Counselling Groups

Groups are powerful vehicles for change. When we participate in a group with others who are living with similar concerns, we begin to realize that we are not alone in our struggles. We explore and learn new skills, practicing these in the safety of the group. Groups can be an empowering experience; feeling the support of the facilitator(s) and fellow group members can increase our motivation and energy to create the change we want for ourselves.

Please check out the groups outlined below and choose one that you believe is a good fit for you: 

Struggling with Sleep Group

Facilitator: Emily Reed

Dates: Postponed until September 2020

Location: TBD

Time: TBD

This four-week group will provide students with psychoeducation about sleep and some of the barriers to getting a good night's rest.  The group will be based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-Insomina principles and will support group members in understanding how their ways of thinking, as well as their behaviours, can interfere with a restful night.  Together, over four weeks, group members will be introduced to a number of techniques, including sleep logs to support the development of more restorative sleep.  In order for students to receive the maximum benefit from this group,  attendance to all four sessions and complete sleep-related homework assignments between sessions are required.  The group will also be introduced to and engage in the practice of yoga nidra, also known as yogic sleep.  Research shows that yoga nidra stimulates delta wave activity, the kind of brain waves that typically take place during deep stage three of REM sleep, which may be why some people find yoga nidra to produce among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.

Registration closed.

Building Resilience Workshop Series

Facilitator: Eva Vassallo, R.N., BScN.

Dates and location: Postponed until further notice

This is a four-part weekly workshop series that will be offered each month to UTM students. This series offers an introduction to understanding stress; its benefits and challenges; the skills and supports needed to cope well in university and develop long-term resilience (the ability to bounce back from overwhelming forms of stress).

Registration closed.

Challenging Negative Thinking

Facilitator: Madeline Keogh, MEd, RP

Dates: Wednesdays: Postponed until further notice

Location: TBD

Time: 3:00pm - 4:15pm

This 6 week group is open to students who are struggling with negative thinking and the impact it is having on their life, their expectations for their life, and their sense of themselves.  The group will help students to challenge unhealthy thinking patterns and develop more positive inner dialogues.

Registration closed.

Overcoming Shyness and Making New Friends

Facilitator: Denise Alton, MSW, RSW

Dates: Tuesdays: February 4th, 11th, & 25th, March 3rd, 10th.

Location: DH2085

Time: 12:15pm - 1:15pm

This five session group is aimed at addressing the symptoms of social anxiety that contribute to shyness. We will first look at the 3 components of social anxiety and how to manage them through adopting different perspectives, relaxation to manage physical symptoms and finally challenging your fears. Next, we get down to the practical…how to start and maintain a conversation with someone new. This group will teach practical life skills that teach you how to manage anxious thoughts and allow to live the life you choose to live.

Registration closed.