Sexual Abuse and Trauma 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. 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: January 8, 2018
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: Next dates TBD
Where: TBD
Facilitator: TBD
Suggested donation: TBD
For questions, contact Natalie at 303-443-0400;

*Registration for this group is now closed*





Fall 2017 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: Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 October 4 – December 6 (10 weeks)
Where: Integral Center, 2805 Broadway Ave, Suite B, Boulder 80304
Facilitator: Megan Connolly
Investment:  $150 per 10- week series ($15/session). Victim compensation accepted as payment form.
For questions, contact Natalie at 303-443-0400 or






Other Groups in the Community not run by MESA

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: Thursdays from 2:30-4pm Feb 8 – Mar 15 (6 weeks)
Where: C4C
Facilitator: Tanya Kearns, LPC, RYT (303-492-2235,



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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