Wellbeing groups

UHCS offers a range of wellbeing groups to help support you in achieving academic success. Here you’ll find information about the group sessions that we run.

Pause – An introduction to managing anxiety

This is a two-session psycho-educational and skills based group. You will learn about anxiety, and the impact anxiety can have on your thoughts, feelings, body, and behaviour. You will be introduced to strategies to help manage symptoms of anxiety, and will have the opportunity to practice these strategies between sessions. We will review the skills learned, and discuss what supported your practice, and any barriers you may have faced in implementing these new skills.

Facilitators: Clare Ryan and Luke van Helden

Upcoming courses: Mondays 1 - 3pm, room 315:387.

Monday 20 and 27 March, 3 and 10 April, 1 and 8 May, 15 and 22 May.

To register, please complete our Group registration.

Mindfulness for academic success (MAS)

The MAS programme is aimed at improving academic performance and enhancing physical and psychological wellbeing. You will learn core mindfulness techniques to help lower stress and anxiety levels, improve concentration and memory, and overcome procrastination.

The program uses specific mindfulness practices to:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Overcome procrastination
  • Maximise brain performance
  • Learn how to learn better.

Facilitators: Daniel Farrant/ Nisarg Dey

Upcoming courses: Wednesdays 1 - 2:45pm, room 315:387.

Wednesday 22 March - 3 May, excluding two weeks for mid-semester break.

To register your interest for the Semester One 2017 group, please complete our Group registration.

Mindfulness@Uni (Drop-in)

An easy and flexible way to learn and practise mindfulness meditation.  The 45-minute weekly sessions include a 10-minute introduction (optional for experienced participants), a 20-minute guided mindfulness meditation, followed by a brief discussion (optional).  This group is designed for beginning, as well as experienced meditators.  New members are welcome at any time during the semester.

Facilitator: Nisarg Dey

Upcoming courses: Fridays 10 - 11am, room 315:387.

Friday 10 March - 9 June, excluding two weeks for mid-semester break.

To register, please complete our Group registration.

Overcoming procrastination

Procrastination can lead to stress and poor academic performance. The overcoming procrastination group is designed to help you identify your goals and take action towards them. If you are ready to make some changes, this group is for you.

Facilitators: Daniel Farrant/ Nisarg Dey

Upcoming courses: Thursdays 1 - 3pm, room 315:387.

Thursday 23 March - 8 June, excluding two weeks for mid-semester break.

To register, please complete our Group registration.

Social confidence group

Learn how to manage social anxiety, build up self-esteem and improve confidence in social situations.

Facilitator: Debbie Stewart

Upcoming courses: Tuesdays 1 - 3pm, room 315:387.

Tuesday 21 March - 23 May, excluding two weeks for mid-semester break.

To register, please complete our Group registration.

Mood management group

This structured CBT group will help you overcome depression and learn coping skills that focus on negative thinking patterns, reactivating your life and reaching goals that are important to you. Being in a small, supportive group helps reduce the isolation of depression and improves motivation.

Facilitator: Anne Scott

Upcoming courses: Wednesdays 3 - 5pm, room 315:387.

Wednesday 15 March - 10 May, excluding two weeks for mid-semester break.

To register, please complete our Group registration.

Introduction to intuitive eating: interrupting the diet/binge cycle

This group is designed for women who struggle with binge eating, emotional eating or eating past fullness. The group will explore some of the origins and impact of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours around food and body image. We will develop strategies with a focus on compassionate alternatives to dieting, eating past fullness and compensating. We will consider together the ideas of body trust and intuitive eating and will include meditative practice on these ideas each week.

Please feel free to ask your counsellor or doctor about this group.

Comment from a previous participant:

“I found the content of this group very helpful. I pride myself in being a good researcher as I have been a student for seven years.  However, researching on my own has not helped for 10 years (of which I have severely struggled with binge eating and bulimia), so I needed a change. 

The information that was presented was all relatively new to me.  I liked the information that was presented to us because it reflected more of an alternative lifestyle with positive thinking and mindfulness, and it wasn’t based on quick fixes.  I really loved that it was about each individual's journey and relationship with themselves and with food, instead of focusing on what’s ‘good’, ‘bad’ and ‘healthy’ like many other resources and programs."

Please note that this group is in no way a dieting or weight control group.

Facilitators: Maree Burns and Kate Yeoman

Upcoming courses: Tuesdays 10:30am - 12:30pm, room 315:387.

Tuesday 21 March - 6 June, excluding two weeks for mid-semester break.

To register your interest for the Semester One 2017 group, please complete our Group registration.

Doctoral support group

Writing and research can be an isolating process. This open group is designed to help guide and support you through the journey while completing a PhD. It will provide you with an opportunity to connect with others and share skills, stories and signposts to facilitate progress and a sense of work/life balance.

Facilitator: Hyeeun Kim

Upcoming courses: Every second Monday of the month at 10am - 12pm, room 315:387.

Monday 13 Feb, 13 March, 10 April and 8 May.

Support with the experience of losing a parent

Losing a parent in your 20s or younger is a traumatic event that can be overwhelming and isolating. The aim of this group is to support students who have experienced the death of a parent, by providing the opportunity to share their experiences with other young people who know exactly how they feel.  The group focuses on increasing strategies and enabling students to find a way of living with the loving memory of their parent while building new strengths and hope for the future.

Facilitator: Lesley MacKay

Upcoming courses: Thursdays 3.30pm - 5pm, room 315:387.

Starts Thursday 3 August.

To register, please complete our Group registration.

Indian women's group

This is an opportunity for you to celebrate yourself as female Indian student living in a Kiwi culture. In this confidential and supportive environment you will gain confidence, strength and support by the process of sharing your own experiences of cultural adjustment, relationships and family dynamics.

Participants will be required to attend a 30-minute interview before joining.

Facilitator: Veneeta Prasad

Upcoming courses: Tuesdays 2pm - 4pm, room 315:419.

Tuesday 14 March - 9 May, excluding two weeks for mid-semester break.

To register, please complete our Group registration.

Men's group - Men connect

Many factors may separate and isolate men. The intention of this group is to bring men together so they can develop a greater understanding of what other men might be facing and how they may individually and collectively respond to challenges in their lives.  

Facilitator: Luke van Helden

Upcoming courses: Thursdays 9am - 11am, room 315:387.

Thursday 23 March - 18 May, excluding two weeks for mid-semester break.

To register, please complete our Group registration.