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.

 

 

Groups | Spring 2023 Offerings

We are still working on finalizing our groups for the spring. Please check back often for updates!
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Art Therapy: Drawing on Self-Compassion

Drawing on Self-Compassion: An Art Therapy Group

Who? Any student desiring to develop greater compassion, care and understanding toward themselves.

What?  An art-based therapy group involving a little psych. education, some verbal processing and a lot of time to make art.  Art materials provided. Feel free to bring any extra supplies. No art making experience necessary.

Why? Art therapy provides an alternate way to express feelings and thoughts that may be difficult to articulate in talk therapy. Viewing images and forms concretely can help provide answers and further questions, and the process of “making” can be therapeutic in itself.

When? Starting January 26th group will run weekly on Thursdays from 6:00-7:30pm. A series will run for five weeks. 

Where? In person, likely Andy’s place or AH 177

Register: Students can email us at counselling.services@uleth.ca or call us at (403)317-2845 for more information.

This will be a closed group with up to 10 people per series. Register for just one or both series throughout the semester for a total of 10 weeks! 

Art Therapy: Identity + Self Expression

Who? Any student wanting to explore aspects of their identity or want to have fun making art. 

What? An art-based group therapy including some psychology education, some time for verbal processing, and a lot of time for making art. Art supplied provided. Feel free to bring extra art supplies. No art making experience needed. 

Why? Art therapy can be a fun way to express your feelings and thoughts that might be hard to express through words. The process of ‘making’ can be very powerful for exploring your identity in ways that are otherwise hard to describe. The ultimate goal of this group is to develop a better understanding of yourself. 

When? Starting January 7th, the group will run from 1:30-3:00 on Fridays. This group will run for six weeks. See below for a schedule: 

  • January 27th - What is identity 
  • February 3rd - Exploring sexuality in identity 
  • February 10th - Exploring gender in identity 
  • February 17th - Exploring spirituality and religion in identity 
  • February 24th - Exploring ethnicity and culture in identity 
  • March 3rd - Reflections on your identity 

Where? TBD  

Register: Students can email us at counselling.services@uleth.ca or call 403-317-2845 for more information.

Art Therapy: Self-Regulation

Who? Any student wanting to expand ways to cope, self-regulation, develop comfort with discomfort, stretch the imagination, and find more calm.

What? A therapy group that uses art, music and movement to help identify how we function, develop coping strategies and increase understanding of ourselves. This will be an open, ongoing group. Art materials provided. Feel free to bring any extra supplies. No art making experience necessary.

Why? Art therapy provides an alternate way to express feelings and thoughts that may be difficult to articulate in talk therapy. Viewing images and forms concretely can help provide answers and further questions, and the process of “making” can be therapeutic in and of itself.

When? February 1 to April 5, 2022. This workshop will run weekly on Wednesday from 2:30-4:00pm.

Where? Andy’s Place or AH177

Register: Students can email us at counselling.services@uleth.ca to register or call at (403)317-2845 for more information.

Support on the Spectrum

Who? This group is for YOU if you are looking to connect with peers and build skills. Anyone who identifies on the Autism spectrum, or with Autism traits, is invited to join!

What? Themes covered will include interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and self-awareness skills. The overall mission of this group is to build the self-confidence of all members.

When? Wednesdays, starting January 25, 2023 @ 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Where?  In person: Counselling Services AH153

Register: Students can email us at counselling.services@uleth.ca to register.

* This is a closed group - meaning you must sign up prior to the start date.

Chronic Illness Connection and Support Group

Who? This group is for people who identify as having a chronic medical illness that impacts their life. For e.g. multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, post-concussive syndrome, crones, colitis, Lyme disease, PCOS, endometriosis, arthritis, diabetes, ALS, IBS and more. No diagnosis needed.  

What? Chronic Illness Connection and Support Group is a process group for members to connect with others and yourself. This is a space for members to explore their relationship and connection with their body and strengthen their mind-body relationship. Body awareness, self-compassion, mindfulness and expressive arts will be used.  

Why? People suffering from chronic illness may have limited social support networks, decreased energy, and increased risks of mental health concerns (stress, anxiety, depression, grief, etc.). Group therapy is supported by research for a wide range of concerns and may offer health management coping strategies, self-understanding, connection, safety, support, and improved quality of life.  

When? Fridays, starting January 20, 2023 @ 1:30-3pm, running for 10 weeks.

Where?  In person: Counselling Services AH153

Register: Students can email us at counselling.services@uleth.ca to register. 

* This is a closed group - meaning you must sign up prior to the start date. We kindly ask you do your best to attend all 10 sessions as the group won't be the same without you! Any questions - send us an email or give us a call. 

S P A C E

Who? Students who are looking for an open space to create connections with others. 

What? We will agree to a set of principles and behaviours that will foster safety, trust, and respect.  We will journal about current and relevant topics.  Participants will be asked to share what's in their minds and hearts.  We will close our space with a grounding exercise or meditation to help us integrate processing and/or move on with our day.  Some topics for exploration could include coping with change, uncertainty, procrastination, boundaries, grief, anger, fear, body image, expectations etc.  

Why? Space is a safe and supportive sharing circle where there is room to explore common life challenges and speak out loud about struggles. We will come together with compassion, to support and empower each other, not advise, fix or judge.  In this group we will "hold space" for meaningful connection.

When? Starting  January 27, 2023, this group will run weekly on Fridays from 11am-12pm (excluding holidays).

Where? In-person: Counselling Services AH153

Register:  Email counselling.services@uleth.ca or call 403-317-2845.

* This is a closed group - meaning you must sign up prior to the start date.

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Finding Emotional Balance (DBT)

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.

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.

When?  Staring January 31 2023, this group runs weekly on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:00pm for 9 weeks. Once the group begins, it will be closed to new members. Attendance is required for registered participants. 

Where?  This group will be held via Zoom. 

Register: Students can email us at counselling.services@uleth.ca or call at (403)317-2845 to register.

* This is a closed group - meaning you must sign up prior to the start date.

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Connection + Support

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

What? Connection + Support 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. 

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.

When? Mondays, starting January 30, 2023 @ 5:00-6:30 p.m. 

Where?  In person: Counselling Services AH153

Register: Email counselling.services@uleth.ca to register. The group facilitator will contact clients before group to give a warm welcome and to answer any questions.

* This is a closed group - meaning you must sign up prior to the start date. We kindly ask you do your best to attend all 5 sessions as the group won't be the same without you! Any questions - send us an email or give us a call.

Past Groups

If you have any interest in a past group, please let us know! We may consider bringing it back.

Therapods

Past Themes:

·         ​Anxiety + Depression

·         ​Sexual Trauma

·         OCD

​·         Grief and Loss

Who? Anyone! Therapods are ideal for students looking to develop coping skills and strategies to feel better and manage their stress, triggers, and anxiety in healthier ways. Ideal for students experiencing feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and depression.

What? Therapods are a blended type of Group and Personal Counselling that provides students with more consistent and regular counselling sessions. Therapods run 3-4 sessions in length, are offered biweekly, and in small groups of 3-4 students per pod. You will stay together with the same people throughout the 3/4 sessions.

Why? The most common feedback we receive from students in therapods is – the comfort in knowing they are not alone! Group therapy can be very anxiety provoking in the beginning, but growth isn’t always comfortable. We encourage you to lean into the discomfort as you will have the opportunity to gain essential skills to support your emotional, physical, psychological, and academic wellbeing!

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.

Grief + Loss Group

Who? This group Is for anyone who has experienced a loss of a loved one. Whether this loss is recent or historical, if you feel the residual pain of losing someone you love, we welcome you to join this group.

What?  No experience is the same and grief is not linear – this group is designed to help members understand their grief and how to live with their new normal. Members will gain insight into their personal healing journey and develop coping tools and strategies to get through daily life.

Why? Grief and loss can affect your daily functioning, interpersonal relationships, expectations or fears of the future, and ability to connect with others. Hopefully the strength of a community, personal insight, and coping skills will allow you to honour your grief and loss journey.

Mindfulness Self Compassion Wellness Group

Who?: This group is for anyone struggling with self-criticism, self judgement, and perfectionism, or just for those who are wanting to learn skills to be kinder to themselves!

What?: The group will feature excerpts from the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer to provide insight and help you develop practical skills to decrease self-criticism and increase self-compassion in daily life. The science-based workbook was designed to provide step-by-step guidance focusing on the three elements of self-compassion (self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness) to break free from unkind self-judgement and impossibly high expectations. 

Why? Many people find it easier to be kinder and supportive of others and struggle to accept and support themselves. Learning to have more self-compassion can help students build resilience to thrive, cope better when faced with adversity, decrease anxiety, become more self-confident and improve emotional wellbeing. Research has shown that self-compassion is a valuable source of strength, hope, coping and resilience.

Connection + Support (for 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.

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.

Peer Support Group

Hosted by the Student Wellness Ambassadors Program (SWAP)

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.

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