The Counselling Service runs several groups to help support people.
Therapeutic Groups (PDF, 164 KB) for the summer term 2013. Flyers are available from Student Counselling, and copies are sent to academic schools and support services prior to the start of each term.
Working in groups offers an opportunity to discover both yourself and others and exploring issues within groups can provide valuable insights into our ways of thinking, behaving and relating. Sharing problems and finding out about how others experience their difficulties can encourage you to work with issues that may previously have seemed insurmountable. People often find that group members, as well as the counselling facilitators, are able to offer useful feedback and insight. This process of sharing problems allows members of the group to experience relating in a way which can be helpful in everyday settings.
Wednesdays for 6 weeks
Group 1 - 4-5pm, starts 1 May, no meeting 29 May
Group 2 - 3.30-4.30pm, starts 15 May
A safe place to talk to others about your life, share concerns and learn from others. Attendance required to all six sessions. Booking essential.
Art as Therapy
6 weeks, starts 22 April
Learn to express and understanding your feelings by experimenting with different mediums including paint, collage, sand, sculpture. You don't have to be 'arty' to benefit. Advanced booking required and regular attendance recommended.
Relaxation for Health and Wellbeing
Mondays 6-7pm | Wednesdays 6-7pm | Fridays 12.30-1.30pm
Starts week beginning 22 April, throughout term time
Learn how to manage anxiety and improve your work-life balance by using relaxation practice. Regular attendance recommended at least once a week. Booking essential. Attendance at this relaxation group can count towards your BristolPlus award application with the University.
Writing as Therapy
9 weeks, starts 23 April
Come and learn how to use free writing as a method of expressing your feelings and understanding yourself and others more fully. Regular attendance recommended. Booking essential.
6 weeks, starts 8 May
This group will help participants to understand and increase their self-esteem, providing an opportunity to meet with others in a safe and confidential space to share experiences, whilst working towards similar goals. Attendance is required at all six sessions. Booking essential.
Stress Management Group
6 weeks, starts 2 May
This term can be particularly challenging with deadlines and exams. Learn practical and effective techniques to manage stress, and share concerns with others who are under similar pressure. Regular attendance recommended. Booking essential.
Get to grips with your study strategy:overcoming emotional and mental blocks
Starts 24 April, throughout term time
These practical, motivational sessions will look at strategies for overcoming various psychological blocks to study. Content will respond to what individual students bring and could be about motivation, procrastination, concentration, time management, essay and project planning, revision and making the most of tutor feedback. Booking essential.
All groups are run by the Student Counselling Service and most will take place in Hampton House, St Michael’s Hill.
We welcome your ideas for future groups that could be run by the Student Counselling Service so if you have something in mind please tell your counsellor or contact us using our ideas form.