Groups and workshops

Student Counselling & Wellbeing Service - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 20.03.20

SCW@LUU same day support will reopen from Monday 30th March 2020. This service will now be offered through remote online support by telephone, email and /or by Zoom.  

If any student would like to speak with a member of our team regarding their mental health and wellbeing then please contact us on:-

Our team will be available to respond to any emails received between 10am -12pm and 1pm – 4pm Monday to Friday.

For up to date information regarding the University’s response to COVID-19 please see: 

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 twice weekly wellbeing workshops, weekly groups and short courses. 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 90 minutes 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. 

Find Your Voice

Monday 27 January

Is a lack of assertiveness preventing you from getting the most out of your university experience? This workshop introduces you to a number of techniques designed to help you to express your thoughts and feelings to others such as tutors, friends, peers and family in a clear and direct way that respects others and generally improves relationships.

ABC of Managing Anxiety

Wednesday 29 January

Wednesday 19 February

Monday 16 March

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. This workshop aims to help you take back control by understanding the nature of anxiety and developing strategies to manage it.

Perfect or Good Enough?

Monday 3 February

Wednesday 18 March

Perfectionism can cause problematic levels of stress, hindering progress, success and wellbeing.  This workshop explores alternatives to perfectionist thinking and considers how developing a ‘good enough’ perspective can help you work in a healthier and more effective way towards your goals.

From Setback to Success

Wednesday 5 February

Monday 23 March

This workshop explores a ‘resilience toolkit’ of useful strategies to help you develop your ability to recover from setbacks, especially during your time at university. By cultivating a ‘growth mind-set’ you can learn to view making mistakes as an essential and integral part of the learning process, helping you to stay on track as you work towards your goals.

Tackling Procrastination

Monday 10 February

Wednesday 11 March

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


Wednesday 12 February

Monday 2 March

Wednesday 25 March

If you tend to give yourself a very hard time then this is the workshop for you. This workshop explores the elements of self-compassion and shares practical exercises and resources designed to help you develop a more supportive and encouraging relationship with yourself and increase your emotional resilience.

Stress Less – Calm Your Mind

Monday 17 February

Stress is a natural human state but it can feel problematic during periods of change or when demands upon us feel to be beyond our perceived capacity to cope. This workshop will help you recognise the signs of stress and offer thought focused strategies to manage the stress response and calm the mind.

Stress Less – Manage Your Emotions

Wed 4 March

This workshop aims to develop your understanding of emotions and the important role that they play in our lives. The self-soothing strategies and techniques provided in this workshop will help you recognise and manage your emotions on a daily basis, and over time, reduce the intensity and frequency of occasions of emotional distress.

Stress Less – Be Mindful

Wednesday 26 February

Get out of your head and into your body. This workshop introduces a variety of skills from mindfulness which can help you to notice, pay attention and take more care of your body. Find out how by noticing and responding earlier to our body’s early warning signs of stress, we can improve our mental and physical health.

Challenge Your Thinking

Monday 24 February

Change your thinking - change your life. Three minute therapy helps us to identify irrational and unhelpful ways of thinking and interpreting the world. This workshop introduces you to strategies for developing a more productive way of thinking, which if practiced daily should take no longer than three minutes to bring about a change of mind-set.

Out-rage: Healthy Expression of Anger

Monday 9 March

Anger is a natural emotion like any other but can also be an uncomfortable, powerful emotion for some which can feel difficult to manage. You might even believe that you ‘don’t get angry’. In this workshop we will explore what anger is, how we might identify triggers for it and how to understand and cope with anger in a more healthy and proactive way.

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.  Workshops take place 4.30-6.30pm at 19 Clarendon Place.

How to sign up

You can sign up in person at the Student Counselling Service (19-21 Clarendon Place or 4 Lifton Place) or by calling (0113 343 4107) or emailing ( us a maximum of 7 days before each individual workshop.

This academic year (2019-20) we will be running the following PGR Workshops.  

The Resilient Researcher
14th January 2020

‘Poor mental health and wellbeing can affect students’ academic performance (IPPR,  ‘Not By Degrees’ 2017)

This workshop explores a ‘resilience toolkit’ of useful strategies to help you develop your ability to recover from setbacks and adjust to change during your time as a researcher. In this session we look at how by cultivating a 'Growth Mind-set' we can learn to view making mistakes as an essential and integral part of the learning process.

Knowing Me Knowing You
11th February 2020

Communications and relationships, both personal and professional, are a lot more productive when you understand yourself, and the people you seek to relate to. This workshop uses personality type theory to help you develop greater self-awareness, improve your knowledge of motivation and behaviour of yourself and others, and identify and value similarities and differences so that you can communicate and work with others more effectively.

Perfectionism in Perspective 
10th March 2020

Academic life can bring with it a lot of striving and pressure to produce the perfect thesis which can cause problematic levels of stress, hindering progress, success and wellbeing.  This workshop explores alternatives to perfectionist thinking and considers how developing a ‘good enough’ perspective can help you work in a healthier and more effective way towards your goals.

Self-Compassion for PGR’s
14th April 2020

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 through the PHD process. 

Tackling Procrastination
12th May 2020

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 and identify strategies to challenge procrastination, leading to a more balanced and productive way of working. 

Imposter Syndrome
16th June 2020

Imposter Syndrome is a ‘state of mind’, a belief that one day someone will discover that you are not as smart as they thought. It’s a syndrome that has a powerful presence in academia. This workshop will look at why academic researchers can develop Imposter Syndrome and offer suggestions to work on overcoming this syndrome which otherwise creates self-doubt, low self-esteem and lack of motivation.


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 SCW 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 Penny, the aim of this is for you to ask any questions you may have, for Penny to give you more information of what is involved and then to make a decision as to whether the group is right for you.

The Parental Loss Group runs in semester 2 each year for eight consecutive Tuesdays, 2.00-4pm at the Student Counselling Service, 19 Clarendon Place. The first meeting is on January 21st and there is an expectation that students come to every session.

If you would like to enquire about the group please contact Penny Mathern,

You may also find the hope again website useful.


Do you want to learn techniques for taking control of your busy mind, managing overthinking, increasing your motivation and concentration and generally reducing feelings of stress and anxiety? 

Do you enjoy learning in a fun, informal and creative way?

Previous research has indicated that Mindfulness Resilience Courses lead to significant increases in general wellbeing and emotional health (Flaxman & Bond, 2006). 71% of students who previously attended this course reported an improvement in wellbeing and 70% of students reported a reduction in perceived stress. All students said they would recommend this course to others

How do I apply for a place? 

This four week course is running three times: in Feb/March, April/May and June 2020 on Mondays, 16.30-18.30pm. 

Venue: Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service, 19, Clarendon Place. 

Participants must to be able to attend all four sessions.

Please indicate which course you are applying for at application stage.

Course 1 (All students) 

Feb 24th, March 2nd, March 9th & March 16th

Course 2 (All students)

April 27th, May 4th, May 11th & May 18th 

Course 3 (PGR only) 

June 1st, June 8th, June 15th & June 22nd 

Places are limited to 14 participants and allocated on a first come first served basis. 

To apply for a place on the course please download the application form

These courses are now full, however we also offer a range of workshops and groups including The Meditation Group and Feel Better Faster Group sessions which teach Mindfulness Practices.