Alyssa Choate, Intern

Alyssa Choate

I am a junior undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Classical Humanities, with a focus on Ancient Greece. During my freshman year, I shadowed the head psychiatrist of the Emergency Psychiatric Department Dr. Angela Strain at the UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital. I also conducted two psychological studies this past semester.

I am a first-generation college student, and I come from a Greek immigrant household. I understand the struggles that first generation teenagers can undergo and the barriers placed against them, all of which take a toll on their mental health. I am interested in learning how to treat adolescents from culturally diverse backgrounds, who may face various mental health disorders including mood, personality, eating, and anxiety disorders. Throughout my life, I have believed that mental health treatments should be personalized for every patient to focus on enhancing social support, coping skills, and sorting through trauma and daily struggles. I believe everyone deserves adequate mental health treatment regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.

I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and am proud to call the city my home. I love reading; I’m currently reading The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, and I just finished On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. My favorite authors include Madeline Miller and Richard Siken. I enjoy painting and frequenting art museums with friends and family. I also teach children’s classes in traditional Greek dance back home in Charlotte.

I plan to attend graduate school to continue my education further to become a clinical psychologist. You may see me observing groups or working behind the scenes to support the practice with projects. 

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