Groups for stress and anxiety

The following groups about stress and anxiety are available this term:

Emotional life raft group

Emotional life raft group

This two-session group is designed for people who find emotional reactivity is getting in the way of their personal or academic success. Drawing from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) the sessions use information sharing, skills practice and personal reflection to build emotional management skills. Join us if you could use an emotional life raft!

Wednesday October 21 & 28, 1:00—2:15 pm

or

Friday November 13 & 20, 10:30—11:45 am

Facilitator: Sheahan Letondre

Location: Online

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

 

Finding support in community

Finding support in community

Are you feeling stressed?

Are you feeling alone and in need of support in community?

This five-session group is designed to offer UVic students who are struggling with stress (relationship, academic, other) a place to connect with peers for support.

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 1:00—2:30 pm

October 7—November 4

Facilitators: Sofia Forman, Wendy Lum and Alex S

Location: Online

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

Three keys to resilience workshop

Three keys to resilience workshop

How to struggle less and live more: an introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness-based program for changing your relationship to stress, being more present and engaging more fully in meaningful life directions.

Participants will be introduced to basic skills and principles for responding to challenging thoughts and feelings more effectively, shifting out of self-defeating habits and pursuing value-based goals and activities. Helpful for anyone seeking to increase psychological flexibility and greater resilience to anxiety and mood vulnerabilities in the mild to moderate range.

Session 1 - Get Grounded: How we can be present and choose to act in alignment with our values even in light of outer life demands and inner emotional turbulence.

Session 2 - Get Perspective: How to defuse from unhelpful thinking patterns and open up to our emotions with mindful awareness and self-compassion.

Session 3 - Get Momentum: How to draw on core values and take effective action towards meaningful goals.

 Three 90 minute online (Zoom) co-facilitated sessions will involve presentation, experiential exercises, small group discussion and recommendations for practice between sessions (max. 10 participants).

Fridays 1:00—2:30 pm

October 23—November 6

Facilitators: Dave O'Brien, Andrea Serbe and Sarah D

Location: Online

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