The University Counselling Service


Groups are run as counselling in a group setting, and meet regularly (weekly or monthly).  Attendees get to know other group members and can benefit from support and understanding from other participants, as well as hearing different perspectives. 

Facilitators will offer information and exercises to enable this process and guide the group to help you get what you need.  Facilitators are also there to help establish and maintain agreements on how the group will run.  Useful coping strategies often come from attending a group, but this is usually achieved through a deepening understanding of yourself through contact with, and feedback from others, which informs what strategies might work best for you. 

To enrol in a group, you will need to have an individual appointment first and talk to the counsellor about the group you are interested in; they can then refer you if group counselling seems appropriate to your needs.

The different groups the service runs are: -

'Being Male' Group

A six-week group led by male counsellors for male identifying students.

It offers a safe space to discuss social and emotional issues relevant to male identifying students from a variety of backgrounds.

Each session has some short themed input, as a way of launching group discussion.  Some of the themes covered are: - messages about being male, the family, relationships, self-image, emotions, maladaptive coping, change and endings.  

The group takes please in the summer term and will run in person.

If you would like to attend this group, please email us for further information.

Please note that students do not normally have individual ongoing counselling while attending a group.

Coping & Connecting 
(formerly called Managing Relationships)

An eight-week group for students which gives you a chance to talk about how you are coping. 

In the group you will have chance to see what you’re managing well, the things you’re struggling with and to connect with others who might understand. 

Groups like this offer the opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings and to get and give support and perspective.  It’s a group to connect with yourself and others.

The group runs twice per year in the autumn and spring semesters.

Facilitators offer input to the group to help members learn how they function in response to the challenges the world throws at us, and to see what changes you may want to make. 

Examples of themes that regularly arise in this group are: identity, self-esteem, anxiety, self-criticism, sexuality; relationships, friendships, family, mood, eating and unhealthy coping strategies.

If you would like to attend this group, please email us for further information.

At present this group is scheduled to take place via MS Teams video call.

Please note that students are not eligible for individual ongoing counselling while attending this group.



International Student Support Group

This monthly support group for international student offers a safe space for you to talk with other international students who are likely to understand what it’s really like for you being at university a long way from ‘home’.

The themes that have come up include: - changes in relationships with people at home and in the UK, the successes and worries about studies and coping, identity issues, practical issues such as appointments with doctors, where to find certain foods, cultural differences and adjusting to the British social language.

Referral into the group is via one of our counsellors, a mental health advisor, a support and wellbeing officer or a chaplain.  You would meet with the facilitator before being offered a place on the group.

Currently this group is being offered in-person at University Park.

The Transition Group

This group runs weekly for eight weeks with the aim of creating a positive support network for students whilst on placement, involving coping mechanisms and strategies to maintain mental health and self-care whilst on placement.

This group is specifically for issues around School of Medicine placements, specifically FFP students.  These will include performance anxieties, self‑esteem, imposter syndrome, balancing work/life, possible trauma.

This group begins before the students start placement so that they can reflect on and get support for the concerns and worries they have about the transition.  It will also enable the group to become established before they begin the possible unsettling routine of moving accommodation and starting placement.

If you would like to attend this group, please email us for further information.

This group will take place via MS Teams video call.




University Counselling Service

The Orchards
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 3695

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