Briana Lavin

Briana Lavin portraitTherapeutic Style: I strive to create a non-judgmental, therapeutic space in which students feel supported in opening up and exploring their identities and personal struggles. My goal is to empower students with the use of feminist theory and narrative therapy techniques while integrating a collaborative and emotion-focused approach. I believe that in order to get to the root of the problem, I must hear the story of the whole person and the many facets and identities that make up who they are.

Professional Interests: My interests center around working with LGBTQIAA+ individuals, particularly around exploring sexuality and gender development. I recognize that identity development is a complex process, and there are many people who lack access to support systems in their lives that can provide additional guidance, encouragement and affirmation. With this, I hope to provide a space in which identity exploration is welcomed. Additionally, I am interested in trauma work, specifically relating to sexual and relationship violence.

Group and Liaison Roles: I am currently acting as a co-facilitator for the Coping with Sexual and Relationship Violence (SRV) group.

Educational Background: I obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Syracuse University and am currently working towards a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling here at Syracuse University.

DEIA Trainings: Gender Identity, Racial/Ethnic Identity, Sexual Identity and Socioeconomic Status.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers