Get ready to dive into the heart of Radius as we kick off our “Meet the Team” blog series! We’re thrilled to introduce you to the incredible individuals who power our mission and support the families in our care. Over the coming months, we’ll be bringing you closer to the faces, stories, and passions that drive us forward.
Hello, I’m Elaine, Clinical Therapist!
Join us on this journey of discovery as we shine a spotlight on the people who collectively embody the spirit of Radius. Stay tuned for the first installment – and get ready to meet the remarkable individuals who are the beating heart of our organization!
Why did you choose to work at Radius?
There’s capacity to work with those who have been hurt, and those who have done harm (and usually have been hurt too) within and beyond their family systems that not many other organizations might be able to do. So, instead of just working with populations post-trauma in healing, there’s also the work of abuse-prevention which we also need and an understanding that children don’t live or thrive in isolation.
What attracted you to work with children/youth who have been abused, witnessed abuse, neglected, or witnessed domestic violence?
The understanding that it’s not what is wrong with you, it’s what happened to you and within you. Every child just wants to feel safe, loved, believed, and accepted. If I can create any resemblance of that experience or create some awareness or possibility for that to continue or begin outside of this space… that’s what gets me into the door. Every child is unique in their own way, but at the end of the day, they all want (and need) the same things.
What motivates and inspires you in your work?
Guiding children and youth to see that they’re NOT damaged/broken/strange/overreacting/at fault etc. to a new understanding (and story) of how they survived and thrived. Not to mention, seeing the hope in parents and caregivers that their child and ultimately, their family will be okay.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in this field?
It’s not always about how much you know, read, or learn about outside of the room, but what happens in the room with the person in front of you.
Is there anything else you would want to share with our followers/readers?
If you have a young one in your life, consistency/predictability, stability, and structure are key.
Thanks Elaine! It was great getting to know you!
Stay tuned for our next “Meet the Team” post, where you’ll meet another incredible individual at Radius!