Simone Adams, LMFT

Simone Adams portraitTherapeutic Style: I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and therefore always use a systemic and relational lens in my clinical work and supervision with staff.  I am grounded in general systems theory, Internal Family Systems, Contextual and Bowen Theories, and formally trained in the Functional Family Therapy Model. Because of my training as a marriage and family therapist, I believe in the healing power of relationships, and I believe in the significant impact community systems and relationships can have on our overall health and wellness. I believe that culture and other contextual factors impact everyone’s experiences, and therefore they should always be considered in the therapy room and in the therapeutic relationship between therapist and student.

Professional Interests: I am passionate about social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, and I feel committed to supporting the mental health and wellness of the Black community. I am a member of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee in the Barnes Center at The Arch, and I facilitate a Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) group supervision for clinicians of color in Counseling. I am passionate about serving underserved communities and being an advocate for marginalized populations. I am a clinical member and approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and in that role have been able to be a clinical intern supervisor for a number of graduate students within Syracuse University’s marriage and family therapy graduate program. I enjoy and feel passionate about participating in clinical development, training and education to support clinicians in the human services field.

Group and Liaison Roles: In the past, I have co-facilitated group therapy for BIPOC students. As part of my participation on the DEIA Committee, I have led workgroups for creating supportive resources for staff of color in the Barnes Center and increasing opportunities for staff diversity within our hiring process. I also oversee our relationship therapy services within Counseling.

Educational Background: I am originally from Fresno, California. From there, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend Spelman College, an Ivy League Historically Black College and University (HBCU). After graduating from Spelman with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, I earned a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Syracuse University. Following graduation, I was immediately employed at the Salvation Army and served there for a total of 13 years in a number of roles, including ten years of leadership, clinical supervision and program management. I am currently an assistant director of Counseling within the Barnes Center, I own a private practice in the community, and I am an adjunct professor for the online master’s program in the marriage and family therapy department in Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

DEIA Trainings: Disability, Gender Identity, Indigenous/First Nation Students, Neurodiversity, Racial/Ethnic Identity, Sexual Identity and Socioeconomic Status.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers