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Megan Speciale, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC

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Assistant Professor
Chair of Admissions


Faculty Program(s): 

Department of Counseling, M.A. in Counseling Programs (CMHC, MFC)


Dr. Megan Speciale is an Assistant Professor in the Master’s in Counseling Program at Palo Alto University. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education (CACREP) from the University of New Mexico, where she served as the Clinical Coordinator at the UNM Manzanita Counseling and Training Center and co-founded the LGBTQ Counseling Center at the UNM LGBTQ Resource Center.

Megan has worked as a professional counselor and advocate in a variety of community settings, focusing primarily on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) populations and sexuality wellness with children, adolescents, adults, and families. As a counselor educator, she draws from social justice and equity-centered pedagogies in her teaching of Sexuality in Counseling, Group Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, Multicultural Counseling, and others.

She is the current Treasurer of the Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES) and the founding Co-President of the New Mexico Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (NM-ALGBTIC). She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, Journal for Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness, Women & Language, and Journal of Humanistic Counseling. She is also the Co-Chapter Faculty Advisor for the PAU Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society.

Talks & Lectures: 
Speciale, M. & Litam, S. (2019). Affirming our sexual selves: Therapeutic strategies to heal from sexual shame. American Counseling Association (ACA) Annual Conference: New Orleans, LA.
Speciale, M. & Khambatta, D. (2019). Fifty shades of stigma: The experiences of LGBTQ+ clients with alternative sexualities. American Counseling Association (ACA) Annual Conference: New Orleans, LA.
Speciale, M., Lamar, M., & Basma, D. (2018). Teaching multicultural counseling in a digital space: A grounded theory examination. Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference: Santa Rosa, CA.
Speciale, M. & Wilson, M. (2017). Sexuality across CACREP-accredited counseling programs: Current discrepancies and future growth. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision: Chicago, IL.
Speciale, M. (2017). The hidden curriculum of sexuality counseling: Pedagogy, ideology, and discourse. American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists: Las Vegas, NM.
Selected Podcasts:
Speciale, M. (2019). The Thoughtful Counselor. Counseling Infidelity – A Conversation with Dr. Talal Alsaleem


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