Daniel Gutierrez

Phone: 321-895-4769

“When we are no longer able to change a situation … we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Viktor Frankl

Daniel Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education program at William & Mary, the coordinator of the addictions emphasis for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and the faculty director of the New Leaf Clinic. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Virginia, and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina. He began practicing in after receiving his masters degree in mental health counseling in 2009, and has worked in college counseling, community counseling, a behavioral hospital, and addiction treatment facilities.

In terms of research, Dr. Gutierrez focuses on issues related to the treatment and prevention of mental health and substance use disorders including  improving access to effective counseling services, counseling outcome research, identifying best treatment practices, and developing the evidence-base for interventions. Dr. Gutierrez also has a special interest in examining the influence of spirituality, contemplative practices, and related existential factors (e.g., meaning in life, hope, purpose) on mental health and addiction recovery.  He believes that the ethical integration of spirituality and spiritual practices into counseling and clinical treatment can, in many cases, improve counseling outcomes and counselor effectiveness. His work has been profiled on NPR’s All Things considered and has received funding from various foundations.

Dr. Gutierrez has held numerous positions in service to the profession, including being appointed to several editorial boards. He is currently the Associate Editor for quantitative research for the Journal of Counseling and Development, the flagship journal of the American Counseling Association, and the Associate editor of Theory and Practice for the peer-reviewed journal Counseling and Values. He is the chair for the Human Rights Committee of the American Counseling Association, and was recently nominated as President-Elect for the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling.


Ph.D. in Counselor Education, University of Central Florida, 2014

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, University of Central Florida, 2009

B.A. in Psychology, University of Central Florida, 2005

Selected Publications

Gutierrez, D. (2019). Spiritus contra spiritum: Addition, hope, and the search for meaning. Journal of Spirituality in Clinical Practice. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/scp0000201.

Gutierrez, D., Revens, K. E, & DeHaven M. J. (2019). The Development of a community counseling training clinic for Latino immigrants. Collaborations: Journal of Community Based Research in Practice. 20,1-15. https://doi.org/10.33596/coll.26.

Gutierrez, D., Carlson, R., Daire, A. P., & Young, M. E. (2017). Evaluating treatment outcomes using the integrative model for brief couples counseling. The Family Journal, 25, 5-12. doi:10.1177/1066480716678619.

Gutierrez, D., Conley, A. H., & Young, M.E. (2016). The effect of jyoti meditation on student counselors’ stress and emotional intelligence: A randomized controlled trial. Counselor Education and Supervision. 55, 109-121.

Gutierrez, D., Barden, S.M., Gonzalez, J., & Ali, S. (2016). Perspectiva masculina: An exploration of intimate partners of Latina breast cancer survivors. The Family Journal. 24, 222-229. doi: 10.1177/1066480716648690.