I have a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, which I received in 2018, and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the New School of Social Research, which I received just two years earlier in 2016.
While I was at Columbia, I interned at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), where I was the primary case manager for 14-18 people at a time who were mandated to check in regularly with me while waiting to resolve criminal charges against them instead of having to pay bail. My job put me in regular contact with young adults who struggled with substance abuse and other problems, and I quickly saw that all my clients, regardless of age, were struggling to live an authentically as possible despite the serious obstacles to their happiness.
Prior to getting my MSW, I also worked as a Crisis Worker for the Trevor Project, where I spoke on a daily basis with young people who were trying to explore and express their sexual orientation or gender identities. I also had the opportunity to speak with parents who wanted to learn how to better support their LGBTQ+ children. These were some of my favorite calls and were an antidote to a lot of depressing statistics in the news about people rejecting their children when they come out.