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Therapy/Support Groups

Spring 2018 Therapy and Support Groups

Groups require a brief meeting with the facilitator prior to joining. Groups are open to currently enrolled MSU Denver students. All groups are held in Tivoli 651.                                                                                                                            

Interpersonal Process

This therapy group is designed for individuals who desire growth, insight, and awareness of both self and others by relating effectively with other group members in an environment that is non-threatening and safe. Typical presenting concerns of group members include relationships, self-esteem, assertiveness, and social anxiety. 
Facilitators: Michael Malmon, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
Day: Mondays
Time: 3:00 to 4:30pm


Transgender Support Group

This 8-week group is designed to provide an opportunity in a safe space for exploring the myriad of ongoing issues in the process of transitioning. It is open to students who may be transitioning from male to female or female to male.
Facilitator: Douglas Graves, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 1:00 to 2:15pm



Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment model. It emphasizes group skills training classes to help persons learn and use new skills and strategies to develop a life that they experience as worth living. DBT helps by teaching behavioral skills in areas like mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills help people develop effective ways to navigate situations that arise in everyday life or manage specific challenges in relationships with others. 
Facilitator: Vicky Tuakoi, Psy.D., Staff Psychotherapist & Natalia Wannon, M.A., Practicum Student
Day: Tuesdays. 
Time: 1:00 to 2:30pm


LGBTQ Relationships

This LGBTQ group focuses on identifying and developing resilience in our relationship with ourselves, in order to form more mutual and caring relationships with our partners, families and friends. 
Facilitator: Steven C. Lee, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 3:00 to 4:00pm


I’m Familiar With Oatmeal

This is a process group for those struggling with disordered eating attitudes and behaviors. If you have issues with disordered eating, body image, or your relationship with food, this process group can help you explore contributing factors to these issues and learn the skills and techniques to manage these attitudes and behaviors. 
Facilitators: Michael Maley, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist & Arielle Mottes, M.A., Practicum Student 
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 3:00 to 4:30pm


Midday Mindfulness

This is a group for those interested in learning mindfulness practices and integrating them into daily life. The group will focus on a variety of mindfulness skills, practicing these skills during group and in between meetings. The group will include discussions of incorporating these practices into a mindfulness approach to life.
Facilitator: Ray Gornell, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist
Day: Thursdays
Time: 1:00 to 2:00pm


Social Skills

This will be a structured group for students who want assistance in improving their social skills. Skills that will be addressed include decreasing anxiety in social situations, learning about different communication styles, assertiveness, and making friends. It is an opportunity to practice new skills and talk about frustrations and progress.
Facilitator: Jeanne Burkhart, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
Day: Thursdays
Time: 3:00 to 4:00pm

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Location & Hours
Tivoli Student Union, Suite 651

You will need to take the Tower Elevator to get to our offices.

8:00am–12:00 Noon & 1:00–4:30pm

Note: We are closed for lunch from 12:00 Noon–1:00pm