Our Counselling Services provide free short-term counselling for individuals who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity, mental health concerns, address minority stress experiences and also support parents, family, and friends of the LGBTQ2S community who need aid and resources to foster supportive relationships with LGBTQ2S loved ones. Our counsellors provide 2SLGBTQ-affirming therapies and are trauma-informed practitioners.
How to book for Counselling
Local Psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Dungavell practices out of OUTSaskatoon once a week. In order to access her services you must receive a referral from your family doctor. For more information, call Dr. Dungavell at 1-306-361-4163.
We offer free and affirming peer support, which provides community members with a safe space to ask questions and share their feelings in a confidential, non-judgmental environment in the company of those who have been through similar situations and experiences.
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Meet Our Counsellors
Iris Akbar, She/He
Iris Akbar was formerly a senior school counsellor and a research psychologist with Singapore General Hospital. She has a BPsychology (Australia), Med of Ed. Psychology (Canada) and School Counselling Dip. (Singapore). She is certified in Choice Theory Reality therapy and trained in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy, CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Cybercounselling (Level 1) and various mental health issues.
Iris is from a mixed heritage background (Malay-Indonesian, Chinese & Arab) and loves swimming, reading, doing volunteering work, cats and travelling outside of work. She loves gaming too, either board games or online.
Iris is not accepting new clients.
Jenn Tatton, They/Them
Jenn is a full-time remote counsellor with OUTSaskatoon and resides on Treaty 4 Territory. They have their B.A. (Hon.) in Psychology (University of Saskatchewan, 2001) and are trained in CBT and narrative therapy and favors a narrative approach. Jenn is a non-certified member of the CCPA and a certified yoga instructor. Having worked in mental health for over 10 years, Jenn found their passion in working with the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Jenn loves to read, paint, cosplay, and spend as much time in nature as possible.
Jenn is not accepting new clients.
Analu Alvarez (she/her)
Analu was born and raised in Mexico City where she gained a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling. Since 2013 she has been working mostly with youth, children and families with different backgrounds and stories.
She recently moved to Saskatoon with her wife Alejandra and their cat Edgar, receiving a Youth Care Worker Certificate in early 2022. Joining the OUT Saskatoon family is a dream come true for her! She loves baking, playing board games with her wife and friends, and watching different series.
Analu is not accepting new clients.
Marilyn Brownlee (she/they)
Marilyn is a queer mom living the queer prairie life. She has been a registered social worker with Mental Health and Addiction Services for the Saskatchewan Health Authority for the past eight years and worked for community organizations prior to that. She is currently completing her Masters of Social Work focusing on 2SLGBTQ youth under 25 years old. Her practicum will run from January to the end of March and is available to see clients weekly. Do you have difficulties managing stress? Do you feel lost in a world that just doesn’t understand you? Is it hard for you to sit in the moment? Do you battle with intense emotions that you just can’t deal with? If any of this sounds familiar AND you are under 25 years old, please reach out. She will be taking new clients until about the end of January, 2023.
Marilyn is not accepting new clients.