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Workshops and groups give you an opportunity to reflect on issues that might be problematic, and to focus on areas in you may wish to develop your skills and understanding.

Groups

Anxiety Support Group

Understanding and overcoming anxiety together.

Thursdays 1-2pm (term time)
Counselling Meeting Room
St James Hall, Block 1A 

There is no booking required but please arrive promptly as there will be no admittance after 1.10pm.

Relaxation, Mindfulness and Meditation Group

No need to book, just drop in and experience some mindful relaxation time.

Tuesdays 3-4pm (term time)
Multi-Faith Prayer Room
RHB 2.106


Workshops

Most workshops occur once and are repeated throughout the year, to meet demand. It is important to sign up in advance as places are limited, usually to 6-12 participants.

Workshops can be interactive, which means you will be encouraged to engage with the subject and discussion, ask questions, and may work in pairs or small groups, as well as using exercises and hand-outs. Working with fellow students can offer different perspectives and additional support

Although the issues that come up may feel significant to you personally, these are not therapy groups and you will not be expected to share anything too personal within the group.

If you have any questions, feel contact the Student Centre and we will try to answer any queries.

Building Resilience

Resilience is defined as the ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity.

This workshop will look at the many potential factors that could knock resilience, both at the start and during time at university.  It will help you to find strategies to manage the knocks, bounce back and thrive both academically and in other areas of life.

Thursday 26th October - 12-1.30pm, DTH 110 

Places are limited. To book on to this workshop please email counselling-service@gold.ac.uk

Finding Your Voice

A workshop addressing issues around difficulty in speaking up in groups, seminars and presentations. Looking at how anxiety about speaking in front of others works, how certain behaviours reinforce this anxiety, how to challenge these behaviours in order to reduce anxiety and allow you to speak up with confidence.

Thursday 16th November – 3-4.30pm, DTH 110

Places are limited. To book on to this workshop please email counselling-service@gold.ac.uk

Transitioning and Adjusting to University Life

This workshop will offer a facilitated group discussion on challenges that students are faced with in times of transitions, changes and adjustments.

Thursday 26th October - 2pm-3.30pm, St James Hall, Block 1A

Places are limited. To book on to this workshop please email counselling-service@gold.ac.uk

Managing Exam Stress

A workshop exploring ways to maximise all your personal resources leading up to exams, including motivation and memory. As well as looking at ways to minimise anxiety so that you perform to the best of your ability on the day. 

Dates - to be arranged 

Managing Stress and Anxiety

A workshop that seeks to explore how anxiety works from a physical, psychological and emotional perspective. By understanding the cyclical nature of anxiety you can begin to challenge the beliefs, feelings and behaviours that perpetuate this anxiety.

Looking at practical ways to break the cycle of anxiety by questioning negative thoughts, aiming to replace them with more positive, helpful thoughts and patterns. As well as explaining relaxation techniques that can help minimise the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Dates - to be arranged

Other workshops

We will also be offering workshops on Procrastination; Self Esteem; Perfectionism; and Drug & Alcohol Awareness.


Academic Skills

Essay Writing Through Creative Practices

In this series of practical workshops, creative activities are used to develop academic skills in a positive atmosphere. We invite you to try out different approaches to academic work in an informal and supportive context. Each session will focus on a different theme, but you will benefit from coming to single session if you cannot attend all of them.

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