Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cottonwood Staff Family Program

We not only have a great clinical staff at Cottonwood but a very great support staff as well. I would like to introduce you to Lindsey Alaestante, our Family Program Coordinator

Hello, I’m Lindsey Alaestante and I have been working at Cottonwood just a little over two years now. I began working here as a Mental Health Technician on the Adolescent Unit and in time moved on to our Marketing Department and am now Cottonwood’s Family Program Coordinator. One of the things I have really valued is that even in my short time here I have had the opportunity to experience so many different aspects of the treatment Cottonwood provides. I have had opportunities that range from working with patients at Cottonwood to professionals out in the community and now with the family members of our patients here. Each experience has been exciting and rewarding. I have valued each opportunity for different reasons and have learned so much in this short time.

Some of my most memorable times here have been spent with the girls of the Sweetwater unit. I have seen so many patients come in and be transformed in their short time here and it was so amazing to be a part of this. On the unit I accompanied many of the girls through their family week and I would see the changes occur in the family and the healing begin to take place. I miss working with our patients on a daily basis but after experiencing the family program and seeing firsthand the impact it can make on the entire family I am so thankful to be a small part of this process. Many of the families I encounter are anxious about coming for the program and don’t know what to expect and I have the opportunity to get to know them a little bit and make them more comfortable with coming out for our family week. I can assure family members with great confidence what an amazing experience they will have here because I have faith in the staff who are always hard working and extremely dedicated. Being a part of this team is by far the most rewarding part of working at Cottonwood.

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