Sydney Brower is currently an MSW candidate at the Columbia School of Social Work with a concentration in clinical practice. Sydney attended Sarah Lawrence College where she studied philosophy, fiction writing, poetry, and developmental psychology. She worked as an assistant teacher at Sarah Lawrence’s Early Childhood Center as well as an assistant school counselor at a public school in Manhattan. Prior to her senior year at Sarah Lawrence College, Sydney was accepted to their Masters in Education program and spent her final undergraduate year as a first year masters student, where she helped to build an early childhood curriculum around bully prevention and anti-bully education.
Sydney went on to receive a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Spirituality from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she explored the power of the mind over the physical body and the scientific trope of collective consciousness. With a focus in Jungian psychoanalysis, Sydney’s thesis explored contemporary social issues such as othering, anti-semitism, racism, social construct, collective ideology, and media portrayals through the lens of vampirism as the Jungian archetypal anti-hero. Sydney has gained hands on experience working in a research lab at Columbia University, and has applied those skills to the tech world while serving as a research analyst at a recent startup.
Outside of academia, Sydney has experience working with and mentoring foster children through the Edwin Gould Foundation. As a student she also lobbied Congress on behalf of Save The Children, meeting with several officials on Capitol Hill including then Senator Barack Obama. Additionally, Sydney studied fine art and design at the Arts Students League, Parsons, and FIT for over a decade and enjoys incorporating her knowledge and love of the arts in her therapeutic method with clients in the field.