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Welcome to the Student Counseling Center

For the most up to date NSCC information please visit our new website, here.

Undergrad and Grad students face many challenges and we are able to provide tele mental health sessions with students seeking support (see Weekly Sessions). 

NSCC offers individual, couples, and group therapy, drop-in in appointments during set hours (see Drop In), and outreach and education on a variety of mental health and well-being topics. Students with ongoing or specialized mental health needs can access our drop-in, request brief-therapy with a licensed counselor, and utilize local crisis services (see Crisis).  We also help these students get set up with local community resources (see Scope of Services and Limitations).

Our services are covered by tuition and student fees and are offered at no additional charge to current students. 

Student Counseling Center provides individual, couples, and group counseling and outreach and education to the student body and university community.  Our services are confidential and we take great care to avoid dual relationship issues.  


Contact Info       T:  303-245-4630   E:

Location:  Currently virtual but offices are located in the Juniper Cottage on the Arapahoe Campus

Business Hours:  9-5 weekdays; Closed 12-1 daily; closed during school holidays


Individual, Group, and Couples Therapy

Life is often full of transitions, growth, opportunities, and challenges. Naropa counselors provide confidential counseling for folks dealing with issues and problems of life such as:

  • Making difficult life choices
  • Coping with stress and anxiety
  • Managing conflicts
  • Difficult family dynamics
  • Dealing with difficult emotions
  • Developing healthier relationships
  • Grieving losses
  • Healing wounds from the past
  • Self-exploration and growth
  • Living well with others 
  • Addiction recovery
  • Finding meaning and purpose
  • Developing healthy boundaries
  • Identity issues
  • Loneliness
  • Healing from emotional and physical abuse

Because we do not have in-house psychiatric or intensive services, we may need to refer clients with more complex issues to outside providers better suited to their needs.

Couples therapy is a means of resolving problems and conflicts that couples have not been able to handle effectively on their own. It involves both partners sitting down with a trained professional to discuss their thoughts and feelings. The aim is to help them gain a better understanding of themselves and their partner, to decide if they need and want to make changes, and if so, to help them to do so.

Group therapy is when 6-10 individuals meet face to face with one or more trained group therapists. The therapists and group members work to establish safety, trust, and ease, talking from their personal experience, and trying out new behaviors. We provide therapy and support groups based on a belief that individuals with similar difficulties can share concerns, learn new skills, and be supportive of one another, and that this can help facilitate change. Some examples of groups include: Emotional Alchemy, Courageous Living, Open Art Studio, Sexual Assault Survivors, EcoTherapy, and Parenting groups.

Please Note the Following Changes in Our Service Delivery Due to Covid-19:  All sessions will be conducted through our Telemental Health Secure Video Conferencing Platform until further notice.  If you are interested in getting set up with us please email us at




Getting Started with NSCC

If you are a student at Naropa and are interested in getting started with weekly sessions, please email us at .  If you’d like to attend drop in hours and talk to someone today email us and let us know your preference for the 3-3:30 or 3:30-4 appointment.

For the most up to date NSCC information please visit our new website, here.

Students seeking ongoing counseling sessions begin the process by emailing the center, and then meet with a counselor for an initial 20-minute assessment session to help NSCC staff determine which counselor might be a good match and whether or not our services are right for the client.  Counselors will then conduct a 60-75 minute history taking session, after which students can begin weekly sessions with a Counselor.  Student within the intern scope (see Scope and Limits) can receive 12 or more sessions per year.  Students working with our Licensed Counselors work within a shorter term therapy model (4-8 sessions).  In all cases, we take steps to avoid dual relationship issues and match folks with a therapist that is right for them.

Drop In Services

 For the most up to date information about our drop in services, please visit our new website, here.

During the Academic Year virtual drop in sessions will be offered to students, residing in CO, who would like to talk to a counselor the same day. These services are provided by a Licensed Counselors Monday- Friday from 3-3:30 and 3:30-4 pm.  These sessions are 30 minutes long and students are served in a first come first serve basis. 

To access Drop-in services email and request a day and time (3-3:30 or 3:30-4). 

The Student Counseling Center is running virtual groups in the Fall 2020. Below you can find descriptions of each group. We look forward to having you join a group!! 

For the most up to date information about NSCC's groups please visit our new website, here.



Current Groups

Open Art Studio:  This is a Drop-In art studio where you can come and foster your creativity and connection with others through the art making process.  This occurs weekly on Wednesdays from 1-3 pm every week starting 10/7/2020.  Drop in as you can- no commitment is needed- come once or every week for part or all of the Open Art Studio.  Contact:  Lara Rutledge, Intern Art Counselor, at to get more info and the zoom link.

2020 Support Group: 2020 has been a rough year, our world has changed and will continue to do so. This is a group for current students who have been impacted, in any way, by the evets of 2020 (and haven't we all!!!). This group is a safe and open space to connect with fellow students for support and sharing around how we work with justice, division, uncertainty and unrest. This group will be held via zoom on Wednesdays from 3pm-4pm starting 10/7/2020.  Come only once or as often as you like.  This group will be facilitated by Jo-Lynn Park, Director, Nicholas Aquino-Roithmayr, Counselor and Clinical Supervisor, LPC and Jon Veit, Intern Counselor. Contact to find out more and get the zoom link.

Emotional Alchemy:  This is a 12-week group for current students that will focus on cultivating student's emotional wisdom as well as fostering techniques to cope effectively with emotional distress. This group will be held via zoom on Thursdays from 4pm-5pm starting 9/17/2020. This group will be facilitated by Tess Stoops, MA, LMFT, Counselor and Clinical Supervisor, and Everest Robinson, Intern Counselor. Contact Tess Stoops, at to find out more.  This group is underway and is not taking any new folks this semester, but feel free to reach out to express your interest and join the waitlist for next semester.  


Upcoming Groups

Courageous Living: This is an eight week mindfulness skills and process group to help support folks who are curious about exploring their relationship and/or changing their relationship to substances, including marijuana, alcohol, and other substances.  Contact:  Nic Aquino-Roithmayr after he starts with us, Oct 15th, at

Eco-Resilience:  This is a nature based process group that is experiential and relational in nature and is for anyone who wishes to foster deep resilience and connection to oneself, others, and the world around them.  Jo-Lynn has more than 20 years work facilitating and experiencing the power of nature based practices and believes deeply in the healing and connecting power of the natural world.  Contact:  Jo-Lynn Park,

Dream Group: This group is a deep dive into connection, mystery, and wisdom that comes from tapping into our dreams with others.  If you've ever wanted to explore a deeper relationship with your dream state and the wisdom dreams can bring, reach out.  Jo-Lynn has worked with dream states, imagery, and therapy processes involving dreams for 4 years, and loves to create space for this non-linear way of tapping into our deeper knowing.  Contact:  Jo-Lynn Park,

Sexual Assault Survivors Group:  Join other sexual assault survivors and learn skills about relationships, boundaries, and experience the healing power of connection to recover and live your fullest life now.  Contact:  Jo-Lynn Park,


All groups are free for Naropa students

Confidentiality and Dual Relationships

For the most up to date NSCC information please visit our new website, here.

NSCC counselors maintain confidentiality within the normal limits of counseling.  Information from sessions will not be shared with faculty, staff, or anyone who is not a Counselor with the Naropa Student Counseling Center.  Exceptions to confidentiality occur when counselors need to take steps to assure the safety of clients and others when there is a threat of imminent harm.  Counselors are mandatory reporters.

To respect and maintain professional boundaries we take care to assure that clients are treated by counselors with whom they do not have existing collegial, professional, personal, or other relationships.  Please discuss any questions or concerns around confidentiality or dual relationships with us.


Limits to our Scope of Service and Referrals

All sessions will be conducted through our Telemental Health Secure Video Conferencing Platform until we are able to safely provide face-to-face counseling again.  If you are interested in getting set up with us please email us at

For the most up to date NSCC information please visit our new website, here.

Our counseling center is set up to support the most common issues and needs of students.  Like most university counseling centers NSCC is unable to meet all of the mental health needs of our student body in house.  

We are unable to provide in house psychiatric evaluation, prescriptions or medication management, psychological, educational, or disability testing, emotional support animal documentation, 24-7 Crisis response, intensive outpatient, inpatient, or other specialized services.  

Students who have significant or ongoing struggles with mental health, active addiction(s), eating disorder(s), unmedicated bi-polar, schizophrenia, active psychosis, PTSD, or other complex needs will be assessed and then offered short term stabilization support and/or referred to others in the local community. 

When a student’s need surpasses the scope of our center we provide short term therapy with licensed counselors and/or case management session(s) to help them get set up with referrals to licensed providers and local agencies who are a better match.  These students may utilize our Walk in/ Crisis Hours.

Some students  come to Naropa knowing they want or need more frequent sessions, medication support, and/or to work with a specialist. If you’d like help getting set up in the local community with any type of psychological support, please let us know.  We will schedule a screen and then a case management session to help you get set up with the best care.

State laws and best practices allow us to serve ongoingly only those students who are residing in Colorado. If you are a student living outside the state wanting therapeutic support, you can contact NSCC for case management services to get connected with a provider who is local to your area. 

Naropa Student Counseling Center Masters Training Program

We will begin accepting applications for our 2021-2022 Masters Training Program Team in January.

For the most up to date NSCC information please visit our new website, here.

We invite you to consider an Internship, Practicum, or Externship with the Naropa Student Counseling Center at Naropa University.

Our small liberal arts college serves undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of issues to support their transformational journey at Naropa University.  Trainees enjoy working with diverse issues and their work includes providing individual, group, and/ or couples counseling with traditional and non-traditional college and graduate students.  Our trainees also provide outreach, education, and advocacy on the campus around mental health issues. 

Our training program provides excellent experience with a wide variety of clinical issues ranging from response to severe and ongoing mental health needs and crisis response, to working with insightful growth-based clients, and everything in between.  We provide a program that integrates the creative, contemplative, holistic, spiritual and humanistic traditions Naropa trained counselors are familiar with, and help trainees develop the Clinical Skills Development that is critical to work in the field.  Trainees enjoy the creative, reflective and seeking nature that many of our clients bring to the therapy process.

Trainees play dual roles as both students and staff of Naropa during their placement year(s) with us.  The situation challenges them to pull from the wisdom and compassion they bring to their role as Student-Serving-Students, and to step into their emerging Professional Counselor Identity.  We take great care to assure client confidentiality and avoid dual relationships, and trainees who work with us are supported as they navigate the complexity of working in a small community.


Our Training Philosophy

Our approach to training and supervision is based on a developmental model.  We view learning as a process that occurs through the practice of professional counseling activities while also giving the trainee the opportunity to observe professional counselors in action, and receive support, training, and feedback.  Our training program has been designed to provide opportunities for new counselors to gain mastery with basic skills and move toward increasing complexity in their work over time.  We provide the necessary structure, support, guidance, and feedback to facilitate development as the trainee moves toward greater capacity and effectiveness as a new counselor. 

Our training program is centered on challenge and support opportunities in the four core realms of Clinical Skill, Professional Identity, Administrative Effectiveness, and Self of the Therapist.  We integrate these, as well as ethics, into all our supervision and training processes.  We see the training process as one that parallels the client journey of growth, and provide Parallel Process Group support to help folks integrate their experience in their new role.

We begin the year with a 2-3 week long orientation that provides staff and interns ample opportunities to develop strong working relationships.  This is followed by a two month period wherein the focus is for the staff to learn about each of the trainees’ experiences, strengths, training, and interests and identify areas of growth. 

We strive to support trainees both individually and as a group.  Upon the successful completion of our internship interns will be prepared for entry level professional practice, as generalists, within the field of counseling and mental health.  Upon successful completion of practicum, trainees will be prepared to offer intakes, assessments, and individual counseling in their internship placement.



Feedback from Our Trainees

 “Working alongside supervisors and licensed counselors with clients was one of the most valuable aspects of the training program.”

“Showing a video in weekly video group supervision was so hard, but was also the most illuminating thing.”

“I learned so much watching you work with that (difficult crisis situation)”

“I love working with Naropa students!”

“Being a part of the training team was a reparative experience.”

 “Thank you so much for giving me a firm foundation for clinical work now.  I know the things I learned here will help me throughout my entire career.”

“You (supervisors) really walk the walk.”

“Thank you for always having my back.”



What We Are Looking For

We are a competitive site that seeks counselors in training who are humble, warm, and emotionally and psychologically mature.  Our trainees need to be open to clinical challenges, client and supervisor feedback, organized, warm and empathic, and able to add to the team.  We seek trainees who are vested in career development, and who have some experience working in the helping professions.  Trainees who wish to expand and deepen their effectiveness by providing one-on-one counseling, outreach, groups, and education within a structured training program are welcome to apply.  Trainees who desire integrative supervision and value the support of a comprehensive training program benefit from working with us.  


Duration of Commitment

Our Master’s Training Program requires a minimum of 600 hours from our Intern Counselors and 300 hours from our Practicum Counselors. Interns commit to at least 20 hours per week for 9.5 consecutive months.  Practicum commit to 10 hours per week for 9.5 consecutive months.  These figures are what most state licensing boards require.

Trainees are expected to fully commit to the training experience with us at NSCC.  All trainees are expected to anticipate and plan, discuss with supervisors, and resolve any conflicting responsibilities including the start date, commute time, conference attendance, class schedule, other jobs, child and elder care, etc., prior to the placement.  Due to the nature and pace of our clinical work and the need to be in regular communication with one another, flex-time is not possible, nor are partial internships or practicums.

The Internship and Practicum commitment extends from Aug 1, 2019-May 15 2020.  Practicum trainees who complete their Practicum training year with us successfully will be asked to return as Interns the following year.


Hours of Operation

The traditional business day for the Counseling Staff at Naropa Student Counseling Center is 9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday with an hour closure from 12 pm to 1 pm for lunch and meetings.  All staff, including trainees may schedule their clients, supervision, research, paperwork, etc. as they see fit during the days and times they are scheduled to be at the center.  All trainees agree upon their semester schedule after registering for classes and prior to engaging in the clinical placement. 


Work Culture and Work Flow

Hard work, motivation, openness, team-ship, and self-care are valued in our team.  We believe trainees can challenge themselves without being stretched too thin, and there is not an expectation that trainees take on every opportunity.  However, there is an expectation that trainees are motivated and available for client contact hours.  We’ve found that past trainees often get too stressed when they take on more client hours than their program and we require.  In general, the values of the training team include hard work, humility, interest in contributing and being a part of a healthy and professional team, and dedication to learning and growing as a counselor.   

One of the benefits and realities of working at a small university is the ebb and flow of the academic year.  We are incredibly busy during the fall semester and it is not uncommon for folks to need to put in extra hours during this period.  There is a nice academic break during between semesters, as well as time off during spring break.  Practice days each semester give us a chance to take a wider view of the university and participate with the whole university.  There are many opportunities, both formally and informally, to learn and contribute to the Naropa community during one’s clinical placement.


Expectations Regarding Balance

Trainees are responsible for maintaining the quality and quantity of their individual caseloads and documentation and engaging in learning through individual, group, and video supervision.  Parallel Process group and our Trainings with Outside Presenters provide further opportunities for learning.  While these activities comprise is the majority of the work week, trainees also have hours for discretionary activities.  Trainees can use these hours to pursue reading, training opportunities, marketing, and other areas of interest to support their emerging counselor identity and practice with clients.  Sometimes discretionary hours are dedicated to clinical paperwork and planning.  Sometimes balance requires putting a project on hold while focusing on clinical work or administrative duties.


Goal Setting, Feedback and Evaluations

The early phases of our program involve more goal-setting, didactic content, co-facilitated clinical experiences, and structured direction from clinical supervisors.  As the year progresses trainees are expected to develop mastery within the basics of administrative and client-care, and grow to respond more skillfully to clinical issues and complexity, take on increasing responsibility, and self-directedness.

Our use of feedback and evaluation tools is an important part of the process.  Trainees have the opportunity to receive feedback weekly in individual and group supervision sessions and practice giving and receiving feedback in weekly group video supervision.  Trainees elicit feedback from clients formally and informally throughout the therapeutic relationship. 

Trainees are provided copies of the forms we use for their formal evaluations when they first join our team.  We walk through these together, orienting trainees in the areas they can expect to learn and be evaluated.   Goal setting helps supervisors and trainees collaborate to focus on areas competency and skill. 

Evaluations are intended to provide trainees and their school program with feedback about the trainee’s progress as it relates to our expectations and observations of their work.  We have trainees self-evaluate to help increase ownership and self-awareness, and to support career-long reflective practice.  Evaluations offer trainees to observe supervisors model the feedback process.  This further contributes to trainees’ development of feedback skills- which we see as critical in the profession, whether in work with clients, colleagues, or hierarchical relationships in the placement or post-graduate practice. 

Each trainee formally self-evaluates at three points through the training year, including about two months in, at the half-way point, and in a final evaluation.  They submit this self-evaluation to their supervisor, who also evaluates them.  The supervisor’s evaluation is then reviewed and shared with the trainees’ graduate program faculty.  Finally, evaluation of our program and supervisors by trainees helps us further refine our client services, training program, and contributes to the development of our staff.  Evaluation is a two-way process and is intended to be illuminating rather than critical for all involved.


We hope that you will consider working with us during your clinical placement.  Our trainees play a critical role in supporting Naropa students, enjoy our population and the length, depth, and breadth of the work, and appreciate the structured and developmental approach we take.

We so appreciate all that our trainees offer to clients on their Naropa Journey.


Application Instructions

Please email, in a single email, with all attachments to Jo-Lynn Park, Director of Masters Training Program and Naropa Student Counseling Center at  We are unable to review incomplete applications. 


Complete Application Includes:

1.  Letter of interest including:

  • Why are you interested in working in our student counseling center and being a part of our training program?
  • What can you contribute to the center?
  • What skills, interest, and/or experience do you have working with young adults, college students, and folks around identity development?
  • How you might contribute to marketing of our center and representing our services?
  • How you might work to avoid problematic dual relationship issues that might arise in the work as an intern therapist in the small Naropa community?
  • What challenges do you bring to your internship year and what supports might benefit from?
  • How do you manage self-care?

2. 3 letters of recommendation- We would like to get a sense of your work experience, any clinical experience, and academic performance.  Please include, if possible, letters from prior employers and supervisors of work and volunteer experience.  If possible, please limit references speaking only on behalf of your academic performance to one reference.   

3.   Resume


Interviews will be offered soon after applications are received and we will offer positions to our best applicants on a rolling basis.  Please apply early.  We will begin reviewing applications for Interns on 01/02/2021 and Practicum on 02/01/2021.


Naropa Community Counseling Center

Naropa Community Counseling is a low cost sliding scale center where Naropa interns and unlicensed counselors serve the Boulder community.  These services are designed for non-students (students can seek therapy for free with the Student Counseling Center) and for those who have Medicaid or who wish to pay for sliding scale services can pursue counseling with the center in South Boulder.   To get started with NCC email

Crisis Support

Naropa Student Counseling Center is not staffed 24/7 and often our Counselors are meeting with scheduled clients. The following services are for students who are feeling upset, overwhelmed, out of control, and need to talk with someone urgently.


Call Colorado Crisis Services 24/7 Hotline: 1-844-493-TALK

Text TALK to 32855

Walk in to Mental Health Partners Crisis Center at 3180 Airport Road, Boulder, CO

Go to your local emergency room. 


EMERGENCY from on campus phone: 9-911
EMERGENCY from non-campus phones: 911
For the most up to date NSCC information please visit our new website, here.


The Naropa Student Counseling Center, (NSCC) integrates contemplative approaches with modern clinical practice to assist our student in reaching their highest level of well-being.  We provide cutting edge interventions across a broad range of therapeutic services to support students on their transformational journey.

Our Services



Introducing Tao

NSCC will be using TAO Connect to provide virtual services for students for the foreseeable future. The TAO platform goes above and beyond being a secure video platform for individual therapy. It allows all Naropa students free access to tools and educational materials on a variety of topics such as Anxiety, Depression, Recovery, Relationships, Communication, Pain Management, Stress, General Well-Being/Resilience and Mindfulness. The TAO self guided modules are interactive and evidence based.  

To access all the helpful content go to and log in (with your Naropa email) under the headline 'If your school or institution has TAO'. 

Our Staff

 For the most up to date NSCC information please visit our new website, here.

The Naropa Student Counseling Center is dedicated to supporting the overall well-being and transformational journey of Naropa Students. We offer assessments, counseling, and referrals for current Naropa students, free of charge. We are a small university counseling center and are staffed by licensed counselors and unlicensed trainees in their second and third year of graduate school.  Most ongoing counseling is provided by Counselors in Training.  Our trainees are supervised by licensed clinicians and participate in our comprehensive Masters Training Program.  Professional Staff provide clinical supervision, outreach and education for the student body, as well as consultation and leadership to several teams within the Naropa community.  They host Walk in/Crisis hours and work with a small caseload of students utilizing a short-term brief therapy model. 



Jo-Lynn Park, MA, LPC, Director


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Jo-Lynn Park provides leadership for the Student Counseling Center by guiding the Masters Training Program and providing supervision for the center’s licensed and trainee counseling staff. She offers training and consultation to students, staff, faculty and the Naropa community. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and serves as adjunct faculty for Naropa’s GSCP and undergrad programs.

Jo-Lynn has worked in therapeutic and educator roles in wilderness, college, treatment center, retreat, international, and experiential education and school programs since 1998. 

She is a passionate about education and learning, leadership and organizational development.   Jo-Lynn’s clinical approach is integrative and she draws from experiential, depth, and developmental psychologies.  She has extensive training in Hakomi, EMDR, Buddhist psychology, yoga, and meditation. In her free time she likes to cuddle up with her dog, cook, read, and ski, hike, and bike outside with loved ones.

Tess Stoops, MA, LMFT, Counselor and Clinical Supervisor

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Tess provides counseling and outreach to Naropa students and supervises interns and practicum students. She graduated from CSU with a Bachelor's in psychology and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and certificate in trauma from Syracuse University. Tess is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and serves clients in both English and Spanish. Tess believes in the resilience and personal wisdom within each of us and works through a systemic lens towards a strengths-based, client-centered approach to assist clients in their journey towards their personal goals of healing. She enjoys fostering puppies, hiding from moose on mountain trails and painting along with Bob Ross. 

Nicholas Aquino-Roithmayr, LPC, Counselor and Clinical Supervisor

Nic is a Licensed Professional Counselor. At the Student Counseling Center, he provides direct therapeutic work, supervision to interns, community outreach, and training. Nic is a graduate of Naropa's Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology graduate program. He currently serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Graduate School of Counseling Psychology. 


Nic's clinical background is in Social Justice Counseling and Contemplative Psychotherapy. His therapeutic work is rooted in the understanding that identity and social location are intrinsic to a person's process of healing and empowerment; each of us has been conditioned by societal norms and each of us has the chance to reclaim our personal truth. Nic is a trauma-informed therapist who is passionate about collective recovery from cultures of dominance and preventing future violence in our communities.  

Nicole Xenos, Intern Therapist

Nicole is a third-year graduate student in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Psychology program.  Nicole incorporates a variety of transpersonal, social-justice based, and humanistic counseling modalities in order to foster an atmosphere of support, empathy, and trust.  Using cultural humility and an intention for inclusivity Nicole strives to create a non-judgmental and safe space with clients. Nicole seeks to help clients draw on personal knowing and cultural wisdom in order to promote growth, development, and healing. She believes advocacy is a core piece of being a psychotherapist and seeks to help clients understand their experience at micro, macro, and meso levels. In addition to being a therapist Nicole is a mother of four, a birth and postpartum doula, and teaches trauma-informed yoga for underserved communities.

Everest Robinson, Intern Therapist

Everest is in a third-year graduate student in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Program.  Everest believes wholeheartedly in the innate wisdom, strength, wholeness, and ability of every person to experience a connected and fulfilling life on their own terms. Everest is interested in exploring how systems of oppression, unresolved trauma, existential questions and interpersonal patterns prevent people from tapping into their innate health and wholeness. Everest sees himself as a fellow traveler, a witness, and a guide into discovering the beauty of living a present, connected, and responsible life.  Everest uses experiential experiments, somatic awareness, reflective listening, and motivational interviewing to help his clients integrate, experience life in the present moment and find meaning. In his spare time, Everest enjoys watching Pixar movies, reading sci-fi/fantasy, making art, shopping, eating out, FaceTiming with his infant nephew and quality time with friends.

Lara Rutledge, Intern Therapist

Lara is a third-year graduate student in the Mental Health Counseling and Transpersonal Art Therapy Program. She believes that all people go through change and that change can be uncomfortable and down-right hard. With warmth and presence, Lara supports every person to ‘ride the waves’ of change and to find self awareness and growth in their therapeutic journey. She is passionate about utilizing embodied art and mindfulness tools to assist people in experiencing innate joy and developing their strengths and capacities. When not in the art studio or out on a hiking trail, you can find Lara gardening or spending time with her family, cats and friends. 

Jonathan Veit, Intern Therapist

Jonathan is a third-year graduate student in the Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program. He believes in an integrative model of health through which he supports the client in holding an innate capacity of their own healing. He believes that struggles are rooted in a disconnection from the ground of basic goodness and can get in the way of a person coming into their own possibilities, aliveness, and joy. He works collaboratively with the client to help them discover their own parts, wisdom, and compassion in support of achieving their goals and experiencing greater contentment. He has a background in philosophy, practices art, and has taught yoga and meditation. He has particular interest in environmental and social justice, addiction and recovery, and sexual well-being. In his spare time, Jon enjoys taking in nature while on a run or finding self-expression through poetry or music.

Students in Distress

For the most up to date NSCC information please visit our new website, here.

Recognizing When A Student Is in Distress

Faculty and staff are often the first person that a student in distress comes in contact with.  If you notice that someone is in distress don’t hesitate in offering support or finding support for the student.

Signs of Distress:

These signs can be clues into what is going on for students.  Be on the lookout for these signs and also listen to your gut.  If something feels talk with the student.

  • Insistent sadness, feeling of hopelessness, feelings of helplessness, expressing thoughts of wanting to give up.
  • Isolation and not interacting with peers.
  • Not completing assignments, missing classes, or sleeping in class.
  • Verbal threats of suicide or written threats or references to suicide in school work.
  • Problems with sleeping, appetite, being able to concentrate, and lack of motivation.
  • Increased use of drugs and alcohol.
  • Impulsivity and risky behavior.
  • A rapid change in student’s mood or demeanor or behavior that is out of context.
  • Rapid changes in the students’ weight or hygiene.
  • Noticeable cuts, bruises, burns, or attempts to cover up injuries.
  • Unusual or extreme obsessions with a person or situation.
  • Threatening violence.
  • Other students voicing concerns about a classmate.
  • Knowing that a student has recently experienced a trauma or loss.

How to Reach Out to A Distressed Student:

  • Use your Mental Health First Aid skills
  • Speak with the student privately.
  • Listen to the student and suspend judgment.
  • Give the student space to talk.
  • Ask open ended questions and let them know that you care about what they are struggling with.
  • Use “I” statements. For example, “I’m worried about what you wrote in your paper and wanted to check in with you and see how you are doing”. “I’ve noticed that you have been missing a lot of classes and when you do come to class you don’t interact with the class like you used to”.
  • Look for the educational opportunity. An educational conversation from a University official can have a lasting impact on a student. Look for the opportunity to dialogue about the situation.
  • Help the student explore the different options for support.
  • Remind the student that what they are feeling is temporary and that help is available.
  • Don’t leave the student alone if you have concerns about their safety.
  • Don’t get in to power struggles with a student that is angry. Give the student space to vent in a respectful way.

One of the biggest barriers to reaching out is the concern that it’s not ok to involve yourself in the student’s problems.  Students actually feel supported and heard when you ask how they are doing.

If you are concerned about suicidality and you see the signs of hopelessness, worthlessness, and despair be sure that you ask the student directly if they are having thoughts of suicide.  Asking someone about suicide will not give them the lead to commit suicide or make things worse.  It might actually make the student feel relief that you are open to talking about a difficult topic like suicide.

If the student is having thoughts of suicide find out if they have a plan or have acted on a plan.  See if they have the means and intent to follow through on their plan.  Convey your concerns about the student and that you want to connect them with support. Call the facilities on call number for support, If it is during crisis hours bring the student over to the counseling center.  If it is outside of walk in crisis hours call Colorado crisis services line.  If the student refuses and you are concerned for their safety call the police and ask for an edge worker to help with the situation.  

Be sure to follow up with students and check in with them.  Letting students know that you care about them will make them feel supported and give them a sense of community.  Be sure to make a student of concern/ Care tem report


How to Respond in Certain Situations:

Self-Harm/ Suicidal Ideation:  A student tells you that they are having thoughts of wanting to end their life.

  • Use ASIST interventions
  • Contact Mental Health Partners or the Colorado Crisis Services line. If it is during crisis hours come to the counseling center.  Contact facilities on call line for extra support.
  • Submit a Student of Concern/Care team report about the student’s behavior.

Direct Threat: A student tells you that they are going to harm you. 

  • Call the police. Do not confront the student and stay at a safe distance from them.  Make sure that you are near an exit in case the student tries to attack you. You can also contact Facilities for extra support.  
  • Submit a Student of Concern/Care team report about the student’s behavior.

Verbally Aggressive Behavior:  A student is yelling and cursing at you.

  • Calmly inform the student that there is an expectation for professional communication between students and faculty, and that the current behavior is inappropriate.
  • If the student is able to regulate themselves then have a conversation about what is making the student so upset.
  • If the student continues to act inappropriately tell them that you will continue the conversation with them when they are able to talk to you without yelling.
  • Suggest that the student take some time to reflect on what is making them so upset and to send you an email.
  • If the student is unwilling to calm down and is distrusting class call the on call Faciliites Line.
  • Submit a Student of Concern/Care team report about the student’s behavior.

Aggressive Student Making Demands:

  • Ask the student to please discuss this in a calm manner and state you would be happy to listen.
  • Listen to the student and attempt to understand where the student is coming from.
  • Tell the student that you would like some time to think about how you can best meet their request and tell them how and when you will respond to them.
  • Consult with other staff and faculty members about how to handle the situation.
  • Use department protocol to inform the student of the decision that you make.
  • If the student continues to be aggressive tell them about the conflict resolution process.

Death of a Family Member:

  • Empathize with the student.
  • Let them know who you can support them around assignments.
  • Give them information about counseling and walk in counseling services.
  • Submit a Student of Concern/Care team report so the Care team can provide the student with support.

If you see something do something.  If you are first person to respond to the situation you are the one responsible for managing the situation.

You are not alone get support.


Video Links for managing distressed students.

 When Students Express a Lot of Emotion

 When Students Need to be Assessed due to Unusual or Concerning Behaviors

 When a Student is In Crisis

You don't have to cope with addiction alone. Boulder is home to numerous off-campus resources. Below is a list of local resources that aid in drug and alcohol addiction recovery.

Addiction Recovery Centers (ARC)

ARC Broadway: 303-441-1275

ARC Valmont: 303-441-1281

ARC Lafayette: 720-564-2712

ARC Longmont: 303-678-6166


·         DUI education

·         Inpatient detox

o   Residential aftercare

·         Teen-specific treatment

·         Outpatient counseling

·         Women-specific treatment


1525 Spruce Street, #100

Boulder, CO 80302


·         Domestic violence and anger management services

·         Drug and alcohol testing

·         DUI education

·         Individual, group, couple, and family counseling

·         Interventions

·         Minor in Possession (MIP) services

·         Substance abuse and mental health evaluations


Boulder Clinic, Inc.


1317 Spruce Street

Boulder, CO 80302


·         Methadone treatment

·         Outpatient treatment

·         Sliding fee scale

·         Women-specific treatment

Boulder Community Hospital  
      Mapleton Outpatient Treatment Services: 303-441-0560

311 Mapleton Avenue, 2 ndFloor

Boulder, CO 80304


·         Assessment, referral, and care management

·         Chemical screening

·         Individualized treatment planning

·         Individual, family, and group therapy

·         Outpatient recovery program
·         Psychiatric evaluation and medication management

Center for Change
      Boulder: 303-449-1566

Longmont: 303-772-3382


·         Alcohol/drug evaluations

·         Cognitive behavioral therapy

·         DUI education

·         Women-specific treatment

·         Individual, family, and adolescent therapy

·         Acu-detox clinic



·         Aftercare program

·         Family program

·         Medical care and detox

·         Residential recovery and relapse treatment

·         Specialized young adult treatment track

Support Groups


Boulder Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a free support group for people recovering from alcoholism. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution. Services include scheduled meetings, an AA hotline, and public information. ALANON support groups are available for adults and teens affected by the drinking of another person.


Boulder Area of Narcotics Anonymous
     24-hour helpline: 303-412-2884
     Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit organization of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem. Recovering addicts meet regularly to help each other stay drug-free.
Children's Alley

Childfind(does free screening 0-5 for any mental health, developmental issues, speech, OT etc)

YMCA Arapahoe Center
303-664-5456 fax

YMCA Mapleton Center
303-442-2779 fax

Parenting Place

Parents Without Partners


Dental Aid
303-499-7010 - information
303-499-7072 - Appointments

Salud Family Health Centers
Dental Center
Ambulance 911

Fire 911

Police 911

After Hours Crisis Hotline

Emergency Psychiatric Services
303 447 1665|

MESA Team of Boulder County - Rape Crisis - 24 hour hotline
303 443 7300

People's Clinic
303 449 6050

SafeHouse for Women and Chilren - 24 hour hotline

303 444 2424

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

Bridge House

Colorado Friendship/Meals on the Street

Community Food Share/Mobile Food Pantry

Emergency Family Assistance

Food Stamps

Harvest of Hope (food pantry)

720 382 1971

Lamb's Ministry of First Presbyterian Church
1820  15th St. (Annex at 16th & Walnut)

Breakfast 8-9:30AM on Thursdays, year-round
Lunch  Noon - 1PM on Saturdays, November through April

Lyons Community Food Pantry
350 Main St., Lyons, CO 80540
Wednesdays 3:30-5PM, walk-ins welcome.

Mountain Community Resource Center
Call first for an appointment to come to the food pantry.
Celeste 303-459-3358 or Beth 303-459-0459

Ward Fire Hall, Ward, CO 80481
Hours: Last Saturday of the month, noon - 1 pm

Nederland Community Center
750 North Highway 72, Nederland
For Western Boulder County residents in need.
Food Pantry Hours: 10:00am - noon, first and last Thursdays of each month
and 2nd Saturday of each month 10:00am - noon

New Covenant Church

Leave a message at 303-747-1114. Messages checked Sunday through Tuesday.

1423 County Rd 84W, Allenspark
Food pantry

Scared Heart Food Pantry

Salvation Army

SHARE Colorado

Sunday Soup Program- open to all
Lunch is served at a different church each Sunday of the month:
1st Sunday - St. John's Episcopal Church
- 1419 Pine St. 12-1:30 pm 442-5246
2nd Sunday- Trinity Lutheran Church
- 2200 Broadway 12:30-1:30 pm 442-2300
3rd Sunday - First United Methodist Church
- 1421 Spruce St. 12:30pm -1:30pm 442-3770
4th Sunday - First Congregational Church
- 1128 Pine St. 12:30-1:30pm 442-1787
5th Sunday - First Presbyterian Church
- 1820 15th St. 12:30-1:30pm 402-6400


Accent Properties

Boulder International Hoste l
303 449 2900

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless
303 442 0522

Boulder Property Management
303 442 4646

Daily Camera (online)

Housing Helpers

Naropa Universtiy Housing

New West Inns

Thistle Housing (low income housing) 


Rent Assistance

EFAA: Emergency Family Assistance Association 303-442-3042

Provides rent assistance in conjunction with receiving case management through their agency. Only serves women, families and disabled men. The Basic Needs Program helps with housing costs (i.e., rent payments to prevent eviction, utility payments to prevent shutoff), food, minor medical needs (such as prescriptions and eyeglasses), and essential furniture (such as beds). Clients are also assisted with access to other sources of assistance, such as government benefits.

Bridge House   303-442-8300

Our rental assistance program helps our clients and supports our working poor clients by staying in their home.

OUR Center   303-772-5529

After an intake interview, professional caseworkers and trained volunteers provide emergency food, transportation, utilities, furniture, minor medical prescriptions, referrals for emergency shelter, and homeless-prevention help, including rent and utility assistance. Although services in the Basic Needs Program are typically provided in times of crisis, agency staff, work in partnership with families to help them regain self-sufficiency.

Call our Intake Office at 303.772.5529 for appointment if your needs include rent, utilities, shelter, and/or prescriptions. Our priority is to assist families with children who are residents of the greater Longmont area. Assistance to households without children may be provided after a thorough assessment has been done and as resources permit.

Emergency Shelters

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless    303-442-4646

Winter Sheltering services are available from October 1 through April 15 for any adult in need.  Dinner and breakfast, a safe place to sleep, storage space for personal belongings, phone and mail service, access to showers and laundry facilities, and meetings with case managers are all provided free of charge.  Intake is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.  All residents must be checked in by 7:00 p.m. unless prior arrangements have been made.  In order to stay at the Shelter, residents must abide by basic behavioral rules and get tested for TB.

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non Violence
If you or someone you know needs help because of an abusive relationship, call our 24-hour crisis hotline: 303.444.2424.

The emergency shelter program offers a safe shelter at a confidential location for individuals and families who are seeking refuge from interpersonal violence and/or elder abuse. We welcome all people who are abused, including anyone traditionally silenced because of their ethnicity, race, religion, age, ability, income level, sexual orientation, transgender identity or who are gender non-conforming. During your stay, we can provide case management, community referrals, group and individual counseling services, safety planning, and help meeting basic needs such as food and clothing. Our advocates will work to create an individualized case plan that can assist you beyond your stay at our emergency shelter.

Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow 303.605.8919

BOHO opens emergency warming centers in the facilities of faith communities whenever weather conditions dictate. Members of the homeless community are not turned away due to lack of space or intoxication (as long as they remain cooperative) so that those in need have a warm, safe, dry place to sleep. The status of emergency warming centers (that is whether open or closed) will be on our FaceBook page. You may also call 303.605.8919 to learn the emergency warming center status for any given day. 

Subsidized housing

Boulder Housing Partners 720-564-4610

Boulder Housing Partners has a rental subsidy program for low to middle income residents of Boulder. Must be making 25k a year to qualify.  See website for income guidelines (Called Boulder Affordable Rentals.) Public housing has a one to four year wait list and requires residency in Boulder.  Sec 8 subsidies preferences are given to applicants who live and/or work within the city limits of Boulder and are elderly individuals (62 +), people  with disabilities or families with children. If an applicant does not have the preference, their chance of having their lottery number drawn is very slim.

Boulder Community Hospital Behavioral Health Sciences (in-patient & out-patient)

Boulder Methadone Clinic
1317 Spruce St
Boulder, CO 80302-4830

Boulder Psychotherapists’ Guild

Emergency Psychiatric Service, 24-hour hotline

Harmony House

Hospice Boulder County for bereavement groups

Living Well Transitions

A clinical-based therapeutic transitions support program working with young adults in helping them to manage the transition to independent living. A private, for-profit, fee-based program with several different care plans. All the clinicians are Naropa graduates, and they have a lot of experience working with young people who have been having difficulty managing the stresses and responsibilities of school, independent living, work, managing budgets, etc.

Mental Health Association of Colorado

MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault)

Naropa University Counseling Center

Network of Care for Behavioral Health and Wellness – Boulder County
(online resource)

On Purpose Transitions

On Purpose Transitions specializes in clinical treatment that supports emotional growth and personal achievement for adolescents, teens, adults, couples and families. Our approach is strength based, solution focused and goal oriented.   Clients become better able to live from their kind hearts and sane minds. We offer traditional and nontraditional therapies.

Raimy Psychology Clinic at CU

Robert D. Sutherland Center for the Evaluation and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence , 24-hour Crisis Hotline

United Way Online Resource Guide

Windhorse Community Services

Alpine Hospital for Animals

Bob Irminger, DVM (House/Work calls only - Highly Recommended!)

Boulder Emergency Pet Clinic (Emergency Only 5:30pm - 8am)

Humane Society of Boulder Valley

Humane Society of Boulder Valley Veterinary Clinic

Boulder County Animal Control


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Myths about alcohol.

Information about alcohol use and its consequences.

Information about opioid use.

Information about hallucinogens.

Information about cocaine.

How substances have affected society.

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