Q&A with Christine Pappas, MA, PsyD, CEDS

Title: Director of Outpatient Services

Facility: Foundations San Francisco

Hometown: San Rafael, California

What makes you passionate about treatment?
Holistic approach, treating the client as a whole — mind, body and spirit.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?
The many different hats I wear and working with amazing and passionate people.

What would you say to families going through the process of treatment with a loved one?
Recovery is a process, and it takes the entire family to heal.

What’s your daily routine?
There is no routine, as every day is different.

What do you do to stay energized during the day?
Witnessing clients heal keeps me going.

What are your hobbies outside of work?
I love to hike, cook and take road trips.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

What’s your favorite thing about the city you live in?
The natural beauty and good food.

What life accomplishment are you most proud of?
Earning my doctorate.

If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only take three books, what would you choose?
The Alchemist; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Running With the Wolves

How do you know when someone is “getting it” in the treatment process?
Look for the “aha” moments.

What advice do you have for people who are entering treatment today?
That recovery is a priority and can be very challenging as well as humbling.

What advice do you have for people who are struggling to maintain their recovery?
Stay focused on your path.

How have you been inspired by people in recovery?
It takes great courage and surrender to look at all of our many parts, especially the challenging parts.

Favorite quote or best advice you’ve ever received?
“And so it is.”