Workshops and Events
Live Webinar: 'Lets talk about Stress & Anxiety'
The Student Counselling & Mental Health Service will be running a live webinar on Thursday 15th April at 10:30am. The webinar, titled Let’s Talk About Stress & Anxiety will involve a 30 minute presentation from Sebastian Bosca, one of our Student Counsellors, followed by a 30 minute live Q&A where participants can put their questions to Sebastian. This webinar aims to help you learn more about how the mind and the body influence each other during stressful situations, why it's important to look at both the psychological and physiological aspects of stress in your life, and what you can do to deal with stress in a healthy way using the mind-body approach, while also allowing you to anonymously put your questions about stress to a trained therapist and receive immediate answer. This webinar is perfect for current service users and for students who don’t already use the service but would like to learn more about managing their stress & anxiety.
The webinar will be hosted on Teams Live, so you will just need to log in using your usual Imperial login and password, and no registration with the Student Counselling & Mental Health Advice Service is necessary. Click here to join at the time of the event.
This 4-week course is designed for people who experience low mood and would like to learn techniques to manage it better, whilst connecting with other students who are experiencing similar challenges.
The Mood Boost course is an opportunity to learn new skills and tools which you can use to feel happier, more relaxed and confident, and less sad, irritated, or worried. The course includes information about low mood, how to set realistic goals, ways to get a better balance of activities in your life, ways to manage unhelpful thoughts, and how to improve your general wellbeing.
The course is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is an effective evidence-based intervention for low mood and will be led by two of our Student Counsellors.
The course is delivered online via Microsoft Teams Platform over four consecutive Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 - 3:30pm. This is a 4-week course and participants will need to commit to attending all four sessions in order to fully benefit from and complete the course. If you are unable to attend all 4 dates listed below, please wait until the next course is delivered at the start of next academic year.
Certificates of attendance will be awarded to all those completing the course.
All course dates run on Wednesdays from 2-3:30pm:
- 2nd June
- 9th June
- 16th June
- 23rd June
Participants will need to commit to attending all four sessions in order to fully benefit from and complete the course.
Get to know the facilitators
Leigh Ivens Townsend, Student Counsellor
I am a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist and have worked in higher education counselling and mental health services for the past 7 years. I am a registered and accredited member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy and have experience in offering therapy within the NHS primary care context, the charitable sector as well as my own private practice. Prior to training as a Psychotherapist, I spent 10 years working with vulnerable client groups offering mental health support and advocacy in a variety of settings including the refugee sector and the women’s sector.
When working with clients, I aim to create a warm, respectful, and collaborative relationship where they can feel comfortable to explore the issues or challenges that have led them to seek support. I see counselling and psychotherapy as an opportunity to increase self-awareness, develop new healthier ways of coping with and managing difficulties, and an opportunity for personal growth.
I am delighted to be co-facilitating the Mood Boost course and to offer the opportunity for students to develop new skills and tools for managing their mood and mental wellbeing.
Jasmin Han, Student Counsellor
I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist working both here at Imperial College and in private practice. I have been working as a counsellor for over 7 years now, with much of my experience working specifically in student mental health, allowing me to become more aware of the particular challenges commonly faced by students. My background is in systemic therapy and much of my private work has also been in helping families, couples, and individuals to better understand their relationships with one another. I do my best to provide a safe and non-judgemental space to help my clients explore their understanding of themselves, their beliefs, and their patterns of behaviour, so that we might make some sense of and better organize those difficult thoughts and feelings that seem to keep going round and round, keeping you stuck.
In my work, I’m interested in exploring relationships and attachments and how these inform both the way we say ourselves as well as what we see as important. These fundamental beliefs often then influence how we react to situations, what we tell ourselves, how we feel, and what decisions we make. I often find that while these learned ways of thinking may have helped us through a situation in the past, they can sometimes start to get in the way as our needs and values begin to shift. I’m looking forward to facilitating this Mood Boost course as I think it will be a useful opportunity to reflect on what your core beliefs are and how you usually respond to situations/problems, and perhaps develop other tools and ways of thinking to help you forge new and more helpful patterns.
This one hour workshop is suitable for students who would like to begin to change unhelpful sleeping habits. The Workshop aims to help improve sleep and to allow students to start thinking about a new sleep routine in general terms. There is no expectation to discuss any personal sleep problems, but some interaction is encouraged. The sessions will be led by our Student Counsellor Ulla Cameron and our Study Mentor Mary Fitzgerald.
Dates of upcoming Sleep Well workshops:
Wednesday 17th February at 12 midday - click here to sign up
Wednesday 31st March at 12 midday - click here to sign up
This workshop aims to help you understand the characteristics of and triggers for stress and enable you to increase your understanding of how you might manage your stress differently. Managing Stress can help you learn skills and gain insights about yourself that you will apply throughout your time at Imperial and beyond, and we invite anyone who is interested to join us for a session.
Dates of upcoming Managing Stress Workshops:
Tuesday 9th February at 10am - click here to sign up
Tuesday 9th March at 10am - click here to sign up
Tuesday 20th April at 10am - click here to sign up
Do you struggle with procrastination? Do you put off important tasks? Does this lead to you feeling stressed? The aim of this workshop is to explore and understand what procrastination might be for you and how to develop practical methods for combatting it.
Dates of upcoming Procrastination workshops:
Wednesday 10th February at 2pm - click here to sign up
Wednesday 17th March at 2pm - click here to sign up
Wednesday 28th April at 2pm - click here to sign up
Do you want to learn a way to increase self-awareness & resilience? Improve your working memory? Improve sleep? Reduce anxiety & depression? Research studies indicate that Mindfulness does all of this and more. Come along and try it out at this experiential online workshop.
“The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive - to know anything - to perceive - to learn - to change - to heal. Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally, to the unfolding of experience, moment by moment.”
Jon Kabat Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living
Dates of upcoming Mindfulness Meditation Workshops:
Monday 1st February 4-6pm
Monday 10th May 4-6pm
Click here to sign up.
Online Connect: a space for conversation
How are you doing?
This is a chance to check-in about common concerns; stress, lockdown, exams, relationships, life… and hear how others are getting on.
Online connect is a monthly space on Teams for students to meet, say hello and share how you are getting along. The meetings are relaxed and informal and you are welcome to sign up (dates below) and come along whenever you like. They provide a friendly, confidential space to share how you are feeling, ask questions, or just listen to others. We will always invite you to say a quick "Hi" and will be interested to hear whatever you have on your mind, but there will be no demand on you to say anything at all if you don't want to.
The meetings are an hour and a half long and are facilitated by members of the counselling team, Luke and Natasha (get to know them at the bottom of this page!) Any Imperial student can join sign up using the link below to contact the counselling admin team firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does it work?
The groups will take place using Microsoft Teams and participants can choose to use audio only or both audio and video. We will send you further details on how to join Microsoft Teams when you sign up. If you are unable to login to your scheduled group on time, we will move you to a future session to avoid distrupting the ongoing group conversation.
The facilitator will give a brief introduction and explanation about how you can use the group and will ask everyone involved to commit to making the space confidential. Make sure you are in private, comfortable space so that you can fully engage with the session.
The next online connect session will be running on:
- Wednesday 5th May at 2:30pm
Please note we require attendees to sign up at least 24 hours before, in order to process the registration before the session.
We hope you can join us!
How to sign up
To join an Online Connect session please contact email@example.com, with your preferred group time slot.
You will be sent a short form to complete in advance of participation in the group.
Get to know the facilitators
Natasha Cunningham - Study Mentor (Mental Health)
I work in the Student Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service as a Study Mentor - Mental Health. I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor, accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. My background is in the helping professions including healthcare, public services, and charitable agencies where I have worked for over 10 years. I enjoy working with people in an empathic, non-judgmental way; thinking with them about what is important for their own needs, interests as well as what they would like to achieve. I am very much looking forward to facilitating these groups at Imperial.
Luke Williams, Student Counsellor
I am a qualified person-centered psychotherapist who works both here at Imperial and in private practice. I have been working professionally for 7 years and am a registered member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy. I work with individual clients and facilitate groups. I enjoy helping clients connect, understand and express themselves as they explore their beliefs, values, decision-making processes, and patterns of behaviour. Before re-training as a psychotherapist, I worked in operations management, training, and education both in the UK and abroad. I do my best to offer an empathetic, non-judgemental space and believe given the right conditions clients explore what is important and meaningful to them. I enjoy finding out about people and helping them deepen their self-understanding so they can explore and utilise the options available to them and become more confident autonomous individuals. I find groups are a particularly potent and alive place to do this, so I am especially enthusiastic to facilitate this type of group here at Imperial.