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SGS on site Counsellor

Graduate studies provide opportunities for exciting new challenges and experiences. However, there are times when it can seem overwhelming. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, sad, lonely or distressed, you do not need to handle it alone.  The School of Graduate Studies has an embedded counsellor who provides individual counselling services to graduate students, group programs, and will host mental health & wellness events.  

Please note that this counselling service is part of the services provided by Student Wellness and adheres to strict standards of confidentiality. Your counselling records will not be shared with anyone unless you give specific consent for release of your information.

About our Counsellors

Dave Neary - SGS embedded counsellor


Dave Neary

After a 17 year career in Secondary Education, Dave Neary returned to academia to study Career Counselling.  This piqued his interest in counselling and he immediately started a Master's in Counselling Psychology part-time.  In 2008 Dave returned to U of T to complete his Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology at OISE.  Dave has worked as a Mental Health Counsellor and at several community colleges, including Centennial, Humber, Algonquin and now is pleased to be part of the counselling team at Queen's University. 



Anja Troje - SGS embedded Counsellor


Anja Troje

Anja has been counselling students at Queen's University since 2005 and is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario.  Anja combines a variety of therapeutic approaches to support students in difficult situations. Elements of Mindfulness, Logotherapy, CBT, narrative psychotherapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy are  used to help grad students to identify and balance their needs, rediscover their resources and move forward on their unique paths. Anja has a holistic approach to human wellness. Before moving from Germany to Canada, she worked for several years as a MD in different psychiatric in- and out-patients-settings where she was able to integrate naturopathic and homeopathic medicine into her care. She holds a PhD in Psychiatry in the field of Autism research. 


How to Access Counselling Services at Queen’s

To book a counselling appointment, call 613-533-2136 (32136). This is a dedicated phone line and has confidential voicemail.  

An appointment will be booked with either David or Anja or you may request a different counsellor. All services are strictly confidential.

What is Thesis Persistence 101?

  • It can be hard to carve out consistent and uninterrupted time for thesis work, especially if there are multiple demands on our time. Also, working in isolation can be…. Isolating.
  • Thesis Persistence helps harness the power of a group: Commit to attending weekly writing sessions with other grad students who are feeling the same need as you are. You’ll find it easier to protect this time, even if the rest of your life gets busy. A little positive peer pressure goes a long way!
  • The structure of the program – three hours of uninterrupted time – makes it an ideal context to practice effective goal setting and to develop personal insight into your writing process. We provide some brief pointers about these topics at the beginning of session, although this “teaching” part of the program is kept minimal so you have as much writing time as possible.
  • Thesis Persistence is appropriate to students at all stages of the research and writing process. Participants are asked that their work be thesis-related, but the particular tasks you choose could vary depending on how your project evolves.
  • If you’re interested and can commit to weekly sessions, why not check it out? Past participants have found it an excellent way to increase motivation and make the process more enjoyable. 

NB: The next series of Thesis Persistence 101 will be held on Tuesdays from 8:30am to 12noon in Watson Hall room 517 on the following dates:

  • February 28th
  • March 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th
  • April 4th, 11th & 18th

From 8:30am  to 8:50am SGS Counsellor Anja Troje will go through some coaching tips to help you get into the writing mode.

From 9:00am to 12noon this is your time to write.

Space is limited, so don't arrive too late!