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Counseling Services


Counseling services at the Health and Counseling Center are offered for students, faculty and staff.

Students can benefit from different types of therapy, ranging from individual counseling to group counseling with licensed professionals.

Resources for staff and faculty include the Employee Assistance Program as well as advice on how to reach out to students having difficulties.

Graduate and doctoral students can also gain valuable experience by working closely with staff members through training and professional development programs.

Winter 2014 Groups at the HCC

Mindfulness Meditation Group
Monday, 3-4:30 in Nelson Hall, Start Date Feb 17th
Many of us find ourselves troubled by persisting thoughts about our past or worries about the future. Mindfulness is a skill that helps individuals increase their capacity to pay attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. It has been shown to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety and to increase happiness, awareness, concentration and attention. In this 5 weeks series, you will learn and practice mindfulness activities, allowing you to become better able to endure pain, solve problems, and participate fully in your life. Please contact Dr. Tawny Hiatt at 303-871-4598 or or Dr. Kirsten Ging 303-871-4420 or to schedule a screening appointment.

Relationship Group
Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00pm, start date Feb 4th

This group is for people who are interested in improving the quality of their relationships with partners, friends and family members. Various issues related to communication, interpersonal skills, acceptance and gender differences will be explored. Come learn how to enhance your current relationships and/or develop healthy relationships in the future. Please contact Dr. Jacaranda Palmateer at 303-871-4298 or to schedule a screening appointment.

Social Confidence Group
Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30, start date Jan 21st

This group is ideal for students who are tired of feeling like their anxiety is getting in the way of them being the person they want to be. The group will provide a safe place to learn about the nature of anxiety/confidence and learn new skills to work through these issues. The group will also practice these skills and work with each other in strategizing around common social concerns. Please contact Nick Sotor at 303-871-4380 or or Nahed Barakat, M.A. at 303-871-4183 to schedule a screening appointment.

Help for Helpers
Mondays from 2:30-4:00 or 3:00-4:30
Start date: TBD

The HCC is proud to offer a psychotherapy group called Help for Helpers. Help for Helpers is designed to provide support, facilitate constructive peer feedback, and foster an environment for effectively navigating the challenges related to entering a helping profession. This group would be a good fit for a graduate student who is struggling with the various personal and professional demands that are inherent in participating in an intensive professional program that includes rigorous coursework and practicum work. It will be a process-oriented group that focuses on common themes and struggles for students pursuing helping professions (medical, psychological, social work, nursing, etc.). The group will be co-facilitated by postdoctoral fellow, Cara Freudenberg, Psy.D., and doctoral intern, Risa Muchnick, M.A. and will be an open-ended group. Please contact Dr. Freudenberg at 303-871-4307 or Risa Muchnick at 303-871-4494 to register for the group.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm
Start date: TBD

DBT is a class designed to help people develop healthy skills to manage their emotions, relationships and stress. DBT is a group therapy model designed to help people create lives worth living. The group consists of three 8 week modules that target four different areas. Participant can participate in one or more modules depending on their needs. The skills consist of Core Mindfulness Training, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance. Core Mindfulness is taught at the beginning of each module and helps people develop acceptance of self and life situations. The module that addresses Interpersonal Effectiveness teaches assertiveness and interpersonal problem solving skills. Participants learn how to ask for their needs to be met and how to say no in a healthy way to others. The Emotion Regulation module helps people move from unmanageable emotional reactions to more moderate emotions People learn to experience emotions without judging them, to decrease vulnerability to intense or negative emotions and increase the experience of positive emotions. The module that teaches Distress Tolerance helps people learn how to bear pain skillfully. Distress and pain are a part of life and these skills teach ways to tolerate and accept unavoidable distress.

The group requires a commitment from participants to miss no more than two groups per module. If someone misses more than two groups then they are not asked to wait until the next module begins to attend. This process is based on research that shows that people do not benefit from the classes if they miss too many sessions. The group will be co-facilitated by Dr. Carolee Nimmer and Ron Dolgin, M.A.. Please contact Dr. Nimmer at 303-871-4304 or to apply to participate in the group.