Theresa Picone believes that people aren’t their diagnosis.
This principle has been at heart of everything Theresa’s done in her career. Now she brings that belief to her work at Good Neighbor. “The labels bother me,” she shares. “It makes people think their identity is their illness.” Last year, she joined Good Neighbor as Director of Outpatient Services. Every day, she empowers our providers to help people create new ways of life. It’s a job that requires a special kind of person. Someone full of passion and drive. It only takes one conversation with her to realize that she’s the type of person who sees the good, and the potential, in everyone.
But she hadn’t always planned on working in mental health.
Theresa grew up in New England and studied at the University of Vermont—double majoring in business administration and economics. Shortly after college, she got a job doing administrative work at a mental health agency. She immediately fell in love.
Theresa went on to earn a Master’s in counseling and psychology from Norwich University. She also got certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and provided mental health services to Virginia Tech students and staff after the tragic 2007 shooting.
Throughout her career, Theresa has helped companies provide mental health services to their employees through employee assistance programs. Eventually, her work brought her to Virginia—where she noticed Good Neighbor.
“It felt more like a culture, not a company.”
There was an opening for a Director of Outpatient Services, and Theresa’s passion and experience in mental health administration made her the perfect fit.
Now she works every day to help Good Neighbor provide the best care possible for anyone looking to create a better way of life.
“I love my job,” she says. “It feels like home.”
When she’s not at work, Theresa loves to stay active. Indoor soccer, kickboxing, and running are only a few of her hobbies. She’s even a member of a local indoor soccer league. She keeps her mind active too. She’s rarely found without her kindle—reading the latest on her book list.
We’re thrilled that Theresa chooses to bring her passion and skill to Good Neighbor.