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.

  • Trauma-informed Yoga Group for Adults
  • Survivor’s Support Group
  • Mindfulness for Trauma Survivors
  • MESA Mountaineers
  • Secondary Survivors Bi-Monthly Support Group
  • MESA Milers (Running, Walking, Hiking and Biking Activities)
  • Male-Identified Secondary Survivors Support Group


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Secondary Bi_Monthly Support 2017

Secondary Survivors Bi-Monthly Support Group

This ongoing drop-in group is to provide support for partners and friends that support survivors of sexual assault. The intent is to create a more cohesive unit around primary survivors while providing healing for family, friends, etc. The group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Who it helps: secondary victims of sexual assault
When:  First and Third Tuesday of the month starting in June 2017, from 6.30-8pm
*No group Tuesday July 4th, 2017*
Where: MESA – 1333 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
Facilitator: Cathy Schneider, LCSW
Investment: $15 per session; (Inquire about sliding scale). Victim compensation accepted as payment form. 
For more information call Natalie at 303-443-0400 or email


Workshop: Neurobiology of Trauma and Implications for Healing

This presentation will be a combination of lecture and audience participation on the topic of trauma and its psychobiological effects. The presentation will explore the nature of traumatic events and the difference between normal, situational, and traumatic stress. Next, physiological components of trauma will be introduced including brain structures, dissociation, hypervigilance and flashbacks. Traditional and
non-traditional approaches to treatment will be explored.

Who it helps: Designed for anyone who wants to learn more about the impact of trauma
When: Thursday August 3rd, 6:30-8pm
Where: Ryan Wellness Center, 1000 Alpine Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304 (in the Colorado Rooms on the second floor of the building)
Facilitator: Dr. Janine D’Anniballe
Suggested donation: $10
For questions: Contact Natalie at 303-443-0400;





Survivor’s Support Group

Survivor's Support Group
A space for 3-6 members who meet weekly, facilitated by a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in trauma
therapy. The group will focus on psycho-education around the effects of trauma, coping skills, a sense of safe community to talk about struggles and successes you may be having, and flexibility to address group-specific needs as they arise.


Who it helps: This group is for female-identified primary survivors of sexual trauma
When: Thursdays from 4:30-6:00pm starting July 20th, 2017 (8 weeks)
Where: Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) – 1333 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
Facilitator: Christine Springer, LPC
Suggested donation: $5-10 per session
For questions, contact Natalie at 303-443-0400;





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Trauma-Informed Yoga Group for Adults

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: Mondays from 6:00-7:15pm. From May 15th until July 31st (no class on Memorial Day, May 29th, and on June 26th)
Where: BodyWork Bistro, 3825 Iris, Boulder, CO 80304
Facilitator: Rachel Stroud
Investment:  $150 per 10- week series ($15/session). Victim compensation accepted as payment form.
For questions, contact Natalie at 303-443-0400 or

*Registration for this group closed on June 5th, the third week of the series*




Acupuncture imageAcupuncture for Trauma Survivors

Helping manage mental, emotional, and physical symptoms of anxiety through acupuncture treatment.
What to Expect:

  • A simple, safe, and standardized ear acupuncture procedure for stress- reduction used successfully with populations with PTSD and addictions
  • Non-verbal approach to healing that involves the gentle placement up to five small, sterilized disposable needles into specific sites on each ear
  • The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 20-40 minutes
  • Relaxation, meditation, and journaling is individually encouraged for the time of the treatment

Who it helps: Designed for individuals who experience trauma-related symptoms
When: Thursdays from 6:15-7:15pm, March 9th through April 27th, 2017
Where: Moving to End Sexual Assault: 1333 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
Facilitator: Craig Fiorini
Suggested Donation: $5-$10 per session
For questions, contact Natalie at 303.443.0400;





men-secondary-graphicMale-Identified Secondary Survivors Support Group

This support group provides the space and opportunity for male-identified secondary survivors to deepen their understanding of sexual trauma while caring for their loved one and processing the trauma themselves.The intent of the group is to provide support and community for secondary survivors which would in turn create a more cohesive support system around primary survivors and provide healing for everyone.
Who it helps: This group is for those that identify as male and are close to someone who has been sexually abused or assaulted
When: Thursdays from 6:00-7:30pm. Spring 2017: Dates to be determined*
WhereMESA – 1333 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
Facilitator: Melani Dizon, M.A., M.Ed., LPCC
For questions, contact us at 303-443-0400;
Investment: $90 per 6 – week series ($15/session). Victim compensation accepted as payment form.

*Dates will be announced as group fills. To preregister, please click below.



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
Investment: Free. Donations welcomed.

To register or learn more contact us at or call 303-443-0400.
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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 Hotline Supervisor (contact Natalie at 303-443-0400;
Investment: Free


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;

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

Group series: Saturdays from 10am-1pm starting June 24th (6 weeks). Groups will be held at Heart & Soul Ranch in Longmont. Total cost is $350 for 6 weeks.


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Caregiver and Parent Support Group

What it is: A closed, 6-week psycho-education support group that combines a supportive atmosphere with informative topics such as: self-care, effects on the child and family, boundaries, raising sexually healthy children, and the healing process.
Who it helps: Non-offending caregivers of child survivors of sexual abuse
When: Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm starting June 13th (6 weeks)
Blue Sky Bridge office
Facilitator: Blue Sky Bridge family support advocates (303-444-1388 or



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