Meet the Counselors

Counselors at the SD Mines Counseling Center offer support to students and assist with a variety of personal, academic, and relationship concerns. Our approach is collaborative, goal-oriented, and multiculturally sensitive.  The Counseling Center is located in the Surbeck Center, upper level.

Duane Kavanaugh, LPC-MH, NCC, CCMHC, QMHP

  • A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC/MH, NCC, CCMHC)
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) in the State of South Dakota
  • Frequent speaker and presenter in the field of mental health to include ethics, issues related to practicing in a rural area and the cumulative effects of stress


  • Life-long resident of South Dakota, attended the University of South Dakota Springfield and USD in Vermilion completing degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice; attended Northern State University in Aberdeen completing his graduate degree in Counseling
  • Has worked in the field of mental health as a therapist, supervisor and administrator for nearly 30 years
  • Served as an adjunct instructor at NSU for 18 years


  • Spending time with his family
  • Exploring all that the Rapid City area has to offer
  • Golf

Chelsey Groseclose, LPC, NCC

  • Currently working towards my LPC-MH certification
  • Theoretical foundation of counseling is primarily Solution Focused/Brief Therapy; Person Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • My motto for students is:  Advocate, Educate, Grow


  • Graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Dakota; undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from Black Hills State University
  • Experience teaching as an adjunct professor of Psychology
  • Professional interests include:  positive psychology, holistic healing, working with the LGBTQIA+ community, interpersonal and relationship concerns, psychopharmacology, professional identity development and nonverbal communication


  • Painting
  • Love of learning and exploring research through reading and podcasts
  • Camping, hiking, kayaking, gardening and biking
  • Enjoying time spent with family and friends