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Grow with Us: Meet Essence!

Essence Grow with UsEssence started her career at Horizon in December of 2014 as a Substance Use Counselor. In her nearly 9 years at Horizon, Essence has grown her career and herself in countless ways. Now as the Program Director at the Bailey Recovery Center, Essence reflects on her time here at Horizon, as well as her hopes for the future!

What kinds of trainings/ad hoc committees/workgroups have you been a part of that have supported your growth?

I’ve taken many trainings that have been beneficial to my growth. I’ve had the opportunity to take trainings on Racial Disparities in Mental Health Care, Women’s Behavioral Health, Motivational Interviewing, Creative Healing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Seeking Safety, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and so many other important topics.

All these unique trainings that I have been a part of have contributed to my success in my career.

Can you speak to other unique opportunities you’ve had that have helped you grow?

I feel very lucky to have been exposed to great mentors and so many unique opportunities throughout my career at Horizon. I had the opportunity to participate in the 2020 race panel at our organization where I discussed DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) matters, participated in Horizon’s Emerging Leaders program, led numerous clinical group supervisions, and attended the Horizon Leadership Retreat in 2021. I also feel lucky to have had the opportunity to co-lead several trainings with some of my most admired mentors.

Do you have any goals for further growth within your role at Horizon?

This year, I’m working on becoming a perinatal specialist to further expand my knowledge on women’s mental health, particularly during and after pregnancy. At Bailey, one of our goals is to continue to evolve as a safe space for our patients, expand our knowledge and expertise on inclusive and trauma-informed behavioral health treatment, and add more clinical groups to provide our patients with additional support.

What would you say to someone who may be interested in growing in their career with Horizon?

I’ve spent so many years here at Horizon (almost 9!) because this is a wonderful company to work for. I’ve found myself surrounded by people who saw something in me that sometimes I didn’t even see in myself. If you want to grow, work hard, be challenged, and meet amazing people, join the Horizon team! You won’t regret working here.

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