Let’s normalize therapy

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It wasn’t until Cody and I started thinking about starting our family that I realized I needed to get my mental health in check. I tried for too long to tough it out, downplay it, or talk myself out of needing help.
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It had been about five years of on and off chest pain that I could no longer ignore. I never felt like I could get a deep breath in…like my chest was constricted by someone sitting on it. Or like those dresses that were too tight I wore to my high school dances 😆. One time it got so bad it was hard to even breathe because the pain was stinging down my arm like a current. I was worried it was my heart, so I even got an EKG done through my primary care doctor right away. The results came back completely normal of course because it was…you guessed it…stress induced.
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Becoming a teacher and having my own classroom didn’t cause it, but it sure did bring up past trauma I hadn’t dealt with. Losing my dad when I was only seven, being cut from my gymnastics team in college and losing my scholarship to name a few. But bcause of this journey I’ve been on as a coach, I finally started therapy about a year and a half before having Michael and it was the best decision I ever made.
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I went through something called EMDR therapy for most of my sessions until we found out we were pregnant. We stopped doing them then because of the strain it puts on your body of finally letting go of past trauma you’ve been through. I heard of EMDR therapy because of the personal development we do as one of the vital behaviors to be a successful coach. I heard my mentors @chalenejohnson and @trish_blackwell had gone through it and highly recommended it, so I thought I’d give it a go, too.
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I can’t imagine where I’d be if I never became a coach. If I didn’t, I would’ve never listened to podcasts for personal development, and I would’ve never heard of EMDR therapy.
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Let’s normalize therapy and getting mental health help. I’m no different or any more special than you. What’s stopping you from getting help? Don’t you and your family deserve the BEST you??
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Please DM me if you have any questions about therapy, EMDR therapy, finding a therapist, insurance, etc. 😊📥