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 Program Director, Honey Bianchi, MSW, LCSW, and the eleven questions about her guiding philosophy and principles.
1. What does “mental health” mean to you?
An essential part of our well being which has been stigmatized and medicalized.
2. What’s your favorite mental health or well being quote?
So many but this one works each day: “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” Carl Rogers
3. What do you do to take care of your own mental health needs?
Movement, social interactions, fresh air, away from technology, boundaries, boundaries – and boundaries!
4. How would you describe PCH Treatment Center to a family or friend in need?
An intensive program for well being at a time of life when one knows they need that focus and are ready to engage in that deep level of care for themselves, very courageous.
5. What inspires you most at PCH?
At every point in my time at PCH, I have witnessed clinical needs considered first priority. Alongside that, the ability of human beings to be vulnerable in such challenging situations to achieve wellness.
6. How have you coped with Covid in the last few years?
Increasing self care and health, draw new goals for myself and what truly matters to me.
7. What’s your superpower?
Not language I use, too dangerous for my tendencies to a bloviated sense of self!
8. How do you balance your job and PCH and time family/community time?
Always make daily time for a moment of detach, step back and assess moments of access to bliss no matter how small (a walk, 15 mins of yoga, connecting a loved one, naps, FOOD!) This allows for balance and energy to do and give more to community efforts and social justice.
9. What’s your dream vacation?
It was two weeks in the Maldives with piles of books, moons ago.
10. What’s your favorite modality of treatment and why?
Person centered therapy, it defines who I am and the qualities I bring to my work and life.
11. What do you typically like to do when you’re not at PCH?
Swimming, especially at night, a wonderful benefit of SoCal Living!