Sexual Abuse and Trauma Support Groups

About Support Groups

MESA offers a variety of support group services. Groups have been proven to be an extremely effective method of healing and recovering from trauma. The isolation a survivor feels after an assault can be alleviated in the group setting and clients can learn to reclaim their power in speaking about their experience, naming their feelings, and hearing about the experiences of other members. Group therapy offers validation and support from other survivors, connection with others who can offer feedback and coping skills, psychoeducation, recognition of PTSD symptoms, meditation and breath work, a sense of community, and a strengths based approach.

Groups have different duration depending on the topics and the curriculum they need to cover. For more information call 303-443-0400 or email groups@movingtoendsexualassault.orgNow accepting Victim Compensation in addition to our sliding scale option.

Groups offered by MESA in the past include:

  • Trauma-informed Yoga Group for Adults
  • Survivor’s Support Group
  • Mindfulness for Trauma Survivors
  • MESA Mountaineers
  • MESA Milers (running, walking, biking, etc.)
  • Secondary Survivors Monthly Support Group
  • Male-Identified Secondary Survivors Support Group

Information on current groups is available below!

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MESA’s Masterpieces

  • An open space to practice mindfulness and creativity
  • Heal through art and the art of giving
  • An opportunity to give back to the community
  • Meet others and become inspired by various artistic expressions



Who it helps: Primary Survivors, Secondary Survivors, and Allies
When: March 5, 2018, 6pm
Where: Ryan Wellness Center
Facilitator: Holly Brettell
Suggested donation: $5
For questions, contact Holly at


Survivor’s Support GroupSurvivor's Support Group

  • A warm, safe, private setting with 3-6 members
  • Understanding on how trauma has affected you
  • Tools to help you manage difficult thoughts and feelings
  • A chance to share support with other survivors



Who it helps: This group is for primary survivors of sexual trauma
When: 6 weeks, Tuesdays Apr 5th – May 8th 5:00-6:30pm
Where: Ryan Wellness Center, 1000 Alpine Ave, Boulder, 80304
Facilitator: Christine Springer 
Suggested donation: $10 per session
After registration: You will be contacted to schedule an intake appointment
For questions, contact Natalie at 303-443-0400;





Summer 2018 Trauma-Informed Yoga

This trauma-informed yoga group is a confidential and safe space to get in touch with your own body, engage the parasympathetic nervous system in healing, synchronize breath and body, and release body tension and stress.

Who it helps: Designed for those affected by trauma of any kind. For all level practitioners and even non-practitioners.
When: 10 weeks Tuesdays, Jun 5th – Aug 7th, 6:00-7:00pm
Where: TBD
Facilitator: Rachel Stroud
Investment:  $150 per 10- week series ($15/session). Victim compensation accepted as payment form.
After registration: You will be contacted to schedule an intake appointment
For questions, contact Natalie at 303-443-0400 or




Other Groups in the Community not run by MESA


Yoga for Trauma Recovery

What it is: A 6-week series of classes offering gentle yoga practice tailored to the needs of trauma survivors
Who it helps: Anyone interested in healing from trauma by connecting to one’s own body in a safe, comfortable space
When: 6 weeks, Wednesdays, Feb 21st – Mar 28th, 6:00-7:15 pm
Where: Mountain View Center, 260 S. 112th Street in Lafayette
Facilitator: Maura Waltrip, PT, MA, LPCC (720-507-5654)



Caregiver & Parent Support Group

What it is:
A closed, 6-week psycho-educational support group for caregivers and parents
Who it helps: Parents and caregivers
When: 6 weeks, Tuesdays, Feb 13th – Mar 20th,
6:00-7:30 pm
Where: Group meets at Blue Sky Bridge (Boulder, CO)
Facilitator: Blue Sky Bridge Family Support Advocate (303-444-1388)



Moving Through Trauma

What it is: A body-based psychoeducational group for CU Boulder students who have experienced trauma. Using gentle yoga, guided meditation, mindful movement, and breathing practices, participants will learn innovative skills that facilitate awareness, grounding, and self-regulation.
Who it helps: Open to current CU students
When: 6 weeks, Thursdays, Feb 8 – Mar 15, 2:30-4:00pm
Where: C4C
Facilitator: Tanya Kearns, LPC, RYT (303-492-2235,



LGBTQ+ Partner Violence Survivors Group

What it is: A space for LGBTQ+ identified victims of partner violence to find support, build resources and find healing in a queer-positive space. Creative arts activities are offered each week. There is no cost to attend and art supplies will be provided. This group runs on a drop-in basis.
Who it helps: LGBTQ+ identified victims/survivors of partner violence
When: Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30 starting January 17th, ending in May 2018
Where: 835 North St, Boulder
Facilitator: Sandy (they/them;, or call the Outreach Office at 303-449-8623)



Wild at Heart
Wild at Heart

What it is: The extraordinary sensitivity of horses, their unique and powerful response to women and capacity to facilitate healing will be experienced in this equine assisted therapy group. This partnership inspires and challenges the work of women in recovery to regain mastery and confidence in their own lives.
Who it helps: this group is designed for self-identified females who are primary survivors of sexual assault (options for teens and adults)
Facilitator: Jackie Ashley, MA, LPC, BC-DMT

You can start with a 1 DAY WORKSHOP: to work with mindfulness based embodiment practices and the healing power of horses and nature. Saturday (check with facilitator about specific date), from 9:30-4:00pm. $125


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