Hi Fellow MentalGeeks, I need to state, I think that having this place to speak openly about mental wellness is so refreshing and I wish that it had started when I was in my turbulent teen years desperately trying to find a place where I belong – so thank you Matt!
I wanted to introduce myself a bit here, because I would like to be a resource that you can use. My name is Emily. I have a dual masters degree in counseling – to be a school counselor, and a private practice therapist. This means that I know a lot about the brain, about emotions, development, communication, and therapy in general…and I have acrued quite a bit of debt in order to do so.
My main goal here is to help continue to stomp the stigma of finding help from a therapist. That means, I am here to answer any questions you may have that you are afraid to ask a person face to face about therapy, give montly tips of how to stay mentally healthy, to disclose my own counseling and struggles (because being a counselor means knowing and accepting the help when you need it), and to help you on your continued journey.
I think the most important thing for you to remember and to know is that while you may see a counselor/therapist, you are the one that continues to do the work. We are simply a guiding light – a light that you have chosen to follow. In the end, you are in control of what you plan on doing with your journey in front of you. It is incredibly freeing, and honestly, terrifying (both are completely valid emotions – actually, any emotion is valid, but that is for another blog). When individuals state that counseling has saved their life, I often tell them to state those words back into the mirror. THEY saved THEIR OWN life, with the help and support of others, but when it came to puting action into words, they were fully in control.
If you have a question you want to ask Emily, submit this form below. These emails will NOT be used for any future posts, etc. This is strictly a q&a between the two of you, and we will respect your privacy. This is a safe place, so do not hesitate to ask a question if you need some advice.
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