Faces of Rosecrance: Kirstin Roby

Kirstin Roby is a Unit Counselor at Rosecrance. She works with the Specialized Services program that treats adolescents for primary mental health diagnoses such as mood disorders, bi-polar disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal behaviors, co-occurring disorders and more. She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University and is excited to see the overlap in her education and professional experience.

“When we talk about recovery & mental health disorders, we focus on wellness and what it means to be healthy. Our clients learn how to manage their symptoms and accept their diagnosis. We emphasize help, hope and recovery. We want to teach our clients how to ask for help. That’s the biggest part: being able to be vulnerable. This is the place to do that because we’re all here to support them.”

As a Unit Counselor at Rosecrance, Kirstin Roby has seen some clients multiple times at our residential treatment center in Rockford. Sometimes clients relapse, and their self-esteem may be at an all-time low. Kirstin talks about how she handles those situations:

“When a client comes back into treatment after a relapse, there’s a lot of guilt and shame. I usually make it a point to say, ‘I’m glad that you’re here and that you’re safe. What can you do differently this time?’”

“We try to instill the understanding that it’s OK that you have these diagnoses, and you can live a happy, successful life.”