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Career Growth Stories

Growth from Within 

At Evolve, we value the growth and development of our entire team, which is why we offer continued education, professional trainings, and other opportunities for learning and enrichment. We know that when our team gains knowledge and experience, our client’s benefit, and we grow stronger as a result.  

We encourage and support opportunities for advancement. You don’t have to look very far to find proof of our commitment to this practice: several members of our leadership team began their journey with us as associates completing hours for their license. They worked their way up to therapists, supervisors, and directors.  

We’re committed to working with employees to enhance their professional skills and achieve their career goals. Whether that means strengthening your clinical skills and growing as a clinician, or homing in on a career path in operations, admissions, community outreach, or marketing. Below, we feature some of the staff members who have grown with Evolve. Their stories inspire us to grow, learn, and evolve – every day. 

“Working for Evolve is easily the most fulfilling work I’ve done. Being able to play even a small role in improving the lives of our youth is an amazing feeling. Along the way, I’ve strengthened my problem-solving, communication, and DBT skills. My supervisors have a great deal of valuable knowledge to offer and do so freely. The company loves growing people from within, and it shows. By acknowledging and rewarding the hard work I’ve put into the job, Evolve helped nurture my career. I’m excited to continue to grow with Evolve and see how big an impact we can make together.”
- Jesse Medina
Residential Counselor > Outreach Specialist
“When I was asked to step up as an interim facility manager during the pandemic, it was an honor. I’m passionate about the work we do and was grateful for the platform to showcase my administrative skills. I learned so much from the clinicians around me, and felt very supported by my team and the supervisors who reached out and acknowledged my efforts. Now, in Admissions, I absolutely love what I do! My team is filled with talented and caring individuals who support one another and work diligently to get families the help they need. Evolve has taught me to be a leader, a team player, and has given me a strong foundation and knowledge base that I’m thankful for every day.”
- Delilah Mitwasi
Residential Counselor > Interim Facility Manager > Intake Coordinator > Admissions Coordinator
“Working as a counselor was a great way for me to dip my toes into the clinical field. When I realized the clinician route was no longer the path I wanted to take, I completed a certificate program in marketing and joined our Outreach team. Outreach was a great opportunity for me to combine my passion for mental health with my new career path. Now, as Marketing Project Manager, I appreciate the chance to work with the different aspects of our company to ensure we promote a clinically strong, ethical program that provides great care to our teens. When interacting with the community, my direct experience working with our clients helps me accurately and genuinely portray the important therapeutic work Evolve does. I am proud to be part of a company that invests so much not only in its clients, but also in its employees.”
- Kara Gross
Residential Counselor > Outreach Representative > Marketing Project Manager > Marketing Operations Manager
“Evolve often shares the slogan "DBT is in our DNA", and I could not agree more. I started with Evolve as I was applying to graduate school and I’ve stayed with the company because of our shared deep desire to continuously improve our clinical work. Alyson Orcena, our now Executive Clinical Director, has been a large part of my DBT journey. She has provided mentorship and shown me how to be an advocate for our clients and our staff. As I’ve moved through different roles, I have continued to believe that we support our clients in creating a life worth living. In my current role as the Clinical Program Director for DBT Comprehensive programs, I feel honored to oversee four DBT Therapists as well as DBT Skills Coaches. My goal is to support the members on my team the same way I have felt supported by leadership at Evolve. I am very grateful to be part of an organization that not only focuses on the growth in our clients, but also growth and advancement opportunity for our staff.”
- Shira Rebibo, MA LMFT
Residential Counselor > Lead Residential Counselor > DBT Primary Therapist > Therapist Trainer > DBT Clinical Program Director
“As one of Evolve’s first employees, I feel privileged to have grown along with the company. There’s an abundance of opportunity for growth here for those who want it. Working for an ethical treatment center with a high-quality, skilled clinical team is a privilege. As Director of Admissions, I feel lucky to have so many opportunities to help families navigate the stressful and emotional process of finding their child the treatment they need.”
- Megan Johnston, LMFT
Residential Counselor / Academic Coordinator > Primary Therapist > Admissions Clinician > Director of Admissions
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“With every promotion I receive, I bring a set of well-developed skills into my new role. If it weren’t for my continuous advancement and the experience I gained in my previous positions, I’m sure I wouldn’t be as successful as I am in my current role as Executive Growth Director. Having worn so many hats at Evolve, I can genuinely tell staff that I train, hire, or supervise that I’ve been in their shoes. I know the ups and downs, and I’ve learned a lot over the years to help me problem-solve. This experience enables me to be a more effective supervisor. Evolve is the first organization I’ve worked for where there is genuine opportunity for growth from within. I love our supportive managers and supervisors, and love the fact that we’re all on the same team. When your supervisor mentors you successfully and helps you develop your skill and natural talent, paths for growth will come your way.”
- Kelsey Schaefer, MS, LMFT
Residential Counselor > Primary Therapist > Program Director > Director of Residential Programs > Executive Growth Director

Employee Career Growth Stories

At Evolve, we value the growth and development of our entire team, which is why we offer continued education, professional trainings, and other opportunities for learning and enrichment.