Group counselling

Group sessions now online

As a safety measure and to encourage social distancing, please be advised that all drop-in and scheduled group counselling will be held online for the fall 2020 semester. 

Building your skills among peers

Dalhousie Student Health & Wellness offers groups as a way for Dalhousie and King's students to build their confidence, self-improve and prepare for the demands of university life and beyond. 

The hardest part about group therapy is often joining the group! 

Professional Career Development Group (Mondays, 11:30am–1pm)

When: Mondays from 11:30am–1pm from September 21–October 26

Graduating this year and wondering what you are going to do with your degree? Feeling anxious about life after university or unprepared for an uncertain job market?

The Professional Career Development Group is open to students from any program who will graduate in 2020.

Attend this group to build a peer support network and confidence as you prepare to embark on the next chapter of your life! The group will improve your confidence and skills in:

  • Self-awareness, career planning and setting career goals
  • Building hope and dealing with uncertainty in a changing job market
  • Overcoming networking and interviewing anxiety

Advance registration for this group is required. Register at by September 16. 


Graduate Student Drop-In Support Group (Tuesdays, 12:05-12:50pm)

When: Tuesdays, 12:05-12:50pm (starting Oct. 20/20)

Join other graduate students for a weekly support group in navigating the unique challenges of being a graduate student. Group content will be informed by the needs of those who attend but educational components on the topic of imposter syndrome, procrastination, balancing school and life, challenges of supervision relationships, etc. will be included. This is an opportunity to connect with others + learn skills related to managing stress in various ways.

This is a drop-in group so once you have registered for the group, you may drop in weekly or as you are able!

Facilitators: Drs. Susan Lavoie and Heather Patterson

Where: Zoom (register @ with your name and Banner number to receive the Zoom link and group guidelines)


Eating Disorder Drop-In Group (Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm)

When: Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm (starting Sept. 26/20)

The Eating Disorder Drop-In Group is for students who are experiencing difficulties with eating in the form of: 

  • Restriction or anorexia nervosa
  • Binging with or without purging or bulimia 
  • Compulsive eating

The focus of this group is to provide a safe setting, support self-defined change and to resolve underlying feelings. 

Topics will be based on interests, needs and wishes of the participants on a weekly basis. 

This group will be facilitated by Marriam Abou-el-Haj, Psychologist with Student Health & Wellness.

To attend this group, please RSVP to

Coping with Change: A “New Normal” Coping Group (Thursdays, 2pm)

Have you been feeling unsettled with all the changes 2020 has brought forward? Feeling lonely and isolated? Worried about your own health, the health of loved ones, or a second wave? Worried about the state of the world? Feeling overwhelmed with doing classes online?

If you are looking for drop-in support to help cope with change, please consider virtually attending the Student Health and Wellness Drop-In Group. Content and topics will vary from week to week due to drop-in nature of the group. As this is a drop-in group, once you have registered for the group, you may access it whenever you are able to. Weekly participation is not necessary. Come learn some additional coping strategies without having to leave your own home! 

When: Thursdays at 2pm, starting October 15, 2020

Register with your name and Banner number at or with the facilitator (Dr. Heather Patterson, Registered Psychologist, in advance of the session to receive a Zoom link and group guidelines! 

Puppy Power Hour with Oscar (Thursdays, 3-4pm)

Please note that Puppy Power Hour has been cancelled for Thursday, October 8, 2020. It will resume on Thursday, October 15.

Grab your furry friend, and join Oscar and Dal psychologist Marriam Abou-El-Haj for Puppy Power Hour online! 

When: Every Thursday from 3-4pm

All Dalhousie and King's students, staff and faculty are welcome.

RSVP to the Facebook event 

Enhancing Psychological Resilience: Skills Training Group (Thursdays, 4-6pm)

This four-session counselling group will focus on four main coping skills found to enhance psychological well-being:

  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills
  • Emotion regulation skills
  • Distress tolerance skills

These research-proven skills have helped people improve mental health through symptom reduction and increasing positive life functioning.

This group is a closed group – meaning students must sign up for the entire four-week program (Thursdays 4-6pm, Oct 15, 22, 29 and Nov 5, 2020). Registration is required. 

To register, please call 902-494-2171 or email with your name and Banner number.

It will be facilitated by Joanne Mills, Psychologist with Student Health & Wellness at Dalhousie.



Other suggestions?

If you have a suggestion of a counselling group you would like to see offered by Dalhousie's Counselling & Psychological Services Team, please send it along as we would love to hear from you!




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