Group Therapy Schedule

Health & Wellness Centre Counselling and Therapy Groups – Online Sessions for Spring/Summer 2021

UTSC Health & Wellness Centre offers three types of health and wellness group sessions. 
Please see the mental health and wellness focused groups facilitated by Counsellor/Therapists here:

Register for all groups via CLNx.

  1. Mental Health Workshops. These workshops are educational in approach.  They provide information and support to cope and improve your well-being and better understand mental health.
  2. Drop-in Groups. Participants are encouraged to engage throughout the session. These groups focus on developing and improving self-care strategies. Participants may join these groups at any point throughout the series, weekly registration is required.
  3. Therapy Groups. Weekly attendance is mandatory, and an intake assessment is required. The student must reside in Ontario due to governmental regulations. Therapy groups help change attitudes, behaviour and habits that may be unhelpful; and promote more constructive and adaptive ways of coping.

All of the groups will start on the week of May 31, 2021 and run for 4 or 8 weeks.


Topic: Understanding Yourself, Understanding Your Anxiety (Mental Health Workshop)

Date/ Time: Beginning June 3, 2021 (8 sessions)
Thursdays from 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Facilitator:  Tayyab

You are not alone, to experience anxiety. Anxiety makes you feel worried, nervous and uneasy—constantly. Anxiety is the most common psychological concern among post-secondary students, exacerbated many folds in wake of COVID-19, racial inequalities and uncertainties. No matter, how your anxiety manifests, these workshops over eight weeks offers you practical, relevant and effective strategies, including specific mindfulness-based practices to deal with anxiety. Each Session begins and ends with a brief mindfulness practice.


Topic: Combatting Racism: From Bystander to Upstander (Mental Health Workshop)

Date/ Time: Beginning Tuesday June 1, 2021 (8 sessions)
Tuesdays from 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Facilitator:  Tayyab

COVID-19 has sharpened the structural and societal inequities that have long existed and permeated disproportionately across racialized communities.  These inequities have been maintained by power dynamics that translate into a lack of access to resources and opportunities.  These workshops aim to create a safe and inclusive space to explore how inequities create psychological distress, impact physical health and maintain cyclical deprivation. Participants will explore ways these inequities are embedded in cultural ideas, artifacts and symbols of the superiority of a specific culture and a race. We will also discuss the Will and practical Ways that can help us to move from bystander to upstander—taking purposeful and impactful actions to combat anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, Islamophobia, and other forms of oppression.

Topic: Finding Self-Acceptance Using Principles of Self-Compassion (Drop-in Group)

Date/Time: Beginning Thursday June 3, 2021 (8 sessions)
Thursdays from 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Facilitator:  Ahil

Are you having trouble managing feelings of discouragement, frustration and hurt? This group seeks to help you form a better relationship with yourself. It focuses on ways to practice kindness with oneself through practices of mindfulness, validating and soothing one’s critical voice and finding ways to understand suffering.


Topic: LGBTQIA2S PRIDE MONTH Support Group (Drop-In Group)

Date/ Time: Beginning Friday June 4, 2021 (4 sessions)
Fridays from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Facilitator:  Sarah

The LGBTQ+ support group is open to any students who identify within the LGBTQ+ community or may be questioning their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. The group provides an opportunity for folks to connect and share what’s happening for them currently in their lives as we build community together. The group also offers space to explore topics related to LGBTQ+ lived experiences.  


Topic: Let’s Get Crafty (Drop-In Group)

Date/ Time: Beginning Thursday July 8, 2021 (4 sessions)

Thursdays 2:00pm – 4:00 pm 

Facilitator:  Sarah

Creativity can be an important means for supporting our overall wellness. Accessing our creativity offers us another outlet for expression and helps us to make sense of some of the challenges we may be experiencing in new ways. Join us in this unique online art therapy group as we use easy to find materials, right in our own homes, to create and explore new possibilities for wellness.