I am an intern with Tribeca Therapy’s internship program and am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at New York University. Drawn to Tribeca Therapy’s non-diagnostic and collaborative approach to therapy, I am looking to strengthen my skills working with individuals, couples, and families through the rigorous guidance of the Tribeca Therapy team.
Prior to studying at NYU, I worked extensively with children in Mexico City—both teaching kindergarten and supporting children with special needs. In these roles, I witnessed how a child’s emotional health can affect how they interact with the world, whether in math class or with their peers. Observing children who were struggling emotionally, I was eager to talk to parents and try to comprehend a child’s situation, which would, then, help me discern what he, she, or they needed from me to succeed. Over time, I realized I wanted to support children and their families in a different way with a focus on their emotional and social well-being rather than academic development. This is what motivated me to pursue psychotherapy.
From my prior career in education, I learned how we all live and operate as a part of systems such as a family, couple, or community. While emotional suffering may be a response to personal experience, the suffering of the people around us also has an influence, whether a parent and child or teen, a partner in a couple, or a family member within a family. I believe how we relate to others is a cycle that becomes engrained through most of our lives. Therapy can provide an opportunity to identify the typical ways an individual, couple, or family relates to the people around them, their roles in a system, and how these roles have or have not served them well up until now.
Having previously worked with people who are marginalized, I am attuned to how culture and intersecting identities can shape our values, perspectives, and experiences of the world, including experiences of inequality and oppression. I share Tribeca Therapy’s social justice values and hope to learn more about how to provide therapy that addresses underlying issues—both individual and systemic—that play a role in the life (or lives) of an individual, couple, or family. I aim to empower patients in their own lives, as well as encourage voices to be heard that have been silenced by sociocultural factors.