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KELLY’S CLIMB TO SUCCESS

Kelly is 26-years- old who found herself in redpoint’s arms after a car crash. The crash left Kelly with a TBI diagnosis resulting in a lackluster attempt at her once strong academic and career motivations. She attempted community college courses but couldn’t seem to get through it, and struggled to maintain healthy relationships. Kelly soon fell into a deep depression and was finally referred to redpoint by her therapist. 

Kelly came to redpoint with the initial goal of gaining financial independence and stability. However, after meeting the redpoint guides she uncovered her passion to attend a university, establish healthy relationships, and become more active in her day-to- day life.

The redpoint team put together the following plan for Kelly after identifying her barriers:

  • Collaborate with Disability Coordinators to explore academic options
  • Access entitlements to assist in job searching
  • Promote financial independence by creating a personalized budget
  • Increase support team
  • Create communication system to promote independent executive functioning
  • Encourage integration into school and work communities by establishing peer relationships
  • Promote intrinsic motivation by forming relationships with professors
  • Establish and utilize self- awareness in school and work environments to promote success

By identifying Kelly's passions and constructing a plan she was able to climb out of her rut and into a successful life. She was accepted to UW Bothell and was able to navigate and collaborate with campus disability services, while upholding her attendance and classroom participation. She gained employment where she maintained professionalism and punctuality. She developed healthy peer relationships with both classmates and coworkers. And, on the financial front- she expand her executive functioning skills which helped her keep track of her life and stay on budget. Overall, Kelly was able to create a healthy balance between her work, social, and personal self and is much happier for it. We are proud that we were able to guide Kelly to success through our supports and resources.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to
succeed is always to try just one more time.
— Thomas A. Edison
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MONICA’S ASCEND TO THE PEAK

Monica is a 19-year- old who came to redpoint with severe social anxiety. She struggled both socially and academically throughout high school, and was nervous about her recent decision to attend a local technical school. 

Monica and her mother originally came to redpoint with the ultimate goal of getting through summer courses and establishing some self-care routines. The redpoint staff worked to expand these goals by outlining a foundation for self-awareness and a holistic approach to academic success.

The redpoint team put together the following plan to expand Monica’s goals and chances of success:

  • Utilize strengths and weaknesses to promote self-awareness and ultimately academic success
  • Collaborate with professors to establish individualized education plans
  • Increase support
  • Increase comfort and communication with staff
  • Improve self-care
  • Develop strategies to decrease avoidance and promote stress regulation

With the help of the redpoint team Monica was able to establish meaningful collaborative relationships with her professors and disability staff. This allowed her to ease her anxiety and increase her academic motivation. She was able to go from an F student to one who regularly reached A’s and B’s in her work. This was largely due to acquired skills that allowed her to schedule, study independently, and be more open to accepting and requesting help proactively. Additionally, she developed coping strategies and cue phrases to promote communication during times of anxiety and stress, this allowed her to get through those tough academic times. And lastly, she left redpoint having established and maintained successful romantic relationships due to her improved self-care and awareness.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
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KRISTEN’S ASCEND

Kristen is a 29-year- old female, diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and struggles with substance abuse.  She recently moved from Idaho to Washington and was referred to redpoint Seattle from her psychiatrist.  Kristen arrived to Seattle without medical providers, housing or transportation. She was living with her aunt and was financially dependent on her mother. Kristen graduated with honors and a hopeful future, but mental illness made many of her dreams seem unattainable. She began to let her academic accomplishments and career goals slip. She was struggling to form and maintain healthy relationships, a job, and her motivations- she fell into a deep depression. 

Kristen came to redpoint with the hopes of gaining financial and housing independence, building healthy and supportive communities, establishing care with a medical team and finding employment. No easy task, but the redpoint team assured her it was possible and made her goals seem attainable through the following plan:

  • Benefits analysis – SSI, SSDI, food benefits, cash benefits
  • Find housing within close proximity to coffee shops, grocery stores, medical providers, etc.
  • Establish care with community mental health – med management, therapy, group support
  • Access entitlements to assist in job searching
  • Promote financial independence by creating a personalized budget
  • Increase support team to include natural and paid supports (AA meetings, therapist, etc.)
  • Encourage integration by establishing peer relationships

So what happened to Kristen? She moved to Seattle and found an apartment on Capitol Hill. She established care at a community mental health agency, qualified for Social Security Disability, food benefits and vocational support.  She found a supportive community through participation in groups like NAMI and AA; this allowed her to connect with a sponsor and reduce her substance use. She was able to follow a personalized budget and pay for her living expenses independently. Kristen worked with a vocational coach to find a part-time job and began giving back by volunteering at a local food bank. By acknowledging her personal strengths and weaknesses, Kristen was able to independently, positively, and successfully live her life amid her disability.