What do you like most about the McLean OCD Institute // Houston?
You can really tell that everyone on the team cares a lot about their work and their clients. It makes for the perfect work environment that is fun, supportive, and challenging. Also, I am surrounded by clients who are overcoming their fears daily, and I learn so much from them. I leave feeling inspired each day.
What are 3 words to describe the McLean OCD Institute // Houston?
Compassionate, encouraging, knowledgeable
If you could interview one person (living or deceased) who would it be?
Hmm this is a tough choice. I would have to say my grandfather, because there was much more I could have learned from him before he passed away and family is important to me.
If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?
1.) A solar powered radio (Not just for survival but because there is something necessary about music)
2.) A box of my favorite books (okay this is technically several things but I love my books)
3.) A ton of dark chocolate
What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
1.) You do not have to know your entire career path ahead of time, but if you follow your values every step of the way you will end up on the most fulfilling and meaningful path.
2.) Surround yourself with people who have the knowledge you desire and you will always be learning and growing.
3.) Humans are truly remarkable, and a strong support system is imperative to resiliency.
I was with the team when they were at Menninger and when they closed their doors. I’ve had OCD for the last 12 years of my life and before I went into treatment it had literally taken over every aspect of my life. Every move I made was consumed by OCD. The monster made me suffer with rechecking, reassurance seeking, confessions, contamination fears, sexual obsessions, hit and run fears and pretty much everything but hoarding and scrupulosity. It was extremely hard work, but I can now say I have a life back, when before I wasn’t even sure if I’d be living. They taught me the tools to live my life and keep my OCD manageable. The staff was truly amazing and literally saved my life. Although they will say that it was me who did the hard work, without their caring and kind hearts I would never have been able to do it.