Vicarious traumatization and post-traumatic growth of therapists; self-of-the-therapist development; sexual trauma; sexual identity development; addiction and the family; and addressing multiculturalism and client centered advocacy in education and clinical supervision.
Dr. Sabatini Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy program at Alliant International University. She earned her bachelor's in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She earned both her master's and doctorate of psychology degrees in Couple and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, Irvine. Dr. Sabatini Gutierrez's dissertation was focused on the experience vicarious traumatization in female therapists who work with sexual trauma survivors, and how these experiences impacted their clinical work, as well as their sexual identities and intimate partner relationships. In addition to her interests in trauma research, Dr. Gutierrez has also completed research and presented on addressing issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and client-centered advocacy in clinical supervision, and cultural disparities in evidenced based treatment research. In her clinical work, Dr. Sabatini Gutierrez specializes in treating various forms of trauma, including sexual trauma, adults who experienced childhood abuse, vicarious trauma related to being a first-responder (law enforcement, healthcare professionals), and trauma related to different forms of oppression. She also has extensive experience treating dual diagnosis substance use disorders and other co-occurring mental health disorders.