On November 7, Dr. Chantal Beauvais, Rector of Saint Paul University (SPU), together with Catherine McKenna, MP for Ottawa Centre, Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, and several other dignitaries, officially opened the university’s new Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre Offices.

The creation of the Centre was made possible by a leadership gift of $800,000 from the Saint Paul University Oblate Fund Inc.

“Our vision at Saint Paul University is to be the face of change by building a more inclusive and compassionate society,” said SPU Rector Chantal Beauvais. “Actualizing that vision starts with our unique programs and services, such as those offered by our Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre. We are extremely grateful to the Saint Paul University Oblate Fund Inc. for its generous donation, which supports our efforts to become transformational leaders.”

“The completion of this project clearly reflects the University’s commitment to meeting new needs with purpose, generosity and creativity,” noted Father Luc TARDIF, chair of SPU’s fundraising campaign.

The Centre is one of the main providers of community counselling services in the Ottawa–Gatineau region. It welcomes a diverse clientele, and offers counselling services in English and French for individuals, couples and families. Fees are negotiable depending on the client’s financial situation.

Services are provided by counselling interns at the master’s and doctoral level in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Saint Paul University. The interns are supervised by counsellors, psychotherapists and/or psychologists who are certified and accredited by a recognized professional association. This year, 120 students will provide more than 10,000 counselling sessions to clients in the region. (http://ustpaul.ca/)