Meet LaKeitha

Clinical Director & Owner

A New Orleans native, Dr. LaKeitha Poole opened her Baton Rouge-based private practice, Small Talk Counseling & Consulting, in August 2015. Her calm demeanor, delicate and informative clinical approach, and engaging personality creates a safe environment for clients where trust and growth can develop. She is passionate about the work of mental health counseling and clinical research and views her role as a therapist as an opportunity to serve and empower others.

Dr. Poole earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Upon graduating, she moved to Baton Rouge, LA where she learned the intricacies of working with diverse populations and gained invaluable experience working with young adults on transitional life issues. Inspired by her experience, LaKeitha pursued a career in counseling while attending Louisiana State University where she received a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health. During her graduate studies, LaKeitha served as a clinical intern at LSU Mental Health Services in the university’s Student Health Center and as a Program Coordinator and Assistant Director in the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, focusing on a variety of clinical issues, including life transitions & career development, relationship & interpersonal conflict, anxiety, sexual trauma, substance use & addiction, identity development, grief & loss, self-esteem, and personal growth. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education & Supervision at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA with her advanced clinical training including practicums and internships at, HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, Inc. (HAART) and the LSU Olinde Career Center. She also currently serves as the Director of Student-Athlete Mental Health in the Sport Psychology and Counseling department for LSU Athletics.

Dr. LaKeitha Poole' s clinical specialties include cognitive and behavioral modifications, multicultural and personal identity development, and interpersonal relationships. Through individual, couples, family, or group counseling you will work together to overcome your all of your wellness concerns. She has served individuals, professional organizations, and athletic sports teams across the country for the last seven years. Her practice is built upon professionalism, authenticity, and personalized care.

When not at Small Talk, LaKeitha enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Cody.  Whether through volunteer work or at her practice, Dr. Poole enjoys the opportunity to help improve the lives of others and would consider it a privilege to work with and for you. 

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Meet Leah


Leah is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She is a native of Baton Rouge, LA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University. Leah has served as an intern at Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, SLU University Counseling Center, Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center, and Small Talk Counseling. Her experience includes working with a diverse population ranging from college students, couples, individuals with physical disabilities, individuals with substance misuse issues, and everything in between. Leah has focused on a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and identity issues. Her counseling approach is based on the unique needs of the individual and she works with clients to determine how counseling can be most useful for them based on their experiences, background, culture, and worldview. Leah believes counseling is a collaborative process and she seeks to provide a safe and supportive environment that empowers individuals to reach their goals to contribute to their overall quality of life.


Meet Bianca


Bianca Renae Lee was born and raised in Detroit, MI. Bianca graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Upon graduating, Bianca completed 5 years of middle school teaching as a Special Education teacher within an inclusion setting and graduated with her Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Louisiana State University. While completing her degree, she interned at Ascension Counseling Center and St. James Behavioral Health Hospital. Bianca currently serves as an academic counselor in the College of Engineering at LSU. She also does PRN assessments and groups with local inpatient units. Bianca has worked in a number of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, intensive outpatient, high school, and university. Bianca has had experience and interest in the following areas: academic stressors and obstacles, generational trauma, play therapy, crisis, systems, family counseling, and cultural awareness. Her approach is to meet the client where comfortable and work towards collaborative goals.

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Meet Amanda

Consultant & Business Operations Manager

An educator of 25+ years, Amanda is passionate about encouraging others to live their best lives and achieve their goals. Her background in education and business, providers her with the skills and capacity to offer dynamic consultation and educational services that meet the needs of schools, community agencies, and business organizations. 

A native of New Orleans, LA, Amanda attended Dillard University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Her analytical and forthright approach, produces accurate and high quality results for her clients. With over two decades of experience in the classroom, Amanda makes learning and the training process fun and engaging. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with family.

Contact Amanda today to schedule your next consultation or training or about any of our practice’s services.