Each and every staff member at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone not only plays a crucial role in accomplishing our mission to ensure our military families receive the care they’ve earned, but they do so from the heart and with a passion that can’t help but to inspire. Here’s a closer look at one such member of our Fayetteville team, lead clinician, Tiffany Douglas.
Tell me a little bit about yourself, such as where you grew up and your background leading up to joining CVN?
I grew up in a very small town in Ohio that I have no desire to go back to, turns out I hate snow and cold weather. I have been a military spouse since 2002, which has taught me that change can be a lot of fun. I have been able to travel to many places and work with a wide variety of people. I started my social work career working at Tampa General Hospital on the oncology floor and in the oncology clinic, working with people that were receiving their initial or final diagnosis of cancer.
After moving to a different base, I started working with children and families that were involved with the department of children and family services and had some sort of trauma that caused them to need services. I did not last long.
In addition to those experiences, I’ve also worked in a behavioral health practice, as well as with Gold Star families.
I finally found my place at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone and have been here for over a year now. I am enjoying the comradery and being part of a great team!!!
You’ve taken life experience and built a career to help others, what was your greatest takeaway from this process?
My greatest takeaway would be that the magic of therapy is ever changing with each client. I hope that in every single client, I am able to plant a seed of hope in their lives even if they are not prepared for change at the moment.
How have things been going at the clinic since you arrived?
I came to the clinic shortly before the pandemic, so right as I was starting to understand the clinic process the world turned upside down. The clinic was able to continue to function and be there for those that were struggling with the unknown. As an introvert, I really enjoyed the quietness of being home.
Have you faced challenges so far in your time at the clinic?
The trepidation of being a military spouse and fearing orders and possibly having to leave my dream employment was something that I faced, like many military spouses. I was feeling nervous about how to present this but felt so much relief when I could continue to stay with the organization and do the work that I really enjoy.
What do you hope for clinic and your clients?
My hope for the clinic and clients is that we continue to outgrow our space. I would love to have a greater connection with the community for a greater sense of belonging for military families. Many times, I find there is a disconnect between the local community and the military installation. When clients can become active in their community they tend to feel as though they are connected and not so alone.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy spending time with family at the local farmers market or any type of outdoor festival.
Favorite sports team?
My favorite team would have to be the Tampa Bay Lightning. GO BOLTS! Hockey is a fun past time that everyone in our family enjoys.
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