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Community Highlights: Meet Caleb Folkerts of Cornerstone Behavioral Health

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caleb Folkerts.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
2020 was a year of global traumatic stress. Cornerstone Behavioral Health is a solution to that shared suffering. The company was formed in March of 2020 as a foreseeing response to surmounting mental health needs challenging already-strained systems of care. The observable burnout that occurred among the vast majority of healthcare providers throughout the pandemic was palpable to the mental health professionals there at the start of Cornerstone Behavioral Health. Since the genesis of the pandemic, we have dedicated ourselves to supporting our clientele as well as our fellow frontline service providers (e.g., nurses, physicians, mental health providers). We are uniquely focused on treating compassion fatigue and burnout alongside professional resilience building among healthcare workers within and without the company. For healthcare to thrive, its workers must be treated as human beings in need of the same respect and compassion that is expected of them in treating clients or patients. We are all in this together.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The exciting thing about paradigm shifts is that they can raise the roof or pull the ground out from under you. Navigating the monthly/weekly/daily changes to healthcare provision in the COVID landscape, specifically telehealth service provision, was quite a challenge. Additionally, attending to the human need for flexibility from inception has necessitated supportive, effective communication at a time when fight-or-flight responses were universally at an all-time high. Work-life balance is no longer a cultural preference. In this day and age, it is cried for internationally. It has been a pleasure to face that challenge and pursue the optimal balance for those we work with in ultimate support of those we serve.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Hope starts here.  At Cornerstone Behavioral Health, our team of mental health professionals passionately provide telehealth services to the adult population throughout all of Ohio. Specializing in the treatment of post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety, we offer psychotherapy services through our compassionate counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. We are also proud to provide access to prescription medication through our knowledgeable nurse practitioners and physicians.

Cornerstone Behavioral Health’s mission is to create a better system of healing from the ground up. That means care and support for frontline healthcare providers, whether they are working alongside us in the provider role or utilizing our services as clients themselves.  We optimize the delivery of mental healthcare through continuous, data-driven innovation. We accomplish this by constantly developing our professional understanding and application of best practices in the field, including a focus on Certified Clinical Trauma Professional certification among the vast majority of our providers and the provision of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to our clientele. We further provide behavioral health telemedicine, allowing those we serve to enjoy the wonderful synergy between medication and psychotherapy from the comfort of their own home. We promote optimum mental, emotional, and physical health in our providers and clients.

As a telehealth-focused company, we are wherever you need us to be. If you suspect you have an untreated mental health issue, we are here to help. We believe in effective communication and fostering a safe, supportive environment for all. We are professional telehealth for the modern world.

What’s next?
Our goal is to be a global voice for trauma recovery. We plan to continue growing our professional network among community stakeholders to further strengthen resource pooling and information-sharing among fellow healthcare providers. The telehealth landscape is broadening, and that means an increase in opportunity and competition on an interstate and, likely, national level. We look forward to being a part of the solution that is increased access to quality healthcare.

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