03 Nov Meet Caelen Cann, Residential Clinical Therapist
When did you know that being a clinical therapist was for you?
I have known that therapy was my passion since high school. I began my work as a peer counselor, working with teens on issues of sex and sexuality, and parents on talking to their children about these topics. My own meditation and yoga practice increased my awareness of the mind-body connection and further solidified my interest in working with others in a clinical setting.
How does clinical therapy aid in someone’s addiction recovery journey?
I think that in early recovery, a strong therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance. As a clinical therapist, I work with the client to create a space of safety and trust, allowing for them to bring their emotions, vulnerability and trauma to the relationship. As addiction and shame often walk hand-in-hand, I bring a non-judgmental stance to each session and meet the client where they are.
What do you enjoy most about working with The Foundry participants?
What I enjoy most about working with the participants at The Foundry is how each person brings a different background, range of life experience, and unique awareness of themselves and where they are in their recovery. I also find that the participants have a lot of joy to share, and can honestly say that each day has laughter in it.
What are you most proud of about your work?
My favorite part of my work is that I get to show up for people where they are. The amount of growth that happens from when a person enters into treatment to the end of their stay is always profound, and it is an honor to witness and to be a part of the journey.
Favorite spot in Steamboat?
My favorite spot in Steamboat is the downtown bike path that then connects to the back roads on the way to the ranch. It’s the best place to bike!
Last book you couldn’t put down?
I have been a sucker for The Outlander series; I’m now on book 8!
What makes you happiest?
I am happiest when I’m in the mountains, with my family, sitting next to a campfire after a long (and beautiful!) backpacking hike.