Saturday – Group Faculty

Saturday November 12th

-All day Group Institute
-Develop your skills as a therapist
-Explore group dynamics
-Increase your self-understanding and acceptance
-Experience the joys & challenges being a member of a process group

Additional Description & Learning Objectives 

Special Topic Institutes

[SI: I] Melting pot or mosaic? A dialogue around ethnic identities in group: Power-privilege-oppression dynamics in the here-and-now.

ugur_kacataskin_mg_6210In this group, we will create a conversation on how ethnic, international and immigrant (legal/illegal) identities manifest, survive and thrive in the US as they are represented in the here-and-now experience of the group at hand. A didactic exploration of developmental factors and issues of facilitation will be offered.

Uğur Kocataskin, a Contemplative Psychotherapist in private practice and Assistant Professor at Naropa University, has been leading groups in various educational and clinical settings and in private practice for more than 8 years. A member of the GLBTQI community, he is a passionate student and teacher in the areas of diversity, inclusivity, and multiculturalism. His multi-ethnic heritage, background in music, and interest in contemplative practices provide ongoing grounds for learning. Uğur aims to foster inspiration, growth, and healing through relationship with the understanding that we can only truly see and get to know certain parts of ourselves in relationship to one another.

[SI: II] Relational Ambivalence: Exploring the Dynamic Process of Change in Group Counseling

The desire to change is the reason most of our clients attend counseling: to change themselves, their relationships, their moods, or their behaviors. Our clients are looking for a perfect, frozen sculpture of themselves when, in reality, our identities are fluid like a river, impermanent and knowing no bounds. The benefit of a goal is that it provides boundaries and security when the process of change is riddled with uncertainty and fear. The impermanence doctrine (change is inevitable) in Buddhist philosophy correlates with a current model in psychotherapy known as the stages of change (transtheoretical model). This institute will focus on the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that arise in the contemplation stage of the latter model by developing awareness and tolerance for ambivalence. The beauty of using group as a tool to facilitate change is the metaphor that lies in each relationship in the group. By experimenting with one’s own relationship to change, participants assimilate interventions that explore the labyrinth of the change process.

Kat Luetkehans, MA, LPC, CAC II first studied Buddhism at the University of Washington while majoring in Comparative Religion. During her undergraduate studies in Seattle and in the Himalayas, Kat found a truth in Buddhism that described her experience of life thus far: everybody suffers. So, Kat went on to study Buddhist Psychology with the intention to relieve suffering at Naropa University, where she received a Master of Arts in Contemplative Psychotherapy. Kat is now a psychotherapist in Boulder where she is in liminal stages of developing her private practice. Kat’s group facilitation experience comes from court-ordered groups for those who have substance abuse charges. She understands substance abuse as a cycle that we all live in. It’s the cycle of seeing ourselves as perfect or disgusting without realizing that both describe the same person.

[SI: III] Desire In The Present -Straddling the Gap: Sex, Gender, Intimacy, and Desire in the Present Moment

This institute group will focus on desire as it arises in the present moment, aiming to “straddle the gap” between craving and satisfaction in order to respond rather than react. A brief theoretical orientation on gender and sexual fluidity from a contemplative and intersectional framework will be followed by a full day process group. Participants will be encouraged to relay their own experiences of desire as it arises in thought and sensation in the immediacy of the moment. The last portion of the group will be a debrief and Q&A.

Course Objectives:

  • To create an environment conducive to expressing desire in the present moment
  • To differentiate between reactivity and response
  • To demonstrate present moment intervention
  • To understand and articulate gender and sexual fluidity

326A3734 copyJenna Noah works as a psychotherapist in Boulder, CO. She sees clients in person and online (Via Skype). Jenna received her Masters degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. And is currently pursuing her PhD at Saybrook University with a specialization in Existential Therapy. Her dissertation is focused on sexuality and female empowerment. Jenna is a member of AGPA (American Group Psychological Association) and leads process groups around topics of sexuality. She is the Director of Membership for the Colorado Group Psychotherapy Association (COGPS) and the Chair of Technology for the AGPA Affiliate Society. Jenna works primarily with couples and individuals around the topic of sexuality including: 1. Relationships Issues 2. Trauma 3. LGBTQ 4. Gender Transitions 5. Addiction. Jenna integrates mindful body based awareness and somatic psychotherapy (based on principles of Hakomi) into her practice. LGBTQ and BDSM friendly.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 9.14.36 AMCarol Clements is a Contemplative Psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado, working with individuals, couples, families and groups. She specializes in issues of gender and sexuality, and am sensitive to issues of identity and inclusivity for LGBTQPIA persons. In April 2015, she initiated and moderated a discussion called “Sexing Beyond the Binary: 50+ Shades of Gender, Sex, and Romance” at Naropa University. For this event, she brought sex and gender educators Pamela Madsen and Mac McGregor to campus. In November 2014, Carol initiated and moderated a “Pleasure Panel” at Naropa University, which was comprised of regional and national practitioners in the fields of sex education and sex therapy. In February 2014, she initiated and moderated a talk by Vena Blanchard, the President of the International Professional Surrogates Association (IPSA). Carol is an active member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), attending its annual conferences. Carol is an active member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), attending its annual conferences. Pertinent Training Includes: Attachment, Sexuality, Pleasure, and the Body: A Full Spectrum Gestalt Approach to Healing and Thriving, with Stella Resnick, Ph.D. Esalen Institute: Big Sur, CA, February 16 – 24, 2014. Intimacy and Desire Workshop for Couples with David Schnarch, Ph.D. and Ruth Morehouse, Ph.D. Crucible Institute: Culver City, CA, November 2 – 4, 2012. Intimacy and Desire: 4 Points of Balance Clinical Workshop with David Schnarch, Ph.D. and Ruth Morehouse, Ph. D. Crucible Institute: Culver City, CA, November 3 – 6, 2011.

Institute Faculty

Dr. Robert Unger

My approach to psychotherapy is not primarily problem or solution focused; I am interested in working in depth to help people to understand themselves; their impulses, desires, and needs, so that they can make conscious decisions about how to meaningfully direct their lives in an increasingly complicated world. Hence I deemphasize the language of diagnosis in favor of one of self-reflection, awareness, and understanding. As virtually any issue one brings to treatment can be either attributed to, or is influenced by, some kind of relationship dilemma, relationships are usually a significant focus of my work, including the client-therapist relationship itself.
Because of my orientation towards interpersonal dynamics, I work with people in groups whenever possible, feasible, or desirable. I have found that group work is an excellent mode for one to find out about how they function in relationships, how they affect and are affected by others.
I have been on the faculty of the Naropa University for 21 years, teaching group dynamics and therapy, hence my approach integrates depth psychotherapy with mindfulness practice. I conduct several supervision groups and consult to organizations on group/organizational issues.

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Elizabeth OlsonDr. Elizabeth A Olson

Clinical Social Work/Therapist , PsyD , LCSW
Past COGPS President

This group offers clients the opportunity to develop more effective communication strategies and a deeper understanding of oneself in relationship to others. Through group relationships, members explore their unconscious, habitual patterns that interfere with their ability to connect well with others and practice new, more constructive ways of relating. Professionals experience significant and meaningful changes in their lives outside of group through the shifts that occur in the group.  Learn more


Deb Bopsie


Deb practices as a contemplative psychotherapist. She believes in the basic goodness of all people and join together with clients to reconnect that basic goodness back into their conscious life. She sits with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Deb knows that transformation is possible and healing can take place even under the most dire situations, feelings, and ways we are conditioned to think. She works at a slow pace and creates an atmosphere of warmth, trust, and safety. Learn more