Maricelis Abreu, BSW, MSW

Therapeutic Style: My therapeutic style integrates a psychodynamic perspective, Interpersonal Therapy and Narrative Therapy. My clinical approach focuses on a student-centered, strength-based model with an Object Relation and Systems Theory approach. I truly believe in the power of reminding students that they are the experts of their own lives and that I am just providing the support and tools to help them achieve their goals.

Professional Interests: My areas of professional interest include self-esteem, anxiety, immigration policy, intergenerational/ancestral trauma and race-based stress. As a bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural clinician, I am specifically dedicated to serving marginalized communities to explore the ways oppression and systematic racism exacerbate experiences of mental health and identity. Prior to coming to Syracuse University, my career focused on case management with minority homeless youth. Additionally, I am passionate about being an advocate for underserved people of color.

Groups and Liaison Roles: Currently, I co-facilitate the Students of Color Undergraduate Process Group.

Education Background: As a first-generation college student, I received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and an Advanced Standing master’s degree from the Smith College School for Social Work. During my time at Smith College, I served as the co-social chair on the Council for Students of Color. As an undergraduate social work student, I did two short-term studies abroad. Through a Passport Global Citizenship to China, I studied the Chinese culture and partnered with Tifosi Elementary School, where I served students from low-income households. I also studied in Puerto Rico, where I had the opportunity to complete multicultural and racial justice work in Spanish-speaking communities.

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella