Bio

Colleen (she/her/hers) started her clinical training as a marriage and family therapist with children, adolescents, and their families in the San Jose Evergreen and Millbrae school districts in California. She then completed her training in private practice and at a community agency providing mental health services to survivors of intimate partner violence. She strives to provide a safe and brave space to all her clients through these theoretical orientation and approaches.

Colleen received her B.A. in Human Development from University of California, San Diego, her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Education student at Oregon State University.

She has served as adjunct faculty at Western Seminary and William Jessup University.

Her most recent research, advocacy and service projects include:

  • Co-initiator: Network for Anti-Racist Teaching in Counseling (NARTIC)
  • Co-facilitated Counselor Educators: Working Together for Transformative Antiracist Teaching (September 2022) with The Counseling Roundtable
  • Grants awarded:
  • Ng, K.-M., Cazares-Cervantes, A., Nguyen, C. L., & Anselmo, N. (2022). International network for antiracist teaching in counseling. Oregon State University Internationalization Grant Program. Funded for $5,000. College of Education matched $500.

  • Co-presented at Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES) Conference (October 2022) as an Emerging Leader on the following topics:
  1. Inclusive Leadership in Agency Counseling Settings
  2. Racial Microaggressions: Negotiating Them as Students and Faculty in Higher Education
  3. Collective Space: An Anti-racist Strength Based Framework for BIPOC Mentorship

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