Cassie Kasowski is the founder and CEO of , Beth’s Place an outpatient addiction and mental health treatment center. Kasowski talks with Ladyboss about the importance of showing up, the importance of patient-centered care, and how she stays grounded through it all.
How did you get involved in your work?
I became devoted to behavioral health after seeking treatment for my mother, who suffered from alcoholism. I felt pulled toward this field, and from the very beginning my goal was to open a private practice. I wanted a clinic that was devoted to patient-centered care.
The work you do is deeply personal. What helps you to keep going on the hard days in particular?
It’s important not to personalize the clients. I always stress to my team the power of continued education, research, and getting involved with the community in which we serve. In order to succeed in this field, one has to be committed to being a lifelong learner.
What is patient-centered care, and why is that your focus?
Patient-centered care, by definition, is “treating a person receiving health care with dignity and respect and involving them in all decisions about their health.” Patient-centered care is the focal point of Beth’s Place, as we strive to empower our clients through their own views, experiences, and overall health outlook. My team is exceptionally compassionate and considers each individual’s unique needs when making clinical decisions.
What is your favorite form of self-care?
Fitness plays a huge role in my overall well-being. My go-to self-care routine is running, but I have an injury that doesn’t always allow me to run, so I’ve started training with Emma (Energy by Emma), and also on the Peloton. It’s important for me to listen to my body and engage in whatever fitness activity sounds fun for the day. I don’t think of exercise as a chore. I choose to think of it as a privilege (because it is!) to be able to strengthen my body and live a healthier lifestyle.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve heard recently?
“Healing means feeling, and that’s always going to be worth the fight.” When I’m feeling clinically stuck or exhausted from work, the first person I go to for advice is clinical supervisor Leanne Lafrance. She expressed that statement the other day and it really resonated with me, personally and professionally.
How can women better support each other through issues like addiction and mental health crises?
The meaning of support is subjective to each person, but one consistent piece of feedback I’ve received from women throughout the years is to just show up. Hearing this has taught me the value of showing up without any questions and without expecting anything in return. When women listen to each other and offer their unconditional support, healing happens.