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Diane Estrada

Associate Professor, Counseling

My story:

I became interested in the world of counseling while taking a theatre class in high school. In this class we discussed how we developed the characters that we played on stage. Apparently, I took a different approach than my peers in that I focused on the characters emotional and psychological process before focusing on their outward appearance. My theatre teacher suggested that I take a psychology course which I loved! I received my bachelors in science degree in psychology from University of Florida. I took some time after my bachelors to figure out what aspect of psychology I wanted to focus on. During this time I volunteered at a counseling center doing co-peer counseling groups with substance abusing college students and with adult children of alcoholics. Hearing the group members' stories lead me to focus on the impact of family contexts in individual's lives. I received a Masters in agency counseling, an education specialist degree and my Ph.D. in couples and family therapy.

My students at CU Denver:

My hope is that students in my courses will feel challenged and stimulated to learn about themselves and their future client's life context (developmental, cultural, family, social). I hope that students will leave my courses with a more inclusive sense of their human identity and their future clients' human identity. I want my students to develop into culturally-responsive, competent, socially-just counselors and leaders in the field.

Classes I teach:

  • Multicultural Issues in Counseling - CPCE 5810
  • Family Therapy Theories - CPCE 5150
  • Family Therapy Techniques - CPCE 5160
  • Assessments in Family Therapy - CPCE 6160
  • Couples Counseling - CPCE 5180
  • Internship - CPCE 5930

My research interests:

My overarching research interests are diversity and social justice issues in clinical supervision, counseling/therapy, and institutional climate.

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