Graduate Students

We understand that graduate students face many challenges that undergraduates do not face in terms of academic demands, personal lives and career development.  So our counselors are here to assist students in meeting the multiple demands placed upon them by virtue of the myriad of roles they take on and juggle on a daily basis.  We also recognize that when issues arise for graduate students in one domain of their lives, it can have unintended consequences for other areas of life.  These issues can impact academic performance, student retention, graduation rates, and general quality of life. CAPS works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create and maintain a campus environment that encourages and supports psychological well-being.

Individual Counseling

  • Relationships issues in personal/work and academic domains
  • Admustment issues and homesickness
  • Anger
  • Communication Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Dissertation completion
  • Substance use issues
  • Trauma such from past abuse/sexual assault/intimate partner abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Cultural Identity
  • Conflics with peers/advisors/committee members
  • Anxiety
  • Burn out and lack of motivation
  • Crisis Management
  • Academic performance
  • Stress Management
  • Loneliness
  • Body Image
  • Coming Out Issues
  • Financial Insecurities

Couples Counseling

If you and your partner are both students at CU, you may be eligible to come seek couples counseling with one of our clinicians.


Every  semester, CAPS offers are a variety of groups to help students to address specific needs and enhance the quality of their lives.  The groups are free and cover a spectrum of interest areas.  Some of the groups are geared specifically to meet the unique challenges and needs of graduate students while others are more general and are open to graduate students unless otherwise specified. Some Graduate Student Specific Groups:

  • Dissertation Support Group
    This is an on-going group for graduate students who have passed their comprehensive exams and are engaged in any part of the dissertation process. It is a supportive place to set and achieve goals that will move you concretely toward the completion of your dissertation.  Facilitator: Dr. Glenda Russell, Ph.D.,
    Meeting every Tuesday, 1-3:00 PM, Center for Community Room S435.
    ***Check out the article about this group, featured in the Daily Camera!!!***

  • Masters Thesis Working Group
    Modeled after the successful Dissertation Working Group, the Master's Thesis Working Group will serve as a drop-in resource for graduate students from any discipline who are working on any aspect of thesis preparation. The group will be very task-forced and the atmosphere will be very friendly. Drop in and see for yourself. Facilitator: Dr. Glenda Russell, Ph.D.,
    Meeting every Tuesday, 11 AM - Noon, Center for Community Room S440.

For a full list of groups, visit our Groups & Workshops page.

Consultation Services

One of the most valuable services that we provide to staff, faculty and graduate students is our consultation services.  In the various roles that you may play on campus, you may be in an excellent position to recognize behavior changes that characterize emotional distress in your students or peers.  If you have any concerns about a student/peer and would like consult about what it is that you might be seeing, how you might be of most help, and how and where to refer, please call us and consult with one of our counselors  (303-492-6766).  You have 24-7 access to a mental health professional.

For Graduate-specific handouts, please visit our Helpful Handouts page.