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. 


This five week course will help you understand stress and learn how to tackle it on a physical level as well as through managing both your thoughts and actions. The course, delivered by Community Links, will also teach you ways to control panic, improve your sleep and put preventative steps in place to avoid stress in the future.

The course will last for five weeks with each session lasting two hours. It will commence on 14 February 2018, 5.15-7.15pm for five consecutive Wednesday evenings and is available for students or staff aged 17 - 25. It will be held in Room SR (2.37) Baines Wing.

Classes are delivered by IAPT therapists and supported by slideshow presentations, workbooks and relaxation CDs. There is no discussion of personal problems, so this helps people who feel uncomfortable talking in front of others to attend without concern. Classes are designed to follow a self-help model aimed at enabling people to start to improve their wellbeing straight away.

Engaging with these courses will help you to:

  • Learn effective coping strategies and tips to improve emotional health.
  • Learn about stress and why it is such a common problem.
  • Cope better with future difficulties.

Advice regarding the sign-up process 

  • During the sign up process you will be asked six straightforward questions. Be aware that question 3 asks: Are you currently receiving or waiting for support from mental health services? (eg CMHT, psychology, psychiatry)If you are currently waiting for an appointment with the University Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service please say "No" to this question. This question refers to NHS Secondary Care services for Mental Health and not support from the University of Leeds Counselling and Wellbeing team.
  • Since the course is offered by IAPT and funded through the NHS attendance at the course will be registered with the attendees GP.

To book a place visit the Leeds Community Healthcare website


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

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.

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 Distressing Feelings

We all experience distressing feelings from time to time, but if we are unable to manage them effectively this can lead to overwhelm and panic. We can also find unhelpful ways of doing this which add further to our distress and prevent us from leading a full and fulfilling life. In this workshop you will be introduced to useful strategies to learn how to tolerate and manage 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.

Become more Assertive

Being assertive is an important communication skill which can reduce your levels of depression and anxiety and improve your self-esteem. When we are unable to be assertive in our relationships we end up feeling angry with ourselves for letting things happen to us and angry with others for not guessing whet we need/want. Learn how to use assertiveness skills to become a more effective communicators and find a better balance in your relationships. 

Workshop schedule

Mondays 12-1.30pm SCC group Room

Wednesdays 12-1.30pm SCC Group Room

29 January - ABC Managing Anxiety 24 January - Five Ways to Wellbeing
5 February - Three Minute Therapy 31 January - Self-Compassion and Resilience
12 February - Become more Assertive 7 February - Managing Distressing Feelings
19 February - Five Ways to Wellbeing 14 February - Tackling Procrastination 
26 February - ABC Managing Anxiety 21 February - Getting a Good Night's Sleep
5 March - Managing Distressing Feelings 28 February - Self-Compassion and Resilience
12 March - Getting a Good Night's Sleep 7 March - Three Minute Therapy

14 March - 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. 

Unfortunately there will be no meditation group this week, Thursday 11th January, due to staff illness. The group will be up and running again next week.


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. 

Unfortunately there will be no Feel Better Faster this week, Thursday 12th January, due to staff illness. The group will be up and running again next week.


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