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Counselling Services: Groups and Workshops

Posted by Counselling Services on January 30, 2014 in General Announcements

Kathrine Lincoln, M.Sc. R.Psych.
The Managing Anxiety Group is for students who would like to understand and manage their anxiety.  Some of the topics to be covered are:
understanding symptoms of anxiety, managing physical discomfort, panic, anxious/worrisome thoughts and associated behaviors.

Treatment approaches include: cognitive-behavioral strategies, relaxation training, and mindfulness.

A session is devoted to yoga for anxiety (Caelin Nadin, Yoga Instructor)

The group will meet Thursdays from 10:30am – 12:00 noon, starting January 30th, February 6, 13, and 27th in the Counselling Services Centre

You can register at the Counselling Centre, 4th Floor, S.U.B., Dalhousie University or e-mail:

For further information, telephone 494-2081 or visit our website at
Kathrine Lincoln, M.Sc. R.Psych
The Mindfulness Group is for students who would like to learn and practice being aware, present, attentive and focused.  Mindfulness practice
 involves paying attention on purpose with compassion, non-judgmentally, fostering kindness and compassion toward self and others. (Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2004)
Cultivating Mindfulness by learning how to pay attention to present experiences “can directly improve the functioning of the body and brain,
subjective mental life with its feelings thoughts, and interpersonal relationships”. (Siegal, 2007)
Drop In:
          Tuesdays                      9:00 – 9:45 am
          Wednesdays                    3:00 – 3:45 pm
For more information contact:
Dalhousie Counselling Centre, 4th Floor, SUB or e-mail: or phone: 494 2081
Starting Tuesday January 21st, 2014

Asperger’s/Autism Spectrum Support and Intervention Group
Drs. Shannon Johnson and Melissa McGonnell will facilitate a group for university students who have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome/Disorder or
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), February - March, 2014 (dates and times TBD).
The goal of the group is to help people with ASD adjust to and cope with the social and academic challenges often experienced in university.
This group will also provide opportunities to meet other university students with ASD and learn about social and academic resources available at university.  
It is open to students of Dal, King’s and NSCAD.    
If you are interested in learning more or registering for this group, please contact the Dalhousie Counseling Centre, (902) 494.2081 or
See this link for a brief news story on the group program:


These two-hour workshops include tips on how to fall asleep faster and  
feel more refreshed during the day.  Participants will also learn  
relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, progressive muscle  
relation, and visualization.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014                            1:30 - 3:30 pm
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014                            1:30 - 3:30 pm
Friday, March 14th, 2014                                  1:30 - 3:30 pm
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014                                 1:30 - 3:30 pm

All workshops are to be held within Counselling Services.

For further information please call 494-2081.
To register, drop into the Counselling Services, 4th Floor, S.U.B.,  
Dalhousie University or e-mail:


You may register for one or more of these sessions to learn more  
effective strategies for dealing with anxiety.

Monday, Jan. 20th                   1:30 - 3:00pm     UNDERSTANDING ANXIETY
Monday, Jan. 27th                   1:30 - 3:00pm     REALISTIC THINKING
Monday, Feb. 3rd                    1:30 - 3:00pm     PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Monday, Feb. 10th                   1:30 - 3:00pm     BUILDING CONFIDENCE

(If you are unable to attend due to day/times please let us know, we  
may be able to offer an alternate day)

For further information you may contact or visit the Counselling  
Centre, 4th floor, S.U.B., Dalhousie University.
Telephone 494-2081, or visit our website


Coping with Exam Anxiety

Do you feel so anxious before and during exams that you worry it  
stands in the way of doing well?  This Workshop is intended for  
students who experience disruptive anxiety before and/or during exams,  
despite having generally adequate study habits.  This Workshop will  
focus on identifying and changing worrisome thoughts, gaining  
perspective through mindfulness, and calming oneself though breathing.

Open to DAL, Kings, and NSCAD students.

One day workshop:      Tuesday, April 1st, 2014         1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
(to be held within the Counselling Centre)

Registration is required as space is limited.

To register, drop by the Counselling Centre, 4th Floor Student Union  
Building or call 494 - 2081 or e-mail:



The Eating Disorders Group is an on-going group which continues until  
the end of the academic year.  The Group is for students who are  
experiencing difficulties with eating in the form of severe  
restrictions or anorexia nervosa, binging with or without purging or  
bulimia, and compulsive overeating.  The focus of the group is to  
provide a safe setting, support self-defined change, and resolve  
underlying feelings.

Tuesdays: 5:30 - 6:30 pm in the Counselling Services Centre
Starting January 21st, 2014

For further information you may contact or visit the Counselling  
Centre, 4th floor, S.U.B., Dalhousie University.
Telephone 494-2081, or visit our website



Living With Loss: A Grief Support Group
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

This group is appropriate for students who have experienced a  
significant loss.  Most commonly, that would be the death of a loved  
one, but could also include the break-up of a significant relationship  
or major loss.  The group will involve mainly discussions, with some  
individual activities.  Various topics will be covered throughout the  

This is a drop-in group.  Students can attend as many sessions as they need.

We recommend that you call our office (494 2081) each Wednesday to  
confirm that the group is taking place.

To be held within Dalhousie Counselling Services,  4th floor  Student  
Union Building.
For more information, e-mail:
                                                                       GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT WORKSHOPS
These workshops are designed for students in graduate programs who are struggling to manage stress,
or to find motivation to complete their degree.
There are three workshops scheduled.  Students can attend one or more, depending on their interests and needs.
1.     How to be a grad student (and still have a life):
Thursday, March 13th, 1:30-3:30pm
-managing time, exploring the various roles involved in being a grad student, finding balance
2.     Under Pressure:  Dealing with stress
  Thursday, March 20th, 1:30-3:30pm
  -exploring unique grad school stressors,
  self care,  relaxation skills, avoiding burnout
3.     Keep Your Eyes on the Prize:  Maintaining Motivation
Thursday, March 27th, 1:30-3:30pm
-short term and long term goals, rekindling your passion for research and writing, finding meaning in the grad school experience.
You can register in person at the Counselling Centre, 4th floor, S.U.B., Dalhousie University, or
 by calling 494-2081, or by e-mail:
For further information, visit our website at