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 2020-21 academic year. 

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! 

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

When: Tuesdays, 12:05-12:50pm (as of Jan. 12, 2021)

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 for this group


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

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

Putting off Procrastination (Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm) FULL

This group has ended for 2020-21 - 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.

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 (Thursdays, 11:30am–1pm)

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 by January 20, 2021. 


Coping with Change: A “New Normal” Drop-in 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 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 at 2pm

Register for this group

Enhancing Psychological Resilience: Skills Training Group (Mondays, 10am-12pm) FULL

Registration is full for this group - 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 (Thursdays, 4-6pm) FULL

Registration is full for this group - 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 (Fridays, 2–3:30pm) FULL

Registration is full for this group - 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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