If you are dealing with concerns like depression, anxiety, or stress, a healthcare professional may recommend group counselling. UBC Counselling Services also offers support groups for specific concerns that you can join at any time.
Group counselling programs
About group counselling
Benefits of group counselling
Group therapy is as effective as individual therapy for concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns. It can also benefit you in different ways.
Connect with other students
You are not alone. The group experience can help you connect with other students experiencing similar challenges. The group environment seeks to be encouraging, supportive, and safe.
Learn new skills
Groups offer opportunities for you to realize your strengths and gather new skills to try out. Most groups are offered once a week.
Group therapy can offer a different perspective on your situation and a sense of accountability which can help motivate you to try new strategies.
Build social confidence
It is common for students to feel nervous before coming to their first group. The groups are clear about the purpose of the group and what will happen during the session. You can share as much or as little as you like in the group. The supportive environment can provide an opportunity to practice new skills to help reduce anxiety in a social setting.
For online offerings, as long as you have access to a stable internet connection, you can take part in a group from anywhere in British Columbia.
We are currently offering in-person and online group programs. For more information on how to access these programs, read the group descriptions below.
We recognize the unique individual needs of each student and the clinician working with you will provide alternate options if group programming is not an appropriate referral option or fit.
If you are a UBC Vancouver student, you can also access online groups and workshops offered by UBC Okanagan Counselling Services.
For both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan students
- Happy Together: Relationship Skills Group
- Mindful Stress Management
- (Re)Claim and Connect: A guided storytelling group for Asian Canadians
- Living Your Best Life with ADHD
- Anxiety: Is It Getting the Better of Me?
For UBC Vancouver students only
Other UBC support groups and meetings
There are a variety of groups and meetings on campus which offer a sense of community and support for mental health and wellness related concerns.
The Kaleidoscope offers weekly peer led support groups for undergraduate and graduate students living with the experience of mental health concerns.
UBC Student Recovery Community (SRC)
For students who are in recovery, or curious to explore their relationship with alcohol, drugs, and/or addictive behaviours such as disordered eating, the SRC offers peer led support meetings.
UBC Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC)
SASC Support & Advocacy staff facilitate peer support groups for prospective, current and recent UBC students of all genders who have experienced any form of sexualized violence, harassment and/or abuse.