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Our Vision and Mission
Our vision is to create communities where root causes are the starting point for understanding health and behavior.
Origins’ mission is to support the development of leaders in their journey to build more resilient organizations and communities through the integration of a trauma-informed approach.
Andi Fetzner, PsyD
Andi lives by the mantra, “you don’t have to be a therapist to be therapeutic.”
Working in social service for 15 years prior to founding Origins with Lori, Andi frequently was frustrated with the lack of coordination between clients and the various systems serving them. It seemed that the focus was on symptoms and not the underlying cause of the problems. When she learned about the ACEs framework and trauma-informed approach, a lightbulb went off. This was how she could support people through the process of resolving those pain points in helping support clients and their families heal.
She then shifted her focus and began training across sectors to amplify this approach to care. She draws from her personal experience and her professional education to encourage empowerment and equity. Andi has served a variety of populations including children with special needs, at-hope youth, adults with special vocational training needs, and youth and families. Since moving to California in 2016, she has served both youth in schools all over LA County as well as victims of the Malibu fires. Her current role of Trauma Informed Care Coordinator at Eisner Health in Los Angeles, focuses on the integration of this approach within a community healthcare clinic.
Outside of her work, Andi spends her time doing yoga, enjoying good food, and taking hiking adventures. She lives in Los Angeles with her two dogs, Brutus and Princess.
If you’re interested in training with Andi, contact her at andi.fetzner@originstraining org or 818-473-9797.
Lori Chelius MBA/MPH
Lori is driven by a desire to create sustainable change.
Prior to founding Origins with Andi, she spent 15 years pursuing this desire in a number of roles in healthcare and public health, including strategic planning, business development, project management, market research, and needs assessment. During that time, Lori saw opportunity after opportunity to address issues upstream and understand the root causes, not just the symptoms. When Lori met Andi, a fellow champion of a trauma-informed approach, she realized they could team up to help organizations build strong foundations based on solid values, build resilience, and provide even better care for the people they serve. And so, Origins was born.
Lori has a BA in psychology (with a concentration in neuroscience) from Williams College and an MBA and MPH from UC Berkeley. She lives in California with her wife, three kids, and their dog, Oliver. She also coaches youth soccer (and still attempts to play it).
If you’re interested in consulting with Lori, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-341-3361.
Values are central to the culture of any organization, including ours. The values we define affect the solutions we design. With that in mind, all Origins training courses and consulting packages are inspired by these core values.
Relationships can be a source of trauma and a solution. Strong relationships built on inclusivity, collaboration, and teamwork help us build resilience and improve experiences and outcomes. Even when conflict arises, focusing on the relationship allows us to learn, repair, and heal.
Equity is essential.
Many of our systems and institutions have excluded or marginalized groups of people. We acknowledge this and take concrete steps to build tables where everyone is welcome, all voices are heard, and all solutions account for injustice.
The people facing a problem hold the solution.
Human-centered design philosophy reminds us that the most effective solutions to a challenge are developed in collaboration with the people who face and understand that challenge best. It starts with building deep empathy and ends with creating solutions that are tailored to their specific needs.
You own the solution. We’re here for guidance.
You’re the expert in yourself and your setting. We’re the experts in trauma-informed care. Together, we make one mighty team. While we provide coaching, tools, and support, only you and the people experiencing the challenge can develop the best solution. Trust yourself. You’ve got this, and we’re here to back you up.
It starts with you.
Building resilience starts with having the courage to look inward and be honest about our own challenges. With self-awareness, self-care, and authenticity, we must each get ourselves in order before helping others.
All of our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings are shaped by past experiences. In other words, we adapt based on what we’ve gone through or are currently going through. Behaviors are symptoms, and over time, symptoms can become habits.
Building resilience and improving relationships require each of us to understand and take responsibility for how our behavior affects the people around us. Setting limits and creating structure helps create safety for everyone.
Get started, and make mistakes.
There is no blueprint for taking a trauma-informed approach. Innovation and change require the courage to get out of the starting gate, take risks, make mistakes, and learn from them. This is a process, and the best time to begin it is now.
Want to learn the basics about ACEs and a trauma-informed approach? Know what they are, but not sure what to do next? We’re here for you. Schedule a FREE 30 minute consultation call to learn how our coaching, tools, and guidance can support you on your journey.