Lucia Bennett, LPC, R-DMT

Visiting Instructor
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Somatic Counseling and Dance/Movement Theories & Practice Concentrations
BA, psychology; MA, somatic counseling psychology
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Somatic Counseling and Dance/Movement Theories & Practice Concentrations
Advanced Clinical Skills I and II

Lucia Bennett, MA, LPC, R-DMT, has a master’s degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology and has spent the majority of her career as a counselor working with adults struggling with eating disorders using somatic and social justice-based approaches. Lucia was the clinical director of a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment program for eating disorders in Boulder before starting her private practice in Denver where she specializes in working with queer folks struggling with eating and body concerns. Lucia has a research and writing background in somatic psychology and has published in multiple journals across the discipline of psychology. Most recently, she co-authored and edited the book, “Oppression in the Body: Roosts, Resistance, and Resolutions”. Lucia lives in Denver with her wife Erin, their toddler, Elias, and their three cats.

  • Caldwell, C. & Bennett Leighton, L. (Eds.). (2018). Oppression and the Body: Roots, Resistance, & Resilience. San Francisco, CA: North Atlantic.
  • Johnson, R., Caldwell, C., & Leighton, L. (In press). Embodied microaggressions in clinical practice. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Caldwell, C. & Leighton, L. (2016). Dance/Movement Theories & Practice, women’s rights, and feminism: The first 50 years. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 38 (2). 279-284. DOI :10.1007/s10465-016-9230-4.
  • Moritz, S., et al, including Leighton, L. (2014). Sustained and “sleeper” effects of metacognitive training for schizophrenia: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psychiatry, 71 (10), 1103-1111.
  • Moritz, S., et al, including Leighton, L. (2014) Can virtual reality reduce distortion? Impact of performance feedback on symptom change in schizophrenia patients. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 45 (2), 267- 271.
  • Riley, D., Henry, V., & Leighton, L. (2013). “What makes faculty adopt or resist changes in engineering education?” 2013 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference.

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