Sibela Osmanovic, PhD, NCC, CPC-I

Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, University of Nevada, Reno
MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Syracuse University
BS, Psychology & Spanish, (Magna Cum Laude), Syracuse University

Lecturer, Counseling (COUN)

Phone: (206) 296-6267

Building/Room: Loyola 208

Osmanovic, Sibela CV


Sibela Osmanovic, PhD, NCC, CPC-I, is a Lecturer in the Counseling Program. Sibela earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Nevada, Reno, her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Syracuse University, and her BS in Psychology and Spanish from Syracuse University. Sibela joined the Seattle University Counseling Program in the fall of 2021.

Sibela has taught counseling theories, human growth and development throughout the lifespan, group counseling, and has provided supervision to master’s students while she was completing her doctorate.  Dr. Osmanovic is fluent in three languages, and she has provided counseling services in all three languages throughout her clinical career. Sibela has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups in several settings including an integrated health care center, community agency, and a university counseling clinic. Sibela has clinical experience working with mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. Sibela also has clinical experience working with mandated clients and coordinating with Child Protective Services and collaborating with other agencies. Sibela’s areas of clinical focus include, but are not limited to suicide, trauma, domestic violence, co-occurring disorders, relationships, and working with the refugee population.

 Research Interests

Sibela’s research goals are motivated by clinical observations within the clinical mental health field, and are geared towards growth, and advocacy. She has three core research areas: trauma, specifically focusing on underrepresented groups such as refugees and immigrants, access to higher education, specifically with underrepresented groups, and the gatekeeping process in counseling programs. Sibela’s dissertation utilized a qualitative methodology which examined the experiences of refugees in graduate education, and the impact of trauma on their success.