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Support Group for PhD Students (Fridays)

Date: Fri 25 May
- Fri 15 Jun 2012, 12:15 - 13:15

Is your concentration on your research affected by stress, depression or relationship worries?
Are you feeling blocked in your thesis writing?
Is being a research student making you feel isolated?
Are you struggling with managing the tension between personal and academic issues?
Does the relationship with your supervisor sometimes feel difficult?
Is it hard to maintain confidence, motivation or a sense of the relevance of your research?
Do you need someone to talk to?

Concerns such as these affect many PhD students and can get in the way of reaching
one’s academic potential. This aim of the PhD Support Group is to provide a safe, confidential
space where participants can support each other with personal, emotional and relationship
issues that are holding one back.

Through sharing with others who may be having similar experiences one can gain
a clearer perspective and disentangle the personal and emotional issues which can
impede thesis writing and academic progress.

The group is facilitated by Dr Jessica Mayer Johnson, an experienced Group Therapist
within the counselling team. Jessica has a specialist interest in group work for helping
participants with blocks to intellectual and creative energy. She also supervises
postgraduate theses in another setting and has herself been through the process of writing a

The research student group will run for 4 weekly sessions on Fridays from 12.15pm
to 1.15pm starting 25 May to 15 June 2012 If you think that you would like to join the
group or would like or to find out more please email and ask to make an
appointment with Jessica Mayer Johnson.

Arranged by:Advice and Counselling Service
Contact:Jessica Mayer Johnson