• The Counselling Service runs a number of talks for enrolled Brookes students.

    Talks have a focus on a particular issue or problem using peer reviewed materials and up-to-date research and thinking. These are delivered in a lecture style and require no participation from attendees. The number of participants will vary.


  • Adjusting to University: Successfully managing the transition to Brookes

    By staying healthy and academically productive

    To be successful at University means combining positive mental wellbeing + good academic performance

    It is normal to feel anxious, and sometimes overwhelmed, during the transition into University, when everything is so new and unfamiliar. Learn strategies to manage anxiety maintain positive wellbeing and build stress resilience to survive and even thrive and be successful in University.

    Academic year 2018/2019 - Dates for Semester 2

    Bespoke workshop for OBI students ONLY.

    • TBC

    These workshops are open to ALL students - you are very welcome to come along.

    • TBC

    Effective Assertive Communications at University

    It can be difficult to say what you mean, defend your position, or ask for what you needs. Come to this talk to learn how to communicate more clearly and confidently in a respectful open manner to other students, within group settings, or with your academic tutor.

    Date: 1 March 2019
    Time: 12.00 - 13.00
    Location: JHB 406

    Please contact Wellbeing Reception 01865 (48)4650 or to book a place.

    Effective Exam and Revision Management

    Feeling anxious before and during exams is normal. Learn how to manage this anxiety to ensure you revise effectively and productively. Learn how to manage your anxiety in the actual exam so that you can perform to your best.

    • Date: 10 April 2019  
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00
      Location: JHB 407 
    • Date: 3 May 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00 
      Location: JHB 407

    Emotional Intelligence

    Emotional intelligence is arguably a more accurate indicator of success than IQ, in you personal life, in your studies, and in the workplace. It can help you have satisfying relationships with other people and, just as importantly, with yourself.

    We’ll look at how improving your ‘EQ’ will improve your self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, social skills and motivation. We’ll look at what emotions are and why we have them.

    Rather than avoiding our emotions, we’ll explore how we can put them to proper use.

    Academic year 2018/2019 - Dates for Semester 2

    • Date: 15 February 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00
      Location: JHB 407

    • Date: 28 February 2019
      Time: 12.00 - 13.00
      Location: Gibbs 217

    • Date: 15 March 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00
      Location: JHB 407

    • Date: 27 March 2019
      Time: 14.00 - 15.00
      Location: CLC 2.09 (limited to 20 participants)

    • Date: 11 April 2019
      Time: 12.00 - 13.00
      Location: JHB 407

    These talks are open to all – you are very welcome to come along.

    Free Mental Health e-Learning for all University Staff

    Would you like to feel more confident when supporting students in distress? This e-learning package consists of six easy-to-follow, 20-minute sessions including:

    • Signs to look out for
    • Key helping skills
    • Knowing who else to involve
    • Supporting students at risk or in crisis

    For students experiencing depression, anxiety, homesickness or low self-esteem, that first conversation can make all the difference.

    To find out more and access the sessions, visit Free Mental Health e-Learning.

    Getting It Done!

    "Tomorrow - a mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored."

    Are you good at putting off what you need to do? Are you procrastinating instead of writing, drawing, designing or planning?

    In this talk, we'll look at:

    • Emotional reasons why we avoid doing things
    • Psychological reasons and explanations for why we put things off
    • Raising awareness of your obstacles to enable you to get things done

    Academic year 2018/2019 - Dates for Semester 2

    • Date: 7 February 2019
      Time: 12.00 - 13.00
      Location: CLC.G06

    • Date: 22 February 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00
      Location: JHB 407

    • Date: 6 March 2019
      Time: 14.00 - 15.00
      Location: G.534

    • Date: 21 March 2019
      Time: 12.00 - 13.00
      Location: CLC G.06

    • Date: 5 April 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00
      Location: JHB 407

    How do I apply for a place?

    There is no need to register. Just turn up on the day at the venue specified.

    Go on.... don't put it off!

    Managing Presentation Anxiety

    It is not easy to stand up in front of people and present your work. Learn how to manage your anxiety and specific techniques on how to give a good presentation.

    Academic year 2018/2019 - Date for Semester 2

    • Date: 14 March 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00
      Location: JHB 401

    This talk is open to all – you are very welcome to come along.

    Natural Mindfulness (and Managing Exam Stress)

    How often do we rush through life and not notice our surroundings?

    The philosophy of Natural Mindfulness is to pay more attention to the present moment by paying attention to the natural world – trees, plants and birdsong.

    Natural Mindfulness is being fully present and aware, can help us to notice signs of stress or anxiety earlier; helping to deal with them better and improving our mental wellbeing by helping us not to overreact or be overwhelmed by what is going on around us.

    • Walk:Natural Mindfulness
      Date: 3 April 2019
      Time: 14:00 - 15:00
      Location: Headington Campus, Marston Road site - meet at the reception area
    • Walk:Natural Mindfulness
      Date: 11 April 2019
      Time: 16:00 - 17:00
      Location: Harcourt Hill Campus - meet at the entrance to The Refectory
    • Walk: Managing Exam Stress with Natural Mindfulness
      Date: 2 May 2019
      Time: 16:00 - 17:00
      Location: Headington Hill, meet at the main entrance to the car park


    • Walk: Managing Exam Stress with Natural Mindfulness
      Date: 8 May 2019
      Time: 09:30 - 10:30
      Location: Headington Hill, meet at the main entrance to the car park

    Clothing: As we will be spending time outside, coats and suitable footwear for walking on grass etc. would be advisable.

    These talks are open to all – you are very welcome to come along.

    Overcoming Panic Attacks

    The aim of this workshop is:

    • To help you understand panic attacks
    • To help you control them by learning a few simple techniques
    • To encourage you to overcome them by breaking the vicious cycle

    If you feel panicky even at the thought of this then this workshop is definitely for you!

    It is a collaborative safe space to learn about panic attacks using the CBT model.  Personal self-disclosure is not required.


    • Date: 16 April 2019
      Time: 11.15 - 12.45
      Location: BCK Ground Floor, Garden Room

    • Date: 1 May 2019
      Time: 13:15 - 14.45
      Location: BCK G.26

      Please contact Wellbeing Reception on 01865 (48)4650 or to book a place.

    Positive Relationships

    We all have relationships with many people; parents, siblings, extended family members, friends and romantic relationships.

    Having relationships with other people is important and at the same time can be challenging and, related or not, living under the same roof can be one of the challenges.

    As you begin university your living situation may change. You may live on or off campus, with other people or on your own, and there will be aspects of your living situation that you will need to navigate.

    We will explore how to navigate these challenges and foster positive relationships.

    • Date: 28 March 2019
      Time: 9:30 - 10:30
      Location: Garden Room, Buckley Building, Headington Campus

    Stress Management & Positive Mental Wellbeing

    Would you like to:

    • Understand better what happens to your mind and body when you are anxious?
    • Manage the stresses of academic and home life more effectively?
    • Learn some practical strategies to balance your mood and help you feel more in control?
    • Find out what support and resources are available to you both inside and outside the University?

    If so, these talks might be for you!

    Academic Year 2018/2019 - Dates for Semester 2

    • Tuesday 5 February 2019 from 14.00 - 15.00
    • Monday 11 February 2019 from 11:00 - 12:00
    • Wednesday 20 February 2019 from 14.00 - 15.00
    • Tuesday 26 February 2019 from 10:30 - 11:30
    • Monday 4 March 2019 from 14.00 - 15.00
    • Wednesday 13 March 2019 from 10:00 - 11:00
    • Tuesday 19 March 2019 from 14.00 - 15.00
    • Monday 25 March 2019 from 11:00 - 12:00
    • Wednesday 3 April 2019 from 14.00 - 15.00

    All the talks will take place in the Meeting Room, BCK. G.26. Ground Floor of the Buckley Building, Headington Campus.

    These talks are open to all – you are very welcome to come along.

    Stress Resilience: How to be Successful at Brookes

    Combining academic performance with stress management.

    Coming to University represents a period of huge change – in geographic location, academic expectations, possibly in culture & language, and possibly also at a developmental stage in your life; leaving home. This change also happens when we are without our normal support structures of family and friends.

    Any change, or dealing with unfamiliar situations, brings an increase in anxiety or stress as a normal adaptive reaction to meet the challenges of the new situation.

    This temporary or acute stress can be useful to help meet this challenge or manage the change, e.g. to make sure you don’t get lost, and to raise your game to manage presentations, exams, or placements. But too much stress or anxiety, or over a prolonged period, can be overwhelming and sabotage personal well-being & academic performance.

    In this talk, we will consider:

    • What makes us stressed and why, and how stress can seriously and negatively impact on your academic performance and ultimate success.
    • Identify a stress management programme: To maintain an efficient and effective academic study programme and a healthy and positive mental wellbeing.

    Stress management is an intrinsic component to your academic studies – how you learn, think creatively, interact and perform successfully at University.

    This workshop is run once per semester. When the date has been arranged the details will be announced by email and through social media.

    Working Effectively in Groups at University

    Most students find working in groups quite a challenge! Come to this talk to understand group dynamics better so that you feel more confident and competent in expressing your opinions, listening to others, and negotiating in group projects.

    Academic year 2018/2019 - Date for Semester 2

    • Date: 20 February 2019
      Time: 13.00 - 14.00
      Location: JHB 407

    This talk is open to all – you are very welcome to come along.