Testimonials

“Chrissie’s energy, her humor, her openness, honesty and resilience have helped her not only in her own recovery, but in building relationships with clients and staff at the hospital. She has a way of being so purely herself that she can both support and address a client's struggles with rituals or anxiety related to OCD. She has been able to help me as a treatment provider both in providing education and awareness as well as supporting a client in decreasing a ritual from three hours multiple times per day to 10 minutes three times a day (and continuing to decrease the time OCD is controlling the client's life!). Her focus at all times is decreasing stigma, raising awareness and educating and supporting everyone around her about OCD. She is truly an asset to the staff and clients at the hospital. It's an honor to work by her side doing this challenging work.” –Jamie Swegarden, LSW, Trauma-Informed Care, Institute at Ft. Logan, Denver, CO

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“Peer support with Chrissie helped me learn recovery is not something you "complete", it's something you actively engage in for the rest of your life.  I was very discouraged by the fact that my OCD would never be completely gone.  My attitude was "Why bother with treatment if I'm probably just going to relapse anyway?"  It was helpful and refreshing to hear realistically from Chrissie the "dark and dirty" sides of moving toward recovery: how awful and hard treatment can be, how even if you have your symptoms under control, you still have to deal with and unravel the years and years of personal stigma, how bad days still happen and sometimes the OCD/mental illness bully wins.  It was nice to know that even though the recovery road can be bumpy and full of potholes, you can still move forward. Chrissie showed me that even though my OCD may never be completely gone, it doesn't have to run my life.  Talking through personal stigma with Chrissie was immensely helpful.  Talking to someone who gets it and who has been through it was essential because someone without lived experience can be sympathetic, but can't really be that helpful.” –Katherine Frame, Denver, CO

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‘Chrissie exudes passion for all things mental health.  She came to BHI with a wealth of knowledge and experience with OCD treatment and advocacy and took the opportunity to further develop her skills and push herself to help individuals with other lived mental health experience. Chrissie is well versed in many aspects of recovery, intentional peer support, and the spectrum of behavioral healthcare options. She is engaging and motivates others to be their best selves.  Chrissie’s recovery story has impacted her colleagues, our members, and the agency as a whole as she shows us what it means to live both successfully and fluidly in recovery.’ –Ginny Meredith, MA, LPC, Utilization Review Manager, Behavior Healthcare Inc., Colorado

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“Chrissie is a tireless advocate for people with chronic, severe, and very challenging mental illnesses. Chrissie has performed her unique role of Peer Specialist with a high degree of professionalism, empathy and advocacy for the clients with whom she works and has worked. Chrissie has advocated for clients, in a sometimes seemingly intractable setting; with composure, a sense of humor and an approach that exudes a deep understanding, confidence, hope and an informed perspective. The work that Chrissie and I have had the opportunity to do together, with some very difficult and challenging cases, has given me and our clients a new and unique, person-centered, strength-based approach to their care. Chrissie has brought her individual experience and perspective to a very needy population of clients that would otherwise void of her valuable awareness and experience. Chrissie is a fabulous asset to the clients and systems with whom we work. She brings a vibrancy, hope, and positive approach that aids in the care and growth of our clientele. Chrissie also brings an awareness of mental illness and its stigma to our setting. She diligently works to heighten colleagues’ knowledge of mental illness and to reduce those associated stigmas.” –Lawrence R. Marsh, LCSW, State Institute of Ft. Logan, Colorado

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“Chrissie is easily one of the most passionate advocates I’ve ever met. She’s completely dedicated her life, professional and personal, to creating a stigma-free society, to educate the uneducated, and to give hope and promise to those suffering.  From her self-financed and self-produced radio show on mental health, to her multiple contributions to not only the IOCDF but the mental health community in Denver, Chrissie is the perfect example of a game changer.” –Ethan Smith, National Spokesperson, International OCD Foundation

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“Chrissie Hodges and I have been working together for two years in advocacy work. She is a light that shines when making a difference in the advocacy world! She is honest and real and truly cares for those struggling with mental health. I'm particularly grateful for her discussions and honesty with helping reduce the sigma of OCD and substance abuse disorder. I'm honored to work with her.”-Margaret Sisson, Executive Director of Riley’s Wish.

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“I think I fully realized Chrissie’s passion for her work when she went and spent time with her peers at Ft. Logan on Christmas day. Her deep commitment to her work is an inspiration to her fellow coworkers. She brings an energy to work that lifts up the people that surround her. She is a true leader in the cause of the movement.”-Jody Gamel, Peer Bridger Supervisor, Behavioral Healthcare Inc.

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“In working with Chrissie on a variety of mental health advocacy projects, I've been consistently impressed by her professionalism, her passion, and her ability to put people at ease. She is a driving force, and I hope I get to continue working with her for a long time. She's an asset to the mental health community.” –Kat Atwell, Denver, CO

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”The peer support Chrissie provides empowers me in so many ways that I find it difficult to narrow down her commitment and labor to only a few sentences. She is always available, understanding, and impartial. She genuinely listens when I need to be heard. She speaks vital truths and will say difficult things others may not be brave enough to articulate, especially when I have been in crisis. She does this with love and grace. From the beginning, Chrissie has imparted the kind of acceptance we all desire in a friend and companion, and I am forever indebted to her for her continued support and wildly entertaining friendship. She makes me want to be a better advocate and a more authentic person. I’m better for knowing her.” Angie Alexander, OCD Advocate, Tennessee