Denise M. Contreras, MSW
Assistant Director, Survivor Support Services firstname.lastname@example.org
I joined the counseling staff in 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed my first year working with a dynamic team and supporting students at Colgate University. 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.
It is my pleasure to serve as the Assistant Director of Survivor Support Services which will be located in Haven (floor level of Curtis Hall) beginning Fall 2016. Sexual Violence and other forms of violence affects everyone, my goal is to continue to support those who experience such violent acts and serve as an advocate for change through prevention, education, and advocacy support.
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 re-explore 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.
When I'm not wearing my social work hard hat, you can find me jogging, attending sporting events, and tailgating. I am a faithful Texas Longhorn football fan and now a Colgate Raider fan of every sport possible! I also enjoy reading, art, traveling, and spending time with my family, partner, and friends.