Owner of Marble Wellness and a therapist in the practice as well.
I’m trying a new thing—30 days, 30 journals. Or, the “Get Real with Me” series. Or, something else that it might become named. We’ll let that part of it unfold….
The point is this: over the next 30 days, I am going to sit down every day to share some sort of something but it’ll all be related to mental health. The twist is going to be that I’m going to relate to you through my own mental health experiences, journey, etc.
“Why the heck are you going to do that?” you might ask. Quite the good question.
The reason is this: I am a therapist and I deal with my own mental health every day. Some days, dealing with myself is mostly smooth. Other days, it’s an obnoxious battle. Still other days, it’s something else altogether. And I think there are two things here that potentially can have a positive impact:
1) The experience of feeling a little more “normal” if…wait for it….a therapist deals with it, too.
2) Getting a behind-the-scenes look at how I tackle things that come up, using my training and background.
For example, right now, I am feeling loads of self-doubt and imposter syndrome. “Why would anyone want to hear from you?” “What do you actually have to offer?” “Are you over-inflating your own ego thinking you can help someone this way?” And several other things going through my mind so quickly, I can’t even grab them! “Is this really just to help you?” “Is this the best use of your time?” “What if a client doesn’t want to work with you anymore after this?” AHHH.
But, I’m gonna do it. It’s at least worth trying, right?
So, follow along. If not every day, maybe just pop in here and there. I’ll be covering several topics:
romantic relationships (heart beats a little faster just thinking about this one!)
Can I tell you something else? This is not my first version of this. So, I’ll probably be covering perfectionism as well. Oooo, also some personality psychology stuff. I’ll likely reference the Enneagram; some books and podcasts I’ve found helpful. Some books and podcasts I’ve found not helpful.
I’ll mess up. I’ll stumble. I’ll probably get really nervous about something I shared and what someone thinks about it after it’s been posted and I know people have read it. I’ll regret the whole thing in the middle. I’ll get really annoyed I made this commitment some time when I am running out of time for the day and haven’t done it but feel like “I made I commitment so I NEED to do it.” Oh boy. This might get juicy.
Is it weird or okay that I’m also a little excited? “Steph, all feelings are valid, so it’s totally okay.” Wow, you all are going to learn a lot about my inner dialogue. To be honest with you—that’s where I think I can show you the most helpful things. I’ve put a TON of work into the cognitive part of my life over the last 5 years. It’s been brilliant as far as impact on day-to-day life.
This won’t be very structured. There will be days my writing is pretty sophisticated and sharp (at least, I hope so). Other days, it’ll be messy and maybe hard to follow. But I think even that may be relevant to what I want to show you.
So, here’s to the next 30 days. We’ll see how it goes!
Our St. Louis team of therapists have a variety of training backgrounds and areas of expertise. We specialize in anxiety, depression, grief, chronic illness, therapy for men, couples, and maternal overwhelm. We can also help new moms with various postpartum concerns, moms in the thick of parenting, and moms with teens. We can also chat from wherever you are in the state with online therapy in Missouri and online therapy in Illinois. No matter where you are in your journey, we would love to support you.
Our Chicago team of therapists offer a wide range of mental health services to help our clients through the different challenges and hurdles in their life. In addition to anxiety, depression, grief, therapy for men, and maternal overwhelm, we are specialized in professional burnout, therapy for breakups, and love partnering with working moms.