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Individual Therapy

MSU Safe Place offers individual therapy services to MSU students, faculty, staff, and their spouses/partners as well as members of Ingham county who have experienced or currently are experiencing relationship violence. We offer a safe place for survivors to process and share their experiences in a supportive, nonjudgmental space to work through their healing journey at their own pace. Survivors will work with their therapist to identify and address goals and discuss treatment options that best meets their needs. All therapy services are free and confidential. 

Treatment Approaches

Types of Therapy that are offered include: 

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) informed

  • Supportive Talk Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based treatment composed of 12-sessions, that have been found to be effective for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other symptoms following traumatic events. During this therapy survivors do not have to share traumatic events in detail. In CPT, the therapist will teach survivors skills by reviewing material and providing homework assignments that can help survivors identify more helpful, less harmful, ways to think about trauma.

For more information on CPT visit  Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD - PTSD: National Center for PTSD (

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based treatment and effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. EMDR can also address a wide range of issues such as grief and loss, depression, and anxiety.  It is a structured therapy that encourages anyone who has experienced traumatic events to focus briefly on a trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation. This is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. 

During EMDR, therapists can help survivors create resources (coping skills), relieve painful emotions, and utilize a form of bilateral stimulation (eye movements, tones, or taps) to safely reprocess past experiences.

For more information on EMDR therapy visit: About EMDR Therapy - EMDR International Association (

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Informed (DBT-Informed) is an evidence-based treatment which has been proven to be effective for people who have difficulty managing and regulating their emotions. During this type of therapy, therapists will teach survivors the skills listed below to help enhance capabilities in day-to-day life. The four skills that are taught include:

  • Mindfulness

  • Distress tolerance

  • Interpersonal effectiveness

  • Emotion regulation

Supportive Talk Therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on helping survivors navigate their problems with comfort, compassion, and empathy, as well as gain practical knowledge and tools.


If you are interested in scheduling a therapy appointment you can call (517) 355-1100 or email us at