I am a master’s candidate in clinical social work at the School for Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago. In my first-year internship, I trained as a clinical case worker at Heartland Alliance Human Care Services and in scattered sites in Chicago. Using an anti-oppressive framework, I worked with participants in a transitional housing program who sought services in counseling, employment, and access to basic housing needs.
In my second year internship, I am training as a psychotherapist with a psychodynamic approach at a community mental health center. In this training, I am learning how to implement cognitive behavioral therapy CBT, dialectical behavioral therapy DBT, acceptance commitment therapy ACT, narrative therapy, and trauma-informed care with an intersectional approach and interest in psychoanalytic perspectives. In the therapeutic process, I am drawn to experiences, narratives, and healing/meaning-making centered on the experience of POC, immigrant/emigrant/migrant, and first-generation while acknowledging the stigma of mental health diagnoses in minority groups.