The Voice of the Listener

The Voice of the Listener

Holiday Edition 2020, Week 3

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

Guest(s): Vance Larson: life coach, crisis counselor

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team is joined by Vance Larson, a life coach and crisis counselor based in Virginia. A close friend of Dr. Force, Larson describes his journey into the mental health and life coaching field and how his background has shaped his outlook on life.

Topics Discussed

  • Lance’s HIV crisis work
  • Importance of case management for addiction treatment
  • Producing peace in life
  • Concept of ‘non-negotiables’ in life and self care
  • Different models of recovery
  • Lance’s personal recovery and mindfulness journey


Key Quote(s)

  • “Recovery is a path that is not one of isolation.” – Dr. Larry Force
  • “There’s something inside of you worth fighting for, and maybe you don’t see that but we can get there together.” – Vance Larson
  • “I’m not in the ‘saving’ business, I’m here to make human connections.” – Vance Larson
  • “In the mental health field, we’re learning how to do things differently so that love is on the forefront. You have to have that.” – Andrew O’Grady


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.