Group Counselling

Is Group Counselling Right for Me?

Group counselling can be a powerful and valuable venue for change and growth. Group counselling offers many benefits such as peer support, reduced stigma and isolation, as well as normalization of feelings and expereinces. Research indicates that group therapy is just as effective as individual counselling. Before joining a group, you will meet a group facilitator one-on-one to discuss what to expect, group content, and whether or not the group is a right fit for you at this time. More and more students are joining groups for the opportunity to connect with peers and feel less alone! Consider if group is the next step in your wellness journey.

 

Fall 2021 Group Counselling Offerings
** We will offer both in-person and zoom groups (stated below) 

Peer Support Group

hosted by the Student Wellness Ambassadors Program

Who? This peer support group is for any student who feels they would benefit from connecting with other students in a safe and supportive environment.

What? This ongoing session is hosted by the Student Wellness Ambassadors, who are trained peer listeners. This will be an open space for students to share their needs and concerns, whether they be personal, academic or career related. Some sessions may be structured around certain topics such a stress management, wellness, and academic success. Peers can offer each other a lot of support, guidance, and normalization. Please note: this is not a professional group counselling session.

When? Every Wednesday 4:30pm- 6pm throughout the semester.

Where? In the Counselling Services group room, Anderson Hall 153.

Why? To create an opportunity for students to connect, learn, and grow from their peers. 

How? Students are required to register to attend. You can attend weekly or whenever it works with your schedule. You are not required to attend all sessions or stay the entire 1.5 hours.

Finding Emotional Balance (DBT Skills)

Who?  This group is for anyone who wants to learn to manage their emotions and reactions/behaviours as well as build better relationships.

What?  This group will explore skills and perspectives that will help you manage big emotions, shift problem behaviours, and build healthier relationships. This group is adapted from the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) method and teaches DBT strategies. You will have a chance to explore your life values and each week use the skills learned to put those values into action. This is a space to learn to trust yourself and your abilities to live the life you want to live. 

When?  Every Tuesday from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm for 9 weeks. The first session starts September 28, 2021. 

Where?  The meeting will have a recurring Zoom link that will be sent to all group members before group starts. 

Why?  Emotions can be intimidating and building and maintaining relationships can be confusing. We know that as our stress levels increase, our ability to manage our emotions and relationships can be challenged. The knowledge and skills discussed in this group will empower you to manage your emotions in a healthy way that benefits your relationship to yourself and others. Connecting in a group counselling setting allows for a sense of community and an understanding that you are not alone.  

How?  You can be added to the group by your counsellor or by the intake worker. The group facilitators, Brianne and Lindsay, will contact you before group to give you a warm welcome and answer any questions. 

ADHD Connection & Support Group

What? This is a strengths-focused group for individuals with ADHD. Different creative directions will be provided each week to promote self-exploration and reflection. Group sessions will then focus on exploring and sharing what members have created.  

Who? This group is for anyone who has an ADHD diagnosis that wants to learn, grow and connect. It is recommended that you complete the ADHD Skills Workshop before joining this group.

When? It is offered every Wednesday throughout the semester from 1:30 pm -2:30 pm, starting on September 29th.

Where? This group will meet virtually via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a zoom link.

How? Clients can be added to the group by their counsellor or by the intake worker. Carly, the group faciliator, will contact clients before group to give a warm welcome and to answer any questions.

 

Trauma & The Body: Re-Claiming Connection and Safety

Who?  This group is for individuals who have experienced some form of trauma. For the purposes of this group, we will define trauma as any experience that has overwhelmed the ability to cope. These experiences may be connected to any form of trauma and may include trauma through oppression, adversity, or chronic or compounded stress.

**This group focuses on somatic and sensory practices for safe embodiment and connection within the body. This group will not focus on sharing stories of or specific experiences of trauma in the group space. As such, we encourage participants to connect with one-on-one counselling for support with more integrative processing of trauma.

What?  This research-based group draws from trauma-informed models, polyvagal theory, and somatic approaches to offer a gentle, experiential opportunity for participants to slow down, notice, and turn towards their own felt and embodied experience through choice, curiosity, and compassion.

Why?  Trauma creates ongoing adaptive survival responses that keep the autonomic nervous system from finding safety in connection. The somatic and body-based approaches offered in this group provide a “bottom-up” way of re-claiming a fuller range of responses, rhythms, movements, and expressions to connect with the wisdom of the body, with self, and with others.

When?  This is a 5-week group running Thursdays from 3pm-4pm, from October 7th to November 4th.

Where?  The location will be on the Lethbridge Campus, in-person, in the PE building. The exact location will be shared with participants upon registration.

How?  Participants can register through counselling.services@uleth.ca or through their existing counsellor at Counselling Services or through referral from the community. Registered participants will go through a brief, one-on-one, 30-minute intake appointment with one of the group facilitators prior to the start of the group.

Book Club: "RADICAL COMPASSION" by Tara Brach

What?  The Radical Compassion book club will focus on Tara Brach’s book, Radical Compassion, and include experiential mindfulness and meditation exercises to actively deepen and further cultivate your own compassion practice with self and others.

Compassion is the medicine we most need as individuals and as a species to heal suffering and free our hearts. And while we each have the capacity for love and compassion, it is by intentional practice that we develop truly wise and caring hearts. Radical Compassion introduces the RAIN meditation as a way for cultivating compassion in the face of difficult emotions, limiting beliefs and conflicts with others. Through the acronym RAIN (Recognize-Allow-Investigate-Nurture) we can awaken the qualities of deep compassion—an embodied, mindful presence, active caring, and an all-inclusive heart.

When?  Book clun runs every Tuesday from 10:30 am- 12pm, October 5 until November 23rd.

Where?  Zoom. Zoom link will be emailed out to participants before the Book Club begins.

How?  Book information: Radical Compassion can be purchased from Amazon either as an e-book, audio-book, or hard-cover: https://www.amazon.ca/Radical-Compassion-Learning-Yourself-Practice/dp/0525522816. If financial assistance is supportive to you in purchasing this book and participating in the Book Club, please email counselling.services@uleth.ca to arrange for this support.

Exploring Anxiety

Who? This group Is for anyone who experiences anxiety regardless of the trigger (ie: school, social life, new situations). This group is for people who are interested in exploring their anxiety in a space where they can hear from other group members what their anxiety looks like and how they have learned to manage it while learning tangible, evidenced based skills and tools to manage their own anxiety.

What? Exploring Anxiety is a process group for members to talk about their anxiety, hear about others experiences, receive compassion and validation, show empathy, naming feelings, and learn and enhance coping tools to better manage their anxiety.

When? Every Wednesday from 5:00-6:30 pm. The first session starts Sept 22, 2021 and the group runs until Dec 1, 2021.

Where? The meeting will have a recurring zoom link that will be sent before group starts.

Why? Process groups are supported by research for a wide range of concerns from attachment, depression, anxiety, stress to just about any aspect of mental health.  The reason why group works is because the group setting mirrors issues of the real world – while providing a feeling of connection, validation, safety, support, and feedback.

How? Clients can be added to the group by their counsellor or by the intake worker. Danielle, the group facilitator, will contact clients before group to give a warm welcome and to answer any questions.

Connecting with Self & Others Group

Who? This group for people curious about better understanding themselves and who they are in relation to all types of relationships.

What? Connecting with Self and Others is a process group for members to practice speaking up, challenging others, receiving compassion, showing empathy, naming feelings, and experiencing deeper connection. This is a space for members to explore personal goals while reconnecting with the wisdom, strength, and resilience of both participants and yourself. 
 

When? Every Tuessday from 5:00-6:30 pm. The first session starts Sept 28, 2021 and the group runs until Dec 7, 2021.

Where? The meeting will have a recurring zoom link that will be sent before group starts.

Why? Process groups are supported by research for a wide range of concerns from attachment, depression, anxiety, stress to just about any aspect of mental health.  The reason why group works is because the group setting mirrors issues of the real world - just with more safety, support, and feedback.

 

How? Clients can be added to the group by their counsellor or by the intake worker. Kaylee, the group faciliator, will contact clients before group to give a warm welcome and to answer any questions.