At Feinberg Consulting, it’s important to us that you have the opportunity to learn more about the faces behind our company. This February, we’d like you to meet our employee spotlight: Clinical Manager, Stacy Wetters.
How long have you been with Feinberg Consulting and what do you enjoy most about working here?
I started with Feinberg Consulting, Inc. at the end of January 2022. I most enjoy the closeness of the team members and how welcoming everyone has been since I started. It is also amazing to see the incredible impact that Feinberg has on the people we work with.
What inspired you to start in this career field and what do you enjoy most about it?
I fell into this field by pure accident after finding that engineering was not the right fit for me. I am most motivated by seeing people whose lives have been completely transformed by a correct diagnosis and successful medication and treatment regimen- to go from living a life of stress and chaos to that of independence and fulfillment.
Where did you attend school and what did you study? What certifications (if applicable) have you acquired?
I received my BA in Sociology from the University of Dayton, OH; my MSW from Wayne State University and I am currently pursuing an MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. I am licensed as an LMSW in Michigan and an LCSW in New York. I am also a Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator. This past January, I started in the OCC Reserve Police Academy and, by May 2022, I will be a reserve sheriff deputy for Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.
If in recovery, what would you like to share with others?
I am not in recovery myself, however, I have had several close friends who have struggled with serious substance abuse addictions. One was lost to suicide and another to homicide. I understand, firsthand, that addiction is a life and death crisis and I hope that my work in this field honors my friends that were not able to overcome theirs.
What are some important lessons that you have learned over the years?
Life lessons I have learned include:
1) Focusing too much on the past creates depression; focusing too much on the future creates anxiety. The key to mental wellness is living in the present.
2) Choose kindness- you will rarely regret it. It takes no greater effort to be nice to someone than it does to be nasty to them.
3) Integrity counts. The right decision in life is usually the harder one but you should take it anyway because you’ll feel better about yourself after you’ve done it.
What is your personal philosophy or mantra that inspires you the most?
“Everything happens for a reason.” It reinforces the importance of adaptability and acceptance. We cannot always control our outcomes in life. However, we can always control how we react to them. There is value in identifying positive attributes in even the most seemingly negative circumstances.
What are 5 words that best describe yourself?
I would say laid-back, straightforward, witty, logical, and non-judgmental.
Do you have any pets? If so, how many/what are their names?
I have a special needs tuxedo cat named Poo and a Greek Tortoise named Ignatius.
When you are not working, how do you enjoy spending your time?
I am very involved with soccer- I play it and have also been a long-time supporter of Detroit City FC. I play trumpet in a community wind ensemble that I have been part of for about 15yrs. I like to spend time with family and friends. I travel back to NYC to visit my sister (I just returned to MI in Aug 2021 after living in Brooklyn, NY for 2yrs) or my son who is stationed in Norfolk, VA with the US Navy whenever I conveniently can.
What do you do for your own self-care?
When I have a bit of downtime, I enjoy relaxing with my cat and watching a good movie or binge series.
What is your favorite book or one that has had a significant influence on your life?
My favorite book has actually always been One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. I have read the book about once a year for the last 15 years or so. Having worked much of my career in the psychiatric hospital environment with severely mentally ill patients, I believe it gives a hauntingly accurate perspective of life with mental illness and the very real struggles that people who have them face.
What are you most looking forward to in the future?
I would have to say that I am most looking forward to the end of my Reserve Police Academy in April. It has been a bit stressful and overwhelming at times, but I know I will be extremely proud of myself at graduation.