Staff profile

Cara Plasencia, MA, LMFT

Senior Counselor


202 Hewitt Union

Office hours

Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Cara is a New York State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Syracuse University. She has a BS in Child and Family Studies and a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. Cara worked at Syracuse University in the Office of Residence Life as an Assistant Residence Director while earning her Master's degree. During graduate school, Cara was selected to work on a team of therapists who worked with transgender clients and developed a passion for diversity and inclusion. Cara has worked at several community mental health agencies with individuals, couples, families and children who have experienced sexual and physical trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD and substance abuse issues.

Outside of work, Cara enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and two cats. She is an excellent cook, loves shopping, and is interestred in all things makeup related. Cara finds being a therapist to be most rewarding when she is able to help her clients heal through realizing how strong and resilient they are.

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Embracing U - Women of Color Support Group 

Eat, Pray, Love - Women's Empowerment Group 


MA, Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University, 2012

BS, Child and Family Studies, Syracuse University, 2007