Monte Nido Rain Rock Lead Therapist Grace Kuo, MA, LMFTi utilizes her experience and clinical approaches in individual therapy, CBT/DBT group and Food and Feelings to work alongside clients towards recovery. In this week’s post, Grace shares some of her personal journey to joining Monte Nido and just what makes the Rain Rock team so special. Learn more about Grace and Monte Nido Rain Rock by reading her soulful journey…
What is your name and what are your credentials?
Grace Kuo, M.A., Registered MFT intern in CA and OR. I’m the Lead Therapist at RainRock.
Please give us a brief description of your background and what led you to Monte Nido.
I’ve always been fascinated in relationships and how to incorporate that clinically. I also believe in family work and seeing how relationships can heal the individual. Prior to being a therapist I was a personal trainer and got to work with women on how to feel strong in their bodies, which led to my interest in eating disorders and working on the deeper issues. In my work as a trainer, I also saw the distortions around food and weight. As a former collegiate athlete, I wanted to take my experiences and work with other athletes that may struggle with an eating disorder.
What does a typical day look like for you at Monte Nido?
A typical day for me can change. On some days I will have supervision, do sessions, have a recovery coach meeting, sit for a meal, then do group. On other days, I may go on a lunch outing with clients. I like that things at the residential level can change any minute and that we all work together as a team.
In your own words, please describe the philosophy of Monte Nido.
I believe that Monte Nido values person first. We see individuals as a human, and I think that has been a valuable part of my work with clients as well as my work as a clinician. Often times, clients see their identity in their eating disorder so helping them find their healthy voice to identify their soul self has been a beautiful thing to see.
How does your team work together? How do your roles overlap and differ?
I love this team. I think our roles overlap in the way we step in when needed and that we value each other with what each person brings to the table. I see how the four principles apply to our culture here to show up, be present, tell the truth without judgment, and don’t be attached to the results. I know I can trust each person who comes in and also provide different perspectives that we can collaborate together on.
Share a special moment/experience you had at Monte Nido.
A special moment I experience at Monte Nido is always graduations. It’s sacred in the way it honors the work as well as the relationships built. Sometimes it’s exciting, sometimes it’s sad, but I appreciate the moments that we can do this.
What is unique about Monte Nido?
I think the biggest thing is the belief in full recovery. I see it as something that provides a lot of hope and motivation, and better yet that clients can be curious about the type of recovery they want. It can be very empowering. I also appreciate the focus on relationships and how that heals the individual.
Share three facts about yourself.
I have an 8 month old Husky named Mochi, my parents came from Taiwan so I am fluent in mandarin and my brothers are 9 years apart but have the same birthday.