All Kinds of News for December 06, 2017
An Onward Transitions member was recently interviewed by Jenny Wilder for her blog series about young adults in transition. The post titled "OCD in Real Life" featured a young woman who was just completing a year of treatment with the autonomous program in Portland, Maine and preparing to return to college.
Using the pseudonym Grace Renee, she spoke candidly about what she considered critical to her process of change: "Being pushed a little, but not forcefully so I would basically say people checking up on me and not letting me fall back into those bad habits. I was constantly being encouraged or receiving resources to get me outside. Having a safe environment, [like Onward Transitions] and feeling comfortable was also a huge part of overcoming social anxiety."
After completing an intensive outpaitent program in her warm weather home city, Grace Renee began her time in Portland struggling to get out of her apartment. Fast forward and she's been significantly promoted at her retail job, moved into the final stages of completing a lengthy course in Pilates instructor training, and is fully prepared to shovel, sand and salt her driveway over her second winter in Maine. This spring she will add another layer of complexity to her repertoire as she enrolls in three classes at a local university.
"She's become a mentor to others who are experiencing similar symptoms and challenges," said co-founder and Director of Clinical Outreach Darrell Fraize, who is Grace Renee's therapist. "It's been truly fantastic to support her and her family, and to watch this process unfold," he added. "Everyone's really proud of how things have worked out, and excited about what's happening next."
About Onward Transitions
Onward Transitions is a comprehensive, non-residential independent living service that supports young adults, ages 18-27 living independently in the neighborhood of their choice in Portland, Maine. Our members choose and live in their own apartment from day one. They do not ever live with us. Members' challenges include anxiety, depression, executive functioning and meeting the requirements of launching towards independence.