We at CSU Health Network Counseling Services are deeply committed to creating a welcoming, supportive space in which all students can be fully seen and valued entirely.  For those whose experiences of marginalization and oppression add extra layers to your distress – you and all of your identities are welcome here.

Read more about Counseling Services commitment to diversity and social justice.

This page is designed for students who have been historically underrepresented and aims to reduce barriers for you to access and navigate Counseling Services.

Check out these identity-specific services and resources that can support your emotional health and overall wellness:

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Multicultural Counseling Drop-in Hours

All students can access the general drop-in hours offered at Counseling Services on Mondays through Fridays.

Students who identify as people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and/or have a disability also can access Multicultural Counseling Drop-In Hours. These times are reserved for you to meet with one of our Multicultural Counseling Team members, who specialize in working with students from diverse backgrounds. These appointments are brief and are designed to help students: access counseling services, process personal conflict, work on identity specific concerns, and/or seek guidance from a mental health professional with a marginalized identity.

  • Tuesdays: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Additional times may be available depending on individual counselor availability.

How to access:

  1. Drop-in (no appointment needed): Call Counseling Services at (970) 491-6053. Tell the front desk staff “I’d like to schedule a drop-in appointment with (insert name of Multicultural Counseling Team member).” Or “I’d like to schedule a multicultural counseling drop-in appointment.”

OR

  1. Schedule an appointment through your current counselor or contact Adam-Jon Aparicio, Coordinator for Diversity and Outreach Services ataparicio@colostate.edu or 970-491-7494. Appointments can be scheduled same-day or in advance.

Note: Students in need of mental health crisis intervention can also call Counseling Services at (970) 491-6053 during open hours, or the (970) 491-7111 in the evenings or on weekends.

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Identity-Based Group Counseling (therapy)  

Counseling groups are designed for those who want the opportunity to connect with others who share common experiences, identities and concerns in a confidential therapy format.

Women of Color Support Group

Mondays from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

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. Interested? Contact Jennifer Brandsma at Jennifer.Brandsma@colostate.edu for more information.

Coming Out, Being Out and Questioning Support Group

Mondays from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

The Coming Out Group is a place to meet and gain support while discussing your sexual, romantic, 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. Topics might include using labels (or not), celebrating and pride, deciding to tell others, family relationships, intimate relationships, heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia, and finding community, support and resources. Interested? Students can join this group at any time. Contact Jessie Charbonneau at Jessie.Charbonneau@colostate.edu for more information.

Transgender & Gender Fluid Support Group

Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

This group is a space for trans* and gender diverse students to gain more support and a sense of community related to gender identity. This group emphasizes group participation, mutual respect, and inclusivity. Interested? Students can join this group at any time. Contact Beit Gorski at Beit.Gorski@colostate.edu for more information.

International Student Support Group

Fridays 10 – 11:30am

A supportive space for international students.  We will discuss a variety of topics including mental and emotional health, home sickness, community, culture, and social relationships. Discussion will primarily be guided by group members’ current interests and experiences. The group emphasizes group participation, mutual respect, and inclusivity. Contact Andrew Brimhall at Andrew.Brimhall@colostate.edu for more information.

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Peer Support Identity Groups (not therapy)

Peer support groups are designed for those who want the opportunity to connect with others who share common experiences, identities and concerns in a non-therapy format. These groups are hosted outside of Counseling Services.

CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS SUPPORT GROUP

4th Wednesdays: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

May 26th, June 23rd, August 24th

Location: Zoom

This group might benefit you if -You would like a space for support and to build community among folx with chronic health conditions, -You’re chronic health condition impacts your academics, quality of life, social connections, and/or self-esteem, -You struggle with sharing your concerns about your health to others for fear of being misunderstood, -You’d like to learn more about coping skills, disability empowerment, and would like a safe space to come as you are! Facilitated by Helen Bowden (CSU Health Network Psychologist and Brit Otter (Student Disability Center). Both have multiple chronic health conditions. For more information, contact helen.bowden@colostate.edu


Wellness Workshops (not therapy)

Wellness workshops are community events that are facilitated by CSU Health Network counselors in partnership with various student support offices. These workshops are designed for students who want the opportunity to connect with others in an educational and community focused format in a non-therapy environment. These groups are hosted outside of Counseling Services.

EMBODIED QUEERNESS: ARTFULLY HEALING IN COMMUNITY

1st Fridays: 3 – 4 p.m.

June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th

Location: Zoom

Every time we have to hide or diminish a part of who we are to be safe, loved, or accepted, it takes a toll on our bodies and general wellness. This monthly 1 hour workshop will identify common ways our bodies are impacted by the pain and stress of navigating situations where who we are (or how we’re perceived) isn’t understood, appreciated, or welcome. Together, we will learn about simple, practical everyday ways we can support our bodies through that healing process and build the resilience we need to expand and grow into our authentic selves.

How to Sign Up:

Send an email to beit.gorski@colostate.edu with the subject “EQ” and xe will email you with the Zoom information and other details

Click here to see additional workshop offerings.

Student groups may also request an outreach presentation!

  • Covering a variety of topics including stress management, mindfulness, well-being, sexual health, alcohol and other drugs and more, facilitated by Health Education and Prevention Services (HEPS) staff.  The descriptions of the various presentation options are on the presentation request page. Requests are filled based on the availability of the facilitation team.

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Multicultural Counseling Team

The Multicultural Counseling Team is comprised of counselors who hold a significant understanding of, experience working with, and professional training in supporting communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized communities.

These counselors provide targeted support to our diverse student population, including weekly Multicultural Drop-In Hours, and work in conjunction with the Directors of Counseling Services to coordinator culturally-inclusive practices in our clinical programs, including staff trainings, assessment, and consultation.

Reid Trotter, Ph.D.
Psychologist; Director of Counseling Services

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Lisa Miller, Ph.D.
Director of Specialty Counseling Services

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Adam-Jon Aparicio, M.A., M.Ed.
Licensed Professional Counselor; Coordinator of Diversity & Outreach Services

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Drop-In Hours: Wednesdays & Thursday from 1 – 4 p.m.

Beit Gorski, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor

Pronouns: Xe, Xem, Xyr

Drop-in Hours: Thursdays 11am - 12pm; Fridays 4-5pm

Chloe Wright, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays from 1 – 4 p.m.

Jenny Brandsma, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Andrew L. Brimhall, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Aki Hosoi, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Jeffrey Paulez, Ph.D.
Trauma Psychologist

Pronouns: He/Him/His

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Counseling Services Student Office Liaison Team

Counseling Services senior staff counselors are identified as liaisons to Student Diversity Program & Services (SDPS) offices, Academic Advancement Center (AAC), Adult Learners and Veteran Services (ALVS) and International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). These counselors hold a specific expertise in supporting students who identify with the office they work with. They facilitate student access to clinical services, provide student staff training on mental health issues, present programs for students served by the office, and offer mental health consultation to office staff members.

Steve Okiyama, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Liaison to Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC)

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Chloe Wright, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Liaison to Black/African American Cultural Center (B/AACC)

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Adam-Jon Aparicio, M.A., M.Ed.
Licensed Professional Counselor

Liaison to El Centro

Liaison to Academic Advancement Center

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Stephanie Mora-DeRosby, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor; Licensed Addictions Counselor

Liaison to Native American Cultural Center (NACC)

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Beit Gorski, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor

Liaison to Pride Resource Center

Pronouns: Xe, Xem, Xyr

Aki Hosoi, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Liaison to Adult Learners and Veterans Services (ALVS)

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Helen F. Bowden, Ph.D
Psychologist

Liaison to Student Disability Center

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Andrew L. Brimhall, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Liaison to International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Karen Eichel, LPC
Interpersonal Violence Counselor

Liaison to Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC)

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

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Additional Resources for Mental Health, Wellness, Self-Care and Community Care