Kayla Rodriguez

Kayla Rodriguez

Part-time Staff Counselor, Trauma & LGBTQI+ Focus

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • Health & Counseling Center
  • Counseling Services

What I do

I have a generalist social work background with specific interests in areas of: trauma, LGBTQIA+ specific support needs (identity exploration and development, intersection of identity and trauma), intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, self-esteem, life transitions, and animal assisted social work. I believe in working on and advocating at all levels of practice - individual, community and policy – to address issues of power and privilege and effect change. My approach is trauma-informed, strength-based, collaborative, and systems focused. I am trained in basic EMDR for the treatment of trauma related symptoms, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Personal Interests: As a proud introvert, I enjoy spending time reading, cooking, and being outside alone to recharge. I also enjoy spending quality time with friends and family over delicious food and conversation, traveling, and being on any body of water. I find all the above to be even more enjoyable with my dog, Mac.

Professional Biography

My professional background and experience include working in areas of victim advocacy, college counseling, homelessness/unhoused, gender-based violence prevention and education, case management, teaching, social justice and equity work, and crisis intervention.


  • M.S.W., Master of Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 2016
  • A.A.S.W., Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, 2016
  • B.S.W., Bachelor of Social Work, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2012