This week, Christie chats with Robin Mele, LCAT, about dance/movement therapy and the nonverbal language of being in our bodies. As a queer, biracial therapist, Robin discusses how they intentionally work to be a safe enough person for teens within a hospital setting. Robin offers insights on how they navigate systems of power, protect themselves through the difficult work, and cultivate curiosity and humility both professionally and personally.
Robin (they/them/theirs) is a queer, biracial, dance/movement therapist and licensed creative arts therapist. They are curious and passionate about the integration of abolition and transformative justice with their work on an inpatient psychiatric unit with adolescents at a city hospital. Connect with Robin on Instagram @robinks or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridges Mental Health is a stigma-free hub for Asians, Pacific Islanders, and South Asian Americans (APISA) to discuss, navigate, and seek mental health care in NYC.
Cover photo by Janice Chung
Theme music by Will Marshall