Meet LaKeitha

Baton Rouge-based Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Poole' s clinical interests include cognitive and behavioral modifications, multicultural identity development, and interpersonal relationships. Through individual, couples, family, or group counseling you will work together to overcome your depression, anxiety, grief, work & career issues, stress, addiction, or relational conflicts.  LaKeitha has served clients in the Baton Rouge area for the last five years. Her practice is built on professionalism, authenticity, and personalized care.

LaKeitha is a native of New Orleans, LA. She  earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida State University. Upon graduating, she moved to Baton Rouge, LA  where she learned the intricacies of working with diverse populations and gained a large amount of experience in 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’s Degree in Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health. Throughout her post-graduate studies, LaKeitha served as an intern at LSU Mental Health Services and a program coordinator and assistant director in the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, focusing on a variety of clinical issues like: life transitions relationship concerns, anxiety, boundaries, sexual trauma, recovering from break-ups, self-esteem, and personal growth. She completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision at Regent University. Dr. Poole also currently serves as the Director of Student-Athlete Mental Health for LSU Athletics.

Dr. Poole opened Small Talk Counseling & Consulting  in August 2015. Her calm demeanor, subtle approach and engaging personality creates a safe environment where trust and relationships can be built. She is passionate about the work of counseling and consulting and views her role as a therapist as an opportunity to serve and empower others.

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

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Meet Amanda

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. 

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Meet Leah

Clinical Intern

Leah is a native of Baton Rouge, LA., and attended Southeastern Louisiana University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She returned to Southeastern Louisiana University and is currently a candidate for a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Leah has served as an intern at SLU University Counseling Center and has experience working with young adults and transitional life issues. She 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.