Victoria is new to Orri, joining our powerhouse Dietetics team as Dietetics Associate. She shares more about her role so far in this blog.
Can you take a moment to introduce yourself?
My name is Victoria Haydn Taylor. I have recently joined the Orri team as a Dietetic Associate and identify as she/her.
When did you join and what were you doing before Orri?
I joined Orri at the beginning of October after working in the health and social care sector as a Wellbeing Coordinator. I worked in multiple supported living homes, setting up a wellbeing department for the company, where we aimed to mainly improve the Nutrition and palatability of food within the homes.
How would you describe your role to people outside Orri?
I would describe my role here as very much a bit of everything. I work under the dietitians where I do administrative-based tasks, whilst also helping the Eating Disorder Associates with meal and snack times. I also help the clients with practical things, like weekend planning.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy interacting with the clients the most and getting to know them as people. I enjoy hearing about what they do outside of Orri and making those small steps towards their long-term goals, whether it be university or work or simply just to recover. I love helping them with practical planning and seeing them challenging their eating disorder whilst planning their time away from Orri.
What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your role?
I think the most challenging aspect is witnessing clients battle with their thoughts every day. They put so much energy into their recovery every day and it can be hard to watch them have struggles and set-backs.
What do you feel is most unique about Orri?
I feel the most unique part of Orri is the holistic approach with the groups all having a theme in which the clients can bring their struggles to. Orri also has such a warm approach to their clients and treats everyone as an individual.
Outside of work, what do you do for your own mental wellbeing?
I enjoy going to the gym, listening to music and podcasts.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“You are valuable just because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are”. Max Lucado
Do you have a mental health hero?
Why did you decide to work in mental health?
After studying Psychology at university, I realised the importance of looking after our mental health just as much as our physical health to live a happy and fulfilling life.
If you had one piece of advice for a therapy-seeker, what would it be?
I think my advice would be that the first call will most likely be the hardest part of your treatment. Looking after your mental health will be the best decision you’ve ever made.
You’ll see Victoria feature in our Dietetics Q&A on Fridays, over on our Instagram. Remember, if you have any food recovery questions for our specialist dietetics team, submit them to us then. Alternatively, you can email email@example.com.