Self-Care in Times of Stress

Self-Care in Times of Stress

Season 1, Episode 6

Host(s): Dr. Larry Force, Andrew O’Grady, Elisa Gwilliam

Guest(s): Kathryn Sajdak: psychotherapist, recovery meditation specialist

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team is joined by psychotherapist and recovery meditation specialist Kathryn Sajdak, LCSW-R to highlight the importance of self-care, wellness and mindfulness practices. From simple daily routines to long-term lifestyle changes, the speakers discuss the power of self-care to achieve successful recovery and overall well-being.

Topics Discussed

  • Daily self-care and mindfulness practices
  • Incorporation of technology into therapeutic practices
  • Working definition of mindfulness
  • Evolution of recovery methods during COVID-19
  • Power of meditation
  • Importance of community in recovery


Key Quote(s)

  • “Do one thing every day that reinforces your values… one thing that helps someone else…and one thing that reinforces your optimism for the future.” – Kathryn Sajdak
  • “There are far too many people in long term recovery that nobody knows about, and I think if [people] were less anonymous, it might be a beacon of light to those who are struggling.” – Andrew O’Grady
  • “Mindfulness is paying attention to ‘what is’ with openness and curiosity, and a willingness to be with ‘what is.’” – Kathryn Sajdak
  • “The hospital of the future is embedded in the community.” – Dr. Larry Force


INTERSECTIONS is an innovative, peer delivered, modular self-care program developed by the National Organization of Adult Addictions and Recovery (NOAAR) and Mental Health America of Dutchess County.

Addiction, chronic illness, and mental health are dimensions in our lives that isolate us. They isolate us from ourselves, from others, and from our spirit. INTERSECTIONS helps us connect and reconnect to reach our full potential.

INTERSECTIONS promotes the reduction of reoccurrence, improved maintenance of recovery plans, and success within family systems and the community.

Modules include:

  • Orientation
  • Meditation
  • Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Mindfulness
  • Personal Visions and Goals
  • Spirituality

INTERSECTIONS is based on a theoretical orientation called The Theory of Dimensionality and is rooted in a Practice-Based Intervention, Dimensional Solution Based Treatment (DSBT).

“We cannot fix you because you are not broken … everybody has stuff. We are all in Recovery from something.”

About MHA Dutchess County

Mental Health America of Dutchess County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure nobody gets left behind in our community due to lack of mental health services. Our staff and volunteers work day and night to:

  • Strengthen families
  • Overcome fear
  • Help people dealing with anxiety
  • Link individuals to the supports they need
  • Provide safe spaces to heal
  • Break down stigma
  • …and much, much more.