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 Chicago’s South Side. 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 that serves a diverse and mixed income population. Currently, I am training in 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 narratives and healing/meaning-making centered on the experience of being POC, immigrant/emigrant/migrant, and first and second generation while acknowledging the stigma of psychopathology in minority groups. Under the guidance of my clinical supervisors, I am navigating these concerns and questions.