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 Director of Admissions, Scott T. Singer CADC-II, ICADC, and the seven questions about his guiding philosophy and principles.
1. What does “mental health” mean to you?
When I hear “Mental Health” I think more of mental wellness.
2. What’s your favorite mental health or well being quote?
“…if you rely solely on medication to manage depression or anxiety, for example, you have done nothing to train the mind, so that when you come off the medication, you are just as vulnerable to a relapse as though you had never taken the medication.” — Daniel Goleman
3. What do you do to take care of your own mental health needs?
From mountain biking the beautiful back trails of the Santa Monica Mountains to Deep Sea Fishing off the coast of Catalina Island, I tend to find the deepest forms of self care in nature and adventure. We live in a world that is built on over stimulation and for me it’s important to get back to the basics. When I’m out there living in harmony with the world my soul is recharged and I find my peace.
4. What inspires you most at PCH?
It’s the philosophy. I’ve worked in the industry for many years and have often found facilities think about labels, diagnostic codes, and symptoms before ever asking the client about their human experience. At the end of the day it’s about treating the individual in crisis, not the label.
5. What’s your top three favorite movies?
Boondock Saints, The Dark Knight, The Waterboy
6. What’s your superpower?
Bringing solution to just about anything!
7. Top three book recommendations and why?
Wild at Heart (John Eldredge) – Helped me as a younger man better understand my heart.
The entire ” Dark Tower” series (Stephen King) – Wrote over the span of 20 years. Mind blowing!
Greenlights – Matthew Mcconaughey – So many nuggets of experience and wisdom learned through his life.