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Sometimes Heroes Need Saving Too: Physician Mental Health

August 03, 2020

Kevin Marra, MD, Director of Medical Services Physicians. Our healthcare heroes. They have always been known for saving people’s lives but now they are risking their own lives to save others in light of the...

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Minority Mental Health Month

July 01, 2020

Lynn Bryant, LCSW, Primary Therapist  So far in 2020 we’ve experienced a global pandemic, state shut-downs, and social unrest. It’s been quite a year and it’s only July. As the nation collectively grieves the deaths...

LGBTQ+ Mental Health & Community Resources

June 24, 2020

Sheri Tiziani, LCMHCS, Primary Therapist During Pride Month, we are particularly celebrating the strength and success of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) clients. HopeWay is proud to be a safe and welcoming...

A Story of Hope: Meet Katie

June 01, 2020

HopeWay not only changed the way I live my life, but it also saved my life. I will never be able to adequately express my gratitude, but I will do my best to provide hope...

Surviving to Thriving with Meditation

May 04, 2020

By Marianne Huebner, MS-ATR, HopeWay Art Therapist In the assumed quietude of being “safe at home”, the “shoulds” have poked the exiled ethos, telling us we aren’t doing enough, learning enough, succeeding enough, or focused...

#stayhomestayhopeful - Talking to Children about the Coronavirus

April 20, 2020

By Taren Coley, MD, Psychiatrist  As we are all tasked with figuring out our “new normal” in times like these, many adults are also dealing with finding ways to talk with children about the Coronavirus....

#stayhomestayhopeful - At Home Leisure Activities

April 14, 2020

By Leigh Giacometti, LRT/ CTRS, Recreational Therapist During this time of social distancing and quarantine it is important to remember to engage in healthy leisure activities. It is easy to get sucked into Netflix, TV,...

#stayhomestayhopeful - A Reflection: Adapting To A New Normal

April 14, 2020

By Judy Champagne, RN, Wellness Clinic Nurse One of my early memories is playing tag in the front yard. I turned my back and thought I would not be found. News flash: I was easily...

#stayhomestayhopeful - A Time for Self-Care

April 10, 2020

By Saidat Kashimawo-Akande, MD, HopeWay Psychiatrist During these unprecedented times in which we are being asked to shelter at home, be it alone or with others in the “family unit,” it can feel both daunting...

#stayhomestayhopeful - Values

April 10, 2020

By Alan Bozman, PhD, Director of Clinical Services  In times like these, it’s grounding to consider your values. Upon reading that sentence, you may think, "Why do I need to spend time thinking about my...

#stayhomestayhopeful - The Benefits Of Time With Our Furry Friends

April 07, 2020

By Allison Todd, LCSW, Primary Therapist In times of stress and uncertainty, we look for things that provide us comfort and stability. For some, that may be talking to friends and loved ones, taking a...

#stayhomestayhopeful - Gratitude.

April 07, 2020

By Sheri Tiziani, MS, LPC, Primary Therapist  Gratitude is a practice that we can all benefit from greatly in our daily lives. It has a tremendous impact on our mental health and overall well-being. Studies...

#stayhomestayhopeful - Music & Writing When Times Feel Heavy

April 07, 2020

By Joan Kleinmann, MT-BC, LRT/CTRS, Music Therapist Ever since I was a young child, I can remember writing down my thoughts and feelings. I kept different journals for different occasions. One for travel, one for song lyrics,...

#stayhomestayhopeful - Put Your Thoughts On Trial

April 07, 2020

By Erin Dos Reis, LCSW, Primary Therapist  THIS IS GOING TO LAST FOREVER. That type of thinking is easy to get sucked into right now. Even the line at the grocery store feels long these...

#stayhomestayhopeful - Radical Acceptance in a Time of Uncertainty

April 07, 2020

By Andrew Harris, MS, LPC, Primary Therapist  In this time of uncertainty, it is both understandable and valid to feel anxious. Of course you are anxious; we have never lived through something like this and the...

#stayhomestayhopeful - Don't Forget Your Gut

April 07, 2020

By Sarah Craig Haverland, RD, LDN, Health & Wellness Specialist The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on all of us and our daily lives – including what we are eating and our overall...

#stayhomestayhopeful - Using Carbs to Steady Your Mood

April 07, 2020

By Ellen Jones, MS, RD, LDN, Health & Wellness Specialist The Relationship Between Carbs and Anxiety The relationship between carbohydrates and anxiety is more than just the angst one might feel after eating one too...

#stayhomestayhopeful - Connecting with Nature

April 07, 2020

By Bobbie Mabe, Horticultural Therapist  Social distancing has become a part of our daily vocabulary. We are forced to isolate from one another in a time when we need true connection. But even during this...

#stayhomestayhopeful - 10 Tips for Coping with Social Distancing

April 01, 2020

Corey Connelly, MA, LPC, LCAS, HopeWay Primary Therapist Right now we’re living in an unprecedented, scary, and isolating time. Even though this is very difficult, and there are a lot of things we can worry...

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2020: February 24th - March 1st

February 17, 2020

What do you think of when you hear the phrase "eating disorder"? There are many societal stereotypes that surround these specific diagnoses. Here are some common misconceptions about eating disorders: Eating disorders are a rich,...

Why Integrative Medicine Works

February 03, 2020

Saidat Kashimawo-Akande, MD Staff Psychiatrist    In recent years there has been a recognizable shift in medical care that focuses more on the entire individual rather than one specific symptom or concern. The pendulum is...

The Holidays Can Be Hard for People Living with Mental Illness: 8 Tips to Help Make the Holidays Healthy and Bright

December 12, 2019

Having a loved one struggling with mental illness during the holidays can often cause family and friends to wonder what they can do to help without saying or doing something wrong. With holidays often come...

A Story of Hope: Meet Brady, Three Years Later

November 26, 2019

November 30, 2019 marked 3 years since HopeWay welcomed its first client. To celebrate this anniversary, we decided to check in with Brady Smith, who came to HopeWay in that first month in 2016 as...

A Story of Hope: Meet Latimer

November 01, 2019

On November 6, 2018, I walked through the doors of HopeWay a broken man that wanted to get well. Yet, I felt that I did not deserve the wellness I sought. For years, I had...

Faces of Hope: Andrew Harris, Primary Therapist, MS, LPC

September 10, 2019

When a client admits to HopeWay, the members of their treatment team are dedicated to equipping the client with the resources they need to achieve their clinical goals. Primary Therapists are integral members of this...

National Suicide Prevention Month & Signs of Suicide

September 02, 2019

Tom Gettelman, PhD Chief Clinical Officer & Director of Admissions, HopeWay Suicide. Admittedly, this is a hard, uncomfortable and sensitive subject to approach in conversation. There is still quite a bit of stigma and shame shrouding...

Faces of Hope: Karen Ortiz, Outreach Specialist

August 13, 2019

Karen Ortiz is a member of HopeWay's dedicated team of Outreach Specialists who meet and build relationships with service providers, including hospitals, outpatient therapists, education consultants, and other specialty doctors, in a multi-layered effort to...

A Story of Hope: Meet Amanda

August 01, 2019

HopeWay. To many, this word doesn’t hold any significance. In fact, some don’t even know that it’s not just a word, but a place. Though housed in Charlotte, NC, HopeWay is a safe, nurturing sanctuary...

Productive Leisure Activities - Oxymoron or Effective Therapy?

August 01, 2019

Leigh Spada, LRT/CTRS Recreational Therapist, HopeWay What is Leisure Time or Productive Leisure? When you hear the term "leisure time" and “productive leisure” – what comes to mind? Do you think of tasks like mowing the...

Faces of Hope: Carmella Aldridge, MA Client Care Coordinator

July 23, 2019

HopeWay's dedication to our clients' success extends to even after they have discharged from programming. Carmella Aldridge is one of HopeWay's Client Care Coordinators who helps clients transition back to work, school, family and outpatient treatment....

What is Trauma and How To Treat It

July 01, 2019

Trauma. Unfortunately, it is a word we hear often now in the news and media - trauma related to mass shootings, natural disasters, sexual assaults and bullying. But what is trauma? Trauma is defined as:...

A Story of Hope: Meet Donna

July 01, 2019

About a year ago, I unexpectedly had to go on short term disability when my mental health began to severely impact my day-to-day living. In my role as a prominent and well-respected Occupational Therapist, I...

Faces of Hope: Daniel Oliveira, BSN, RN Nurse

June 07, 2019

When a client admits to HopeWay, the members of their treatment team are dedicated to equipping the client with the resources they need to achieve their clinical goals. As a key member of this team,...

Faces of Hope: Yvonne Carrasco, MSW, LCAS, MAC Primary Therapist

June 06, 2019

Faces of Hope: Getting to Know Members of  HopeWay's Treatment Team Yvonne Carrasco, MSW, LCAS, MAC  Primary Therapist When a client admits to HopeWay, the members of their treatment team are dedicated to equipping the...

Medication Management with Dr. Kevin Marra

May 30, 2019

“Do I have to take medicine as part of my treatment?” “I’m hesitant to go on medication because I don’t want to become dependent on something that’s not already naturally in my body.” “Lately, I’ve...

Postpartum Depression or Baby Blues? Self-Care Either Way!

April 30, 2019

Dr. Taren Coley, Staff Psychiatrist at HopeWay The art of prioritizing and personalizing self-care is a learned behavior. Logically we know that it is important to take care of ourselves, but it can be a...

Dan Harris Helped Me Be Smarter About My Mental Health

March 11, 2019

Michael C. Hernandez, HopeWay Marketing and Social Media Near the end of 2018, I started seeing a new therapist. She taught me how to use the tools of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and she was also...

Faces of Hope: Jason Peck, Psychiatrist and Sleep Medicine Consultant

March 04, 2019

In addition to conducting psychiatric consultations as one of HopeWay's psychiatrists, Dr. Peck's unique training in sleep medicine also allows him to help clients who are actively being treated for problems related to hypersomnia, insomnia,...

What's Your Relationship Status with Your Food?

February 14, 2019

Thinking about updating the relationship status between your brain and what you put in your body? Though HopeWay doesn't treat primary eating disorders, clients are encouraged to consider the impact that their relationship with food...

HopeWay's First Two Years: A Reflection from our CEO and Chief Medical Officer

January 23, 2019

Alyson R. Kuroski-Mazzei, DO, MRO, FAPA I’m still in awe at all we’ve built and accomplished at HopeWay in our first two years. It’s important that we pause early in this new year and reflect...

Rebecca: A Story of Transformation

January 16, 2019

"HopeWay was the best gift I could have ever given myself. It has changed my life in countless ways and I am forever grateful."    - Rebecca, former client As you've heard us say before,...

Making Pie: Self-Care as We Head into the Holidays

November 19, 2018

“We must have pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of pie.” - David Mamet   Each year, after the celebration of haunts and spirits, we begin to prepare for the feasts and frosts that...

How To Prepare for Mental Health Treatment: A Conversation with an Admissions Specialist at HopeWay

October 25, 2018

By Morgan Liles, HopeWay Admissions Specialist You are finally ready to reach out for help dealing with the depression that has darkened your life for years.  Or you are desperately seeking help for a family...

Why HopeWay?

September 24, 2018

Thanks to Simon Sinek’s enormously popular TED Talk, it has been increasingly common to ask people or organizations; “What’s Your Why?” Having recently read Sinek’s book, Start with Why, we started thinking about HopeWay’s purpose, cause...

A Story of Hope: Meet Justine

August 24, 2018

Wikipedia defines darkness as the partial or total absence of light.  For someone like myself who is diagnosed with major depressive disorder, the meaning is strikingly different. It could be 75 degrees outside with the...

Drumming Down Stress & Anxiety

August 01, 2018

While walking around HopeWay's campus, you may hear the sounds of rhythmic bass echoing through the halls. What you've stumbled upon is one of the drumming workshops led by our pastoral care counselor, JD McNutt....

Horticultural Therapy Program Profile

January 31, 2018

Our horticultural therapist, Bobbie Mabe, was featured in the 2018 winter newsletter, Horticultural Therapy Institute. Here is a sample of the article: Horticultural Therapy has been a part of therapeutic programming at HopeWay since its...

A Story of Hope: Meet Mary Anne

June 29, 2017

I'm 69 years old and have suffered from depression and bipolar disorder for the last 40 years. I've had many ups and downs with my health and my family and have probably been in 10...