Graduating in the Spring of 2009, the country was facing one of the worst economic crises of the century. She was just 1 of 2 of her graduating classmates who had a paying job lined up at the time of graduation. The private sector was in shambles but the public space was booming. Over her head in student loans, she landed in Community Mental Health contracted with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health – some had said this is where therapists dreams go to die. While the task was arduous, it began an exceptional twelve year career which spanned multiple agencies and service areas, mastery of all levels of care, front line experience in some of the most grueling locked psychiatric wards, ground up development and implementation of industry leading programs, a wealth of administrative expertise, exposure to just about every consumer population, skilled crisis intervention and customer service and outstanding leadership skills.
While Kasey had the opportunity to affect countless lives both directly and indirectly, clinically and administratively, she realized she had fallen far from that place which she had initially sought to be – she was working 60 hours a week, was far from an example of appropriate work/life balance, and her 2 small children were being raised by a nanny. The very reason she had wanted to become a therapist had been neglected. She had overseen hundreds of fresh therapists right out of school, ready to take on the world and help others, be completely overwhelmed by the administrative burden that is the managed mental health care system. She wasn’t reaching her full potential, and she wasn’t helping these new, young clinicians to do so either.
It was upon these personal tenants The Mindful Lemon emerged. Kasey wanted to create the best of both worlds – an organization that would deliver remarkable therapy and mental health services while helping the providers themselves to reach their full potential and succeed in the private sector. This indeed created a circular relationship, where better clinicians are providing better therapy and both the client and the therapist wins!