I began working at CALM in 2013 as a Child and Family Specialist for the HOPE and SPIRIT programs. I fell in love with the work and decided to go get my master’s degree to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. After grad school I returned to CALM in August 2016.
I am currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. I work with children and families primarily in the HOPE, CPP and DSS-IIH programs for the Lompoc team.
One of my best CALM experiences was with one of my very first cases. I was working with a little girl who had been removed from her biological parents and placed in her first foster home. She had experienced so much trauma and hardship in her young life. I was inspired by her ability to come into sessions and have the courage to process what had happened. I remember thinking what an honor it was to provide a safe space for her to do this in. Seeing this client come out of her shell, be able to be a kid, and enjoy life again, both inside and outside of our therapy sessions was incredible.
If I could do one thing to make kids’ lives better I would make sure they knew their unique talents and strengths make them so special. I would want them to understand no matter what challenges life brings they can draw on their internal self-worth and know who they are is invaluable.
I wish more people in the community knew CALM is not just for families referred by CWS. We have so many programs and clinicians dedicated to supporting and empowering them during difficult times before the point of CWS going in to investigate. I would want parents, families and kids to see CALM as a safe haven and place of support in the community during their time of need.