• 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.


  • 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!

    Dates for Semester 2

    • Wed 24th Jan 2 pm - 3 pm
    • Mon 29th Jan 10 am to 11am
    • Tue 6th Feb 1 pm - 2 pm
    • Mon 12th Feb 12 pm - 1pm
    • Wed 21st Feb 2 pm - 3 pm
    • Tue 27th Feb 10 am - 11 am
    • Mon 5th March 10 am - 11 am
    • Wed 14th March 2 pm - 3 pm
    • Tue 20th March 12 pm - 1 pm
    • Mon 9th April 1 pm - 2 pm
    • Wed 18th April 1 pm - 2 pm
    • Tue 24th April 10 am - 11 am
    • Mon 30th 10 am - 11 am.

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

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

    Effective Assertive Communications

    “Assertiveness is behaviour, which helps us communicate clearly and confidently our needs, wants and feelings to other people without abusing in any way their rights.”
    Gael Lindenfield (1992) Assert Yourself (Thorsons) p3

    Would you like to:

    • Feel more confident and open when discussing your opinions?
    • Be able to ask for what you need or want in an open manner?
    • Be able to say ‘No’ respectfully and confidently, without feeling guilty?
    • Be able to resolve difficulties in relationships without just giving in or getting angry?
    • Feel more confident in your communications and relationships?

    Then this talk could help you. This talk is a mixture of teaching, small groups and larger group participation. One longer talk is given each semester to offer more time for this experiential learning.


    Feedback from a previous participant.


    ''Thank you so much for this lecture yesterday and for the presentation. I will invite my colleagues to cup of coffee/tea to share with them this great presentation because I find it very useful and interesting for every student. I won't be able to present it in that interesting way as you did but I will do my best. It is time now to use this knowledge practically and I will definitely use what I learned yesterday, not just here when I am studying, but also in my future job in  education where I need to communicate with people on many different levels. Not less important assertive communication will be useful for me in my everyday life. In my opinion good communication is crucial for stable and normal relationships with other people, so one more time thank you for everything and every praise for being such an excellent lecturer.''


    Date:  08/03/2018

    Location: JHB 401

    Time: 12:00-13:30


    Please contact Wellbeing reception (484650) or to book a place.



    Effective Exam Management

    • Learn strategies to enhance and develop your exam preparation and management
    • Control and use your anxiety effectively rather than let it control you
    • Develop time management for productive revision
    • Maintain positive mental and physical health (sleep, nutrition, exercise for success)
    • Use exams as an opportunity to tell the University your opinions, creativity and depth of knowledge.

      Date: 03/05/2018

      Location: JHB 401

      Time: 12:00-13:30


    Please contact Wellbeing reception (484650) or to book a place.




    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:
    * Some emotional reasons why we avoid doing things
    * Psychological reasons and explanations for why we put things off
    * Ways to overcome these difficulties to enable you to get things done

    Dates for semester 2 

    Date: Friday 20th April

    Time: 12:30 pm - 14:00

    Room: JHB 306


    How do I Apply for a Place?

    Please complete the details on the Google form at this link

    Please note places are limited for these workshops and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.  

    Please do not sign up unless you are sure you will be able to attend on the day. 
    These workshops are usually oversubscribed so booking a slot and then not turning up will have an impact on other students who may wish to attend but are turned away because the workshop is fully booked.

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

    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 trough Social Media.

    CBT for Panic Attacks

    If you have recurrent unexpected panic attacks when you experience four or more of these physical and mental symptoms (palpitations, breathlessness, dizziness, trembling, blurred vision, nausea, chest pain, sweating and fear of loss control), this group may be for you.


    How is the group structured?

    • The group runs for four consecutive weeks
    • You are expected to attend all four sessions
    • Each meeting lasts an hour and a half
    • A group contains up to 8 members and a facilitator
    • Facilitated by a CBT therapist - Sanya Arapovic
    • Because members attend regularly, membership of the group remains consistent.

    How will it help me?

    The objective of the group is understanding and overcoming panic attacks.

    We will:

    • Discuss typical cognition occurring during panic
    • Examine evidence for beliefs
    • Share understanding of the vicious circle of panic
    • Discuss techniques to resolve and manage panic
    • Attempt behavioural experiments
    • Work on preventing relapse

    Is it confidential?

    The group is confidential – group members agree that what is shared in the group remains private.

    A group is a safe environment which allows members to give support through both understanding and gentle challenging.


    How do I join the group?

    Please contact Wellbeing reception on or phone (48)4650.

    Once you register your interest you will be contacted by the facilitator to discuss your availability to attend the group.

    We can only run these groups if there are sufficient numbers of students with the same availability

    If you are already seeing a counsellor, you may discuss the Panic Group with them before joining the group.

    Free Mental Health E-Learning for all University Staff

    Would you like to feel more confident to support students in distress?

    • Easy-to-follow 20-minute sessions, including:
    • Signs to look out for
    • Key helping skills
    • Knowing who else to involve

      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: