Groups and Workshops Schedule

Group therapy is a powerful tool for growth and change.

Whether you want to overcome challenges, improve relationships, connect with others, or learn how to manage stress, anxiety or depression, there is a place for you.

Registration is required. If you are interested in participating in any CSU Health Network Groups and Workshops, please call (970) 491-7121.

Therapy Groups

Interpersonal Process Groups

Want to improve your relationships or feel better about yourself? Interested in connecting in a deep and meaningful way with other students? Are you noticing a pattern in your relationships that you’d like to change or understand better? Do you struggle or get anxious in social situations? Would you like honest feedback about how you relate to others? This group will provide a safe, supportive space to explore your feelings, connect with others, and practice new behaviors that can ultimately lead to more fulfilling relationships.

Group IDDayTimeLeader(s)
IP-AMonday1-2:30 p.m.

Tracy Close, BA and Lisa Heifner, LPC

IP-BMonday3-4:30 p.m.

Ping Lee, PhD and Bill O'Connor, BA

IP-CTuesday11-12:30 p.m.

Stephanie Carter, BS and Jen Laxague, LPC

IP-DTuesday3-4:30 p.m.

Jenny Brandsma, LPC and Andrew Brimhall, MA

IP-EWednesday11-12:30 p.m.

Celia Fulco, MS and Chloe Hinton, BA

IP-FWednesday1-2:30 p.m.

Alan Burd, MEd and Rebecca Hoke, LSW

IP-GThursday11-12:30 p.m.

John Herman, MS and Vanessa Paz, MA

IP-HThursday3-4:30 p.m.

Kiauhna Haynes, MS and Adam Sargent, PhD

IP-IFriday10-11:30 a.m.

Keiren Bissell, BA and Nicole Olivas, MS

IP-JFriday12-1:30 p.m.

Rachel Brenner, MS and Jessie Charbonneau, MA

Theme Groups

Theme therapy groups help students connect with others who share common experiences, identities and concerns.

Taming the Anxious Mind

This structured group employs strategies from mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies to better manage and relate to anxiety.  This group will support members in accepting anxiety and transforming their relationship to anxiety.  The ultimate goal of the group is to assist members in freeing themselves from the pull of constant struggle with anxiety so they can focus on living a more rich and meaningful life.   Members will participate in experiential exercises and complete homework assignments. Group is a seven-week commitment.  The group accepts members throughout the semester.  Screening is required.

Taming the Anxious Mind 1Monday1-2:30 p.m.

Alyssa de la Torre, MA and Jeri Newlin, MS

Taming the Anxious Mind 2Thursday11-12:30 p.m.

Alyssa de la Torre, MA and Jeri Newlin, MS

Depression: Darkness Before the Dawn

Are you having trouble getting out of bed or motivating to accomplish your responsibilities?  Is it harder to enjoy things that used to be your hobbies, or enjoy time with friends?  Do you experience weeks of feeling down or sad for no apparent reason?  Have you had feelings of emptiness or numbness?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, come check out Darkness Before the Dawn.  Learn about causes of those seemingly unpredictable spells of depression, and identify strategies to get back to your more energetic self.  This group meets for 8 weeks.

Wednesday1-2:30 p.m.Jenny Brandsma, LPC

Body Positive

Do you find yourself thinking a lot about your weight, body shape, or body size? Does planning around calories, food, and “making up” for what you eat seem to consume a lot of your time? Do you often find yourself feeling guilty, ashamed, or comparing your appearance to others and always seeming to fall short? Then the Body Positive group is right for you! In this group, you will be able to both give and receive support in a safe space from people struggling with the very same issues as you learn more about body image, begin to change unhealthy behaviors, and develop greater self-esteem. You are not alone!

Monday3-4:30 p.m.Helen Bowden, PhD and Jeri Newlin, MS

Transgender and Gender Fluid Support Group

Do you identify as trans* or gender non-conforming and are looking for more support and more sense of community surrounding your gender identity? This group will provide a confidential forum to meet others who identify as trans* or gender non-conforming, and to share experiences related to gender identity. Topics may include transitioning, coming out, physical health, family and social relationships, and dating/sexuality. However, discussion will primarily be guided by group members’ current interests and experiences. The group emphasizes group participation, mutual respect, and inclusivity. The group welcomes FTM and MTF spectrum individuals, genderqueer persons, intersexed folks, and those questioning their gender identity. Screening is required.

Wednesday3:30-5 p.m.Reid Trotter, PhD and Christina Kuroiwa, MD

DBT Tools for Success

This structured DBT-informed skills group employs strategies from mindfulness and acceptance based therapies, and is an excellent fit for anyone feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed or simply having difficulty enjoying life.  Skills focus on learning to be more present, self-compassionate, and able to handle intense emotions effectively.  Members will participate in experiential exercises and complete homework assignments. Group is an eight week commitment.  After the completion of the group, members will have a toolkit to pull from whenever difficult life circumstances arise.  The group accepts members throughout the semester.  Screening is required.

DBT Tools for Success 1Wednesday5-6:30 p.m.

Alyssa de la Torre, MA and Jeri Newlin, MS

DBT Tools for Success 2Tuesday5-6:30 p.m.

Renee Wieszcholek, LSCW and John Herman, MS

Man to Man (Men’s Process Group)

In today’s times, men experience conflicting messages and expectations about their roles and identities.  This group will meet weekly to provide a confidential forum for males to explore, discuss and discover their own unique definition of masculinity.  The group will also explore how being a male may impact areas including bonding, relationships, sexuality/intimacy, emotions, communication, and substance use.

Tuesday5:30-7 p.m.Steve Okiyama, PhD

Mindful Yoga

The Mindful Yoga group will offer students to opportunity to practice meditation and gentle yoga postures as a means of increasing mindful awareness of the relationship between the mind and body. Students will learn how mindfulness can help them to engage with their own thoughts, feelings, and sensation without getting caught up into anxiety and striving. During the group, students will be offered tools to build presence and awareness, not only on the mat, but also as they live their day-to-day lives. By learning to pay attention to breathe, alignment, and internal reactions in a mindful way, group members will begin to cultivate patience, curiosity, kindness, and the recognition of the basic wholeness of the self and others.

Thursday3-4:30 p.m.Mica Adesso, PhD and Jen Laxague, LPC

Thesis and Dissertation Support Group

Feeling overwhelmed with writing your thesis or dissertation? Struggling with procrastination or meeting deadlines? Lacking motivation, feeling stuck, or needing support? Come and meet with other graduate students who are struggling too. Together we will meet weekly to identify barriers, set goals, and support one another. Open to graduate students in all disciplines.

Tuesday5-6 p.m.Ellen Cooney, EdD

Women of Color Support Group

A supportive space for students who identify as women of color.  We will cover a variety of topics including (but not limited to) mental health, intersecting identities and womanhood, microaggressions, community, self-esteem, social relationships, and cultural experiences.

Friday12-1:30 p.m.Melissa Londoño Connally, Phd and Stephanie Mora DeRosby, LPC

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Support Group

This group is for students ready to make changes in their substance use. This group is created for people who may not identify as addicts or alcoholics. We will help students create goals and a pathway for change. We will deal with resentments, triggers, what sets them back. We will talk about the role shame plays in their substance use, and identify underlying issues. Student need to be in individual therapy.

Tuesday5:30-7 p.m.Stephanie Mora DeRosby, LPC and Kiauhna Haynes, MS

Group Workshops


NADA Ear Acupuncture Group

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) ear acupuncture treatment is a non-verbal approach to healing. Although results can vary from individual to individual, various studies have shown that it can deliver the following benefits: reduced cravings for alcohol and drugs, including nicotine; minimized withdrawal symptoms; increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation; relief from stress, anxiety, emotional trauma, and chronic pain; an easier connection with counseling; a discovery of inner quiet and strength; and an intention for recovery. The treatment involves the gentle placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable needles into specific sites on each ear. The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 30-45 minutes. Clients can attend once group session or multiple group sessions, depending on their needs.

Tuesday and Thursday4 - 5 p.m.Irena Danczik, MD

Trauma Recovery Support Workshop: Self-Help Group for PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious, potentially very debilitating condition that can affect students who experience horrific events such as a physical or sexual assault or a serious physical injury. Symptoms of PTSD include frequent nightmares, flashbacks, intense and often unexpected feelings of fear, anger, sadness or helplessness, as well having a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep.  PTSD is treatable, yet many students do not know the cause of their symptoms so they avoid treatment. Trauma Recovery Support Workshop teaches students about the etiology of PTSD-related problems as well as a step-by-step self-help means to empower you to fix these problems. It is free and open to all CSU students as well as faculty. For more information please contact schedule a 30-minute appointment with Dr. David Fohrman through the CSU Health Network at (970) 491-7121.

Tuesday4 - 5 p.m.David Fohrman, MD

Coming Out, Being Out and Questioning Support Group

The Coming Out Group is a place to meet and gain support while discussing your sexual and/or gender identities in a confidential setting. This group is for folks who are coming out, considering coming out or may already be out.  The fall semester group takes place in a confidential meeting room in the Lory Student Center and focuses on exploring the coming out process.  Topics might include using labels (or not), celebrating and pride, deciding to tell others, family relationships, intimate relationships, heterosexism, homophobia, and finding community, support and resources.  The spring semester group takes place at the CSU Health Network (Counseling Services) and is less structured, allowing for more time for group members to share stories and explore their own personal experiences in depth.  Both semesters the group will allow for lots of dialogue and getting to know about other group members.  Members are welcome to attend just one semester or both. Questions and referrals can be directed to Jessie Charbonneau at (970) 491-5780 or Emily Ambrose at (970) 491-4342.

Wednesday3 - 4:30 p.m.
(Starts Sept. 27th)
Jessie Charbonneau, MA and Emily Ambrose, MEd

Harm Reduction

This group is for students seeking to decrease the risks of substance use. Each week students review and commit to goals around their substance use in order to live life the way they want to live without experiencing the negative and unwanted consequences that sometimes come with substance use.

Tuesday6 - 7:30 p.m.Chris Leck, LCSW

Mindfully Managing Stress

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Struggling to get a handle on your stress? Feeling frustrated that “traditional” techniques don’t seem to help? Perhaps you are ready to explore the potentially life-changing practices of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way to train ourselves to be in the present moment with more attentiveness, awareness and acceptance. Practicing mindfulness can help you cope with difficult emotions and lead a more meaningful and less stressful life. Participate in a 4-part workshop series that will delve deeper how mind body techniques can help us reduce our stress and improve our health. We will have ample opportunities to practice these new skills.  Attending all 4 session is expected. Space is limited; registration required.

Mindfully Managing Stress 1Tuesday
Sept. 19 - Oct. 10
3:15-4:45 p.m.

Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MED, LPC and Denise Meeker

Mindfully Managing Stress 2Wednesday
Oct. 4 - Oct. 25
4:15-5:45 p.m.

Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd and Erica Miller, BS

Mindfully Managing Stress 3Thursday
Nov. 2 - Nov. 30
(no class during break)
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd and Erica Miller, BS

Mindful Drop-In Group

This weekly mindfulness meditation practice opportunity is open to all CSU students, staff, and faculty. Mindfulness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Cultivating the ability to be mindful has scientifically been shown to help us manage stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, and promote health and well-being. Each week includes a brief introduction, a guided practice, and discussion. Anyone interested in practicing mindfulness is welcome. Please feel free to drop-in as often or little as you like.  No registration or experience necessary. Sponsored by CSU Health Network and the CSU Center for Mindfulness. Contact for more information.

Sept. 13 - Dec. 6
(no group during break)
12:10 - 1 p.m.
Meets in Lory Student Center Room 324
(except for 9/27 in LSC Room 312)

Viviane Ephraimson-Abt, MEd

Chronic Illness Support Community- CANCELLED for Fall Semester 2017

Are you a student with a chronic health condition? Feeling isolated because of your illness?  Interested in meeting other students that can relate? Then we have the community for you.  The Chronic Illness Support Community is made up of students with chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety, etc.  The community is peer-run, focused on bringing students together in a space that is safe and inviting for all chronically ill identities. Come connect, hang out, share and learn with your fellow Rams in a fun and embracing environment. No registration necessary. For more information, please contact Angel, ASCSU Director of Health at

Drugs, Alcohol and You (DAY) Program Workshops


Stages of Change

What would you like to change? What is change? How do people change? What kinds of things do people change? These are just a few of the questions that will be explored in the Stages of Change Group. Based on the 6 Stages of Change Model developed by Prochaska and DiClemente (Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, and Relapse), the group will learn about the process of change and how to apply it to their lives. Students will also learn what stage they are in regarding personal substance use.

DateTime Leader
Wednesday, Sept. 133 - 4:30 p.m.Micah White, BA
Thursday, Oct. 53:30 - 5:00 p.m.Micah White, BA
Friday, Nov. 31:30 - 3:00 p.m.Micah White, BA
Wednesday, Dec. 63 - 4:30 p.m.Micah White, BA

Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Mind Body Connection

This group will cover the continuum of substance use from Abstinence to Addiction, the Cycle of Addiction, Problem Indicators, and how to respond to a friend or family member whom you suspect might have a problem with alcohol and other drugs. Each student will be given tools to assess their own use on the continuum.

DateTime Leader
Wednesday, Sept. 2010:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.Kiauhna Haynes, MS
Thursday, Oct. 121:30 - 3:00 p.m.Kiauhna Haynes, MS
Tuesday, Nov. 73 - 4:30 p.m.Kiauhna Haynes, MS
Friday, Dec. 110:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.Kiauhna Haynes, MS

Who Am I?

This Student Development Group will explore the layers of personal identity. This group is all about the participant. Group members will gain knowledge of student development theory – the steps that students take in their development of a sense of SELF. Students will look at Arthur Chickering’s 7 “vectors” or layers through which most college students are developing: Competence, Emotions, Interdependence, Relationships, Identity, Purpose, and Integrity. By the end of the group, each student will have language to “name” the challenges that are faced in college. Students will be equipped with additional psycho-social awareness and specific goals that are both short and long term.

DateTime Leader
Monday, Sept. 183:30 - 5 p.m.Lisa Miller, PhD
Friday, Oct. 131 - 2:30 p.m.Lisa Miller, PhD
Monday, Oct. 303 - 4:30 p.m.Lisa Miller, PhD
Thursday, Nov. 163 - 4:30 p.m.Lisa Miller, PhD
Tuesday, Dec. 56 - 7:30 p.m.Lisa Miller, PhD

Brain Scans

The Brains Scans Group will explore new research using SPECT (Single Photon Computerized Tomography) scans. Did you know that – at all times – 20 percent of your blood supply is located in your brain, or that 40 percent of the oxygen you breathe goes directly to feed the brain? The participants in this group will learn basic neural anatomy and brain function in regards to cerebral blood flow, why the brain responds as it does, and the neurotransmitters that are affected by drug and alcohol use. The group also looks at how other brain dysfunctions can be seen graphically, the effects of drug and alcohol use on the brain, and how it exacerbates co-occurring brain disorders.

DateTime Leader
Thursday, Sept. 213 - 4:30 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Tuesday, Oct. 175 - 6:30 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Monday, Nov. 133:30 - 5 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Tuesday, Dec. 54:30 - 6 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW

Anger Management

When is anger a problem? Where does it come from? These questions and this workshop are the key to figuring out what to do about anger. Anger can get us into trouble even if we never rage and blow up. This workshop will help you identify triggers for anger and look at your thinking as a way to diffuse your anger and get the results you really want.

DateTime Leader
Tuesday, Oct. 36 - 7:30 p.m.Chris Leck, LCSW

Gender Issues (Men)

How does gender impact behavior? What are the cultural messages about being a man and how do these messages influence decision making? Why are words like “fag,” “pussy,” “bitch, and “gay” so common, and how are they used to assert power over someone? In this participatory session of the Gender Roles and Behavior Group, students will explore the gender messages, examine how these messages might impact behavior, and develop strategies to break free of constraining gender “boxes.”

DateTime Leader
Tuesday, Nov. 76 - 7:30 p.m.Chris Leck, LCSW

Values Clarification

Ever wake up (literally or figuratively) in a situation and think to yourself, “How did I get here? This isn’t who I am.” We often times make decisions that actually take us further from our long term goals. There are many reasons for this: media, peer pressure, family pressure, etc. Generally, we are more successful and happier (and low risk!) when we are making choices in our lives based on our values. This workshop helps students clarify what their values actually are and then helps students understand how to take those values and use them to make decisions. Everyone could use a moment to step back and look for the choices we have made that do not line up with our value system.

DateTime Leader
Thursday, Sept. 213 - 4:30 p.m.Austin Hamilton, MA
Friday, Oct. 201 - 2:30 p.m.Austin Hamilton, MA
Thursday, Nov. 93 - 4:30 p.m.Austin Hamilton, MA
Friday, Dec. 11:30 - 3 p.m.Austin Hamilton, MA

Risk Management 101

What is risk management? The Risk Management Group will explore the different faces of risk and learn tools to reduce or remove different risk factors. Students will gain tools in assessing risk at parties, in relationships, and with roommates. The participants will also learn how thinking errors might be used to justify substance use. The participants will brainstorm as a group to define and uncover potentially risky situations or people that could damage the likelihood of success in their college career and beyond.

DateTime Leader
Monday, Sept. 111 - 2:30 p.m.Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Wednesday, Sept. 275 - 6:30 p.m.Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Wednesday, Oct. 115 - 6:30 p.m.Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Monday, Oct. 232:30 - 4 p.m.Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Wednesday, Nov. 83 - 4:30 p.m.Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Wednesday, Nov. 295 - 6:30 p.m.Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA
Monday, Dec. 42:30 - 4 p.m.Erik Augilera, BA and Zach Lattanzio, BA

CannaBiz 101

This is a one-time, a two and a half-hour session open to both mandated and voluntary students. Topics covered include: the glamorization of cannabis, media influences, addiction vs. abuse, myths and reality about substance use on college campuses, information on how cannabis affects the brain and body, and various interactive exercises used to generate discussion on the social, interpersonal and academic influences cannabis has in our culture.  Based upon the on-ine screening and assessment (Audit & Cudit), this is a brief treatment intervention for low risk individuals. The goal is to help students gain understanding of the knowns and unknowns about cannabis; how we got here today in CO.; the laws and policies, NORML and other guidelines for ‘responsible’ use; values and the role cannabis may play in support or counter to them; common questions, beliefs, myths and research to date. Cost: $95

DateTime Leader
Wednesday, Sept. 135 - 7:30 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Tuesday, Oct. 105 - 7:30 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Wednesday, Nov. 85 - 7:30 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Tuesday, Nov. 285 - 7:30 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW
Wednesday, Dec. 65 - 7:30 p.m.Jim Weber, LCSW

Live Safe 101

This is a one-time, two and a half hour session is open to both mandated and voluntary students and primarily focuses on Alcohol. Topics covered include: the glamorization of alcohol, media influences, addiction vs. abuse, myths and reality about substance use on college campuses, information on how substances affect the brain and body, and various interactive exercises used to generate discussion on the social, interpersonal and academic influences substances have in our culture. Cost: $95

DateTime Leader
Wednesday, Sept. 65 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Tuesday, Sept. 195 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Wednesday, Oct. 45 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Tuesday, Oct. 175 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Wednesday, Nov. 15 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Tuesday, Nov. 145 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Wednesday, Nov. 295 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers
Tuesday, Dec. 55 - 7:30 p.m.Multiple providers