Mental Wellness and Recovery: Pacifyr – The Virtual Connection

Mental Wellness and Recovery: Pacifyr – The Virtual Connection

Season 2, Episode 15

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


Vance Larson: case manager, life coach

Shibu Kizhakevilayil: Co-Founder and CEO of Pacifyr

John Joseph: Co-Founder of Pacifyr

Noel Mancini: Customer Success Manager at Pacifyr

Dave Brinkerhoff: president of the board of Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers (MARC) Foundation, NOAAR co-founder

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team is joined by Vance Larson, Shibu Kizhakevilayil, John Joseph, Noel Mancini, and Dave Brinkerhoff to discuss the app Pacifyr and the integration of technology in mental health treatment. Dr. Larry Force and Andrew O’Grady lead a fascinating and inclusive discussion about the tremendous potential for digital mental health tools like Pacifyr to positively impact people worldwide.

Topics Discussed

  • Evolution of digital mental health platforms as an intervention
  • Isolation and barriers to care during the pandemic
  • Overview of the Pacifyr app
  • Holistic approaches to mental and physical wellness
  • Changes in the mental health sector pre and post-COVID
  • Pacifyr’s global outreach in India and Canada


Key Quote(s)

  • “It’s really great for society as a whole to have access technologically to care and wellness through non-traditional means.” – Andrew O’Grady
  • “Whether people are in the school or college environment, or even employees in a corporate environment, they are worried about their peers or colleagues knowing what they are going through whereas this technology enables them to be anonymous and at the same time seek help instantaneously.” – Shibu Kizhakevilayil
  • “We see now during the pandemic there is an explosion of issues that are coming out and people are craving for a platform like ours.” – John Joseph
  • “A lot of people my age might have some sort of negative feeling but don’t know where it’s coming from, so a platform that has all of these options makes it much easier to narrow it down and figure out what’s going on.” – Noel Mancini


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.