TFOM Counsellors

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine has two designed counsellors who are available to meet with students on a variety of issues.

Laurie Coleman

Laurie Coleman (MSW, RSW) is a Wellness Counsellor and Coordinator at Health and Wellness, Student Life. Since 2011, she has been part of the on-location mental health team. She provides service Mondays – Thursdays, 9am – 5pm at 500 University Ave. In addition to this, she will be available for evening Clinic Hours: Bi-weekly Wednesdays 5p-7p, Health and Wellness, 2nd floor, Koffler Student Services Centre. She also co-leads the Grief Support Sharing Circle (LINK), Mindful Eating: Food & Mood (LINK) and Mindful Moments (LINK) on campus.

Christina Ruggiero (MCP, RP) is a wellness counsellor and coordinator and is the newest addition to health and Wellness for GLSE students starting Fall 2021.  She has over 5 years experience working with post-secondary students mental health previously at York university, McMaster University, and Queens University.  She provides services Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-5pm. 

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Description of Service Offered 

These are individual short-term confidential wellness counselling/psychotherapy with either Laurie or Christina. These can be done virtually or in-person, as requested by the student.

Some reasons why you may want to speak to a counsellor

  • Abuse and assault issues
  • Academic engagement or direction
  • Substance use
  • Anxiety and mood problems (e.g. depression, suicidal thoughts)
  • Coping with grief or loss
  • Relationships (family, romantic, platonic)
  • Eating/body image difficulties
  • Self-harm
  • Homesickness/loneliness
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Sexuality and sexual orientation
  • Gender expression
  • Gender identity
  • Gender-based discrimination
  • Stress
  • Transition to university
  • Social functioning
  • Dealing with racism

How to make an appointment:  Self Referral 

To schedule your first appointment with a counsellor, please contact the Health and Wellness Centre at 416-978-8030 (select option “5”) or drop by Health and Wellness at the Koffler Student Services Centre, Room 111, and ask to book a time with a GLSE (i.e., Faculty of Medicine) counsellor.  

Follow-up appointments can be scheduled directly with your counsellor.

How to make an appointment:  Faculty/Staff Referral 

A staff member or graduate faculty can guide a referral to any Health and Wellness service, including counselling, on behalf of a TFOM graduate student. Please have the staff member or graduate faculty complete this form [Staff and Faculty Referral Form Final 2021/22].  All the fields must be completed AND the student must sign the form.  The form can be submitted Health and Wellness (fax: 416-978-7341; mentalhealth.hwc@utoronto.ca).