I am an intern with Tribeca Therapy’s internship program. Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, which provides training for therapy with individuals, as well as couples and families, I am excited about the opportunity to bolster my skills through the rigorous support of the Tribeca Therapy team.
Through my previous study of psychology and public health at Tulane University and my ongoing training at Manhattan College, I firmly believe in the importance of good relationships and community building in uplifting ourselves. In particular, I am passionate about looking at the systems that impact patients’ lives. These systems include relationships such as couples and families, as well as broader societal systems. While some may be out of our control, these larger sociocultural factors, such as race, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic status, massively affect our experiences in the world and should not be ignored or avoided in therapy.
Our individual-driven society can sometimes take connection for granted in favor of an internal force of strength. However, connection and communication are not only crucial for couples and families, but they also impact our resilience and well-being as individuals. I recognize how strong bonds with the people around us, including the relationship between a therapist and patient, can be essential to getting through a hard time or leaving a bad situation. Difficulties in life are inevitable and I strive to help patients form and maintain meaningful connections so these difficulties can be easier to navigate.
I encourage patients to grow in their appreciation of the roles they play within their relationships, as well as how each person contributes to the dynamic that is or is not working. This emphasis developed from my extensive previous work as a tutor for both kids and teens. I both guided students through academic-related stress and collaborated closely with their parents. I discovered that any challenge, whether academic or emotional, could be made easier if parents and children had deep support and understanding of one another. I take this with me as a therapist by helping individuals, couples, and families find greater understanding in their relationships.
I see creativity, in whatever form it takes, as a powerful and therapeutic means of self-expression and an emotional outlet. I also believe creativity plays an essential role in the work of a therapist and am particularly drawn to Tribeca Therapy’s creative approach to therapy. All individuals, couples, and families are unique and need something different from therapy. I approach patients without preconceived notions of what “people” in general need and create a comfortable environment where any topic, no matter how difficult, can be discussed freely and without judgment.