Groups for personal growth

We offer the following groups at different times throughout the year. See the individual group for more information and when it's offered.

Intro to Self-Compassion

Intro to Self-Compassion

Do you ever think or feel that you are not good enough? Do you feel bad about yourself? Are you especially hard on yourself? Are you your own worst critic?

Participants will be introduced to self-compassion as a way of responding to one's self that is different from self-judgment or self-criticism. We will explore the three components of self-compassion, the benefits of self-compassion, and the differences between self-compassion and self-esteem. Emphasis will be on experiential exercises but this workshop will also include an educational component, group discussion, and some handouts to take home for personal use. Registration is encouraged but drop-in is also available.

Tuesday, April 30th, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Thursday, May 9th, 1:00-2:30

Facilitator: Kristen Yang

Location: Counselling Services, University Centre, room B270

*Students who are new to Counselling Services and are interested in this group should call Counselling Services and arrange a brief meeting with a counsellor prior to enrolling for the group. Students who are current Counselling Services clients can receive a referral from their counsellor.

Exploring How We Relate

Exploring How We Relate:

Understanding Ourselves in a Relational Context and Practicing New Ways of Relating to Others.

This 6-session group is designed to offer UVic students an opportunity to understand themselves in a relational context and get feedback about how they relate to others. It is a facilitated group wherein participants are welcomed to share their challenges, intentions, and hopes with the group, while also offering mutual support. This group is designed to meet you where you are.

Session content is determined by issues and topics raised each week by group members.

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

May 15 – June 19

Facilitators: Krista Bloski and Hillary McBride

Location: Counselling Services

*Please be available to commit to all 6 groups.

*Students who are new to Counselling Services and are interested in this group should call Counselling Services and arrange a brief meeting with a counsellor prior to enrolling for the group. Students who are current Counselling Services clients can receive a referral from their counsellor.

Embodied: Learning How and Why to Connect With Our Bodies

Embodied: Learning How and Why to Connect With Our Bodies

Learn how being present to our bodies can help us work with our emotions, eating, and body image. Includes information and practical exercises.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

1:30-3:30pm

Facilitator: Hillary McBride

Location: Counselling Services

*Students who are new to Counselling Services and are interested in this group should call Counselling Services and arrange a brief meeting with a counsellor prior to enrolling for the group. Students who are current Counselling Services clients can receive a referral from their counsellor.

Personal Growth

Personal Growth

Personal growth raises awareness, increases understanding, can motivate one to consider change, improves relationships and social connections. Personal exploration can increase communication skills and self-confidence, which can contribute to career, relationship and future possibilities.

4 workshops will cover the following topics:

  1. Know Yourself – Understanding You - May 29th, 2019

Understanding why you do what you do, what you think or feel, what you want and who you are can help you to know yourself. Knowing yourself is a first step in being empowered and prepared for life.

  1. How Family Can Impact Your Life - June 12th, 2019

Positive and negative qualities in our lives can be strongly influenced by our parents, caregivers or siblings. Becoming aware of these qualities and impacts can give you more choice in order to make supportive changes in your life.

  1. Self Care Matters - June 19th, 2019

Making your own self care a priority will help to create balance and a strong foundation for your life.

  1. Boundaries and Relationships - June 26th, 2019

Boundaries between friends, partners, family members and acquaintances can sometimes be confusing. Explore what is yours and what is not yours, in order to gain clarity in your relationships.

 

*Students can choose a specific workshop topic to attend or attend them all. Pre-registration is recommended.

 

Wednesdays, 2:30 – 4:00 pm,

May 29 – June 26 (no session June 5)

Facilitator: Wendy Lum

Location: Counselling Services

*Students who are new to Counselling Services and are interested in this group should call Counselling Services and arrange a brief meeting with a counsellor prior to enrolling for the group. Students who are current Counselling Services clients can receive a referral from their counsellor.

Introduction to Managing Obsessions and Compulsions

Introduction to Managing Obsessions and Compulsions

Do you struggle with unwanted, repetitive, intrusive thoughts that don’t go away? Do you engage in compulsive behaviours or rituals to reduce the anxiety caused by intrusive thoughts? In each session, participants will learn information about obsessions and compulsions, and engage with guided experiential practice of strategies to resist urges or self-regulate.

Specific topics will include:

  • Learning about the links between intrusive thoughts & compulsive behaviours
  • Strategies for managing & challenging anxious thoughts
  • Learning to gradually face your fears
  • Relaxation strategies

Unfortunately, this group is not offered this semester. Please check back to see if this group will be offered next term!

 

Gaining Social Confidence

Gaining Social Confidence

We are social beings and the longing for connection with others is universal, yet the fear of socializing can be a hindrance in making social connections here at UVic.

In 11 sessions, we will heighten an awareness of yourself in relationship to self, others and within various situations. We will practice ways of speaking in social situations, sharing and interacting with others.

We will:

  • Gain awareness and learn to manage our anxiety or panic
  • Find your own level of comfort
  • Expressing your ideas or opinions
  • Meet new people
  • Learn to say no
  • Practice with participants to gain confidence

Unfortunately, this group is not offered this semester. Please check back to see if this group will be offered next term!

 

 

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. 

Unfortunately, this group is not offered this semester. Please check back to see if this group will be offered next term!


 

 

 

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