All Kinds of News for June 10, 2020
Asheville, NC -- Journey Home East, a step-down program for young women ages 16-21 located in the idyllic small town of Asheville, NC, is excited to announce changes to their clinical team. Kaitlyn Keller, CMHC, is moving into the role of Program Director, and Danielle Andrews, MA, LPC, CFTP, has been promoted to Director of Transitional Services. Both women have been active at Journey Home East and their sister program, Solstice East, for several years.
Kaitlyn received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University. As a practicum student, she worked in a day treatment program and outpatient services with youth, counseling a diverse caseload of children and families using trauma-informed psychotherapy while integrating expressive therapy modalities, including art, movement, and play. She completed a clinical internship at Solstice East, where she went through specialized training in Brainspotting therapy.
As a mentor at Solstice East for several years, Kaitlyn assisted students with issues associated with attachment, trauma, family systems, identity, and relationships. Kaitlyn appreciates working alongside the young women at Journey Home East and guiding students to be braver, bolder, and brighter.
Before pursuing her deeper passions in Transpersonal Counseling at Naropa University in Colorado, Danielle Andrews worked for 12 years in the business sector, specializing in Labor/Employee Relations, Leadership Development, Mediation, Collective Bargaining, and Employment Law. Since 2008, Danielle has worked enthusiastically with adolescents, young adults, and families in wilderness programs, private practice, schools, and treatment settings, including as Director of Transitional Services at Solstice East.
“For me, there’s not much that’s more inspiring and meaningful than empowering teens and young adults to explore their passions and grow in their strengths and capabilities,” says Danielle. “I believe people rise to the level in which we see them - and we hold up the mirror!”
Danielle integrates her background in conflict resolution, systemic change management, counseling, and transitions into her work. She utilizes her previous training into helping young women struggling with complex PTSD, attachment issues, borderline personality disorder, and anxiety launch into independence. She is also EMDR trained and certified as a Family Trauma Professional (CFTP).
As students at Journey Home East take steps towards integrating lessons learned in residential treatment, they work on their educational and career goals with the support of their peers and staff. The presence of positive role models empowers them to build self-confidence and to achieve their dreams.
About Journey Home East
Journey Home East is a transitional living program serving females ages 16-21 in the artistic semi-urban community of downtown Asheville, NC. We provide around the clock structure and support for young women learning everyday skills in preparation for real-world living. Our residential program, led by a team of experienced and compassionate professionals, assists residents with all aspects of daily life including budgeting and financial planning; managing free time and electronic device consumption; relationship building and growing boundaries; health, hygiene, and personal safety; applying for jobs; school studies; shopping for groceries and cooking meals; and more. Clients enrolling at Journey Home East have had previous therapeutic placement and require transitional housing prior to independence. We provide all residents with continued therapeutic support to assist them on their life journey.