Upcoming Workshops

Sleep Well

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 4th November at 1.30pm

Wednesday 9th December at 12pm

Click here to sign up.

Stress Management

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 Stress Management Workshops:

Tuesday 20th October 

Tuesday 17th November

Tuesday 15th December

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Procrastination

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL- you will be contacted soon if you have been successful in signing up for the group, or if you are on the waitlist. Due to the high demand, we are looking at releasing extra dates for the procrastination workshops. 

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 7th October - THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

Wednesday 2nd December - THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

 

Mindfulness Meditation

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 2nd November 4-6pm

Monday 1st February 4-6pm

Monday 10th May 4-6pm

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Support Group

Online Connect: a space for conversation

Don't just survive but thrive! At a time when life may feel unsettling and overwhelming, it’s good to have the opportunity to talk and connect with others who may be experiencing life in a similar way. Online Connect groups will be facilitated by a Student Counsellor and Study Mentor (Mental Health) and may be particularly helpful if you are waiting for an appointment or would like some support quickly.

support group imageThe groups are facilitated by Luke and Natasha (get to know them at the bottom of this page!) and will be limited to eight students. Each session will last for up to 1.5 hours and the schedule is listed below.

Online Connect is a student space for conversation with our experts, although it is not group therapy. The group will discuss topics that participants bring to the conversation and there is no fixed agenda. Groups are very good environments for working through interpersonal issues or social anxiety and they provide a unique opportunity to learn about yourself with the support of others. Feeling heard by others can be a particularly healing experience. 

 

Sign-up info

Upcoming groups

We have several upcoming groups which you can sign up for:

  • Wednesday 30th September at 14:30
  • Wednesday 14th October at 14:30
  • Wednesday 28th October at 14:30

We hope you can join us. 

How to sign up

To join an Online Connect session please contact counselling@imperial.ac.uk, with your preferred group time slot.

You will be sent a short form to complete in advance of participation in the group.

 

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.

Here are some suggestions to help you get the most from an Online Connect session:

  • Bring whatever is there; whatever is affecting you, whatever you are aware of.
  • Share what you want with the group and the group will work with you.
  • Seek to clarify or expand, to understand more, either about yourself or others.
  • Avoid storytelling and try to concentrate on what is happening in you, at the moment (thoughts, feelings, sensations).
  • Try to be open and non-defensive. Defensiveness keeps communication at a level of debate.
  • This is an opportunity to be different, to explore and express feelings which you might not normally express.

Get to know the facilitators

Luke Williams

Luke Williams - Student Counsellor

I am a qualified person-centred 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 group here at Imperial.

Natasha Cunningham

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-judgemental 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.