Elizabeth Abrams


Professional Overview: 

Dr. Liz Abrams is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Department, and part of the MFT/PCC Counseling Program. She has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral residency at UC-Davis Student Health & Counseling Services, an integrated health setting. At UC-Davis she specialized in working with the Multicultural Immersion Program as well as in trauma therapy and social justice counseling. Other areas of clinical interest and training include interpersonal process concerns, anti-racism identity development, unlearning White privilege, LGBTQ identity and issues, clinical hypnosis, mindfulness-based counseling approaches, body size/shape, self-empowerment and agency, decolonizing approaches to counseling, and compassion (towards self and others). She has experience working in various settings such as VA medical centers, university counseling centers, and in community mental health.

Dr. Abrams has taught in Counseling and Counseling Psychology programs, and her teaching interests include social justice and decolonizing approaches to counseling, practicum and internship supervision, trauma therapy, meditation and stress reduction, family and systems therapy, and using experiential and transformative frameworks for learning.

Her scholarship combines interests in three core areas:  (a) power dynamics and processes in research methods; (b) impact of oppression and privilege on individuals and communities; and (c) interventions that assess and address the needs of marginalized communities as well as provide cultural immersion experiences for graduate counseling trainees. 

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