“Access is the most frustrating part of healthcare. I designed these membership courses to give all clients a comfortable tool to create change, rather than letting change create them. Clients have big goals - let’s fuel them.
Britten Devereux, Founder of Space Before Change
About Britten and Repair
Since I can remember, excellence has been a value that pushed me to the extremes. The habit of over-exerting myself had harmful consequences. To name a few: an exercise addiction by 14, an eating disorder at 15, abuse of licit and illicit substances. I replaced one drug for another repetitively for 10 years. The chronic stress in my schedule led to chronic illnesses: lyme disease, depression, addiction.
After about 6 months of living drug-free, I noticed that Repair is less about fixing and more about connecting. Less about the extremes and more about being present. I started to think more about making today a good day than making today a perfect day. Productivity was replaced with living. Not just surviving, truly living. Over time, I decided that rest and restoration are decisions I will make with my body, not for my body.
Repair: mindfulness and human connection to respond to the body’s built in feedback systems.
My 42 And The Habits We Are Born To Love
It is my life’s work to change the landscape of psychiatry. Scarcity is not only driving us to avoid ourselves, but it’s driving patients to avoid care. Psychiatry is the most intimate space in healthcare. Historically, we overcomplicate it and patients walk away underserved, feeling misunderstood and alone. I’ve dedicated my personal health and professional investments to make mental health care easier to access, a better experience, focused on self-efficacy. Today, I use mistakes to grow. That was not always the case. Even that avoidance helped reveal and change my old value of excellence.
In 2016, a few of us started D’Amore Healthcare, residential facilities to serve men and women suffering from mental health disorders, including addiction. Over a 3 month period, I learned to connect with myself. I learned to eliminate 21 minutes of screen time, create 21 minutes of Repair. This combination yielded greater relief than I had ever experienced. Initially, I aimed for three times per week, then slowly increased it. Now it’s daily. This is what I call My 42. For me or for any SBC participant, Repair is the repeated decision to “ante up” because stress and pain are not relieved any other way. We ante up when we invest in all 7 Threads of Repair, not one or two like most programs.
We can live scared or we can live bold. I choose bold. For me, depression and addiction were the space before change. They took up room that once felt inconvenient and shameful. Today, I see that space as the preface to a good story about connection, resilience and peace.
Find your voice
Breathe and be you
Eliminate expectations based on past experiences
Let intuition have space