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 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.

  • Mondays: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 1 – 4 p.m.

How to access:

  1. 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.”

OR

  1. Schedule an appointment through your current counselor or contact Adam-Jon Aparicio, Coordinator for Diversity and Outreach Services at aparicio@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.

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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.

Womxn of Color Support Group

Facilitated by Jenny Brandsma & Zoe Urcadez

Tuesdays 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 womxnhood, microaggressions, community, self-esteem, social relationships, and cultural experiences. Interested? Contact Jennifer Brandsma at Jennifer.Brandsma@colostate.edu for more information.

BIPoC Support Group (NEW)

Facilitated by Chloe Wright & Adam-Jon Aparicio

Mondays 2:30 – 4 p.m.

The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC) Support Group is a space for students that identify within the BIPoC community to gain support, connection, and community with folx that share similar identities. This group provides a confidential space for BIPoC students to meet others, share experiences and to give and receive support related to being a being a part of the BIPoC community.  This group is open to students of all genders and sexual orientations. Topics may include (but are not limited to) mental health and coping skills, racial battle fatigue, finding community, microaggressions, dating, intersecting identities, culture, and healing. Questions and referrals should be directed to Adam-Jon Aparicio adamjon.aparicio@colostate.edu or Chloe Wright  chloe.hinton@colostate.edu

Coming Out, Being Out and Questioning Support Group

Facilitated by Jessie Pauley & Jeff Paulez

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 Pauley at  Jessie.Pauley@colostate.edu for more information.

Transgender & Gender Fluid Support Group

Facilitated by AJ Kimm & Chloe Wright

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. Contact AJ Kimm at AJ.Kimm@colostate.edu for more information.

International Student Support Group (NEW)

Facilitated by Andrew Brimhall

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. Questions and referrals should be directed to Andrew Brimhall  Andrew.Brimhall@colostate.edu

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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.

Story Circle

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 apacc.csu@gmail.com

Rainbros

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 Adam-Jon Aparicio for monthly 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 Adam-Jon at aparicio@colostate.edu

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 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.

Latina Wellness Workshops

Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm  (Feb. 2nd, 16th, Mar. 2nd, April 13th, 27th )  – in-person at El Centro  

Join CSU Counselors Ivis Carrera Valdez and Zoe Urcadez every other Wednesday to discuss issues that impact Latina Wellness.

Exploring Relationships After Trauma (4-week series)

Dates: Thursdays Feb. 17th to March 10th

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM (via zoom)

For people 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 you will have the opportunity to learn about common impacts of trauma on relationships, explore your view of relationships, what you want from them, and gain 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 for each workshop will build on the previous week and students are welcome to join at any time. Interested in attending the workshop series? Email karen.eichel@colostate.edu with “Exploring Relationships Workshop” in the subject line.

Reclaiming Intimacy After Trauma (5-week series)

Dates: Thursdays March 24th to April 21st

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM (via zoom)

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 for each workshop will build on the previous week and students are welcome to join at any time. Interested in attending the workshop series? Email karen.eichel@colostate.edu with “Reclaiming Intimacy Workshop” in the subject line.

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

 

Beit Gorski, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor

Pronouns: Xe, Xem, Xyr

 

Chloe Wright, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Pronouns: She, Her, They

 

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, They

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

Liaison to Academic Advancement Center (AAC)

Pronouns: He, Him, His 

Beit Gorski, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor

Liaison to Pride Resource Center (PRC)

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 (SDC)

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Andrew L. Brimhall, Ph.D.
Psychologist

Liaison to International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

Pronouns: He, Him, His

Karen Eichel, M.Ed.
Interpersonal Violence Counselor

Liaison to Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC)

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Zoe Urcadez, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate

Liaison to El Centro

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Alice Moore. Ph.D.
Licensed Professional Counselor

Liaison to Native American Cultural Center (NACC)

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Stephanie Zee, M.Ed.
Coordinator of Well-Being

Liaison to Native American Cultural Center (NACC)

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

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