Group counselling

COVID-19 UPDATE: group sessions suspended for the term

As a safety measure and to encourage social distancing, please be advised that all drop-in and scheduled group counselling will be suspended for the remainder of the term due to the current COVID-19 situation. Should you require support from a counsellor you can do so by accessing a same-day counselling session which will be held via telephone. 

More information and updates from Dalhousie on COVID-19 can be found at

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! 

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

When: Every Tuesday from 5-6:30pm, starting January 7, 2020.

Please note: The Eating Disorders Drop-in Group will be cancelled on Tuesday, March 24.

Where: Room 2304, Group Room 1 second floor Lemarchant Building 

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.

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

When: Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. from February 27–April 2.

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 via – go to Events and select Feb. 21st (the deadline to sign up for the group).


Navigating Relationships in the Social Media Age (Wednesdays, 3–4:30pm) FULL

When: Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm, beginning on January 22. 

Where: Room 2304, Group Room 1, second floor LeMarchant Building 

This is a process-oriented group. Participants must self-refer (pre-screening required) or be referred by a Student Health and Wellness practitioner.

Group Requirements: Participants should have specific interpersonal/relational patterns or goals that they would like to work on within session. Some examples of these issues may include:

  • 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

Exclusionary criteria include individuals who are actively experiencing suicidal ideation (i.e., with plan and/or intent), individuals with psychosis, and/or others who are not able to engage with a group in a collaborative fashion due to severe challenges with emotional regulation.

To register please call 902-494-2171 or contact Dr. Heather Patterson at

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

Please note: Oscar will be on vacation on March 26. 

Join Oscar and Dal counsellor Marriam Abou-El-Haj for Puppy Power Hour in the SUB.

Dates: Every Thursday from 3-4pm, starting on January 9, 2020.

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

Rsvp here 

Changeways for Depression Group (January 2020 group: FULL)

Changeways for Depression is an educational group program designed to introduce participants to basic psychological self-care concepts. The group provides participants with instruction in a variety of problem solving and lifestyle management skills. The emphasis is on providing specific, research-based strategies for dealing with life problems.

This eight-week group will provide participants with a variety of problem solving and lifestyle management skills, including: 

  • Knowing and recognizing the signs, symptoms and causes of depression
  • Identifying problems and transforming them into goals for change
  • Breaking goals down into manageable steps
  • The effects of diet, exercise, sleep habits, caffeine, and drugs and alcohol
  • Identifying negative and self-defeating thought patterns
  • Preventing mood problems from becoming unmanageable
  • and more!

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED as the January 2020 group is now full.

Starts: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Time: 1-2:30pm (pre-screening & eight consecutive sessions) 

Enhancing Psychological Resilience: Skills Training Group (Mondays, 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. Registration is required.

To register, please call 902-494-2171, email or stop by the Student Health & Wellness Centre on the 2nd floor of Lemarchant Place and register in person with reception.

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

There will be two Enhancing Psychological Resilience groups offered in Winter 2020. The groups will begin on:

  • Monday, January 13 4-6pm
  • Monday, February 24 4-6pm

Managing Anxiety (Tuesdays, 10am-12pm or Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm)

Group therapy for anxiety is an intervention that helps people face their fears to manage anxiety and increase positive life functioning.

This seven-session group will teach positive coping skills for overcoming anxiety. We will cover the following topics:

  • Information about anxiety
  • The connection between thoughts, behaviour, and feelings
  • Challenging unrealistic thoughts that often fuel anxiety
  • Facing and overcoming fears

Two groups will be available for Winter 2020:

  • Tuesdays from 10am–12pm starting February 4
  • Wednesdays from 4:30–6:30pm starting February 26

This is a closed group, so you must sign up for the entire seven-week program. Registration is required.

To register: please email Dalhousie Counselling at or call 902 494-2171.

Exam Anxiety Workshop (March 5 or March 12)

Strategies to help you stay calm during exam time

  • Does your mind go blank as you enter the exam room? 
  • Does your heart rate increase right before an exam?
  • Does your mind race with worried thoughts? 

If you said yes to any (or all!) of the above, you may want to attend one of these 90-minute workshops to learn some proven strategies to help you manage exam anxiety.


  • Thursday, March 5, 4–6pm
  • Thursday, March 12, 12–2pm 

Location: 1246 LeMarchant St., Room 2304, 2nd floor (Group Room 1)

To Register: call 902-494-2666 or email your name and Dal ID to

Navigating End of Term Stress

A drop-in group to share your concerns and worries about the stress of the season.


  • This group has ended for 2019. Check back for additional sessions being offered in 2020.

Location: 1246 LeMarchant St., Room 2304, 2nd floor (Group Rm 1)

To Register: email your name and Dal ID to





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