Staff Spotlight, Becca Clay
Tell us about yourself!
I’m Becca Clay, a therapist (Licensed Professional Counselor) at our Columbus Adolescent Residential site. I started at The Emily Program in January 2022 as part of the site’s opening team.
What does a typical day look like for you at The Emily Program?
There’s never a dull moment in residential care. My typical day includes individual and family therapy appointments, consultation with the treatment team and my colleagues, and tracking and documenting my clients’ progress. On any given day, I might also lead a group, meal coach, or case manage so my clients can appropriately continue care after they are discharged.
What do you do to maintain your mental health while helping clients with theirs?
I make sure to prioritize my basic needs, like sleep and nutrition. Walking my dog helps ground me after work. Spending time with loved ones fills my cup. I also enjoy music, hiking, astrology, shopping at antique and thrift stores, trying new restaurants and cuisines, and watching the Columbus Blue Jackets.
What do you wish everyone knew about mental health?
I would want people to know that struggling with mental health doesn’t make anyone “weak” or “broken.” It’s okay not to be okay, and it’s okay to receive help.
What motivates you to show up for work each day?
My clients and colleagues give me the energy and motivation to show up each day. I enjoy connecting with the people I get to work with.
What piece of advice would you give to those struggling with eating disorders?
They are worthy of showing up for themselves and the life they dream of.
If you could do another job just for a day, what would it be?
I would be a trail guide for hikes in national parks (even though there’s not much of that in Ohio…).