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 Admissions Coordinator, Kristen Morin, and the eight questions about her guiding philosophy and principles.
1. What does “mental health” mean to you?
The experience of being human. The privilege of living with a complex consciousness and the ability to cultivate a better understanding of ourselves through shared perspectives.
2. What’s your favorite mental health or well being quote?
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – attributed to Ian Maclaren
3. What do you do to take care of your own mental health needs?
First & foremost, ample sleep. For years, I undervalued the benefits of a healthy sleep/wake cycle and now prioritize a good night’s rest so I’m able to function effectively the following day. I also try to have compassion for myself. We’re all works in progress and sometimes I mess up. But each mistake is a chance for growth as long as I practice self-acceptance without self-criticism.
4. How would you describe PCH Treatment Center to a family or friend in need?
PCH is unique in that we have such a wealth of clinical expertise at our disposal and can provide individualized care to a diverse client population. Our ability to formulate custom-tailored daily & weekly treatment plans facilitated by leading professionals creates a truly comprehensive experience that sets our clients up for future success.
5. What inspires you most at PCH?
Honestly, I’m most inspired by our Clinical Director, Dr. Adriana Westby-Trent. Not only does she have remarkable clinical intuition & insight, but meticulous organizational skills and attention to detail. I’m constantly in awe of her ability to juggle the needs of every single department while happily providing support to individual staff members & clients alike.
6. How have you coped with Covid in the last few years?
I’ve been spending a lot more time in nature, exploring remote locations through hiking, camping, & backpacking. Southern California has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty and social distancing is a breeze when you’re miles away from a single other person.
7. What’s your superpower?
My memory. Which is great because my husband can’t remember what he had for breakfast so I keep track of things for both of us.
8. Top three book recommendations and why?
Educated – Tara Westover – An unforgettable, poignant memoir about a young woman’s determination to rise above her family’s circumstances. The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog – Bruce D. Perry – A collection of fascinating case studies exploring the long-term psychological effects of early childhood development, stressors, & trauma. A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan – A thought-provoking work of fiction that weaves interlocking narratives to formulate deep truths about human nature & the passage of time.