Andrew Ayala

 

When did you begin working at CALM?

I started my illustrious career here at CALM on August 7th 2017.

What is your role at CALM?

I am currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and I primarily work under the Parent Child Therapy (PCT) program where I provide therapeutic services to children between 0-7 years of age. Under the PCT program I also work directly with the family members of my client’s with the goal of providing psychoeducation and skills that can be used by caregivers in home.

I also work with young adults who have been exposed to significant trauma under the Child Abuse Treatment program. My work with them revolves around providing conceptualizations of the trauma that allow for healing and continued strength. I also endeavor to provide skills and psychoeducation that aim to lessen the unwanted symptoms of trauma.

Finally, I work under the Intensive Family Reunification Program where I work with parents who are working through the court process in order to be reunified with their children.

Please share one of your best CALM experiences (a time you felt like you really made a difference).

I work diligently to provide the best treatment and care that I can for the individuals and families that I work with. I have also learned that, for me, it is important to focus on today and the most enjoyable part of that process is seeing small incremental changes from week to week. I also really like when the process of a child engaging in therapy changes the entire family dynamic to be more open, honest, and understanding.

Finish the sentence, “If I could do one thing to make kids’ lives better, I would….”

If I could do one thing to make kids’ lives better I would assure that each child lives in a home with supporting caregivers who have the time, energy, and desire needed to raise resilient, happy, and stable children. I feel that the foundation of our society begins and ends in the home.

What is one thing you wish people knew about CALM?

I wish that people knew that they are not the only ones who are in need of CALM services. I find that many families hold shame and guilt about their situation, and often put treatment off thinking maybe they will grow out of it or there is nothing anyone can do to help. I wish that people knew that the services CALM provides can help many people from all different walks of life and that they are not alone.

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