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Advice and Counselling Service

Groups and workshops

Students sitting around a table with a wellbeing adviser

There are a number of groups run by the Advice and Counselling Service, sometimes in liaison with external services.  Take a look below to see what groups are currently available.


If you are interested in longer-term group therapy, then you can find out more on our Group Therapy page.

Men's Wellbeing Group

A poster for mens wellbeing group in black and white with a mountain in the background

This is not a traditional therapy group as such, but an opportunity to explore, learn, and discuss your experiences of being a man in today's society, including any challenges you face. The group offers a safe and non-judgmental space for those who identify as male at QMUL.     

The sessions will cover various topics with the hope of generating interesting and thought provoking discussion. There will be time for questions and debriefing at the end. 

Course dates: 5 week group at 10:30am - 12pm on Thursdays from 12th October 2023.

Find out more information about the group and how to register your interest on the Men's Wellbeing Group page.

Mindfulness courses 

Learn more about how your mind works, and how this impacts on your everyday life including how you cope (or not) with pain, stress and difficulty.  

The sessions will involve some teaching, as well as guided meditation practices and group discussions. You will also be encouraged to do small “homework” assignments but these are not mandatory.   

Course dates:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: 4 week evening course from Monday 9th October - Monday 20th October 2023.

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry: 4 week evening course from Monday 20th November - Monday 11th December 2023.

This page will be updated when joining information is available. Further dates will be added for Semester 2 in the coming weeks.

PhD Support Group

The PhD Support Group is run by the Advice and Counselling Service. It aims to provide a safe, confidential space in which PhD students support each other with personal, emotional and relationship issues that are holding them back. Find out more information on the PhD Support Group page.  

If you are a PG Research student, you can also attend workshops run by the Queen Mary Academy.

If you are a postgraduate research student, you can also attend a variety of courses run by the Queen Mary Academy aimed at supporting you through your doctoral studies.

Self Compassion Group

Information about the self compassion group

Group focussing on understanding and developing compassion for our selves. The group will take place in person and will involve myth busting, group discussions, in-session exercises and between-session exercises. 

Course dates:

6 week group at 2:30pm - 4pm on Tuesdays from 10th October - 21st November 2023 (break for reading week on 31st October).

Students need to be referred by a member of the Advice and Counselling team. For further information, you can download the flyer: Self Compassion Group flyer [PDF 82KB]. If you are interested in attending the group, you should contact

Therapeutic Gym Group for Black Women

Group for black women to take part in an assisted workout with a trainer at Q-motion on the Mile End campus, followed by a reflective session.

Workouts will be 40 minutes and will include Boxfit, Cycle, HIIT strength and Hatha Yoga. Afterwards, we will come together in a private, safe and confidential space and spend 50 minutes talking about the session and what came up for us, alongside themed topics. 

Course dates:

8 week programme from Monday 9th October - Monday 27th November 2023.

Participants who have previously expressed interest via a university-wide survey will be contacted directly via email from the 18th September 2023. This is currently open to second years and above but will be running throughout the year so there will be an opportunity to include new students.





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