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

January 21-March 31 (no session February 18)

Facilitator: Dave O'Brien

Location: Counselling Services

 

Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 pm

January 23-April 2 (no session February 20)

Facilitator: Kandice P

Location: Counselling Services

 

Please note: Sessions are drop-inno need to register! 
If 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.

Intro to self-compassion practice workshops

Intro to self-compassion practice workshops

Why self-compassion?

Being critical of ourselves can take a heavy emotional toll on our daily lives. Self-compassion practice helps us learn to understand our reactions to setbacks, calm the inner critic and respond to ourselves with compassion, care and kind attention. It has proven effective in building resilience and decreasing vulnerability to anxiety and depression.

In this two-hour workshop we will explore through a series of exercises and discussion how we can be compassionate and kind not only towards others in stressful times, but also to ourselves. This overview will introduce participants to self-compassion elements and relevant resources for further learning and practice support.

Friday, February 7, 2:30-4:30 pm

Thursday, March 12, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Facilitator: Dave O'Brien

Location: Counselling Services

Registration: Register to save your spot! Call 250-721-8341 or come by the front desk to register. Drop-ins are welcome if space is still available the day of the workshop.

Managing difficult emotions

Managing difficult emotions

Emotions play an important role in our lives, but sometimes they can feel more like our enemies than our friends. If emotional reactivity is getting in the way of your personal or academic success this group could help.

This four-week Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)-informed group uses information sharing, skills practice and group discussions to explore what can make us vulnerable to overwhelming emotions and how to better manage them.

Thursdays 2:30—4:00 pm

January 23—February 13 OR February 27—March 19

Facilitator: Sheahan Letondre

Location: Counselling Services

Registration required: Students who are new to Counselling Services and are interested in this group should contact Counselling Services and arrange a pre-group interview with a counsellor prior to enrolling for the group. Students who are current Counselling Services clients can receive a referral from their counsellor.

 

See what other groups are currently offered.