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Invest Syracuse Update: Counseling Center Announces Two New Staff Therapists
As announced in January, as part of the Invest Syracuse initiative and plans to expand mental health services, the Counseling Center is pleased to welcome Karin DeLeon and Danielle Jones G’16 as new staff therapists. In these roles, DeLeon and Jones will provide mental health and wellness services, individual and group therapy, crisis intervention and educational outreach programming to students.
DeLeon joins Syracuse University from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she serves as an advanced mental health resident in VCU’s Counseling Services. She is also an alumna of VCU, where she earned a Master of Social Work and bachelor’s degree in psychology. DeLeon brings nearly a decade of clinical social work experience, spanning behavioral health interventions for at-risk youth, individual and group therapy, sexual and domestic violence advocacy, and crisis response.
In her current role with VCU’s Counseling Services, DeLeon also concentrates on working with students from traditionally underserved communities, providing training to psychology and social work interns, and creating outreach programming. She utilizes relational cultural theory and an interpersonal process therapy approach in her therapeutic services. In addition to her professional experience, DeLeon has served as a researcher with VCU’s Department of Psychology and Department of Social and Behavioral Health, as well as with the Massey Cancer Center and Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry.
“I am very excited to start with Syracuse University and bring my passion for advocacy and working to create a safe environment with college students of varying backgrounds,” says DeLeon. “For me, the best and possibly most important part of being a therapist is facilitating an environment where students can be their full authentic selves.”
Since graduating from Falk College’s Master of Social Work Program, Jones has served as a therapist at Vera House Inc., a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence service agency, providing therapy services to adult, youth and children survivors of violence. Jones has also brought her multicultural, multi-systemic and interdisciplinary approach to her clinical experience as a counselor with Le Moyne College’s HEPP Upward Bound Program; a program associate with Syracuse Jewish Family Services; an adult outpatient clinician intern with St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health; and a student therapist with SU’s Couple and Family Therapy Center. In these roles, Jones has provided trauma-informed therapy, crisis intervention, integrated care, gender and sexuality affirmative therapy, school-based and community-based therapy, and spirituality/faith-based therapy.
“I’m both excited and energized to re-connect to the Syracuse University community as an employee,” says Jones. “It is humbling to be able to invest back into a community that has had a hand in helping me progress, both on my personal and professional journey. I’m honored to be able to help others navigate their own journeys in my role at the Counseling Center.”
Prior to coming to Syracuse, Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies at the University of North Carolina–Greensboro. After graduating, she spent a year participating in the AmeriCorps VISTA program at Fayetteville State University’s Office of College Access Programs and continued as a certified academic coach with the office before pursuing a master’s degree.
“As we expand our staff, Karin and Danielle not only bring vast and varied counseling experience to the center, they both share a genuine excitement to join the University community and engage students inside and outside the Counseling Center,” says Cory Wallack, director of the Counseling Center.
DeLeon begins July 16 and Jones begins Aug. 1. Two more staff therapists are expected to be hired this summer.
For more information about services and programs, visit the Counseling Center website.
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