Caitlin grew up with a loving and supportive family but experienced hardships during her childhood. At 21, with the help of her support network she sought help for her depression and anxiety. She started therapy; determined to receive help without medication. Over the years she started making healthier choices and developed ways to manage her anxiety. She recognizes that there is no "cure" for her anxiety and depression but feels she is a living example that mental health experiences do not have to dictate who you become.
In her early twenties, Caitlin began working for nonprofits as a conscious step towards personal healing. She believes that it is important to give back to her community and feels happiest when serving other people. Caitlin started working with youth in foster care and helped many young people find their long-lost loved ones through Family Finding. In addition to her work with Family Finding, Caitlin directed a Eugene-based mentor program that served transition-age foster youth. Caitlin started working with YMO in July of 2014; wishing to expand her work with youth in various systems of care and provide peer support to young adults.
In her free time Caitlin enjoys; reading, yoga, art, writing, being outdoors, and cooking healthy meals. She finds that these activities not only bring her joy but also help her to remain centered.