My number one goal is: To make positive mental health behavior appealing.
To do this I hope to provide resources and content to keep your mental health, positive! That way you don’t have to experience my sometimes silly attempts at making mental health group treatment engaging.
Inpatient Mental Health
I did not dream when graduating with a Master’s of Occupational Therapy (MOT) in 2016, that I would find myself working my dream job in Inpatient Mental Health. I blame that on God, He’s always up to having a better plan for my life than I intend.
My creative passions have collided with my career working on a young adult specific unit (18-24yrs). I strive to provide engaging, modern, out-of-the-box, yet evidenced-based treatment in a setting that feels connected to the roots of where OT began.
Despite my efforts to make a sweet looking website, my every day does not. Leading groups is a bit messy with a lot of on-the-spot learning and improvisation. I often put effort into a new handout, just to have it be still be rejected as boring.
With my writing, I do not want to falsely give the impression I have treatment down to a science. What I do have is a passion and a joy in what I do. I also have an interest in becoming better through collaboration, learning, and reading lots of research.
I love writing, or as someone told me once “you actually like typing.” Writing and discussing my progress is the one of the best ways I learn. It’s called reflection. Think about that one for a second. Ha, you reflected. See?
I hope to inspire others to recognize the value in mental health treatment. This website is about having that conversation.
Where My Interests Began
I was praying one day after graduating; “God, what do you want me to do with my life?”
And God answered me; “I want you to test your patients.”
I wasn’t sure whether God meant patience or patients, at least that’s the joke. Better said than read. HA, I came up with that one anyways.
But really, before I was an Occupational Therapist (OT), I was a camp counselor for Bible camps and the University of North Dakota. I regularly led and organized games, events, and activities.
Through college and OT school I worked as a Resident Assistant and a Resident Manager for the university housing. Again; this developed my creative skills. I made bulletin boards and event flyers while planning, organizing, and leading routine group events.
In fact, one of my favorite tools for therapy I first discovered while I was a Resident Assistant. That tool is Paint Swatches.
Check out What I Teach for Mental Health to learn more about what I do.