Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Crystal Brashear

Meet Dr. Crystal Brashear

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision (Texas AM University - Commerce)
  • M.A., Counseling (Dallas Theological Seminary)
  • B.A., English (Southwestern University)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas)
  • Prepare and Enrich Counselor/Facilitator
  • Certified Marriage Strong Facilitator
  • Certified Humanistic Sandtray Therapist (Sandtray Therapy Institute)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (Basic Trained)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Crystal Brashear is a counselor educator and clinician who trusts in the creative power each person carries inside to facilitate growing awareness and self-compassion. As an assistant professor for Colorado Christian University, she favors a holistic, experiential approach to counselor education. As a counselor in private practice, Brashear believes that innovation helps her meet clients' here-and-now needs as they emerge in session.

Brashear and her research team have received numerous grants for active research projects. She has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. Her research interests include creativity in counseling, supervision, and counselor education, as well as gatekeeping, mentorship, and addressing the needs of people from a variety of cultural perspectives.

Brashear is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), including multiple divisions: Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC), and the Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC). She is also an active member of the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) and its division for counselor educators, the Texas Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (TACES).

  • Brashear, C., and Thomas, N. (2020). Core competencies for combating crisis: Fusing ethics, cultural competence, and cognitive flexibility in counseling. Counseling Psychology Quarterly.
  • Thomas, N., and Brashear, C. (2020). Out of the box: Leveraging creativity in cultural competence and advocacy. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Newsletter.