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Experiential Therapist helps keep Dr. Rogers’ passion alive

12/19/17 02:38:pm

tamara.jpgTama’ra Reed, Rogers–Oconomowoc, submitted one of the winning pieces in the essay contest for Rogers’ 110th anniversary, answering the question of how we are keeping Dr. Rogers’ vision alive today.

As I sit here in 2017 as one of your future employees, I want you to know that carrying on your mission has been easier than you could ever imagine. Yes, there have been many growing pains, and yes, there has been another time when we almost had to close the doors. With the groundwork you instilled in each and every one of us, we are determined to help reduce the stigma and move forward with your true heartfelt dream. Know that your passion lives on today as it has for the last 110 years!

I wonder what it would be like seeing you walk through the doors at Rogers Memorial Hospital and looking at the amazement in your eyes! Yes, progression! If you were able to visit all of our locations and see how we have all worked so hard for your dream. Rogers is not just one building tucked away in the woods anymore. Rogers has gone nationwide and continues to grow every day!

When I think of the changes I have seen in my short 10.5 years here, I’m in amazement! How old buildings have been razed and now stands big beautiful sturdy buildings. The prestigious reputation

Rogers has with leading mental health facilities and technology. We have satellite learning, teleconference, currently working on apps, CBT track, spiritual facilitators, and so much more!

When I was hired in 2006 as a ropes course facilitator, I just thought what a cool job! You should know that my devotion to your project has grown ever so much more! It’s not just climbing and giving these customers the fun times, it’s actually exposing them to challenges, giving them guidance to get their own conclusions, and helping them create their own future. Now 10 plus years later I strive to give as much as I can to Rogers with not only my position but representing Rogers proudly in many other volunteer positions.

I am truly helping patients in an experiential way! I am helping others by way of metaphors and just presenting real life situations letting the patients feel it and then being able to process with them about how they feel and think is AMAZING every day! I believe this has always been your true mission from the start! Yes, EVERY mental illness can be treated!!

I LOVE my job! Yes, because of you I can truly say I LOVE my job! Your passion is within all of us and seeing a customer enter the doors devastated and leaving a program a new person just truly proves your beliefs. Giving the customers a reason to live, a purpose, and even quality of life not only gives to the customer, but to each of us employees who have followed in your footsteps. I have seen it time and time again and can’t even put in words the magic that happens here every day and every moment.

Sincerely Thankful,

Tama’ra Reed MSW, CTRS, MBCBT, Experiential Therapist 

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