Krys Oyler’s Avalon Story
My name is Krys Oyler and I have been a therapist for the last 12 years. I spent the first 12 years of my career in a residential setting seeing the immeasurable value and necessity of 24 hour care for many individuals struggling with severe emotional difficulties and addictions. I also spent time in part time private practice for the past seven years and found myself frequently confronted with "mild" eating disorder issues that turned out to be not so mild at all. I found myself struggling to find ways to help these individuals as they worked to overcome the significantly convoluted and myriad issues that they faced including body image, fear of food, distorted perceptions of themselves and others, etc. I remember saying to myself "these folks need a lot more than I can give them".
As I moved on in my career I can't really explain why I sought out Avalon. I was sitting in a parking lot of a restaurant in town after grabbing a quick bite for lunch. I was thinking about one of my patients who was struggling with an eating disorder and looked online and found Avalon here in the valley. I was very happy with my job at the time and with my private practice and felt like I was doing very well, but for some reason I found myself picking up my phone and calling Avalon for an interview. After two interviews I was shocked to realize that although I had felt very comfortable in my current circumstances I was ready to move into the eating disorder field. Something simply drew me there.
While it has been difficult to move on from my private practice and previous job I have come to see why I realized my patients just needed more then I could give them in private practice. I have now seen firsthand the trials and torture that go on throughout the day as individuals battle the demon called an eating disorder. I have also come to appreciate the angels that work with them here at Avalon. While it is certainly more demanding in many ways than anything I have ever done, so far the rewards have been well worth the sacrifice. I've also come to learn how Avalon's "treat to outcome" is truly a miraculous and necessary approach to this disorder. I hope that I can contribute in some small way to not only help patients who are striving to recover but also help move Avalon forward and help the field at large understand that the typical "treat until someone is weight restored and then discharge" is simply not good enough.
Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to work for your fantastic company!
- Krys Oyler, LCSW, Therapist