Vanessa Bean

Vanessa is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado. She became a senior staff member at CU in 2019 after completing both her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at CAPS. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including university counseling centers, a VA hospital and sexual trauma treatment center.

She takes an integrative, strengths-based approach to treatment that emphasizes the collaborative nature of the client/therapist relationship.

Vanessa has training in mindfulness-based approaches (DBT and ACT), motivational interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT) and CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I), psychodynamic psychotherapy and solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT).

Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, Vanessa enjoys being active and exploring outside.


  • PhD, Counseling Psychology - The University of Kansas
  • MS, Counseling Psychology - The University of Kansas
  • BA, Religious Studies - Colorado College

The thing I'd most like to do is

Vanessa's initial goal when starting at CU was to complete The Boulder Trail Challenge, which she successfully did in 2019! Now she is focused on exploring many of the waterfall hikes around Colorado.

Areas of interest

Mind-body awareness/meditation practices, eating disorders, sleep disorders, spirituality/religion, anxiety and mood disorders, veterans, international students, multicultural/diversity issues, interpersonal concerns, social justice and advocacy, group psychotherapy and mental health outreach.