Sexual Abuse Counseling Groups

About Therapy Groups

MESA offers a variety of group therapy services. Group therapy has 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. All groups require a screen assessment before joining. To do the assessment, talk to the therapist at MESA to set an appointment (303-443-0400 * 101) or email

  • Secondary Survivors Workshop
  • Trauma-informed Yoga Group
  • MESA Milers Running/Walking and Cycling Group
  • Primary Survivor Support Workshop (Spanish)
Secondary Survivors Workshop

Secondary Survivors Group

Having a close relationship with a person who has been sexually abused can have an emotional, physical, social and spiritual impact on your well-being. This workshop will explore sexual assault myths and realities, explore and understand the responses of a sexual assault survivor and learn skills to support your loved ones while empowering your own needs and feelings.
Who it helps: secondary victims of sexual assault
When: February 2016 @ MESA – 2336 Canyon Blvd. Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80302
Facilitator: Laia Jorba, MA, R-DMT, PhD
Cost: Sliding scale based on income (standard fee $35 per session)
Contact office for details on next date and time.
For more information call 303-443-0400 or email

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Trauma-informed Yoga Group

This yoga informed 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 primary and secondary survivors of sexual assault. For all level practitioners and even non-practitioners.
When: Monday from 5.30 to 6.45 pm (8 weeks), Starting January 25th, 2016.
Where: BodyWork Bistro (3825 Iris Ave #300, Boulder, CO 80301)
Facilitator: Janine D’Anniballe, PhD (contact Laia at 303-443-0400;
Cost: $5-$15 per session

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MESA Milers Running/Walking Group

Running and other outdoor activities help to connect the person to their bodies, as well as increase the sense of competency and calm. There will be short a time at the end of each group to talk about body image, health and trauma in the body while stretching!
Who it helps: This group is for primary and secondary survivors that like to exercise (beginners and intermediate levels)
When: Meeting upon request
Facilitator: Katy Wiley (937-572-2047;
Cost: no cost

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MESA Milers Cycling for Fun

MESA’s Cycle for Fun program is a great way for trauma survivors and allies to meet others in our community, have fun, and get some exercise in a safe and inclusive environment.  We will meet once a month for a mellow road bike ride in the Boulder area with an option to hang out after the bike ride for food and social time.
Who it helps: This group is for primary and secondary survivors that like to exercise (beginners to intermediate 15-20 miles)
When: Meeting upon request
Facilitator:  Shara Howie (720-240-3436;
Cost:  No Cost

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Primary Survivor Support Group (Spanish)

This group explores the impacts of sexual assault in the client, their family, partners and friends. Unwanted sexual experiences can affect the emotional, physical, social and spiritual well-being of the individual. The group provides mindfulness and regulation skills to deal with physical and emotional symptoms, education to understand the healing process and tools to empower the client to reconnect with their power and sense of self.
Who it helps: self-identified female survivors of sexual assault
When: Fall 2015
Facilitator: Laia Jorba, MA, R-DMT, PhD (303-443-0400;
Cost: sliding scale


Other groups in the community (Boulder County) not offered by MESA:

  • The Healing Journey: Group for Adult Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse
  • Males Primary Survivor Support Group (English
  • Wild at Heart (equine therapy group)
  • Mindfulness Group for Teens

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The Healing Journey:  Group for Adult Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse

Who it helps:  Self-identified female survivors of sexual assault and abuse
Where: 3008 Folsom Street, Boulder, CO 80304 (HoloBeing Wellness Center)
Facilitator: Erin Hernandez, MA, LPC (720-443-0705;
Cost: $45 per session (2 hours), sliding scale available
For more information call 303-443-0400 or email

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Shifting History: Male Primary Survivor Support Group through Creativity and Art

Who it helps: Self-identified male survivors of sexual assault
Where: 1800 30th Street, Boulder, CO 80301
Facilitator: Daniel Blausey, MA ATR-BC (720-390-0466;
Cost: $25-$60 sliding scale


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Wild at Heart (equine therapy group for survivors or sexual assault)

Who it helps: this group is designed for self-identified females who are primary survivors of sexual assault (options for teens and adults). No experience required.
Where/Cost: Longmont; $35 each session of 2 hours
Facilitator: Jackie Ashley, MA, LPC, BC-DMT (720-308-2728;

This content is also available in: Spanish