Diane Stutey, PhD

Diane Stutey

Diane Stutey, PhD

Associate Professor
Counseling and Human Services
Columbine Hall 3011

Biographical Information

Diane Stutey, Ph.D, RPT-S, LPC, NCC is an Associate Professor for the Department of Counseling and Human Services at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from University of Northern Colorado. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, American School Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed School Counselor, and a Registered-Play Therapist-Supervisor. She was a school counselor in both elementary and middle schools and has worked as a play therapist in schools and clinical settings. Her research interests include examining non-cognitive life stressors that impact children and adolescents in the school setting such as grief and loss, sibling abuse, and teen dating violence, and suicide. She also studies the effectiveness of creative interventions such as play therapy and therapy dogs.

Areas of Interest

  • School counseling and early prevention
  • Play therapy
  • Abuse, violence, and trauma
  • Grief and loss


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, University of Northern Colorado
  • M.A., Counseling and Human Services, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • B.A., Elementary Education, Benedictine College

Courses Taught

  • COUN 5570 Play Therapy and Counseling Children
  • COUN 5810 Organization and Administration of School Counseling
  • COUN 5010 Theories and Techniques of Individual Counseling
  • COUN 5110 Laboratory in Group Counseling
  • COUN 5700: School Counseling Internship
  • COUN 5120: School Counseling Practicum

Theoretical Orientation

  • Reality Therapy
  • Child-Centered Play Therapy

Certifications, Licenses, and Memberships

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor
  • Licensed School Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • American Counseling Association
  • American School Counselor Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Association for Play Therapy

Selected Publications

Stutey, D. M., Enkler, K., Solis, A., Stark, C. Severn, K., Cammel, M., Wehrman, J., & Rogalla, K. (2023). Photo-elicitation and at-promise youth: Utilizing photos to share perceptions of self and identity. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. doi:10.1080/15401383.2023.2242268 

Stutey, D. M., Solis, A., Notestine, L., & Wehrman, J. (2022). The impact of therapy dogs on military-affiliated students. Society and Animals, 1-19. (published online ahead of print 2022). doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/15685306-bja10106 

Stutey, D. M., Solis, A., Severn, K., Notestine, L., Enkler, K., Wehrman, J., & Cammell, M. (2022). Perceptions of at-promise youth in a therapeutic youth mentoring program. The Professional Counselor, 12(1), 17-35. 

Stark, C., Wehrman, J., Stutey, D. M., Solis, A., Severn, K., Cammell, M., Gloden, H., Enkler, K., Notestine, L., & Palacios, A. (2021). Therapeutic mentoring for at-promise youth: A grounded theory study of mentors’ adaptation during the COVID-19 crises. Journal of Human Services, Special Interdisciplinary Issue, 40(2), 116-132. 

Stutey, D. M., Cureton, J., Severn, K., & Fink, M. (2021). Suicide protective factors: Utilizing the SHORES acronym in school counseling. The Professional Counselor, 11(1), 16-30. doi: 10.15241/dms.11.1.16 

Stutey, D. M., Adeyiga, O., Luke-Browning, L., & Wubbolding, R. E.  (2020). Group reality play therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy, 29(4), 237–248.https://doi.org/10.1037/pla0000132 

Stutey, D. M., Klein, D. E., Henninger, J., Crethar, H. C., & Hammer, T. R. (2020). Examining gender in play therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy, 29(1), 20-32. 

Patterson, L., Stutey, D. M., & Dorsey, B. (2018). Play therapy with African American children exposed to adverse childhood experiences. International Journal of Play Therapy, 27(4), 215-226. doi:10.1037/pla0000080 

Stutey, D. M. & Wubbolding, R. E. (2018). Reality Play Therapy: A case example. International Journal of Play Therapy, 27,(1), 1-13. doi: 10.1037/pla0000061 

Stutey, D. M., Dunn, M., & Shelnut, J., & Ryan, J. (2017). Impact of Adlerian play therapy on externalizing behaviors of at-risk preschoolers. International Journal of Play Therapy, 26(4), 196-206. doi:10.1037/pla0000055 

Stutey, D. M., Henninger, J., & Diaz, S. (2016). Teen dating violence: A narrative exploration of one family’s firsthand experience. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 11(3), 254- 269. doi:10.1080/15401383.2016.1217181 

Stutey, D. M. & Clemens, E. (2015). Hidden abuse within the home: Examining the psychological effects of sibling abuse. Professional School Counseling, 18(1), 206-216. doi:10.5330/1096-2409-18.1.206 

Selected Presentations

Stutey, D.M. (April, 2023). Reality Play Therapy. Presented at the Colorado Association for Play Therapy Conference in Denver, CO. 

Stutey, D. M., Rogalla, K., Notestine, L., & Wehrman, J. (2022, October). The impact of therapy dogs on counselors-in-training. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Coure de’Alene, ID. 

Stutey, D. M., Cureton, J., Severn, K., & Tapia-Fuselier, J. (2021, October). Leveraging suicide protective factors in school settings: Implications for counselor educators and supervisors. Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Atlanta, GA. 

Stutey, D. M. & Wubbolding, R. E. (2021, April). Introducing Reality Play Therapy. Accepted to present at the American Counseling Association Conference, Orlando, FL. (Virtual due to COVID). 

Severn, K., Enkler, K., Folkerts, M., & Stutey, D. M. (2020, October). SHORES: A mnemonic for suicide protective factors. Presented at the virtual Colorado School Counseling Association Conference (virtual due to COVID). 

Stutey, D. M., Helm, H., Wehrman, J., Murdock-Bishop, J., Notestine, L., Severn, K., Cormier, S., & Krafchick, J. (2019, October). Campus Connections: A therapeutic mentoring program promoting community engaged pedagogy and counselor development. Presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Seattle, WA.  

Henninger, J. & Stutey, D. M. (2018, October). Multiculturally competent supervision: Let’s talk about gender and culture in play! Accepted to present at the Association for Play Therapy Conference, Phoenix, AZ. 

Stutey, D. M., Patterson, L., & Dorsey, B. (2017, July). The impact of play therapy with African American children living in poverty. Presented at the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling Conference, Washington D.C. 

Stutey, D. M . & Caspi, J. (2016, March). A 5-step model to assess and intervene with clients experiencing sibling abuse. Presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Montreal, Canada. 

Stutey, D. M., Parra, J, & Diaz, S. (2015, June). Working with adolescents experiencing dating violence. Presented at the American School Counseling Association Conference, Phoenix, AZ.