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Abrams, Chaya

Chaya Abrams PhD, LPC, LAC

Clinical Assistant Professor
  • School of Education & Human Development

Email Address:chaya.abrams@ucdenver.edu

I grew up between the urban cities of the East Coast and have lived and studied in Jerusalem, Israel. From a very early age, the value of service to others was instilled in me, propelling me toward a career in the helping professions. I was initially a Special Education teacher and specialized in areas of Selective Mutism and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I discovered the counselor inside from working with many diverse and delightful people of all ages and pursued a Master's degree in Counseling in 2004. Due to my equal love for the practice of psychotherapy, I combined two great passions of teaching and counseling through completion of a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. I am continuously inspired by interactions with peers, students, and mentors, and learn so much from the academic environment. I am also a mother of four fantastic children who are my greatest teachers and make all of my endeavors worthwhile. It is a true honor to work at the University of Colorado Denver and I look forward to many rich experiences of teaching, research, scholarship, and leadership.

Areas of Expertise

  • Historical Trauma
  • Historical Trauma Response
  • Cultural and Religious Trauma
  • Sacred Stories and Cultural Stories in treatment of trauma
  • Multicultural Dynamics in Clinical Supervision

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision
  • M.A. Counseling
  • B.A. The Liberal Arts
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (Colorado)
  • Licensed Addictions Counselor



  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Regis University (2016)
  • Student Advocacy Award, Regis University (2014)


I am affiliated with the ACA (American Counseling Association), ACES (Association for Counselor Education and Supervision)

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