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Welcome to the MSU Denver Counseling Center

Balancing the demands of college life can be difficult. In addition to academic requirements, there are financial pressures, relationship issues, and job stressors that can leave you feeling beat up and worn out. The Counseling Center staff can help you find ways to manage difficult times and provide you with a comforting place to examine your life and learn more about yourself so you can realize your potential. Students are encouraged to make an appointment for their first visit.


To learn more about our specific services, please click on the buttons below.


Counseling Center Remote Services During Period of Limited Operations

In order to be compliant with the social distancing recommendations in mitigating the community spread of the Coronavirus, our Counseling Center staff has taken several steps to maintain professional connections with our clients.
We are currently operating remotely so that we can continue to provide therapeutic support to our current and prospective clients, between  8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
New clients are always welcome and we will continue our daily Triage services for emergencies and crises. 
In order to connect with you remotely it is important that we have your Consent and an Informed Consent Form for Telebehavioral Treatment. A telebehavioral form will be sent to you by one of our mental health professionals. 
For any mental health-related concerns, please call 303-615-9988 and leave a message with your telephone number and 900 ID so that one of us can get back with you promptly, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. After 5:00 p.m., and on weekends and holidays, you may call our 24/7 Crisis and Victims' Assistance Line at 303-615-9911.
During this period of social isolation we realize the importance of human connection and healing, even more so. Our efforts continue to be focused on our students and clients in relationship with their families and communities of care.
Do remember to keep up with the status of the Coronavirus through MSU Denver's link at:

Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19

This link provides useful tips for coping with stress, anxiety, and depression related to COVID-19. There are also links to articles on how to handle children's issues and questions. There are additional downloads for suggestions on managing social distancing safely, without avoiding social interactions.


A Message to Our Clients

A Message to Our Clients in the Aftermath of Recent Unprecedented Events

Our Counseling Center Staff is aware of the myriad of themes and emotions that have been stirred up in light of the tragic death of George Floyd. His death has illuminated some of the societal ills with which we have been dealing. There is grief, anger, frustration, disappointment, disillusionment, hurt, and re-triggered traumas, as we all attempt to come to grips with this situation in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. These themes are familiar to us in the work that we do especially with regard to the micro and macroaggressions that you often have shared with us in various other life events. The adverse effects of the COVID-19 cannot be minimized as individuals struggle to make new meanings of the disruptions caused by the frequent fatal outcomes of this illness, and the barriers to usual and customary means of social connectivity.

Our Staff has always provided a safe and trusted sounding board and space for you to process inequities, injustices, rejections, disappointments, and frustrations, that have altered your planned journeys through life. Now, more than ever, we stay committed to providing you with unconditional acceptance, and building hope and resilience, as we continue to engage in painful dialogues that are necessary to promote healing.

We are here for you throughout this process as we encourage you to continue with your career goals and aspirations. Life is often filled with struggles, of varying types, that have differential impacts that are dependent on a host of factors. Together we can assist you in working through your reactions and feelings in forging ahead as we navigate these turbulent times. 


Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Online Assessment

woman computer online assessmentMany students have little, free, unscheduled time to pursue the types of self-care that they would like. We have made it possible for you to do an online screening for eating disorders, alcohol, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and bipolar disorder through our website. After clicking on the button below use "METROSTATE" for your password. Then select the screening that you would like to take. Results are communicated instantly. Share your results when you come in for a visit.

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GateKeeper Trainings

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The Counseling Center, Health Center at Auraria and the CARE Team have partnered to offer "Virtual GateKeeper Trainings: Identifying and Referring Students at Risk"; for the Spring 2021 semester.

These sessions are open to Faculty, Administrators and Staff who are often first line responders. The sessions last for two hours and advanced registration is required.  Spring 2021 dates are as follows:

 To register please click on the link below associated with the date and time you would like to attend:

Thursday, January 14th: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, February 10th: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Thursday, March 11th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 7th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Location & Hours
Tivoli Student Union, Suite 651

You will need to take the Tower Elevator to get to our offices.

Monday – Friday 

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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