Oliver-Pyatt Centers Primary Therapist Callie Skiff, MS shares her personal journey to joining the Oliver-Pyatt Centers team in this week’s blog post. Read on to learn more about Callie and the work she is doing at OPC…
What is your name and what are your credentials?
Callie Skiff, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, Primary Therapist
Please give us a brief description of your background.
I graduated with my Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2017 after having completed my year-long internship at a substance abuse facility for women in Palm Beach County. During my tenure at my internship, I worked closely with a dietician who held weekly sessions with clients who struggled with eating disorders in addition to their substance abuse. It was through this experience that my interest in pursuing a career in eating disorders began.
Prior to working as a Primary Therapist at OPC, I worked in the Monte Nido & Affiliates’ admissions department, and as an intake specialist, conducting pre-admission over the phone biopsychosocial assessments. I am grateful to have had each of the experiences as they have shown me different portions of the admissions and treatment processes.
What does a typical day look like for you at OPC?
There is no typical day at OPC – which is part of what makes it such a dynamic, exciting job! Based on my current caseload, my days are full of individual and family sessions, documentation, leading groups, sharing meals with clients, and consulting with my co-workers.
In your own words, please describe the philosophy of OPC.
From my humble perspective, OPC’s philosophy could be described simplistically in one word: Balance. We encourage our clients to love and honor themselves on all levels – physical, mental, spiritual, nutritional, etc. By treating each client as an individual, we strive to help each person find and maintain his/her own personal ‘balance.’
How does your team work together? How do your roles overlap and differ?
Our team works together amazingly well considering all of the components. It is essential for us to communicate constantly about each of our clients so that we can provide them with the best care possible. By working with the other disciplines within OPC, I feel as though I can always consult about issues, and have experts at hand in areas with which I have more limited knowledge, such as psychiatry. Our weekly staff meetings provide us with a unique opportunity to collaborate on cases as all disciplines are present.
What is your favorite thing about OPC?
My co-workers without a doubt!
What are three facts about you that people do not know?
- I was active member of my high school’s musical theater program. My favorite role was playing Sandy in ‘Grease.’
- I have lived in New York State, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York City, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida.
- Next January I am crossing one thing off of my ‘bucket list’ with a trip to the Galapagos with my fiancé and his family.