I am an intern with Tribeca Therapy’s internship program and a recipient of Tribeca Therapy’s NYU Silver Social Work Scholarship. Currently pursuing my Master’s Degree at New York University, I am looking to hone my knowledge and innate skills as a therapist with the support and guidance of the Tribeca Therapy team.
I previously obtained my undergraduate degree from Columbia University where I also assisted in a genetics research lab at Columbia Medical Center. More recently, I worked with a national nonprofit organization that focuses on community building and professional development for people from underrepresented communities. Among other responsibilities like program design and participant recruitment, I provided both logistical and emotional support for program participants.
My previous experience working with underrepresented peoples coincides with my particular interest in collective liberation, which I understand as an act more about unity and empowerment than delineating who is oppressed, who is the enemy, and who can be an ally. Rather than simply making it an issue of race, class, sexuality, or gender, I believe that liberation is achieved when all these differences are accepted rather than discriminated against. While this can operate on a macro-oriented societal level, I see personal growth and healing as a means to larger political change.
I am also a writer, musician, photographer, and visual artist. For years, I have been involved remotely with a regional poetry team in Georgia where I provide youth with hands-on education, including editing poetry, giving feedback, and guiding them to poets, performances, and books that can bolster their ideas and craft. Observing how I process and express my own emotions via creativity, as well as connecting with Tribeca Therapy’s understanding of therapy itself as creative and collaborative, I aim to encourage others to explore the emotional possibility of creation, in whatever form that may take for each individual.