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Counselling services for grad students

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Dr. Maria Chaparro, C.Psych., provides counselling support for graduate students

Feeling overwhelmed by your MRP or thesis? Need someone to talk to?

Graduate students can access counselling services Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 416-979-5195, email or drop by the Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC). 

Following an initial consultation with one of their counsellors, graduate students and their counsellor collaboratively select a model of care tailored to their  particular needs. Services include individual counselling and psychotherapy, a robust group counselling program, and connection and referral to different internal and external relevant resources.

“Graduate students are a very unique population with their own set of strengths and challenges,” says Dr. Maria Chaparro, psychologist and counsellor embedded at the YSGS office. “Most of them are incredibly resilient but they also tend to be quite hard on themselves. Common struggles among graduate students include impostor syndrome, procrastination with their long-term academic projects, perfectionism, managing busy work and family lives, and often navigating interpersonal conflict with supervisors and the inevitable power difference that exists in this relationship.”

Dr. Chaparro, C.Psych., is currently the “satellite” counsellor at YSGS. Part of her role involves providing consultation for YSGS faculty and staff, facilitating programming tailored for graduate students and being a part of the CSDC’s roster for individual therapy.

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