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Rising Stars: Meet Colleen Capistrano and Adriana Castellanos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Colleen Capistrano and Adriana Castellanos.

Colleen and Adriana have always been passionate about helping people and their families with different mental health diagnoses like depression, anxiety, trauma, bi-polar, autism issues and breaking the stigma, as they help them navigate to get the right care and treatment they deserve.

Having both been in the addiction and mental health field for 20 years, and after many changes to our industry, they knew they felt a passion to help in an area that was being overlooked. They came together and discussed the psychiatric needs of Individuals since the individual struggling was getting little to no support. They came up with housing solution that could help end the cycle of psychiatric hospitalizations and get individuals back into homes or board and care facilities. When a person comes with a thought disordered diagnosis, coupled with traumatic events and families who were not being educated, they decided to use our own resources, which weren’t much, and put PSL together. As PSL grew, they learned to fill the own gaps with a whole lot of love, extra individual support, medication supervision, education, volunteering, physical fitness, and creativity. They found that they were improving their clients’ lives and helping them get on with their own living, with continued support. They are in the process of creating yet another facet that will help clients feel their own purpose and passion through creating a working non-profit café.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Because the clients need the wrap around care and community to understand their needs as individuals with challenges, they are finding the café, and their own outpatient services, are an absolute need. The biggest challenge now is to grow the money for their new nonprofit to expand this café. They believe this will give a new sense of purpose and passion because many of their clients are quite artistic. Adriana and Colleen have partnered with other resources, which also understand this as being life-changing and can also support clients with their care while working at the café.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Psychiatric Supportive Living (PSL) is a place that provides support for clients with mental health diagnosis. This supportive home environment will be beneficial for those who are transitioning from a mental health residential treatment program to an intensive outpatient program. PSL not only offers a safe living space for clients but also provides each client with a personalized curriculum that includes life skills training, therapy and goal setting.

What were you like growing up?
Colleen Capistrano is one of the founders for Psychiatric Supportive living. She has extensive background in the Behavioral Healthcare for over 20 years. Her experience includes working in field of substance use disorders, addictions, trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorders. She earned her bachelor’s degree in child development and psychology from Mount St Mary’s University. She has worked inpatient settings, residential programs, partial hospitalizations and intensive outpatient programs. Currently, Colleen serves on the board for the Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment which has 20 chapters across the United States. Adriana Castellanos has worked in the treatment field in many capacities since 2004.

Through her own personal experience as the daughter of an alcoholic, as well as her own journey as a woman in recovery, she has tremendous knowledge from both “life experience” as well as the educational background to handle the most complex intervention cases. Adriana takes great pride with the challenges and complexities in cases involving trauma, an issue we are seeing more and more in the treatment field, and that left unaddressed or untreated will continue to push the addict/alcoholic back to into their addictions. Adriana has learned from some of the most talented educators in the intervention business and stays current with the latest techniques in handling the challenges of the ever changing family dynamic. She is extremely passionate about helping people who are suffering, to find solutions to the pains of both addiction and mental health disorders, and see them live full and healthy lives.

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Image Credits:

1) Adriana Castellanos headshot (in brown) 2) Colleen Capistrano headshot (in black) Additional Photography by Mario Castellanos

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