On Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2020, I had a profound conversation with a friend about next steps in my career. I had started a private practice designed to be affordable and community-based, and my interest in working in a space that primarily served LGBTQIA+ individuals grew.
I saw an opening for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Addiction Recovery Services branch of the Center’s Mental Health Services. My friend nudged me, and I decided to apply.
I was thrilled when I got the job! It has given me the chance to support those facing addiction to achieve progress toward breaking harmful cycles. I am particularly humbled when a client reaches a life-altering insight, steps into empowered action, and indulges in gratitude. There have been times when clients express thanks for my effort to share space with them, even in this current socially-distanced way. A client recently informed me that I was the sole person who earned their confidence. Having previously been in that position, I receive that feedback with my whole heart.
This job has offered me an opportunity to live out one of my purposes: Supporting others to experience life in meaningful and subjectively satisfying ways. The Center has cultivated an environment which celebrates each individual’s unique characteristics and qualities.
Hometown: San Gabriel Valley
Year Started Working at Center: 2020
Staff Position: Mental Health Clinician V