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.

Please check back later to see when this group will be offered!

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.

Please check back later to see when this group will be offered!

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.

Please check back later to see when this group will be offered!

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 

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

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 

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

  1. Boundaries and Relationships 

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.

Please check back later to see when this group will be offered!

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

Please check back later to see when this group will be offered!

 

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 nine 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.

You will:

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

Wednesdays 10:30 am—12:00 pm

September 25— November 27 (no session November 13)

Facilitator: Wendy Lum, Jasmine Irani and Keara Rodd

Location: Counselling Services

 

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

Location: Counselling Services

 

 

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