Alfredo Palacios, PhD

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Alfredo Palacios, PhD

Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Coordinator
Counseling and Human Services
Columbine Hall 3013

Biographical Information

Dr. Alfredo Palacios is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at UCCS. A graduate of The University of New Mexico, Dr. Palacios is a practicing clinician, educator and researcher. In his practice he sees adults and youth, employing a person-centered existential approach to counseling. His scholarship focuses on social emotional learning and mindfulness-based interventions for at-risk youth. In addition, his conceptual scholarship aims to challenge forms of existential and humanistic theories as to include broader relevance for diverse client populations and other ethical circumstances. He is the host and producer of the Theory of Change Podcast discussing sociological and philosophical issues relevant to the helping professions.


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, The University of New Mexico
  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling & School Counseling, The University of New Mexico
  • B.A., Sociology, The University of New Mexico


  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Alabama (LPC)
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor, New Mexico (LMHC)


Palacios, A. (2021). A Life Deliberately Lived: An Existential Portrait of Authenticity, Freedom, and Responsibility in Counseling. Journal of Humanistic Counseling. 60. (2) DOI: 10.1002/johc.12147


White, D., Palacios, A., (2020) A Culturally Responsive Existential-Phenomenological Approach for Counseling Black Sexual Minority Youth. Journal of Humanistic Counseling. 59 (2). DOI: 10.1002/johc. 12131


Palacios, A. F., Lemberger, M. E. (2019). A counselor-delivered mindfulness and social-emotional learning intervention for early childhood educators. Journal of Humanistic Counseling. 58 (3). 184-203. DOI: 10.1002/johc.12119


Palacios, A. F. (2018). An idealist’s view of humanistic psychotherapy. Journal of Humanistic Counseling. 57 (3). 223-231. DOI: 10.1002/johc.12084


Lemberger, M. E., Carbonneau, K. J., Atencio, D. J., Zieher, A. K., & Palacios, A. (2018). Self-regulatory growth effects for young children participating in a combined social-emotional learning and mindfulness-based intervention. Journal of Counseling and Development. 96. DOI:10.1002/j.1556-6676.2014.00000.x


Chávez, T. A., Givens, J., Lemberger, M. E., Lemberger-Truelove, T., & Palacios, A. F. (2018). Dialogical meaning and justice for constructivist and existential psychologies. Journal of Constructivist Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/10720537.2018.1461718


Palacios, A., Stoltz, K. (2017) An Existential Foundation to Career Counseling Across the Lifespan. Journal of Career Planning and Adult Development. 33. 2. ISSN 0736-19

Selected Presentations

Palacios, A., Scott, D., Smith, A. (2021) An Existential-Humanistic Perspective of Meaning-Making and Death Anxiety During a Global Pandemic. Association for Humanistic Counseling Annual Conference.


Stark, C., Palacios, A., Atencio, L., Worthey, B. (2021). Harm Reduction: Returning to a Humanistic Paradigm. Association for Humanistic Counseling Annual Conference.


Palacios, A., White, D. (2021) There are No Strings on Me: Deconstructing Free Will and Determinism in Counseling. Association for Humanistic Counseling Annual Conference.


Chesser, S., Palacios, A., Moore, T., Forbes, S.A. (February, 2020). A.C.C.E.S.S.- A Researcher Practitioner Partnership. Critical Questions in Education Annual Conference. Seattle, Washington.


Palacios, A. (November, 2019). The Ambiguous Self: An Existentialist’s View of Diversity in Psychotherapy. Alabama Counseling Association Annual Conference. Montgomery, AL.


Palacios, A., Gunther J. (October, 2019). The Use of Podcasts as an Educational Medium for Counselor Educators. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Semi Annual National Conference. Seattle, WA.


Palacios, A., Tyler, J., Appling, B., Delgado, H. (October 2019). Rethinking Suicide Prevention: A Social Justice Approach for Counselors. Let the Voices Be Heard! An international conversation on Counseling, Psychotherapy and Social Justice. Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Palacios, A. (March, 2019) Invited Speaker. Courageous Classrooms: Teaching Diversity in a Global Society. Diversity Forum at Columbus State University. Columbus, GA.


Palacios, A., Lemberger-Truelove, M., (March, 2019) A Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Counseling Intervention for Young Children. American Counseling Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.


Palacios, A., Brown, A. (February, 2019). Courageous Classrooms: Teaching Diversity in a Global Society. Diversity Promising Practices Conference. Auburn, AL.


  • 2020: Humanistic Educator/Supervisor Award, The Association of Humanistic Counseling


Host/Producer: The Theory of Change Podcast


Journal of Humanistic Counseling

  • Guest Editor, Special Issue “Existentialism”
  • Associate Editor, June 2018 – Present
  • Editorial Review Board, August 2016 – July 2018
  • Assistant to the Editor, August 2015 – August 2016