Denise M. Contreras, MSW
Assistant Director, Survivor Support Services email@example.com
I joined the counseling staff in 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed my first year working with a dynamic team and supporting students at Colgate. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, I had the opportunity to travel and serve as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force for over seven years. Following my separation from the military, I pursued my college education and received my Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Texas State University in 2006 and 2007. My MSW program in direct-practice was built on the liberal arts perspective.
I have extensive experience working on the issues that initially brought me to social work: prevention and education, crisis intervention, and a desire to support the emotional health of young adults. I enjoy working with students on the issues they experience including identity, depression, anxiety, grief, relationship concerns, trauma, men's issues, and family issues. I am a generalist who enjoys helping students identify their strengths and develop new ways of coping with stress. My approach to the therapeutic process involves a strengths-based perspective and cognitive behavioral techniques with trauma-informed clinical care. In my practice, I am also interested in issues of diversity, identity, and the intersection within.
My outside interests include jogging, attending sporting events, and tail-gating. I am a faithful Texas Longhorn football fan. I also enjoy reading, art, travel, and spending time with my family, partner, and friends.