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Free Therapy Sessions for DPS Students and Families


Reasonable Sliding-Scale Fee Also Available to All Denver-Metro Community Members

DENVER (May 12, 2008) - People go to counseling for a variety of reasons and concerns. What everyone needs to realize is that seeking counseling for yourself or a loved-one is a sign of strength. It shows that a person has insight and is open to improvement. The Student and Community Counseling Center at the University of Colorado Denver, as it gears up for summer session, would like to remind everyone that it provides one of the best values in Denver - free and low-cost professional therapy to community members willing to take the important step. Therapy takes place year-round, not just during the traditional school year.

Counselors help students and families address concerns in the following areas:

  • Do you have a child who is exhibiting problematic performance in school, either academic or behavioral, or having a hard time with changing schools?
  • Is your family dealing with loss, serious illness, separation or divorce?
  • Do you want to feel more comfortable expressing who you are?
  • Would you like to gain additional skills to deal with family conflict, bullying, substance abuse, or stress?
  • Are you dealing with economic challenges?
  • Do you feel that you'd like to improve your parenting?
  • Are you being treated unjustly by others?
  • Have you ever felt like you don't fit in because of your body size, skin color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious/spiritual beliefs, or something else?

If people in the Denver Public Schools can relate to any of these concerns, we encourage them call the Counseling Center at 303-556-4372 to make an appointment. A therapist is available during the summer months, and can schedule an appointment Monday - Thursday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

"Our clinic opens its doors to families and children who would otherwise not have access to mental health care at all," said Patricia Larsen, Psy.D.,director of the Student and Community Counseling Center at University of Colorado Denver. "There are so many families who are uninsured or underinsured and can't afford the high costs of essential mental health services. Even the public hospitals and mental health centers refer to us because they are unable to handle everyone who needs services. Often a family member will tell us, 'I've called 10 places in town already and you are the first people who have said "Yes, you can help us!"'

The Counseling Center is part of University of Colorado Denver's School of Education and Human Development. Staffed by psychologists, professional psychotherapists and advanced graduate-level practicum students, the center assures clients respect and confidentiality. It is located in downtown Denver on the Auraria Campus in the North Classroom Building, Room 4036.

The University of Colorado Denver is one of three universities in the University of Colorado system. Located in Denver on the Downtown Campus and at Ninth & Colorado Blvd., and on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., University of Colorado Denver is Colorado's premier research university offering more than 100 degrees and programs in 13 schools and colleges and serving more than 28,000 students in Metro Denver and online. For more information, visit the web site at or the UC Denver Newsroom at

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