SCHW Groups

Benefits of group counselling

  • Learning that you are not alone in feeling a certain way
  • Increasing your awareness of proactive behaviours and coping strategies from interacting with others who may have similar concerns
  • Practicing and improving your interpersonal skills
  • Taking emotional risks with others that can prepare you to take similar risks outside of the group
  • Developing a feeling of cohesion, trust, and mutual support with fellow group members
  • Making friends with other students on campus

2SLGBTQIA+ Support Group

SCHW offers a biweekly virtual drop-in support group to York's 2SLGBTQIA+ student community. SCHW counsellors who identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community facilitate this group and create a safe and positive space where stories can be shared and support given. The group gives students the opportunity to be themselves in a world that often says that being themselves is not okay. Topics covered include coming out, gender and sexuality, finding safe spaces on campus/ during COVID-19, managing stress, connecting with broader community supports, and self-care. Group members are encouraged to lead the conversation and have agency over deciding what they would like discussed on any given week.

For the Zoom link, please email schw@yorku.ca.

Days & Times

Beginning on September 27, the 2SLGBTQIA+ Support Group will meet virtually on Tuesdays (biweekly) from 1 to 2 p.m.

Gay Men's Support Group

This group provides a safe space to discuss all issues related to the gay men or queer men community. Individuals interested in joining the group will need to first set-up a group screening to assess their needs and to discuss group norms and rules.

To connect for a group screening and/or for more information, please email schw@yorku.ca.

Days & Times

The Gay Men’s Support Group meets every Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Process Group

SCHW Process Groups are held weekly and are open only to invited students. The group is led by a SCHW counsellor. Topics discussed change on a weekly basis and are student-driven according to need. Students have an opportunity to obtain psychoeducation and provide their peers with mutual support, information, and skills.

To see if a process group is right for you, please first meet with a counsellor for a walk-in session. Walk-in sessions are offered on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Days & Times

There are two SCHW Process Groups. One group meets on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the other group meets on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Queer Women's Support Group

This is a virtual support group for women who love women and identify as Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Non-Binary or Questioning (2SLBTQ). This group invites students with lived experience in these communities to meet and discuss issues in a supportive environment.

For the Zoom link, please email schw@yorku.ca.

Days & Times

Beginning on October 4, the Queer Women Support Group will meet virtually on Tuesdays (biweekly) from 1 to 2 p.m.

Racialized Students Support Group

The Racialized Students Support Group is a group facilitated by racialized counsellors at SCHW. The monthly drop-in group provides a safe space for students who identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour (BIPOC) to reflect on their identities, experiences, and challenges and to build community. A focus of the group will be placed on processing and healing from racial trauma.

To join the next group or to ask more for more information, please contact Dhivya Balakrishnan at dbala@yorku.ca.

Days & Times

The Racialized Students Support Group will meet on Wednesday, November 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Trans and Non-Binary Support Group

Connect with the Trans and Non-Binary Support Group to meet other students and navigate gender in a relaxed and safe virtual space. Feel free to share as much or as little as you want. Ask questions, just listen in, or chat and make some new friends! Our group is facilitated by Jay Jonah, a trans-masculine social worker who specializes in supporting trans and non-binary folx. Open to all trans, non-binary, gender-non-conforming folx and those who are questioning their gender.

Days & Times

The Trans and Non-Binary Support Group held its final session of the Fall term on November 15. Stay tuned to this page for updates on the next meeting in 2023!

Trauma-informed Yoga Group for female-identifying students

Trauma-informed yoga is an approach to creating a supportive space in which students can learn emotional regulation skills through breath work and body awareness, while centering on safety, simplicity, and choice-making. The principles guiding trauma-informed yoga recognize that any individual participant may have experienced trauma. This group aims to honour survivors as the experts of their own bodies and experiences. Using the utmost sensitivity, the facilitator will place emphasis on the individual’s personal agency and available options for positioning their bodies. Themes for this term include Restore, Courage, & Kindness.

Days & Times

For more information on future sessions, please contact our facilitator via email at angela28@yorku.ca. Zoom links will be shared with participants upon registration.

To watch instructional recordings, browse through our yoga resources.


Co-facilitated Groups with The Centre


Support Groups for Survivors of Sexual Violence

You are not alone! SCHW co-facilitates support groups and meditation sessions for survivors of sexual violence with The Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education.

Days & Times

Beginning on September 26, these events will be offered weekly during the Fall 2022 term.

  • Men's Support Group: Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Women's Support Group: Tuesdays from 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Meditation Sessions: Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Register by contacting the Centre at 416-736-5211 or thecentre@yorku.ca.


Co-facilitated Groups with the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (ACMAPS)


Meditations focused on Academics and Life Challenges

Led by Scott Pope, a trained psychotherapist from SCHW, these meditation sessions (for mature, part-time and transfer students) help to de-stress and increase positivity as it relates to your academic challenges and overall life challenges. A few types of meditation styles Scott focuses on are progressive relaxation, visualization, loving-kindness, focused and body scan. These are drop in sessions and do not require registration.

Days & Times

Beginning on September 29, these sessions will take place once per week on alternating Tuesdays (from 10 to 11 a.m.) and Thursdays (from 1 to 2 p.m.). To join one of these meetings, visit the ACMAPS website and browse through the events calendar. From there, you will be able to select one of the schedule dates and open the Zoom link.

In addition to these live sessions, our Guided Meditations page also features a few pre-recorded audio tracks for you to practice relaxation and breathing techniques asynchronously.