School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

SGS On Site Counsellor, Mindfulness & Thesis Persistence 101 Courses

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 Counsellor

Dave Neary - SGS embedded counsellor


Dave Neary

After a 17 year career in Secondary Education, Dave returned to academia in 2008 to complete his Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto.  Dave uses a variety of counselling modalities including CBT, Mindfulness and Solution-Focused approaches.  Dave has worked as Mental Health Counsellor and at several Community Colleges, including Centennial, Humber and Algonquin and is now pleased to be part of the counselling team at Queen’s University, working with both undergrads and graduate students.


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 David or you may request a different counsellor. All services are strictly confidential.


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  • Length: 8 week course and must commit to all 8 weeks
  • Number: spaces limited
  • Stay tuned for information about future offerings

Learn about Mindfulness Meditation and how thoughts, feelings and behaviours affect the way we feel and think about ourselves. 

If you are interested in this course, please contact Dave Neary @ or visit Graduate Studies Reception, Gordon Hall, 4th Floor.

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.