appointment time.

Please see Counselling Policies & Procedures below for more details.  


9am - 2pm 

5pm - 8pm


11am - 8pm


9am - 12pm (until January 31)

12:15pm - 7pm


11am - 2pm (starting February 1)

3:30pm - 7:30pm (online only)


12pm - 1pm (online only)

12:30pm - 4:30pm

Please note: Counselling appointments are booked on an every other week basis.

Book Online here: 


Our Counsellors

Vince Urquhart, MDiv, MA

Registered Psychotherapist, Professional Counsellor

Monday: 9am – 2pm

Thursday: 11am – 2pm

Book with Vince: 

Vince understands the emotional and physical turmoil of anxiety both as therapist and through personal experience. He practices a faith-based approach to counselling, integrating Christ centred counselling with psychotherapy. He has 20+ years of experience in pastoral counselling and ministry, spiritual coaching, church planting, missions work and pre-marital and marriage counselling. Vince is a licensed therapist specializing in anxiety disorders, marriage, pre marriage, depression, grief and life transitions.

Elizabeth Forbes, R. Psych

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Registered Psychologist, Professional Counsellor

Thursday: 3:30pm - 7:30pm (online only)

Friday: 12:30pm – 4:30pm

Elizabeth practices from a trauma informed perspective providing a safe, comfortable space to help facilitate change and healing. Some of the key areas of Elizabeth's training and expertise are in complex trauma, PTSD, addictions, eating disorders, and anxiety and depression. Her counselling philosophy is based on a client centered perspective within a spiritual and existential context. Types of therapy she is trained in are CBT/DBT, Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Schema Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, EMDR, and she utilizes these approaches in an integrative style in order to provide each client an individual experience, specific to their needs.

Dana Delorme, R. Psych, Art Therapist

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Registered Psychologist, Art Therapist

Wednesday: 12:15pm - 7pm

Friday: 12pm - 1pm (online only)

Book with Dana:

Dana is a Registered Psychologist and Art Therapist with fifteen years of counselling experience, who practices from a body, spirit, mind framework and is a trauma-trained, art therapy trained, spiritually trained, somatic-based therapist. Dana draws primarily from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and will collaborate with you to establish a focus for your counselling journey and will tailor the approach in a way that best fits you. Dana's areas of focus include anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, stress, distress, trauma, experiences of sexual violence, addiction, grief, relationship concerns, life transition, attachment disruption/injury.

Decia McTavish, Practicum Student

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Practicum Student, Masters of Counselling

Monday: 5pm – 8pm

Tuesday: 11am – 8pm

Book with Decia: 

Decia believes in the process and benefits of counselling, beginning from personal experience and growing through professional experience. She is a practicum student, working to complete her Master’s in Counselling, and her client-centered approach draws from an eclectic variety of techniques to meet the client within their individual needs. She works to create a non-judgmental and honest space where all struggles are met with compassion and care in the collaborative journey towards healing and understanding.


Counselling Procedures & Policies


  • 5 free* therapy sessions/student/academic year
  • $50/session after the first 5 – dependent on treatment plan and availability
  • Students must be registered for classes during the semester they are accessing therapy
  • Counselling appointments are booked on an every other week basis. 
  • Please book and cancel/reschedule your appointments online through Jane. You will be able to cancel or reschedule your appointment through your online profile with Jane. Please make every effort to cancel or reschedule your appointment via this means. If you are experiencing any kind of technical difficulties with your appointment, please contact the Student Life Administrative Assistant.
  • *No Show Fee: If you don’t show up for an appointment and did not cancel or reschedule 24 hours before the appointment, you will be charged a $75 fee. If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact the Student Life Administrative Assistant.
  • Online sessions: please be aware that you must be in the province of Alberta if you would like to claim the session through your insurance.