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Counselling Services

At Northern Lakes College, you don’t have to face life’s challenges alone. We are here to help.

Our Counselling Team is here to help you thrive in your educational journey by providing free, confidential, and culturally sensitive support services to enhance your academic and personal success.  We want to see you thrive!|

We work closely with our Student Wellness, Learner Success Services, Student Association, and other Community Resources to provide wellness services and supports to students across our service region.

Discover more about our Counselling Services by exploring the links on the right.

Contact a Counsellor

To make an appointment with a Counsellor, call 1-866-652-3456.

For after-hours support contact:
Call 9-1-1 or proceed to the nearest Emergency Room if you are in distress.
24/7 Crisis Line: 1-800-232-7238
Call 8-1-1 to be directed to non-emergency after-hours supports in your area.

Need help now?
Students can reach out to NLC Counselling Services by phone or email.

Call: (780) 751-3222

Career Planning

Thinking about your future can be an overwhelming task at any age or stage of life.

Our Counselling Team is here to support you by offering a variety of career exploration tools and services. Together, you and your counsellor will uncover and match your interests, abilities, values and other unique qualities to a possible career path. A well-researched occupational goal is the first step toward discovering your personalized educational journey. 

Ready to get started?
You can access these free online tools to begin your career investigation at any time.


You can access this service free of charge at any of our campus locations. This personal career planning resource will be helpful as you narrow down your choices and start planning your next steps. For login assistance, please contact a member of our Counselling Team at 1-866-652-3456.


This free resource generates a personalized assessment of possible career options based on your own unique skills, interests, and values. Use this resource to create an action plan based on its up to date detailed occupational info, educational requirements, training information, and employment outlook in Alberta. 

Educational Support

As a student, you may face unexpected challenges in either the traditional or online classroom setting that impede your success. Our Counselling Team is available to help you.

Our counsellors work closely with our Learning Success Services  and on-site Educational Support staff to ensure all students are supported in their upgrading, trades, or post-secondary journey. If you have, or think you may have, a learning disability or other exceptionality please contact us today so that we can ensure you receive the most appropriate supports available.

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Personal Counselling

At Northern Lakes College, you don’t have to face challenges alone. We are here to help.

We recognize that being a student is not just about your school work; it is a lifestyle adjustment that requires you balance school demands with work, significant others, family and more. Many students struggle to cope with the new challenges presented by student life and must deal with feeling stressed, anxious and lonely. Some students find the challenges of on-line learning and the unique demands of their practicum placement to be overwhelming. Other students are learning for the first time how to manage their personal wellness and navigate new social and cultural environments. If you are one of them, you are not alone. 

Our Counselling Team is here to support students by providing individual on-site confidential counselling. Some of the reasons our students seek counselling are:

  • Stress
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Addiction
  • Relationship issues

    …and much more!

Please note that all information shared in counselling is confidential and released only with your permission, or as required by law. For more information about the counselling process, please call Counselling Services @ 1-780-751-3222.

Local Resources

Please contact Kyle Paulson, Wellness Coordinator @ 1-866-652-3456 or by using our Contact Us page for more information about resources in your community.

Student Financial Aid

For information on how to receive financial aid, click here.