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The Student Counseling Center offers initial assessments, evaluations, individual counseling, couples counseling, and group therapy. We also provide mental health outreach, screenings, and educational workshops for the University community and offer consultations with faculty, staff, and families.

Naropa Student Counseling Center staff will make referrals to off campus resources and additional psychological services for those who we are unable to serve in regular individual therapy.

All students have access to Walk In/Crisis Counseling on a first come first serve basis, available T-F from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm with our Crisis and Substance Abuse Prevention Counselor.

We offer a large array of self-help and informational pamphlets in our waiting room.


Office Hours During the School Year

We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am - 5pm.

We are open from 11:30 am to 1 pm and 3:30-5:00 pm on Thursday. We have limited hours on Thursday as we are closed for clinical supervision, trainings, and staff meetings.

We are closed on weekends, during school breaks, and holidays.

Contact Information & Location

To access services, please call us at (303)245-4630 or email us at

We are located in Juniper Cottage, on the Southwest corner of the Arapahoe Campus.

Please use the main entrance on the southern side of the building.

Counseling Services We Provide

Individual Therapy

College years can be accompanied with 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 and Healing wounds from the past

~Self-exploration and growth

~Living well with others

~Challenges with school

~Addiction Recovery

~Finding meaning and purpose

~Developing healthy boundaries

~Identity Issues


~Healing from Emotional and Physical Abuse


Getting Started

To pursue regular ongoing counseling sessions, students must complete two initial steps:

  1. Come in during our open hours and fill out CCAPS questionnaire on the computer in the lobby. This step is necessary and takes about 20 minutes.
  2. Schedule a 20 minute screening to help us understand what's going on for you, and to help you get the support you need. Please email us at or call us at (303)245-4630 to set up the 20 minute screening.

What to Expect Next

After the 20 minute screening and CCAPS are complete we will either schedule an initial intake session with you or suggest some referrals to help you get the support that is right for you.  If we cannot serve you, we will help you get to someone who can. 


Our Scope of Practice

Because we do not have in-house psychiatric or intensive services, and individual counseling is provided by counselors-in-training, we may refer clients with more complex issues to outside providers better suited to their needs.

If you struggle with ongoing addiction, personality disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, or have unmedicated and chronic problems with bi polar, depression or anxiety, or need crisis services or more frequent treatment, we will refer you to someone who can better support you with what you are dealing with.

Group Counseling

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, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Art Drop In.




Additional Services for the Naropa Community

Our professional staff offers support to staff and faculty with:

~Outreach, screening, and prevention education for students

~Consultation with staff and faculty regarding student well being, mental health, and behavioral concerns

~Consultation to the threat assessment and behavioral intervention teams

~Response to the early alert and student of concern portals through outreach to students

~Crisis intervention for students with our Crisis and Alcohol and Drug Counselor

If you are a faculty or staff member seeking support, please call Jo-Lynn Park, Director.

If you are concerned about a student's well-being please report Students of Concern through the Early Alert Portal on this site.


Our Mission

Utilizing mindfulness, we provide exceptional counseling services. With compassionate presence and wisdom, we support the diversity, health, and well being of Naropa students and community on their transformational journey.

Our counselors are well trained in the integration of contemplative, creative, and traditional methods of counseling.

We are dedicated to the ongoing research of contemplative models, and to the effectiveness of our specialized offerings.




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.



Jo-Lynn Park, Director of Counseling

Jo-Lynn Park provides leadership for the Student Counseling Center through training and supervision for the center’s professional, interns, externs, practicum, and graduate assistant staff.  She also offers training and consultation for Naropa staff and faculty.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a MA in Counseling Psychology and has been adjunct faculty with Naropa’s Graduate School of Counseling Psychology.     

Prior to her work with Naropa, Jo-Lynn worked with individuals and families in wilderness, retreat programs, colleges, schools, international, and treatment settings.  She has been working with folks in therapeutic and educator roles since 1996. 

Jo-Lynn’s clinical orientation is integrative and she draws from person-centered, depth, and Buddhist psychology and is trained in Hakomi and EMDR.  When not at work she likes to cuddle up with her dog and read a good book, or ski, hike, paddle, or climb with friends and family.

To contact Jo-Lynn Park, please email her at> or call 303.245.4633.

Liza Miller, Crisis & Substance Abuse Prevention Counselor

Liza responds to mental health and substance use related emergencies within the student body in her role as the Crisis Counselor and Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa.  Prior to her current role, Liza worked for Behavioral Treatment Services at the Center for Change site as clinical therapist and served individuals with severe substance abuse issues and addictions that were involved in the Criminal Justice System. 

Liza is originally from Boston, MA where she offered holistic health coaching and yoga instruction.  She is a current student of Kundalini yoga and 5 rhythms dance and loves to explore food and nature as medicine.  She is passionate about guiding people towards balance, meaning, and wellness through emotional, physical, social, and spiritual avenues.  Liza holds Walk-In Hours from 11:30-12:30PM Tuesday through Friday. You can contact Liza or 303-245-4761.


Katie Dyer, Practicum Therapist


Katie is a practicum student in their/her second year in the Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology graduate program.  They/she holds a compassionate, critically conscious, brave, non-judgmental, and gentle space for clients to welcome all parts of themselves.   As a skilled educator and listener Katie uplifts the client’s own internal wisdom to generate a client-centered space that is inclusive of social identity contexts. 

Katie is passionate about working with clients around anxiety, depression, intimate relationships, gender identity, sexuality, trauma, and addiction.  They/she is a writer and ceramic artist and is happy to be living by the mountains in the sun.

Abigail White, Intern Therapist



Abby is a 3rd year graduate student in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Program where she has been a passionate learner of somatic exploration and Gestalt approaches to therapy. Her mindset as a counselor is to help people see some of the hidden wisdom in their struggles, and to assist clients in developing new and more adaptive ways of relating to themselves and others. She is excited to work with students who may be dealing with difficulty during life transitions, emotional regulation, resilience to stress, and issues around personal confusion by helping clients to find the light on their own path of self-discovery. When not at the Counseling Center, Abby might be found enjoying live music, nose-deep in a fantasy fiction novel, or hanging out with her therapy-dog-in-training, Willow!

Michelle Panek, Intern Therapist


Michelle is in her third year of the Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling graduate program at Naropa, and looks forward to spending that time as an Intern at the Naropa Student Counseling Center. She has been practicing as a Wellness Coach for the past two years, working with clients on emotional eating, nutrition, and weight loss challenges. With a focus on supporting people as they explore and draw strength and wisdom from their inner resources, Michelle utilizes various transpersonal modalities, including Internal Family Systems, Gestalt, and Mindfulness, along with traditional Humanistic therapy. She is particularly interested in working with clients who are dealing with life transitions, spiritual growth/emergence, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, substance use, chronic illness/disability, and other challenging life situations. During her time away from Naropa, Michelle enjoys reading, staying in touch with friends and family, and spending time indoors with her cat or out in nature.

Andy Wise, Practicum Therapist


Andy Wise is a second-year graduate student in the Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program.  Having lead extended mountain and ocean expeditions around the world, he has over 15 years of being involved with young adults in supporting them discover their inherent wisdom and unique talents.  Andy has direct experience supporting students expand their comfort zone, grow into their own unique leadership style and broaden their tolerance for adversity in their lives.  Andy’s therapeutic approach is grounded in the contemplative wisdom traditions, helping to create an open and nonjudgmental collaboration with his clients. He enjoys cycling of all sorts, showing up on his yoga mat, and crafting dreams with his four children.

Diane Dempcy, Intern Therapist


Diane’s therapeutic style is gently directive and collaborative.  She is passionate about helping people face and overcome roadblocks that prevent them from living their best life.  She brings 20 years of experience as a recovery coach supporting clients who want to inquire and/or change their relationship to addiction.  Diane offers support for anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, transition, relationships, family life, and finding meaning and purpose.  Diane is an enthusiastic cook and jewelry maker who loves dance, reading, and movies.

Amanda Loughlin, Intern Therapist


Amanda is currently a third year student in Naropa’s Wilderness Therapy graduate counseling program. She believes that her role is to help clients discover their own innate strength and resources, while acknowledging the biological, psychological, environmental, spiritual, cultural, and social influences that affect each person. Amanda is passionate about working with clients undergoing life transitions, trauma, grief and loss, relationship problems, and identity exploration. She loves to ski, hike, paddle, sing, ride her bike, spend time with friends, family, and her cat, Fuzz.

Emergency Psychological Services


EMERGENCY from on campus phone: 9-911
EMERGENCY from non-campus phones: 911
Colorado Crisis Services 24/7 Call line: 1-844-493-TALK or walk in to Emergency Psychological Services 24/7 at 3180 Airport Road Boulder CO

These services for offer P professional help for folks who are feeling upset, overwhelmed, out of control, and need to talk with someone immediately. 
Email Address:

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