We are very happy to introduce Andrea Martinez Cabrera, M.A.. Andrea joined the Green House Fellowship program in January of this year. We talked to Andrea about her decision to join the Green House and what it means for her.
How did you learn about the Green House? What drew you to the Green House?
I learned about the Green House by researching psychodynamic programs around the Chicago area about two years ago. The Green House grabbed my attention due to the length of the program (12 months) and the amount of experience that I can receive — not just individually but also collectively, as a cohort. The size of the cohort also attracted me as it creates a more intimate setting than a large group.
What are you hoping to gain by being in the Green House and how do you imagine it will impact your future?
I am hoping to gain more insight as to who I am as a clinician, define my identity as a therapist and feel confident about the knowledge and experience that I will acquire. I hope to also gain a community of people who will provide support and with whom I can grow.
In the short amount of time, since you joined the Green House, what has surprised you most and why?
I have been surprised by the warmth and love that I have received not only from the program staff but also from those in my cohort who will be my partners in this journey. As a person of color, it has been difficult to trust the intentions of others and seeing how genuine and honest the intentions have been, has made it more welcoming.
Anything else professionally that you are particularly looking forward to this year?
Professionally, I am looking forward to building a community of peers who are on the same journey as I am — one of growth where we come together in support and continue our relationships after the program is over.