Public employee therapists use talents to aid patients with recovery

Posted Jul. 12, 2022 by

For OCSEA members Katy Sherman and Laura Clevenger, mental health care is always on their minds, every day, in everything they do. As public employee adjunctive therapists at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Hospital in Columbus, Katy, Laura and their mental health therapist team use their skills in arts and recreation to better the lives of those for which they care. Read their stories of public service and more in the latest edition of the OCSEA magazine at

As public employees with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS), Katy and Laura are highly-skilled professionals who have dedicated their careers to artistic healing. Using their specialized artistic fields and therapeutic and psychological expertise, they are able to offer a refuge that, when combined with traditional therapies, provides avenues of healing for patients at the public facility.

“Mental health is important for every one of us. It is so important that we shatter the stigma surrounding mental illness and recognize that mental illness does not discriminate,” said Katy. She wants Ohioans to know that public employees are impacting our communities even where they can’t see it.

“Working in mental health aligns with my long-standing beliefs that mental health care is critical to society. I’m not only thinking of those with diagnosable illnesses but of people who are getting by but could live happier, more satisfying lives. Public service allows me to contribute to the good of the community while enjoying the benefits of my work,” said Laura.