Fall 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:

Counselling groups currently accepting registration!

Sleep Better, Feel Better, Perform Better - Proven techniques for a more restorative and consistent sleep

Facilitator: Julian Raveendran, MSW, RSW

  • Time: 12:05pm - 12:55pm
  • Date: Wednesdays on Jan 30th, Feb.6th, and Feb 13th
  • Total Sessions: 3
  • Location: Deerfield Hall 2085
  • Capacity: 7 students

This skills-based workshop has been created for students who wake-up feeling exhausted, have trouble falling asleep, and/or have difficulty staying asleep.  the workshop content is based on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), the most effective and safe first-line treatment for long-term sleep problems. Our goal is to sleep better at night and feel better during the day by changing thought patterns and improving sleep habits. 

Building Resilience

Facilitator: Cristina Domingues, MSW, RSW and 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).

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: 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Date: Thursdays on Jan 24th, Jan 31st, Feb.7th, and Feb 14th
  • Total Sessions: 4
  • Location: North Building, Room TBD
  • 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.

Challenging Negative Thinking

Facilitators: Madeline Keogh, MEd, RP and Cristina Domingues, MSW, RSW

  • Time: 3:00pm-4:15pm
  • Date: Thursdays on Feb 7th, Feb 14th, Feb 28th, Mar 7th, Mar 14th, and Mar 21st.  There will be no group during reading week.
  • Total Sessions: 6
  • Location: TBD
  • Capacity: 10 students

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.


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