Compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated are a few of the words that describe the Travco Behavioral Health team. Meet Anna Nelson, LISW-S, therapist and clinical training supervisor—the first in our new Travco Employee Spotlight series. In this interview, Anna shares how and why she became a therapist and more!
Tell us about your background/experience.
I've worked in the mental health field since 2014 after earning a Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University. Over the last several years, I’ve completed assessments and provided therapeutic services. I’ve also managed a program for medication-assisted treatment. Additionally, I’ve managed an Intensive Outpatient Treatment program. I specialize in substance abuse, mood disorders, parenting (I have a certificate from completing a program to be a Positive Parent Program Educator), trauma, anxiety and post-partum depression.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
My favorite part about my job is being able to be a part of the change in clients’ lives. Getting to see their growth and progress and having them allow me to be a part of that journey is such an honor. They share the most vulnerable parts of their lives with me and have the courage to do that, which always amazes me.
What experiences inspired you to work in the mental health field?
I have many family members who experience mental health concerns and I have always been interested in the helping profession. My family always tells me that I could talk to anyone and that everyone always has wanted to tell me their life stories because I genuinely care about them. I’ve always had an interest in helping people and being a part of the change process in people's lives.
What is your advice for someone who might be hesitant about seeking mental health treatment?
I would share with them about how beneficial it is to be able to confide in someone who they can trust—someone who will keep their information confidential. I would talk with them about success stories in the past that started with someone who was resistant and then found the strength to ask for help and how that benefitted them.
What is your favorite movie about mental health?
One of my favorite movies to recommend to clients who are struggling with emotions is the Disney Movie "Inside Out." The movie focuses on how we manage feelings and store memories, which impact our behavior.
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