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.
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:
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:
- 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.”
- Schedule an appointment through your current counselor or contact Adam-Jon Aparicio, Coordinator for Diversity and Outreach Services firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
Mondays: 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Fall 2020- Zoom
Story Circle is a weekly supportive space for folks who identify as Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Asian American (including Southeast Asian, Desi, Asian & adopted, mixed race or biracial. Facilitated by Carl Olsen (Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center) and Stephanie Zee (Health Education and Prevention Services). For more information, contact email@example.com
1st and 3rd Tuesdays: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Fall 2020- Zoom
Rainbros is a fun and supportive space for students who identify a queer, bi, or gay men. Join counselor Adam-Jon Aparicio for bi-weekly conversations on various topics such as queer men and friendships, dating, sex, judgment and loneliness in the gay community, being out at work and with family, living in integrity, spirituality, supporting others in the queer community, and much more! For more information, contact Adam-Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 491-7494.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Fall 2020- Zoom
QTPoC Voices is a fun and supportive space for students who identify as queer and/or trans* people of color. Join counselors Chloe Wright and Adam-Jon Aparicio for bi-weekly conversations on various topics such thriving as a QTPoC, navigating racism and bias, the intersection of being queer, trans, and a person of color, supporting others and cultivating friendships in the queer community, and much more! For more information, contact Chloe at email@example.com
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.
Mindfulness for Wellbeing in Stressful Times for Students
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Need to get a handle on your stress? This 4-week workshop will cover 10 mindfulness practices to support your well-being. There are three workshops starting in March 2021, including one that is LGBTQAI+ centered and one that is BIPOC centered. For more info and to register.
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.
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.
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.