The fight against addiction and mental health issues is lifelong and the relationships you build in treatment are incredibly important. The staff you meet at Destination Hope will be with you not only while you are with us here at the center, but long after you have left and throughout your recovery. Each of the clinical and administrative staff are dedicated to offering our clients the highest quality care and most comfortable experience possible. More importantly, each of us have stories and experiences, some of which include our own recovery or that of a loved one. These experiences shape how we see recovery and work with our clients.
Each month, we want you to get to know the people you’ll be working with when you arrive. We want you or your loved one to get here knowing that you are in good hands and we want you to know that we care passionately about your recovery and long term success. So scroll down to meet just a few of the many people that coordinate and deliver care here at DH.
What inspired you to pursue the career you have today?
I want to help those who are battling addictions and want another chance in life.
What are the responsibilities of a BHT?
The BHT spend more time with the clients than any other staff. Their tasks include observing and reporting client’s behaviors. Provide a safe and supportive therapeutic environment for clients and staff. Assist clients with activities of daily living and personal hygiene. We wake the clients up for medications and breakfast and make sure the clients are ready for the groups and individual sessions with their primary therapist.
What brought you to Destination Hope?
I worked in the restaurant business for 18 years, but I was always interested in the field of psychology. Throughout life I’ve been around people in recovery, and it always had a special place in my heart. I knew I eventually needed to make a change and follow my passion. I had loved ones in recovery and when I would go to the Family Programs and support them, I realized a lot of people don’t really understand addiction. They would think it was something so simple to change. I realized there needs to be more people in the world in this profession, so I applied as a behavioral health tech almost 5 years ago. I’ve loved it ever since. I love working with the clients on the ground, supporting them, making an impact in someone’s life. It was very fulfilling. I know this is where I’m meant to be. I became a Behavioral Health Tech Supervisor and now I’m the Director of Housing and manage all the techs and supervisors.
What brought you to the field of addiction and mental health treatment?
I knew I wanted to do something in the behavioral health field after taking my first psychology class in high school. I was fascinated with the explanations for human behavior, and I took every psychology course offered when pursuing my undergraduate degree. I found the neurobiology behind human behavior and the symptoms experienced by individuals struggling with mental health diagnoses to be extremely interesting. I completed my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and started my career as a therapist in an inpatient psychiatric hospital.