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 groups@movingtoendsexualassault.org

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

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Group for Teen Survivors of Trauma

Helping teens heal from trauma and empowering them with a renewed relationship with their bodies. Learn how to connect with your breath, mind and body to provide calm safety within. Learn techniques to help release stress, tension and anxiety.
Who it helps: This group is for teens who have experienced trauma of any kind and wish to gain support to find healing through yoga.
When: Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (12 weeks), January 12th through March 30th
WhereMoving to End Sexual Assault (1333 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304)
Facilitator: Rachel Stroud
For questions, contact Laia at 303-443-0400; groups@movingtoendsexualassault.org
Investment: $240 per 12- week series ($20/session)

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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: Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (12 weeks), March 6th through June 5th (no classes on May 1st and May 29th)
Where: BodyWork Bistro (3825 Iris Ave #300, Boulder, CO 80301)
Facilitator: Janine D’Anniballe, PhD
For questions, contact Laia at 303-443-0400; groups@movingtoendsexualassault.org
Investment:  $180 per 12- week series ($15/session)

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Mindfulness Group

Mindfulness for Trauma Survivors

This 6-week program is focused on addressing anxiety and promoting well-being after trauma. You will: a) Receive information on stress inoculation; b) Share your experiences on this topic; c) Practice relaxation responses; d) Receive feedback concerning the fundamental practice of well-being; e)Increase your awareness on the physiological responses to stress.

Who it helps: designed for primary and secondary survivors of sexual assault.
When: Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm (4 weeks), September 7th to October 12th 2016
Where: MESA Office (1333 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304)
Facilitator: Tami Boehle-Satterfield, MSW, LCSW-C, NBCHH, HTP. For questions: Contact Laia at 303-443-0400; groups@movingtoendsexualassault.org
Investment:  $60 per 6-week sessions

 

MESA Mountaineers

A hiking group for survivors, loved ones, and allies.

MESA Mountaineers is a group of hikers, primarily for trauma survivors and their loved ones. Nature is a proven stress reliever and allows for great opportunities for healing. We welcome people of all genders and cultures.

Who it helps: Survivors, loved ones, and allies.
When: The first Sunday of every month
Where: To be determined
Facilitator: Erna Lukac, MESA Intern
Cost: Free. Donations welcomed.

To register or learn more contact MESA at elukac@movingtoendsexualassault.org or call 303-443-0400.
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Secondary Monthly Support Group

Secondary Survivors Monthly Support Group

This ongoing drop-in group is for those individuals who are secondary survivors of sexual assault. The intent of the group is to provide support and community for secondary survivors which would in turn create a more cohesive unit around primary survivors and provide healing for the whole group (family, friends, etc.).
Who it helps: secondary victims of sexual assault
When:  First Tuesday of every month, from 6.30-8 pm @ MESA – 1333 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
Facilitator: Cathy Schneider, LSW
Investment: $35 per session; (Inquire about sliding scale).
For more information call 303-443-0400 or email groups@movingtoendsexualassault.org

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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 – 1333 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
Facilitator: Cathy Schneider, LSW
Cost: Sliding scale based on income ($5-$35 per session)
For more information call 303-443-0400 or email groups@movingtoendsexualassault.org

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 – 1333 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
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 groups@movingtoendsexualassault.org

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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; laia@movingtoendsexualassault.org)
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; gosia@movingtoendsexualassault.org)
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 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 (720-308-2728; jackieashley9@gmail.com)

You can start with a 1 DAY WORKSHOP: to work with mindfulness based embodiment practices and the healing power of horses and nature. Sunday, June 26, 9:30-4:00pm. $125

 

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