Staff Spotlight, Liza Torgerson
Tell us about yourself!
I’m Liza, the Behavioral Health Technician Manager at the Anna Westin House for Adults in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I’ve been with The Emily Program for three years now. I was originally hired as a Behavioral Health Technician (BHT).
Describe the educational path that led you to The Emily Program.
I went to college at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. I started my college path hoping to become a dietitian working specifically with eating disorders. After taking a nutrition course on eating disorders, I quickly learned I wanted to be more involved in the therapy side.
I switched my major to psychology and minored in nutrition instead, as I thought this would provide me with the best tools for my desired career. After moving back to MN, I quickly discovered The Emily Program and applied for the Eating Disorder Technician/Behavioral Health Technician role. My personal philosophy and overall “dream job” aligned with a position at The Emily Program.
What piece of advice would you give to those struggling with food or an eating disorder?
Seek help! All struggles are valid, and you are worthy of the necessary treatment and care to begin having a better relationship with food.
What motivates you to show up for work every day?
The clients and the overall work we do at The Emily Program! Being able to be a part of a client’s journey to recovery is near and dear to my heart. When I show up to work each day, I am consistently reminded of why I do what I do and why I chose to work in my current role.
If you could do another job just for a day, what would it be?
A tattoo artist! I love to draw and doodle when I find the time, and I’ve always been drawn to the atmosphere of tattoo shops. Also, getting to listen to cool music throughout my workday would be a huge bonus.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
When I’m not working, you’ll find me trying a new restaurant (a dog-friendly patio is a must), singing karaoke, spending time outside, or staying in and watching the latest crime documentary with my fiancé and dog!