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 are currently being offered online. 

Spring/Summer semester

While many groups are not offered through the Spring/Summer semester, resources are still available to support your mental health. If you need support, please reach out to Student Health & Wellness for an appointment or explore other support options such as Good2Talk or Therapy Assistance Online.

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! 

*NEW: Art For Healing: Providing Healing Through Self-Exploration (Fall 2021 Group)

Please note this is a Fall 2021 Group

When: Wednesdays from 1pm-3pm, starting September 15

Dates: September 15, September 22, September 29, October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3

Location: TBD

Register for this group

Art for Healing is about using creative self-expression with visual arts materials for therapeutic purposes. Participation in this group can offer lasting benefits to students, through guiding emotional exploration and empathic discussions. 

No prior experience is required. Paticipants will be required to bring the following supplies: pencils, eraser, sketchbook, ink pen. 

Registration is required.

*NEW: Book Club: Taming the Anxious Mind (FULL)

When: Saturdays, 10am–12pm 

Dates: May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3

This group is currently full.

Join Dr. Stillman Jacquard, Psychologist at Dal Student Health & Wellness for a new online Book Club for Taming the Anxious Mind by Heidi Schreiber-Pan Ph.D., Jeff Karon, et al.

Taming the Anxious Mind is replete with easy-to-follow exercises and tangible examples, and functions as an owner’s manual for one’s mind. 

This book is easy to read, clear, and personable support tool for persons who are in therapy, and for persons who are ambivalent or not interested in therapy.  Dr. Schreiber-Pan uses positive psychology, mindfulness, spirituality…and clinical illustrations for readers to recognize they are not alone struggling with anxiety.  Each chapter provides words of wisdom and practical practice exercises for self-empowerment. (Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J PhD Psychologist of Religion Pastor Holy Trinity Church, Washington, DC)

A copy of the text is required to join this group. Registration is required.

Graduate Student Drop-In Support Group

Please note: This group has ended for the 2020-21 year. It will resume in August 2021. Please check back for more information.

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 

 

Eating Disorder Drop-In Group

Please note: This group has ended for the 2020-21 year. It will resume in September 2021. Please check back for more information.

When: Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm

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 m.abou-el-haj@dal.ca

Putting off Procrastination

Please note: This group has ended for the 2020-21 year.

Tired of suffering the consequences of leaving everything to the last minute? Join fellow Sexton campus Engineers for a four-week virtual group counselling seminar seeking to address the problem of procrastination. Together we will understand what procrastination is, why it becomes a vicious cycle that can impact your mental health, and how you can challenge and adjust the unhelpful assumptions that give rise to your specific way of procrastinating.    

Available to: Engineering Students

Format: Virtual (Microsoft Teams)

Facilitators: Leland Maerz MEd, RCT, Karyn Hemsworth MPA

When: Tuesdays at 5pm (Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 2021)

Professional Career Development Group

Please note: This group has ended for the 2020-21 year. 

When: Thursdays from 11:30am–1pm from January 28–March 4

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 2021.

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 mycareer.dal.ca by January 20, 2021. 

 

Coping with Change: A “New Normal” Drop-in Group

Please note: This group has ended for the 2020-21 year. 

Have you been feeling unsettled with all the changes 2020 has brought forward? Feeling lonely and isolated? Worried about your own health or the health of loved ones? 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 2-3pm, until April 29, 2021

Register for this group

Enhancing Psychological Resilience: Skills Training Group

Please note: This group has ended for the 2020-21 year. It will resume in September 2021. Please check back for more information.

If you need support, please reach out to Student Health & Wellness for an appointment or explore other support options such as Good2Talk or Therapy Assistance Online.

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 3-5pm, Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 2021 or Mondays 10am-12pm, March 1, 8, 15, 22). Registration is required. 

Register for this group

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

 

Managing Anxiety so that Anxiety Doesn't Manage You

Please note: This group has ended for the 2020-21 year. It will resume in September 2021. Please check back for more information.

If you need support, please reach out to Student Health & Wellness for an appointment or explore other support options such as Good2Talk or Therapy Assistance Online.

Are you stressed, anxious, or worried? Join us for an 8-week cognitive-behavioural therapy group where you will gain a better understanding of your anxiety as well as learn and practice strategies to manage your anxiety rather than your anxiety managing you. This online group presents many advantages including the opportunity to learn from, and share with, other individuals who understand and relate to your situation and the opportunity to receive support and encouragement from other group members.

For: All Dalhousie and Kings students

Where: Online with the Dalhousie Student Health and Wellness secure video platform

Group Leaders: Dalhousie Clinical Psychology PhD Practicum Students

When: Thursdays 4-6pm (an 8-week program starting Feb. 11)

Navigating Interpersonal Relationships Group

Please note: This group has ended for the 2020-21 year. It will resume in September 2021. Please check back for more information.

If you need support, please reach out to Student Health & Wellness for an appointment or explore other support options such as Good2Talk or Therapy Assistance Online.

Do you struggle with building and maintaining relationships? Do you have difficulty trusting others? Is socialization a struggle for you? 

The Navigating Interpersonal Relationshops Group is open to all Dalhousie students who are struggling and may have difficulty with any of the following:

  • Working on being more open in relationships 
  • Feeling angry or dissatisfied in relationships 
  • Struggling to have close or deep relationships 
  • Being a “people pleaser” 
  • Relying on substances to socialize (alcohol, cannabis)  
  • Struggling to communicate needs directly 
  • Experiencing anxiety in social situations 
  • Difficulty trusting others 
  • Manipulating others to get needs met 
  • Being controlling (or easily controlled) in relationships 
  • Frequently ghosting others and/or being ghosted 

When: Fridays from 2–3:30pm from February 12 –March 26  

 

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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