Leah Talarico

Leah Talarico portraitTherapeutic Style: Some of the counseling theories that shape my approach include psychodynamic, postmodern and emotionally focused perspectives. I believe that developing a genuine, secure relationship is foundational to effective therapy. My hope is to provide a positive and non-judgmental space where the student feels respected. As a guide and collaborator, I hope to empower students to voice their own unique needs, values and goals. Many of our self-beliefs are derived from important relationships or shared experiences. Therefore, I also work with students to explore past and present experiences that may impact multiple areas of wellness in the present. I strive to honor and celebrate the rich qualities and identities that are unique to each student and welcome conversations around diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility as they impact the therapeutic relationship.

Educational Background: I graduated with a master of arts degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Scranton, a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited program, in December 2020. Following the master’s degree, I worked with adolescents, adults and couples with a range of wellness and mental health concerns. I’m currently working on a doctoral degree in counseling and counselor education at Syracuse University while serving as a doctoral counselor trainee at the Barnes Center.

Professional Interests: Some of my research interests include understanding and working with identity development, promoting positive frameworks for sexual identity development, and attachment-informed interventions to promote positive self-concept.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers