Groups and workshops

We offer 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.

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 either on a Monday or Wednesday 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. You can see details of the workshop below. 

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.

On being a Student: Change and Transition

Change can be exciting, nerve wracking or daunting, and we can be surprised by our responses. 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 university life, and how they might affect us. We’ll also be thinking about what helps during times of change and transition to most of the opportunities available.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Research has shown that there are five major contributing factors which affect our overall wellbeing. This workshop will introduce you to the Five Ways to Wellbeing which are evidence based ways to help you improve your mental wellbeing – think of them as your “5 a day” for mental wellbeing. Through a series of simple actions you can improve wellbeing in everyday life so come along to this workshop to find out more. With all the opportunities and challenges of student life there has never been a better time for you to take responsibility for maintaining good mental health and wellbeing.

Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

This workshop is based around the principles of Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy 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 three minutes to bring about a change of mind-set.

Overcoming Panic

We will all experience anxiety from time to time, but sometimes this can develop into panic. Feelings of panic can be so intense and distressing that it can stop us from leading a full and fulfilling life. In this workshop we will look at the reasons for panic, the effects this has on the body and mood and how we can learn to manage it.

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.

Communicating for Understanding

If you are experiencing difficulties in relationships with friends, family, work colleagues, supervisors or tutors then this workshop can offer you some tools and strategies to help you start finding your way to constructive dialogue. The workshop will include techniques to help us challenge the habitual ways we think and speak which can at times create barriers to effective communication. This will include techniques to help you find your solutions to conflict but there will be no requirement for you to disclose what has prompted you to attend. If you want to be understood - not just heard - then this workshop is for you.

Workshop schedule

Mondays 12-1.30pm SCC group Room

Wednesdays 12-1.30pm SCC Group Room

16 October - Getting a Good Night’s Sleep 18 October - Managing Change 
23 October - ABC Managing Anxiety 25 October - Self-Compassion and Resilience
30 October - Three Minute Therapy 1 November - Managing Difficult Conversations
6 November - Overcoming Panic 8 November - Tackling Procrastination 
13 November - Getting a Good Night's Sleep 15 November - 5 Ways to Wellbeing
20 November - ABC Managing anxiety 22 November - Self-Compassion and Resilience
27 November - Three Minute Therapy 29 November - Managing Difficult Conversations
4 December - Overcoming Panic 6 December - Tackling Procrastination

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?

Students must come into the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service, 19 Clarendon Place, to sign up for each individual workshop. 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. It is important that you check you are able to attend before signing up as the workshops fill up fast and places are in demand. If the workshop you wish to attend is full, generally it will be repeated again in 4 weeks’ time. 


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. 

The last Meditation group of 2017 will be on Thursday 14th December and the group will begin again in 2018 on Thursday January 4th. 


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. For further information please contact Liz Oxley at