Meet Our Psychology & Social Work Interns

EMPOWER serves as a training site for graduate students enrolled in the University of Denver’s Masters of Social Work and Doctorate in Psychology Programs. Our interns are closely supervised by our licensed providers and offer high caliber services on a sliding fee scale.

Brief Biographical Sketch

Tal Ginsburg graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. At Boston University, she worked with children and adolescents in a clinic for anxiety and related disorders. Additionally, she volunteered at a school for children with emotional and behavioral disorders. After she graduated from Boston University, Tal moved to New York City to work in the inpatient psychiatric unit of Mount Sinai Beth Israel, conducting research on imminent suicide risk. In addition to working at Mount Sinai, Tal volunteered at New York University’s Child Study Center, serving as a social coach for anxiety group therapies. This Fall, Tal began her doctoral education at University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. As her first year practicum, Tal has joined EMPOWER Centers as a psychology trainee, under the supervision of Dr. Kym Spring-Thompson.

Passion Related to Work and EMPOWER

Much of her experience has been in supporting children with emotional and behavioral issues, with a particular focus in anxiety and depression. Tal’s work at Mount Sinai Beth Israel with imminent suicide risk has elicited a strong passion in working in suicide prevention. While in NYC, Tal was able to co-author Dr. Igor Galynker’s book titled “The Suicidal Crisis: Clinical Guide to the Assessment of Imminent Suicide Risk.” Tal’s particular interests during her time at Mount Sinai Beth Israel were the relationship between different types of childhood abuse and lifetime suicidal ideation or behavior. Additionally, as a yoga instructor, Tal is passionate about incorporating yoga and mindfulness-based interventions into her psychotherapy.

Brief Biographical Sketch

Saira Malhotra is a Master of Social Work candidate in her final year of school at the University of Denver. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Boston University. Saira is presently working as a clinical social work intern at EMPOWER Centers, and is ultimately working towards a license in clinical social work. Saira has worked in youth mental health for 8 years, beginning her career as a physician’s assistant for a child psychiatrist. She has since worked in the child program at Boston University’s renowned Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University’s Kilach and Honors College as a peer support counselor, and Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation’s clinical program with elementary-aged youth. In each of these roles, Saira provided outpatient mental health support and crisis management around trauma, anxiety, and mood issues. In addition to her work as a clinician, Saira has been heavily involved in researching evidence-based interventions in service of youth mental health. Through this work, she has learned an immense amount about marginalized identity and positive youth development. She has been published in several academic journals, and continues to work to bridge the gap between academia and clinical practice.

Passion Related to Work and EMPOWER

I entered the mental health field because I believe in the power of transformation. Every individual has unique strengths and identity that can be difficult to fully realize when emotional pain feels overwhelming. My goal as a clinician is too help individuals draw on these strengths – not only to overcome challenges, but to transform and grow from them. My practice is informed by both research and practical experience, both personal and professional. Throughout my career, I have especially appreciated working with those struggling with anxiety, mood, trauma. I look forward to applying my skills with clients at EMPOWER and learning more from the EMPOWER community!