My name is Maria Kavouras and I work for People USA as the director of Orange and Putnam Counties. We have several programs in these two counties which include supported housing, a mobile outreach treatment team, a warm line, and our rose houses. The rose houses are a home like alternative to hospitalization. Our organization is 100 percent peer ran from the CEO down. As for me I have a Bachelors in psychology and my Master's in performance psychology.
I have worked in the mental health field for several years now. I have worked in a clinical setting, a residential setting, and peer settings. I have to say that my time and work with People USA has been the most fulfilling. I have also served 5 years in the United States Marine corps. Throughout my work and professional history, I have experienced my own trials and tribulations that I have overcame and enjoy sharing the power that recovery is possible with other people.
I became a Certified Personal Medicine Coach because I want to be able to empower people to make their own changes in their recovery, show them that anything is possible, and that recovery is not a one approach works for all. I love to encourage people to be able to make decisions on their own recovery.