Integrated Therapies at McCall

May 1, 2024

When it comes to treating mental health and substance use disorders, integrated therapies are all about using different types of solutions together. Think of it like mixing and matching tools from a toolbox to help people in the best way possible. This can include approaches such as art therapy, yoga, and mindfulness exercises. It’s about finding what works best for each person and putting together a plan that covers all the bases for their unique needs.

We’d like to introduce you to two members of McCall’s Integrated Therapies team.

Pictured from left to right: Employment Specialists Melissa Clarke, B.A. and Robin Sullivan, B.S.

Robin Sullivan, B.S., Employment Specialist

“My name is Robin Sullivan and my primary role at McCall is Employment Specialist within the Supported Employment Department. Recently, I’ve also started providing Qigong within the Integrative Therapies Program.

My professional journey encompasses two distinct yet complementary realms: the practical and the holistic. As a Qigong practitioner and facilitator for a variety of McCall programs, I’m able to offer a holistic approach to wellness, focusing on the cultivation of energy, balance, and inner harmony. I guide students through gentle movements, breathing exercises, and mindfulness practices aimed at promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Qigong helps our clients manage stress, build resilience, strengthen their recovery, and maintain a positive mindset throughout their journeys.

Moreover, Qigong teaches principles of focus, intention, and mindfulness, which are invaluable skills in the realm of healing. By cultivating these qualities, clients can enhance their productivity, concentration, and overall effectiveness in pursuing their life goals and dreams. I strive to support individuals in achieving success, fulfillment, and balance within both their professional and personal lives.”

Melissa Clarke, B.A., Employment Specialist

“Hello. I’m Melissa Clarke, an Employment Specialist (ES) in Torrington, where I play a crucial role in guiding individuals on their journey to healing from substance use and mental health disorders through Supported Employment. I also lead the Wellness Fitness programs for our clients within the Integrative Therapies Program.

I love seeing the positive impact that Wellness Fitness has on our clients, as it not only improves physical health but also boosts a person’s mood, reduces stress, and fosters a sense of accomplishment.

Engaging in regular exercise can also alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, which are commonly experienced by individuals in recovery. Participating in fitness activities fosters a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem, increases confidence, and improves motivation at every stage of one’s recovery journey. It also encourages social interaction and support among peers, creating a sense of community and belonging.”

Want to learn more or enroll?

For more information about our programs please phone 860.496.2100. A staff member will return your call to discuss next steps.