There are a number of things that draw clients to Alta Mira, from world-class care to individualized programming all the way to its setting on the picturesque San Francisco bay. But for Executive Director Ian Wolds, the first thing that called to him was the name. “The name Alta Mira,” he tells us,
speaks to the idea of people reaching to a higher vision or a higher view for themselves and their own lives, and that’s something that has always inspired me as a clinician… that ability to help people reach a deeper understanding, or higher understanding, of who they are and who they want to be, and to give them the comprehensive support and tools to work through the conditions and the issues they’re dealing with in order to achieve their goals.
It’s an admirable aspiration, one that Dr. Wolds has been pursuing since before graduate school, where he wrote his dissertation on spiritual growth in 12-step peer support groups. He’s spent the last decade working with clients who live with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, and it’s work that inspires and drives him.