Gillian is a masters’ student in social work at Smith College, joining us as an intern for the 2020-2021 school year. She believes that therapy is a way to create networks of change, growth, and healing. By creating honesty, freedom and understanding in the therapy room (or screen), it creates the possibility of these occurring in other spaces.
Gillian finds it rewarding to work with people engaging with systemic transformation, and is inspired by the ways the activists she’s worked with have linked their political work to their own processes of transformation and discovery. She’s had the opportunity to do group and individual therapy with a number of clients experiencing psychosis. Being with these clients in their attempts to navigate consensus reality and name their experiences was moving, challenging, and revolutionary to her clinical understanding of what health looks like. Gillian is very interested in learning to attune to what is left out, what goes unsaid, and how to make space to name the unnamable.
Education and Training
Smith College • MSW candidate
BA • Philosophy • Carnegie Mellon University
Areas of Specialization
Substance use and addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, gender, PTSD, trauma, abuse, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, groups