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 Black, Indigenous, and 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.
How to access:
- Drop-in (no appointment needed): Call or visit 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.”
Note: Students in need of mental health crisis intervention can also call Counseling Services at (970) 491-6053.
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.
Coming Out, Being Out and Questioning Support Group
Facilitated by Jeff Paulez, PhD, and Kyrie Lampert
Thursdays 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. Members are welcome to attend just one semester or both. Questions and referrals can be directed to Jeff Paulez, (970) 491-6053..
Transgender & Gender Fluid Support Group
Facilitated by Beit Gorski, LPC and Maddie Egli
Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5 p.m.
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, intersex folks, and those questioning their gender identity. Screening is required.
BIPOC Support Group
Tuesdays from 2 – 3:20 p.m.
The BIPOC Support Group is a supportive space for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Together we will cover various topics including, but not limited to, mental health, social relationships, and cultural experiences. This group is an opportunity for CSU undergraduate and graduate students to come together to receive support, opportunities for reflection and connection, and education on a variety of topics of concern.
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 – 5pm – zoom and in-person at APAAC
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 and Stephanie Zee (Health Education and Prevention Services) and Aki Hosoi (Counseling Services). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
1st & 3rd Thursdays 6pm-7pm – Academic Village Honors Fireside Lounge (810 W Pitkin St)
Rainbros is a fun and supportive space for students who identify as queer, bi, or gay men. Join counselors Jeff Paulez and Andrew Brimhall for conversations on various topics such as queer men and friendships, dating, sex, judgment and loneliness in the queer, bi, and 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 Jeff Paulez at email@example.com
Chronic Health Conditions Support Group
2nd & 4th Thursdays 12-1:30pm (starts February 23rd)
Zoom: Meeting ID: 994 7131 4851 Passcode: 550607
A space for support and community building among folx with chronic health conditions. For more information, contact Helen Bowden firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Latina Wellness Workshops
Join CSU Counselors Ivis Carrera Valdez and Zoe Urcadez every other Wednesday to discuss issues that impact Latina Wellness.
Exploring Relationships After Trauma (5-week series)
Dates: Thursdays, September 15 – October 13th
Time: 3:30-5:00 PM
Location: CSU Health Network, Third Floor, Group Room 3024
For those who have experienced interpersonal trauma, relationships can often be associated with feeling unsafe, anxious, fearful, and uncertain. Trauma can strain existing relationships and/or make it difficult to form new ones. In this workshop there will be the opportunity to learn about common impacts of trauma on relationships, explore your view of relationships, understand what you want from relationships, and explore skills to connect with others in meaningful ways. You deserve healing and connection! Exploration of all relationships is welcomed (romantic, intimate, partnership, friendship, familial, professional etc.). Please note: *This workshop is for people who have experienced interpersonal violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, stalking, childhood sexual abuse, sex trafficking, etc.). All genders and relationship orientations welcome!
Topics covered: common changes in how we relate to others after interpersonal violence, secondary wounding (how others interact with the trauma you have experienced), beliefs about relationships, connection with others, affirming experiences, exploring the different aspects of trust, boundaries, ways we want connection, exploring relationship values, attachment etc.
Workshop Dates and Topics (5-week workshop series meeting in-person)
- September 15th: Trauma and relationships
- September 22nd: Our relationship with ourselves
- September 29th: Trust in relationships
- October 6th: What you want in relationships
- October 13th: Now what?
*Topics for each workshop will build on the previous week and students are welcome to join at any time. Students can reach out to me at: email@example.com with any questions.
Reclaiming Intimacy After Trauma (5-week series)
Dates: Thursdays October 20th – November 17th
Time: 3:30-5:00 PM
Location: CSU Health Network, Third Floor, Group Room 3024
Sexuality, connection, and/or intimacy belong to anyone who wants them. People who have experienced interpersonal violence often face unique challenges when it comes to reclaiming or engaging in intimacy with others. This workshop is an opportunity to explore your unique relationship with intimacy and gain skills for how to approach relationships while centering your healing. Please note *This workshop is for people who have experienced interpersonal violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship violence, sexual harassment, stalking, childhood sexual abuse, sex trafficking, etc.). All genders and relationship orientations welcome!
Topics covered: acknowledging and honoring your journey, exploring beliefs around connection, sexuality and/or intimacy, mapping the impacts of interpersonal violence, bringing awareness to reactions, exploring opportunities to heal, attachment, communication with a partner(s), managing triggers, boundaries, processing feelings related to sexuality, connection, and/or intimacy
Workshop Date and Topics (5-week workshop series meeting in-person)
- October 20th: Honoring your journey
- October 27th: Reconnecting with ourselves
- November 3rd: Exploring Intimacy and the types of intimacy
- November 10th: Active communication
- November 17th: Reconnecting with others
*Topics for each workshop will build on the previous week AND students are welcome to join at any time. Students can reach out to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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.