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Marriam Abou-El-Haj, R. Psychologist

Coordinator of Counselling Services

I have been working as a counsellor since 2000, in both university and private practice settings. My experience includes counselling students with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image and study skills.

I have a Master of Science in Psychology from California State University, Chico. I also have worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California. On a personal note, I grew up in southern California and moved to Halifax in January 2006. To schedule an appointment to see me you can contact our office at 902-457-6567.

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Jillian Rankin M.Ed.


I have a Master of Education in Counselling from Acadia and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University.
I have been working in the university setting since 2004 and have  experience in counselling children, adolescents, and adults in various therapeutic settings. I have worked as an Academic Strategist for the Centre for Accessible Learning at St. Francis Xavier University since 2004. I have provided counselling, education, and advocacy at the Naomi Society for Victims of Family Violence in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 2009 and 2010, and I also worked with teenage mothers as a youth counsellor in Dublin, Ireland in 2010 and 2011.

My counselling experience includes providing support to individuals who have experienced depression, anxiety, trauma, negative body image, domestic violence, stress management, and study skills. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Counselling Services at 902-457-6567 or at

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Volunteer Therapy Dog

Hi! I'm Oscar, the Mount's one and only registered therapy dog. I am five years old (36 in human years) and I have been working as a registered therapy dog for three years. I LOVE cuddles and being around people, going for walks outside, and playing with my toys.

On Thursday's you can find me in the Students' Union office (located in Rosaria) for Puppy Power Hour from 2:00-3:00pm!!

Don't forget to follow me on Facebook (Oscar Therapydog) Twitter (Oscar_msvu) and Instagram (oscartherapydog)

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In April of 2013 the Queen Elizabeth II received a generous donation from Fred and Elizabeth Fountain in honour of their late son who took his life after struggling with depression. Their gift funds the Stay Connected Mental Health Project which makes our Peer Support program at the Mount, possible.

Morgan (front right) and Lianne (front left) are part of the Peer Support team here at the Mount, they work in collaboration with the Students’ Union and receive supervision and support from Counselling Services. Throughout the week, Morgan and Lianne hold drop in hours in the Wellness Centre after Counselling Services is closed for the day, giving students the opportunity to come and talk about anything that is on their mind, especially topics around mental health. In addition to drop in hours, several campaigns related to mental health and stigma take place throughout the academic year.  

If you have any questions or would like to access Peer Support, please e-mail

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