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:

Dropping the Anchor & Surviving the Storm

Facilitator:  Tanya Galway

This 6 session group focuses on developing one’s ability to tolerate difficult situations and emotional pain when problems cannot be solved straight away. Two types of skills will be taught: 1) Crisis Survival Skills and 2) Reality Acceptance Skills. Crisis Survival Skills emphasize changing one’s experience of distress by distracting, self-soothing, improving the moment, considering the pros and cons of impulsive versus effective action, and tipping one’s body chemistry to rapidly reduce extreme arousal. These short-term strategies help one survive an emotional crisis without making it worse through impulsive action. The second set of skills, Reality Acceptance, helps one learn how to fully accept painful experiences that cannot be changed rather than avoiding or fighting them in a way that only increases suffering.

Interested participants are encouraged to speak to an HCC physician, nurse, or counsellor to learn more.

Selfie Love

A 4-week group on becoming compassionate towards ourselves while learning ways to accept the present moment.

Facilitator: Jenny Yuzon, MSW, RSW

  • Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Date: Wednesdays on July 24, July 31, August 7, and August 14 
  • Total Sessions: 4
  • Location: North Building, Room NE2228
  • Capacity: 7 students

This is a 4 session group aimed at improving our relationship with ourselves. We are great at supporting other people but are not always able to offer the same words of kindness towards ourselves, especially during tough times. We may at times get stuck in self-critical thoughts that can contribute to increased anxiety and lowered self-esteem. Many of us believe that we need to be hard on ourselves to achieve our goals and the paradox is, that this relationship shift towards viewing ourselves with compassion and acceptance can free our energy to create the life we want for ourselves. This group will teach ways to become more compassionate towards ourselves, with teachings grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Building Resilience

Facilitator: Eva Vassallo, RN, BSc. N

  • Date & Time: Offered every month at differents times and days each month. Details will be provided with registration. 
  • Total Sessions: 4
  • Location: TBD
  • Capacity: 12 to 15 participants

This is a 4-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).

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