I am an intern with Tribeca Therapy’s internship program. Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at Columbia University, I strongly align with Tribeca Therapy’s mission and values, particularly the practice’s dedication to creating an affirming environment for all patients. With the intensive support of the Tribeca Therapy team, I am excited to become a more impactful and inclusive therapist for individuals, couples, and families.
I have previously worked with young adults, teens, and children, including teaching children about different forms of abuse and the tools to seek help if they need it. I helped youth experiencing homelessness in London with emotional needs such as anxiety, depression, and the effects of dealing with LGBTQ discrimination. Coming to know these individuals who face enormous barriers in accessing mental health support, I saw how they existed within systems built to discriminate against rather than support them. I realized the utmost value in approaching all patients without judgment or preconceived ideas of what they need. I see each individual, couple, and family for their stories and am particularly interested in learning Tribeca Therapy’s non-diagnostic approach to therapy, having witnessed firsthand how diagnosis can be limiting.
I appreciate how our perception of ourselves and our experience of the world are both informed by multiple intersecting identities, including race, sexuality, gender, and class. While obtaining an undergraduate degree at City University of London, I volunteered as a mental health support worker in Bali, Indonesia. Working in psychiatric facilities and special needs schools allowed me to cultivate a deeper awareness of how culture informs our–and often our family’s–relationship to mental health, including stigmatization. I aim to continually work to understand how these sociocultural factors can contribute to an individual, couple, or family’s emotional distress and the challenges they face.
I believe in therapy’s ability to alleviate suffering. The foundation for this is the process of building a trusting relationship between a therapist and patient (or patients). For the past three years, I worked in the AdTech industry, and while a hiatus from my long-term interest in psychotherapy, the experience significantly bolstered my skills in fostering relationships and deep connections with people from diverse backgrounds. I take these lessons with me as a therapist, understanding the value of being empathetic, compassionate, and above all, continually curious.