At PCH, we prefer to put names and faces to the philosophy guiding our approach whenever possible. To better accomplish that, we will begin sharing the firsthand perspectives of the people behind our treatment programs with monthly staff interviews.
Read more of our conversation with Assistant Program Director, Fidel A. Quintanilla, M.A., AMFT, APCC, and the seven questions about his guiding philosophy and principles.
1. What does “mental health” mean to you?
Mental health, to me, is ubiquitous. Helping others is a beautiful option, and living a valued life for ourselves is a great honor we can give ourselves.
2. What’s your favorite mental health or well being quote?
You should take care of, help and be good to yourself the same way you would take care of, help and be good to someone you love and valued
3. What do you do to take care of your own mental health needs?
I love to take care of myself, from facial masks, sauna, gym yoga, and MMA. When I take care of myself with others, there is nothing better in my book than a Sunday BBQ with my family.
4. How would you describe PCH Treatment Center to a family or friend in need?
A place where you will be accepted regardless of what kind of treatment you are looking for. Being part of a community that values learning and always practicing up-to-date skills will benefit you as an individual is essential for your wellbeing. Coming to a place that meets you where you are and gives you the tools to reach your full potential is what we do at PCH.
5. What inspires you most at PCH?
What inspires me the most is working with people that are not just accepting but are willing to share the knowledge they have acquired over their entire careers. As an individual who just started his career, it makes me work harder when surrounded by peers who encourage me and take the time to help me when I ask for it.
6. What’s your top three favorite movies?
Iron Man, The Dark knight, Mean Girls
7. If you can invite anyone alive or no longer living to your dinner party, who would you invite and why?
I will assume that my family will be at the dinner party because they are the most important people in my life. But adding people that I am not related to it would have to be: Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, Ronald Reagan, Jim Morrison, and Princes Diana.