*OUTSaskatoon is temporarily closed due to Covid-19, however is providing counselling and peer support over the phone. Either click the link below to book a counselling appointment, or call 306-665-1224 for peer support.*
OUTSaskatoon offers free peer support and short-term counselling services to the following groups:
- Individuals who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity
- Members of the LGBTQ2S community
- Parents, family, and friends of the LGBTQ2S community who need support and resources to foster supportive relationships with LGBTQ2S loved ones
Iris Akbar, Counsellor, OUTSaskatoon
Iris Akbar (pronouns: She/her) has her Bachelors of Psychology from Murdoch University in Western Australia, Masters of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Regina, a Diploma in School Counselling from Nanyang Technological University, and is certified in Choice Theory Reality Therapy, along with training in cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy, mental health first aid, and suicide and crisis management interventions.
Iris is a former secondary school counsellor where she gained plenty of experience working with students 12 to 19 years of age, along with parents, families, and couples. Prior to school counselling she was a research psychologist with Singapore General Hospital where she supported patients with dementia and stroke symptoms. Outside of work Iris loves volunteering and has volunteered in many South East Asian countries including Cambodia, Iran, and Indonesia. She and her partner are parents to Musa and Maya, their two furry adorable cats and they are planning on expanding their family in the coming years!
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:To use our OWLPractice booking system, community members need to create a new account. Click on the "Create Account" tab and the website will guide you through on how to create an account with us. Once you have created an account, community members will get access to our booking system, video and text-based medium that can be your preferred counselling platforms. Currently not accepting new clients, if you are a returning client, please contact Iris personally.
Dillon Cobb (She/Her)
Dillon Cobb is a new member of the Family Service Saskatoon team, offering counselling to the Saskatoon and surrounding communities. She will be offering the OUT Saskatoon community walk-in counselling on Thursday evenings from 5-9 PM. Dillon grew up in Saskatoon and enjoys spending time outside, reading and being active. Dillon completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree through the University of Regina (Saskatoon campus) in 2020. She is excited to become part of a wonderful community!
Click here to book with Dillon
For more information call 1-306-665-1224 or email: [email protected]
Are you needing someone to talk to and listen? Peer support allows people to ask questions and explore their feelings in a confidential, non-judgmental environment in the company of those who have been through similar situations and experiences. Volunteers, practicum students, and OUTSaskatoon employees are available to chat with anyone who drops in and/or phones our centre. Peer supporters will listen, refer when necessary, and will provide information. We also offer a range of support & social groups that are peer-led that we encourage you to attend.
To talk with one of our staff and receive peer support: 1-306-665-1224
To call toll free: 1-800-358-1833
For more information or to receive support via email: [email protected]
We also offer psychiatry one day a week out of our space for individuals that are part of the LGBTQ2S community. In order to access these services, you must receive a referral to see our psychiatrist, Dr. Dungavell. Referrals must be made through your family doctor.
For more information call: 1-306-361-4163 and ask for Dr. Dungavell.