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Counselling & Spiritual Direction

University students face many challenges and at times may benefit from having a trained professional to talk to. There are qualified counsellors at CMU who volunteer their services free of charge to students on the CMU campus. Students wishing to book an appointment with a counsellor are asked to contact the North Side Receptionist at 204.487.3300. Confidentiality is maintained at all times.

Counselling office: C365 (north side)

Cost: Free for CMU students


CMU Campus Counsellors/Support Services Fall 2017

Donna Peters-Small

I grew up in Toronto and have lived in Winnipeg since 1984. I have been a high school counsellor and a health and sexuality educator for thirty-plus years. In addition to counselling at CMU, I am currently involved in pastoral ministry as a lay minister at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship. I have 2 married children - both of whom attended CMU - and 2 grandchildren.

On campus: TBA


John Weier

I’ve earned my living as a writer and luthier for some forty years. But ten years ago, realizing that the solitary nature of my work life was perhaps not the healthiest for me, I enrolled as a student in the Aurora Family Therapy program at the University of Winnipeg. I’ve worked as a therapist in the Aurora Family Therapy Centre, in Gimli for the Interlake Regional Health Authority, and for the Winnipeg Men’s Resource Centre. In the years since, I’ve trained in mindfulness practice, and as a mindfulness teacher, through the University of California. I’m interested in questions of identity, in issues surrounding transition, and in working toward positive redefinitions of depression.

On campus: Fridays



Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is a ministry and relationship in which one person accompanies another in the process of growing intimacy with God. It’s like having a spiritual mentor, spiritual friend or spiritual companion.
The focus of Spiritual Direction is a person’s experiences of God in their life and prayer. A director helps you to become aware of Spirit’s movements in your life and can encourage you to respond in ways that are uniquely your own.

Problems arise in each of our lives, which may affect our relationship with one another or with God. Problem solving, however, is not the focus of Spiritual Direction, as in counseling. Rather your attention is directed to the Divine Healer.

Spiritual Direction is for women and men from all walks of life, from all faith traditions.

(Adopted from the MB Spiritual Direction website)

For more information on how to get connected to a Spiritual Director, contact the Spiritual Life Facilitator, or go to Manitoba Spiritual Direction.


Other professional counselling services available in Winnipeg:

For further information or for a list of other professional counselling services available in Winnipeg, please contact the CMU Student Life Staff.

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