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.

If you are interested in participating in any CSU Health Network Groups and Workshops, please call Counseling Services at (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

DAY Program Psycho-educational Workshops

Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Mind Body Connection

Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 2/7/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 3/7/173:00-4:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 3/28/172:00-3:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 4/18/171:30-3:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 5/2/172:30-4:00 pm

Anger Management

Aylesworth Room C111Tuesday, 3/7/176:00-7:30 pm

Brain Scans

Location DateTime
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 2/6/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 3/21/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 4/21/1712:30-2:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Thursday, 5/4/173:30-5:00 pm

Gender Roles and Behavior (males only)

Aylesworth Room C106Tuesday, 4/11/176:00-7:30 pm

Risk Management 101

Aylesworth Room C106 Wednesday, 2/8/174:00-5:30 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Wednesday, 2/22/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Tuesday, 3/7/176:30-8:00 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Wednesday, 3/22/174:00-5:30 pm
Aylesworth Room C108Tuesday, 4/11/175:30-7:00 pm
Aylesworth Room C106Tuesday, 4/25/176:00-7:30 pm
Aylesworth Room C108Tuesday, 5/2/176:30-8:00 pm

Stages of Change

LocationDate Time
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 2/3/172:00-3:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Thursday, 3/9/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 3/31/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Thursday, 4/13/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 5/5/172:30-4:00 pm


Aylesworth Room 100Homework OnlyPick up during business hours

Values Clarification

Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 2/6/1712:30-2:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Wednesday, 3/8/172:00-3:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 4/3/1712:00-1:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Tuesday, 5/2/173:00-4:30 pm

Who Am I?

Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 2/17/171:00-2:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 3/6/173:30-5:00 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Wednesday, 4/12/1710:00-11:30 am
Aylesworth Room 100Friday, 3/31/1712:00-1:30 pm
Aylesworth Room 100Monday, 4/24/173:00-4:30 pm

Psychoeducational Groups

Group NameDayTimeLocationLeader(s)Contact
Mindfully Managing Stress 1.0 Workshop (Pre-registration is required. Attendance at all four sessions is expected.)Mondays Feb 6th-27th12:15-1:30 p.m. Register: (970) 491-6053
Questions: Viviane Ephraimson-Abt,, (970) 491-4724
Mindfully Managing Stress 1.0 Workshop (Pre-registration is required. Attendance at all four sessions is expected.)Tuesdays, February 28th-March 28th (no class during break)2:15.- 3:30 p.m.Register: (970) 491-6053
Questions: Viviane Ephraimson-Abt,, (970) 491-4724
Mindfully Managing Stress 1.0 Workshop (Pre-registration is required. Attendance at all four sessions is expected.)Thursdays, March 30th- April 20th11:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.Register: (970) 491-6053
Questions: Viviane Ephraimson-Abt,, (970) 491-4724
Mindful Drop-In (no registrations, this is a drop-in group)Wednesdays, February 3rd- May 4th12:10 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.Lory Student Center room 324 (except on 4/5 in LSC 226-28.)Facilitated by staff from CSU’s Health Network and CSU’s Center for Mindfulness
Viviane Ephraimson-Abt,, (970) 491-4724