Counseling and sport psychologist

About
Dr. Trujillo

Education

The Journey

Dr. Trujillo is a licensed counseling and sport psychologist who obtained her doctorate degree from Purdue University in Counseling Psychology in 2019 where she built specialties in grief/loss, self-injury, and addressing mental health needs and access to services with collegiate athletes. She completed her APA-accredited internship and post-doctoral study at the University of Northern Colorado where she provided individual, group,

consultation, and crisis support services in both the counseling center with the general campus community and in the athletics department working with individuals, teams, coaches, and administration. She also has her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2015) and two bachelors’ degrees (Elementary Education, Psychology; 2012) from the University of Wyoming.

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Work Experience

During her time in collegiate athletics, Dr. Trujillo conducted individual, group, and team interventions to address concerns both in and out of sport. She provided mental health guidance and training to athletic trainers, coaches, and the broader athletics department to help coordinate care, and increase knowledge and awareness of mental health needs for student-athletes. She attended practices, games, and would occasionally travel with teams to provide ongoing support and observations to increase performance, cohesion, and support. She also worked to implement assessment materials to screen athletes for mental health concerns and worked to de-stigmatize mental health distress and increase access to services for student-athletes.

This led to her taking a position as a primary therapist and the program lead for a PHP/IOP program for high performance athletes with eating disorders. While there, she worked to build a sport-informed team of professionals to treat all aspects of identity/life for elite performers with eating disorders. She had the opportunity to refine and build athlete-specific group curriculum, provide education and consultation services throughout the country to those in athletics communities, and engage with professionals in athletics, psychiatry, dietetics, family therapy, physical therapy, and medicine across all levels of care to provide comprehensive and collaborative services.

Dr. Trujillo is a member of the Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association (CCSPA), the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association’s Division 47 (Exercise & Sport Psychology), and the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She also sits on the advisory board for Danscend, a LA based organization focused on mental health education and resources for dancers.

 

History

Helping People Since 2011

Dr. Trujillo has been working in the mental health field since 2011 and has experience in in-patient facilities, intensive outpatient substance abuse programs, university counseling centers, residential treatment facilities for at-risk youth, alternative high schools, home-based therapy services, general outpatient services, and collegiate athletic settings. She has worked with people in all stages of life from ages 5 to 85. She is passionate about normalizing mental health in athletic populations and helping athletes become their best selves in and out of their sport.

She is equally passionate about issues of intersectionality, equity, and inclusion and supports social justice initiatives to further awareness and access to services across all social identities.

In her spare time, she enjoys being with friends and family, any type of sport/competition, and traveling. She is an avid reader and is a MEGA Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball fan.

"Communication, collaboration, and flexibility define my approach to treatment."

– Dr. Trujillo

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Approach to Care

Communication, collaboration, and flexibility define my approach to treatment. I believe the core tenets necessary to increase motivation and commitment to change begin with a strong therapeutic relationship built on trust, understanding, and hope that your goals are achievable. I like to remain curious and tentative in my approach to help you come to your own solutions about what will help you work towards success and satisfaction in your life. I strongly value the expertise of other professionals/supports throughout your life and enjoy collaborating with others to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to your care.

I primarily work from an eclectic lens, often blending elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal process therapy, systems/multicultural perspectives, dialectic behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy to address treatment goals. I believe looking at you as a WHOLE person is imperative, thus I do focus on both internal and external factors and environments that have impacted your experiences, relationships, beliefs, and desired change.

Psychology

Why Psychology?

All things psychology I find really fascinating but like everyone else, I have a few areas I have more passion for than others. I found my way to psychology early in life as I learned about the inevitable experiences of grief/loss, and tried to figure out adaptive ways to cope with adversity. I was a tri-sport athlete growing up (i.e., basketball, soccer, track) and developed

a lifelong love for competition, challenge, and tackling the hard stuff because as I have found, often times the hard stuff is worth it. I feel fortunate to have been able to maintain connection to my past athletic identity by blending my passion for sport with my passion for helping others realize they have it within them to do the hard stuff too.

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