Dissertation & Thesis Support Group

Students writing their dissertation or thesis often feel stuck, overwhelmed, and isolated.

A safe and confidential space for graduate students writing their thesis or dissertation to share their experiences and receive support. Focus on peer emotional support, goal setting and anxiety/stress management.

About the Facilitator

Susan Brook

Susan provides graduate students individual and group counselling, as well as workshops on topics including perfectionism, relationships with supervisors, and impostor syndrome. Her orientation is primarily psychodynamic within an anti-oppression framework. If you feel stuck, blocked, or overwhelmed she will explore with you ways you might be experiencing old or familiar patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving that may not be serving you in the present. Before becoming a counsellor Susan was an English professor, giving her years of personal experience of the trials and rewards of grad school and academic life.

Ayumi Sasaki

Ayumi is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and predoctoral intern at HCS. She is aware of her privileges as a younger, able-bodied, educated, cisgender woman, as well as some of the struggles of being an Asian woman previously with an international study visa. In her counselling work, Ayumi strives to establish an emotionally safe and collaborative environment for clients to reflect and explore alternative ways of coping, changing, or perceiving their difficulties. 

Contact: ayumi_sasaki@sfu.ca




Every Tuesday

January 19 to April 13


10:45am to 12:15pm


Online via Zoom


Every Thursday

January 14 to April 15


2:00 to 3:30pm


Online via Zoom


To register for this program, please contact Susan Brook at hcsgrad@sfu.ca.