TATE BENSON, LMSW
As a mixed-race Korean, queer, trans, and non-binary person, I witness and experience the impact systemic oppression has on our ability to build interdependent relationships and communities. So for over ten years, I have built opportunities for folks of various identities to be joyful, playful, creative, and at ease in our bodies.
As a therapist, I focus on providing spaces to open up and examine what has worked, what no longer works, and what could work in the future. We all develop strategies to survive and live in this world, but I firmly believe examining all the pieces we bring to the table can help us open up new possibilities and pathways for not just surviving, but thriving. I am also passionate about exploring and redefining notions of family and intergenerational community in relationship to queerness and in rejection of white supremacy and colonialism.
I believe therapeutic work is inherently relational and is a collaborative and co-created partnership between me and my clients (individuals, couples, families, etc.). I ground my work in consent and trust building that is: (1) trauma-informed; (2) works through biases; and (3) leverages various skills, theories, and strategies. I love finding creative ways to approach conversation, whether through music, art, or tv shows. Anything important for you to bring into the space will be welcome.
I recieved my LMSW from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work and have since supported first-generation recent college graduates in career readiness at COOP. Previously, I have worked in youth organizing, youth arts programming, after-school programming, national queer youth organizing at GLSEN, and youth homelessness and crisis support.