Cara Capparelli, MS, MHC-LP, NCC

Cara Capparelli

Theoretical Framework: My approach in working with students navigating mental health and other life challenges is grounded in advocacy and empowerment. I aim to help students create networks of support by coordinating services, negotiating the system, and encouraging students to become self-advocates as they form connections across campus and in the community. As a case manager, I assist students with accessing resources in collaboration with our clinical team and in consultation with campus partners. Clinically, I embrace a narrative theoretical orientation and incorporate interventions grounded in acceptance and commitment therapy.

Professional Interests: My areas of professional interest include adjustment and transition, anxiety, career and identity development, motivation and relationships. Trained as a mental health counselor, I completed my clinical internship at Liberty Resources in Syracuse. I also spent several years working in student affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences here at Syracuse University and at Nazareth College in Rochester. All my professional roles have focused on supporting college students and helping them navigate challenges that may arise throughout their experience.

Group and Liaison Roles: Part of my role as clinical case manager involves participating in campus and community-based committees focused on enhancing college student health and wellness. I am a member of the Higher Education Mental Health Community Task Force, a consortium among local colleges and universities, hospitals and mental health providers. I represent the University on the Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition. I also co-facilitate the Adventure-Based Counseling Series, a Barnes Center at The Arch collaborative group offering supportive of holistic health and wellness.

Educational Background: I am a Syracuse University alumna, holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. I am a National Certified Counselor, have been trained in mental health first aid and I am certified in case management and intervention. As a first-generation college graduate, I have a deep appreciation for my experiences and connections at Syracuse University and take great pride in being a resource for students in need of support.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers