Groups for depression

We offer the following groups at different times throughout the year. See the individual group for more information.

Feeling and Doing Better – Drop-In Workshop Series

Feeling and Doing Better – Drop-In Workshop Series

This drop-in workshop series will introduce you to practical information and skills for coping with anxiety symptoms, low mood (mild depression) and the thinking patterns that fuel them. They provide useful directions towards how we can best take care of ourselves. All three topics will be offered throughout most of the term; attend any one workshop session or all at your own pace. You do not need to register–you just need to be ready to take manageable steps in order to feel better.

Topics/skills offered on a rotating schedule. 

1. Get Grounded: Calm the mind and body with diaphragmatic breathing practice and simple ways to focus attention in the present moment.

2. Get Perspective: Raise awareness and recognition of common unhelpful thinking patterns that accompany low mood and anxiety, and how you can apply alternative, more helpful perspectives.

3. Get Momentum: Learn more about how to set goals and take action in a way that can begin to boost your mood, support self-care and help you tackle demands at university.


Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm

September 17-December 3 (No session November 12)

Facilitator: Dave O'Brien

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre, room B270


Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 am

October 31-December 5

Facilitators: Jasmine Irani & Kandice Peterson

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre, room B270


Please note: If you are interested in attending a drop-in group session and you have never been to Counselling Services before, or have not been within the last year, please arrive 20 minutes prior to the start of the session to complete forms. Due to the duration and nature of the group, late arrivals will need to wait until the next session to attend.

Skills for Emotional Management

Skills for Emotional Management

Do you find that your emotions lead to unhealthy and destructive behaviours? Would you like to feel that you have more control over your academic and personal life?

Using strategies from Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, this group provides training to enhance your ability to be more present, tolerate intense feelings, and manage behaviour. Over eight weekly sessions, participants will learn how to cope more effectively with stressful situations, and will learn mindfulness practices and other skills to cope more successfully with the ups and downs of life. 


Thursdays 1:00 pm—2:30 pm

October 3—November 28 (No session November 14)

Facilitators: Susan Dempsey, Jasmine Irani and Sheahan Letondre



See what other groups are currently offered.