smiling woman, Alison West
LPC • Embedded Therapist for the College of Engineering

Alison is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is thrilled to be working with the students of CU Boulder! After obtaining a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2014, Alison moved to New York where she provided therapy for survivors of intimate partner violence and volunteered for a crisis hotline. 

From there, Alison moved to California where she worked with individuals experiencing trauma and substance use issues. While parts of her heart still live on the East and West Coasts, the Rocky Mountains ultimately called her back home. Alison has spent the past several years in Colorado working in non-profit community mental health care serving clients with chronic mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, as well as anxiety, PTSD, and substance use disorders.

Alison believes that at our very core, humans desire safety, connection and purpose, and use learned coping and survival strategies to meet those needs. She approaches the therapeutic process in a collaborative manner and is passionate about helping clients deepen their self-awareness, recognize/build on their strengths and learn new and effective skills. Alison is committed to creating a safe therapeutic space for all students.

In her spare time, Alison enjoys long-distance running, drawing and spending time with her family.

Pronouns: she/her/hers


  • BS: Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
  • Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Medaille College
  • MA: Counseling and Human Services, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

The thing you'd most like to see

I would love to see a blue whale someday!

Areas of interest

Mindfulness, Socratic questioning, social justice and multicultural concerns, anxiety and mood disorders, dual-diagnoses, trauma, self-compassion and boundaries.

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