Meet Kerry. Kerry Peterson is another one of our interns here at LIV and is working toward her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. She also has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the field of Education. Kerry grew up in Cheyenne and in her personal time enjoys hiking and biking local trails, attending music events, and traveling. She strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for those she serves.
Q: What’s your favorite family recipe? Will you share?
K: One of my favorite family recipes is poblano chicken, and yes, I would share. I’m excited to grow poblano peppers in my garden this year and try new recipes.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
K: My favorite things to do in my spare time are often connected to the season. In the summer I enjoy camping and rafting, in the spring I look forward to mountain biking, I often read more in the winter months, and in the fall, I like trying new soup and bread recipes.
Q: Favorite thing to do for self-care?
K: My best self-care move is to prioritize getting eight hours of sleep each night.
Q: What advice would you give to someone struggling with the pandemic, mental health, or basic needs?
K: My advice for someone struggling with the uncomfortable realities of the pandemic are to think creatively about how to meet needs and to also savor the good moments. Taking an extra moment to appreciate when something goes well and feels good can go a long way in fostering feelings of wellbeing and satisfaction.
Q: Since you’ve worked in the school system, what advice would you give younger kids/teens who may be struggling with feeling isolated?
K: Making time to think about what you appreciate and admire about your friends supports feelings of connectedness and belonging. I encourage students to reach out to friends in inventive ways. For instance, sending a group of friends a text with a question to answer that helps everyone stay connected and get to know one another, like, “If you could have your mom and dad make your favorite meal this weekend, what would it be?” Or, maybe send a letter in the mail sharing a few of your favorite things about your friend.
Q: What is LIV to you?
K: LIV has been a place for me to learn and grow. I am so impressed by the client-first stance of everyone at LIV and have learned so much about best practices with coordinating services and supporting members across our community. I am grateful to be part of this team!
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