Student Spotlights

Adriana Labarta
Adriana Labarta
Ph.D. In Counseling, Holmes Scholar


  • M.Ed., Ed.S. Counselor Education, Specialization: Mental Health Counseling. University of Florida, December 2016.
  • B.S. Psychology. University of Florida, May 2014.


  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Counselor Education, Florida Atlantic University (August 2018-August 2019; January 2021-present)


  • Eating Disorders
  • Multicultural/social justice issues in counseling and counselor education



  • Labarta, A. & Emelianchik-Key, K. The Development and Validation of the Multidimensional Eating and Body Image Screening for LGBTGEQIAP+ Individuals. Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) Sponsored Scholarship Program Grant (Student PI Category). Funded: $2,127.98.
  • 2021 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year, Department of Counselor Education. Florida Atlantic University.
  • 2021 Grand Prize Winner of the American Counseling Association Tomorrow’s Counselors Essay Contest.
  • 2020-2022 Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Emerging Leader.
Peer-Reviewed Publications:
  • Irvine, T., Labarta, A., & Emelianchik-Key, K. (2021). Using a Relational-Cultural and Adlerian framework to enhance multicultural pedagogy. The Professional Counselor, 11(2), 233-247.
  • Emelianchik-Key, K., Labarta, A., & Glass, B. (2021). Infusing Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills into supervision to address challenges and enhance performance. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.
  • Emelianchik-Key, K., Labarta, A., & Irvine, T. (in press). Understanding education in sexuality counseling from the lens of trainees: A critical examination and call for increased attention and training. The Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education.
Book Chapters:
  • Labarta, A. & Glass, B. (2019). Prevention and treatment strategies in community settings. Chapter in Emelianchik-Key, K. & La Guardia, A., Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Through the Lifespan: A clinician’s guide to treatment considerations.


Every FAU student should become a member of a student organization to connect with others who share common interests and passions. Joining the Beta Rho Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (professional academic honor society for counselors) allowed me to network with other counseling students and professionals and enhance my leadership skills. These experiences helped me feel more confident in my development as a future counselor educator while contributing to the counseling profession in a meaningful way.


The journey of becoming a professional counselor is a long, yet rewarding one. Be patient with yourself, practice self-compassion, and always maintain a “beginner’s mind.” Even the most seasoned counselors are always learning and growing. Remind yourself of your purpose for pursuing this degree, and use that as a mantra to guide you through challenging moments. The more that we allow ourselves to be present with the process, the more enriching our graduate school experience can be.