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

  • Teen Groups: Transforming into Hope
  • Secondary Survivors Workshop
  • Trauma-informed Yoga Group
  • Primary Survivor Support Workshop (Spanish)
  • MESA Milers (Running, Walking, Hiking and Biking Activities)


Secondary Survivors Workshop

Secondary Survivors Workshop

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: June 7, 14, 21, 29th of 2016, from 6.30-8 pm @ MESA – 2336 Canyon Blvd. Suite 103, Boulder, CO 80302
Facilitator: Cathy Schneider, LSW
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), September 19th, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14.
Where: BodyWork Bistro (3825 Iris Ave #300, Boulder, CO 80301)
Facilitator: Janine D’Anniballe, PhD
For questions: Contact Laia at 303-443-0400;
Investment:  $80 per 8-week session



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Transforming into Hope

A group for youth and young adult survivors of sexual violence. Anyone with lived experience of a woman or girl is welcome!

This 10 week group will explore:
• Normal and long-term reactions to trauma
• Caring for ourselves, finding support and resources
• Shaping identity, Healthy sexualities, & Safety planning

Who it helps: For youth and young adults interested in learning about the impact of trauma and how to cope after trauma, this group will help to explore identity, find and trust resources and relationships, and consider what safety looks like during healing.
When: Fall 2016, MESA – 2336 Canyon Blvd. Suite 103, Boulder
Facilitator: Cathy Schneider, LSW
Cost: Sliding scale based on income ($5-$35 per session)
For more information call 303-443-0400 or email

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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: To be determined
Facilitator: Laia Jorba, MA, R-DMT, PhD (303-443-0400;
Cost: sliding scale


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MESA Milers (Running, Walking and Cycling Activities)

Running, biking, hiking and other outdoor activities help connecting the person to their bodies, as well as increase the sense of competency and calm. This is a great and safe way for trauma survivors and allies to have fun, and get some exercise.This is not a formal group setting; instead, the survivor is paired a buddy-volunteer so support their exercise practice.
Who it helps: designed for primary and secondary survivors of sexual assault
When: Chosen by the participants
Where: Chosen by the participants
Facilitator: MESA volunteer (contact Gosia at 303-443-0400 * 109;
Cost: no cost


Other Groups in the Community not run by MESA

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 experience 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 (720-308-2728;


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