Noelle Rodriguez. Psy.D, is one of our primary therapists at our Outpatient program. She is truly an incredible woman who carries the essence of recovery and compassion in her bones. I have often said that if I were a troubled teen, Noelle would be my mentor. She truly cares about those she works with and does it with a divine mix of tough love and compassion—maintaining those boundaries a struggling teen so desperately needs. Noelle is a wonderful example of someone who has dedicated her life to service. She persistently gives back that which has been given to her—tenfold—always leading by example with either service work or the need for self-care. Guided by her heart and operating with a high level of intellect, Dr. Rodriguez has quickly become and integral piece in the Visions family. We are beyond grateful to have her in our midst—both the kids and the staff benefit greatly from her influence.
Of course, the staff has some amazing things to say. Read on:
“My work wife is the bestest! Big smile, bigger heart, we are so lucky to work with her!” – Jesse Engdahl
“Noelle is one of the most relaxed and confident people I have met, the perfect combination for a therapist. I have found myself in her office numerous times, just to take in some of her “mom” energy. She is a source of great comfort for our students, who clearly gravitate toward her centered nature.” Joseph Rogers
“Noelle has quickly become an integral part of the Visions family. Noelle is always ready to help and support our clients and families at the drop of a hat. It is a pleasure to work side by side with Noelle.” – John Lieberman
“Dr. Rodriguez seamlessly joined our team and has added so much in a short period of time! We have known Noelle for years through shared recovery experiences, and have been amazed at her ability to take her knowledge from personal recovery and integrate it into treating our dual-diagnosis clients. Her education and past experiences have more than prepared her for our most interesting cases. Noelle’s compassion and love for what she does shines through on a daily basis. She connects with the clients and provides a guide for the family in its entirety. We are so happy to have her onboard!” – Chris and Amanda Shumow
Let’s not forget those quirky queries we love to ask! Read on for Noelle’s interesting answers:
1: What inspired you to become a clinical psychologist?
My mom, she was a therapist, she believed in me. My therapist was a huge influence as well.
2: Are you a morning or night person?
Love to get up early before anyone else and walk on the beach. Problem is I love to stay up late and watch old movies…eeek!
3: Do you prefer the heat of the summer, the chill of winter, the breeze of spring, or the scent of fall?
Winter, spring is my favorite time. Love to bundle up and take walks, love to see the earth waking up in spring.
4. What’s your favorite book?
I’ve been reading psych books for so long I don’t remember any more! I’ll get back to you on that one.
5: What literary character do you identify with the most?
Huckleberry Finn…troubled, wise, kind, funny, loving, misunderstood.
6: If you could time travel, where would you go and why?
To go see my kids, one is at Loyola in Chicago, the other one is at Humboldt State, they’re my heart and soul.
7: What’s your guilty pleasure?
Eating in bed late at night with my sweetie.
8: How do you incorporate self-care into your busy schedule?
I really do like to exercise, just don’t always have the time…even if its in my care I take time to breathe.
9: Favorite place to eat in Los Angeles?
My sister’s, amazing cook…lots of laughter always.
10: Why do you choose to work for Visions?
Love the family atmosphere, my co-workers are amazing people, supportive kind, funny, loving I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I appreciate the Shumows’ work in the community and how it sets an intentional culture within the workplace.