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Therapy/Support Groups

Fall 2018 Groups

Groups require a brief meeting with the facilitator prior to joining to determine whether they are the right fit for you. Groups are open to currently enrolled MSU Denver students. All groups are held in Tivoli 651. To sign-up for a group call (303) 615-9988 or drop by Tivoli 651.

Moving Beyond Trauma

This group is for individuals who have experienced on-going trauma in the past. The group will focus on how trauma has impacted individuals in the present, how to deal with on-going difficulties, and work on processing past trauma.

Facilitator:          Jeanne Burkhart, PhD, Staff Psychologist

Days/Times:       Mondays, 1:00 pm to 2:15pm


Relationally Strong: An Interpersonal Process Group

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 a safe, supportive environment.

Facilitator:          Michael Malmon, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Days/Times:       Mondays, 3:00 – 4:30 (Starting Monday, September 10th)


What? Me worry!

We all experience worries. However, when worries seem to take the center stage and crowd out other important thoughts and emotions, or get in the way of daily life and fun activates it may be anxiety. This group will help you to develop effective ways to address anxiety.

Facilitator:          Ray Gornell, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist

Day/Time:           Tuesdays, 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm


Shy No Longer

This eight-week semi-structured group will provide a safe place to explore experiences of anxiety in social situations, teach practical methods of dealing with these concerns, and increase feelings of self-efficacy and confidence.

Facilitator:          Michael Malmon, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Days/Times:       Tuesdays, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Starting October 2, 2018)


Relationships in the Rainbow: Living in the LGBTQ Community 

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/Time:          Tuesdays, 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Saving the Soul: Working with and through Depression

This weekly processing group will provide a safe place to explore, understand, and process the various experiences of depression, giving context to these experiences for understanding while offering practical methods for managing life with depression.

Facilitator:          Douglas Graves, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist

Days/Times:       Wednesdays, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm


DBT: Better Relationships through Better Boundaries

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

Day/Time:           Thursdays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am (Starting September 13, 2018)


Grieving the Loss of a Loved One

This group is for students who are experiencing the loss of someone in their life, and are wanting to process their feelings around that loss. We will be talking about the stages people go through when grieving a loss, how to regain a feeling of equilibrium, coping strategies, finding meaning and celebration of the loved one’s life.

Facilitator:          Jeanne Burkhart, PhD, Staff Psychologist

Days/Times:       Thursdays, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Heading for Authenticity

An interpersonal process group where members explore and discuss patterns of relating to themselves and each other by discovering acceptance and understanding in relationships. Topics of discussion vary greatly and include depression, anxiety, relationships, family concerns, eating issues, and personal growth. This group thrives on diversity as members discover their common bonds through emotional and relational experiences.

Facilitator:          TBA

Day/Time:           Thursdays, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm


Mind Your Own Mind

A group for those interested in learning mindfulness practices and integrating them into daily life. There will be a 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 mindful approach to life.

Facilitator:          Ray Gornell, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist

Day/Time:           Fridays, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Location & Hours
Tivoli Student Union, Suite 651

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