Groups and workshops

The Student Counselling Centre offers a range of groups and workshops designed to enhance your wellbeing, give you the opportunity to connect with others with similar experiences to you, and to develop new skills and self-awareness.

Find out what subjects are covered by the workshops, who they are aimed at, when they take place and more.

Meditation

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.

Our pdf gives more information about the meditation group, with contact details and information about venue, what to expect during the session and what to wear.

Runs: Weekly throughout the year
Time: Thursday 12-1.30pm
Venue: Room 6, level 1, Leeds University Union
Facilitator: James Taylor
Signing up: email James or turn up a little before the start time. 

The Meditation group will run at the usual time and place throughout the Easter break (24 March to 24 April) except 13 April when the University is closed.

Feel better faster group

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. 

Signing up: To book a place, come to Reception at The Student Counselling Centre IN PERSON to put your name on the list.  Bookings are only taken 1 week ahead of each session.

Runs: All year round
Time: Fridays 2-3pm
Venue: The Group Room, Student Counselling Centre
Facilitator: James Taylor

Find out more information about Feel better faster (pdf).

Please note: the Feel Better Faster group will not be running on April 7, 14 or 21. The next group will take place on 28 April. 

Workshops on Wednesdays

An exciting programme of workshops specifically designed to help you develop interpersonal skills that will improve your experience of being a student at Leeds.  

The below workshops are running in the summer term starting April 26th.

You can sign up one week before they run. Places are limited and they fill up quickly.

Title: Coach Me Confident: Managing Panic
Time/Date: Wednesday 26th April, 12-1.30pm
Venue: The Group Room, Student Counselling Centre
Facilitator: Linda Kennedy

Panicking about exams, deadlines, what to do next? This workshop is aimed at understanding and managing the fear and lack of control we feel when experiencing panic/panic attack. In the workshop there will be opportunity to understand the cycle of panic, identify what keeps it going and learn strategies to manage it. 

Title: The ABC of Managing Anxiety
Time/Date: Wednesday 3rd May, 12-1.30pm
Venue: The Group Room, Student Counselling Centre
Facilitator: Madeleine Robinson

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 ABC of Managing Anxiety is now open for sign up.

Please visit the Student Counselling Centre IN PERSON to sign up.

Title: Exam Survival Kit
Time/Date: Monday 8th May, 12-1.30pm
Venue: The Group Room, Student Counselling Centre
Facilitator: TBC

Exams are part and parcel of our lives. How we manage them makes all the difference. Discover how to recognise and effectively manage stress to get you confidently through the nest few weeks.

The Exam Survival Kit worskshop is now open for sign up.

Please visit the Student Counselling Centre IN PERSON to sign up.

Title: Tackling Procrastination
Time/Date: Wednesday 10th May, 12-1.30pm
Venue: The Group Room, Student Counselling Centre
Facilitator: Tricia Kapur

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 your procrastination and find techniques to help you to work in a more balanced and productive way. 

Title: Getting a Good Night's Sleep
Time/Date: Monday 15th May, 12-1.30pm
Venue: The Group Room, Student Counselling Centre
Facilitator: Des Reid

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. 

Title: Getting a Good Night's Sleep
Time/Date: Wednesday 24th May, 12-1.30pm
Venue: The Group Room, Student Counselling Centre
Facilitator: Claire Garland

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. 

Title: Self-Compassion for Post-Graduate Students
Time/Date: Wedesday 7th June, 12-1.30pm
Venue: The Group Room, Student Counselling Centre
Facilitator: Tricia Kapur

Constantly giving yourself a hard time, and comparing yourself unfavourably to others - sound familiar? This workshop will explore how developing self-compassion can help build much needed emotional resilience to proceed through your post graduate study.

Parental loss group

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.

Runs: For eight consecutive Wednesdays at the Student Counselling Centre.
Time: 2.30-4pm
Dates: Runs in semester 2 each year 
Venue: The Student Counselling Centre
Facilitator: Liz Oxley

For further information please contact e.oxley@leeds.ac.uk