Groups and workshops

We offer a range of groups and workshops designed to enhance your wellbeing, develop your skills and give you the opportunity to connect with others with similar experiences to you.

We offer regular weekly group sessions and one off group workshops. You can find more details and schedules below. 


We offer a program of one off workshops around key topics, important to students and student life, which take place during term time. They offer an opportunity for students to get together and interact with each other.

The workshops are single sessions of 90mins and take place between 12-1.30pm. Most of the workshops have between 8 and 12 participants. All workshops are facilitated by experienced members of the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service who will greet you on arrival. 

A new workshop schedule will be available prior to the start of the next academic year. Below are examples of workshops we have ran in 2018:

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

This workshop is for people wishing to manage sleep problems more effectively. In this practical workshop you will learn techniques for getting more - and more refreshing - sleep and for breaking vicious cycles where insomnia feeds stress, which in turn blocks sleep.

Self-Compassion and Resilience

If you tend to give yourself a very hard time then this workshop is for you. The workshop will explore how developing self-compassion can help build emotional resilience and allow you to respond to our painful emotions with acceptance, kindness and understanding. In the workshop three different elements of self-compassion will be explored and useful, practical exercises and resources usefully shared to help increase self-acceptance and silence the critical you.  

The ABC of Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is the body's way of responding to being in danger.  It works so well, that it often kicks in when it's not needed - when the danger is in our heads rather than in reality. If you find yourself constantly anticipating the worst, worrying excessively, having persistent negative thoughts which cause distress and impair day to day functioning then this workshop is for you. The workshop aims to help you take back control by understanding the nature of anxiety and developing strategies to manage it

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: Three Minute Therapy

This workshop is based around the principles of ‘Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy’ (REBT) which are that it’s not the events in our life that cause us distress but the meanings we give to those events. Three Minute Therapy helps us to identify irrational and unhelpful ways of thinking and interpreting the world. The workshop will introduce you to strategies for developing a more productive way of thinking, which, if practised daily, should take no longer than three minutes to bring about a change of mind-set.

Managing Stress and Distress

We will all experience distressing feelings from time to time, especially during times of pressure and stress. If we ignore such feelings or  find unhelpful ways to manage them this can  further contribute to low mood, overwhelm or panic and prevent us from leading a full and fulfilling life. In this workshop you will be introduced to suggested strategies for managing intense and distressing feelings more effectively.

Tackling Procrastination

Do you struggle to get started with important study tasks? Is your leisure time spoiled by a nagging sense of guilt? This workshop will help you understand why and how we procrastinate, including the use of social media.  Finally, there will be an opportunity to identify strategies to challenge procrastination in yourself and find techniques to help you to work in a more balanced and productive way.

On Being a Final Year Student: Change and Transition

Understanding typical responses to change can help make sense of our experience. In this session we’ll be looking at the changes that are involved in moving towards the end of university life and how they might affect us. We’ll also be thinking about what helps during times of change and transition to make the most of the opportunities available.

Workshop schedule 

TBC prior to 2018/19 academic year. 

Who can attend the Workshops?

Although the workshops are run through the Counselling and Wellbeing Service you do not have to be using this service or be receiving one to one support to attend. 

How many workshops can I attend? 

You can access as many of these single workshops as you wish to subject to availability.  

How do I sign up to for Workshops?

You can sign up during the 7 days leading up to a workshop. If you are not able to sign up in person for a good reason, you can contact the office on 0113 343 4107 or and they will add your name to the sign-up sheet. It is important that you check you are able to attend before signing up so that spaces do not go unfilled. All workshops run twice a term.

You can also come along at the time of a workshop without signing up beforehand, but please note that this will not guarantee that you get a space. Spaces will be allocated to people on the sign up sheet first and then on a first come first serve basis.

Dr Who - Workshops for Post Graduate Researchers

Who can attend?

The workshops are open to Post Graduate Researchers, of all disciplines and stages of research. Individuals are welcome to attend as few or as many sessions as they wish.

How to sign up

You can sign up in person at the Student Counselling Centre or by calling (0113 343 4107) or emailing ( us a maximum of 7 days before each individual workshop.

A new PGR Workshop schedule will be available next academic year. Below are examples of the workshops we ran in Semester 2 2017/18. 

Self-Compassion for Postgraduate researchers

Constantly giving yourself a hard time, and comparing yourself and your progress to others – does this sound familiar? This workshop will explore how developing self-compassion can help build much needed emotional resilience as you proceed throughout the PHD process.

Tackling Procrastination

Do you struggle to get started with important research tasks? Is it difficult to allow yourself leisure time or is it spoiled by a nagging sense of guilt? This workshop will help you understand the nature and purpose of procrastination. There will be opportunity to identify strategies for challenging procrastination in yourself and find techniques to help you to work in a more balanced and productive way.

Manage your own Wellbeing

‘Poor mental health and wellbeing can affect students’ academic performance ( IPPR, ‘Not By Degrees’ 2017) Research has shown that there are five major contributing factors which affect our overall wellbeing. This workshop will introduce you to the Five Ways of Wellbeing which are evidence based ways to improve your mental wellbeing – think of them as your ‘5 a day’ for mental wellbeing.


MEDITATION - Thursday 12-1.30pm

The meditation group offers participants experience of a large variety of relaxations, meditations and practices preparatory to meditation so, once you have been to a few sessions, you will have learnt which ones you can make best use of. You do not need to book for this group.

Find out more about the Meditation group

The Meditation Group runs every Thursday 12-1.30pm in at Leeds University Union including outside of term time. 


A seven-week rolling programme of small group sessions (which you can join and leave as you wish) for any University of Leeds student who wants to manage their feelings and thoughts with more ease. It's particularly useful for students who suffer insomnia, anxiety, stress and depression. The sign up form will only be available 7 days before the event. If you are not able to come in person for a good reason, you can contact the office on 0113 343 4107 or and they will add your name to the sign-up sheet.

Find out more about Feel better faster

The Feel Better Faster Group runs every Friday 2-3pm in the SCC Group Room including outside of term time. 


If you have experienced the death of one or both of your parents (either recently or earlier in your life) and would like to meet with others who have some commonality of experience, you might consider joining this group. 

The primary aim of the group is to reduce the sense of isolation which is often felt by premature loss. Prior to the start of the group you will have an individual meeting with Liz, who will tell you some of what to expect from the group, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the group is appropriate for you.

The Parental Loss Group runs in semester 2 each year for eight consecutive Wednesdays 2.30-4pm at the Student Counselling Centre.

The Parental Loss Group for academic year 2017/18 has now finished. If you would like to enquire about next year's group please contact Liz Oxley at

You may also find the hope again website useful.