Tanya is Orri’s Admissions Assistant and joined the team in 2021. She’s already made a huge impact on our clients.
How long have you worked for Orri and what were you doing before?
I have been working for Orri since January 2021 – a wonderful start to the new year! So far, I have sadly only visited Orri in person twice due to the most recent lockdown. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone in person again soon and I’m appreciative that I’ve felt the welcome presence of Orri even behind a screen.
Before joining Orri, I was working part time with a charity tackling homelessness and studying for my Master’s in Clinical Neuroscience. I’m grateful to have been able to go through these experiences because I’ve been able to use the skills gained during my role at Orri – which have been extremely helpful!
What’s a typical day in the life of an Admissions Assistant?
Being the first point of contact for individuals seeking advice or treatment for eating difficulties! The responsibility and weight of accountability I felt, and still feel, is very real. I have the pleasure of speaking to people from all walks of life, and no two conversations are the same. I also see clients throughout their treatment programme, and work with the clinical director to ensure all is well!
I work behind the scenes, alongside Ivana, our wonderful admissions manager, to ensure that every client is taken through the process of being admitted to our service smoothly and is able to start their road to recovery with the reassurance and information that they need.
It’s a busy role – but working for a great cause makes all the difference!
What is your favourite thing about working for Orri?
My favourite thing about working for Orri is having a supportive team. I feel confident in approaching those I work with to speak about any worries or concerns I have. To know that I am part of an encouraging community means I can carry out my job effectively.
It’s also really wonderful watching clients reach milestones in their recovery. I get to learn a lot from their experiences as they go through this journey, which is a huge privilege.
What’s your favourite inspirational quote?
This changes all the time! But here is one that I felt deeply from a book called ‘Colours of Madness: An exploration of BAME mental health in the UK’:
“Being vulnerable is revolutionary. It is deeply humanising. And saying we are hurting is also often giving ourselves permission to start to centre our psychological needs. To turn inwards. But, only momentarily; to better turn outwards and organise.”
- Guilaine Kinouani, Race Reflections Award nominated writer and blogger. Feminist, therapist, and radical psychologist.
Outside of work, what do you do for your own mental wellbeing?
I love coffee, long walks and nature. I have a list on my phone of different walking routes I try out on the weekend if the weather is good, and it’s surprising how many great ones there are in London! My brain sometimes only sees London as a busy city, nowhere to experience a bit of peace – but that’s not always the case!
I also love spending time with my friends, travelling, casual photography, writing and listening to music. All the good things in life!
If you could say one thing to someone struggling, what would it be?
I would say that it’s important to remember that there really is a spectrum of experiences that every individual goes through. If you think you don’t quite ‘fit’ a description of label, that doesn’t mean your struggles are invalid. They are real and they deserve attention.