Mythbusting Therapy

Disclaimer: In this post I am sharing my own personal experiences- I am not a mental health professional. I am not attempting to diminish or discredit anyone else’s experiences or thoughts. I understand not everyone will agree with me and that’s ok! I’m always open to continuing the conversation in the comments, I just ask that you are respectful! 🙂

I don’t know about you guys, but I love getting to the bottom of myths- especially those surrounding mental health! About a month ago I took a poll on my Instagram and asked my followers if they wanted to mythbust therapy with me and the response was an astounding “YES” (if you want to take part in polls that influence what I write about don’t forget to follow me 🙂 )! The following are myths that I’ve personally heard in addition to those I’ve gathered from friends, family, and fellow bloggers. This is definitely not a comprehensive list of all the myths surrounding therapy- because goodness knows that post would take me years to write- but I’ve gathered some of the top myths, in my opinion, listed in no particular order. Now, let’s do some mythbusting!
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The Problem with Before and After Photos

Disclaimer: In this post I am sharing my own personal experiences. I am not attempting to diminish or discredit anyone else’s experiences or thoughts. I understand not everyone will agree with me and that’s ok! I’m always open to continuing the conversation in the comments, I just ask that you are respectful! 🙂

Before and afters. We see them all the time on social media. A side-by-side comparison of someone you may or may not know. The caption usually says something about how the person in the “before” photo didn’t have *X,Y,Z*. Then you see the “after” photo and the caption talks about how perfect and wonderful their life is now that they have the *X,Y,Z* they didn’t have before. To me, these types of photos are problematic. Now, bear in mind that when I was in my eating disorder I used to be the person who posted these types of photos weekly, and sometimes even more than once a week (read more about my struggle with an eating disorder and social media here, here and here). So what makes me have such a bone to pick with them?
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Why a Social Media Cleanse Could Do You Some Good

Let’s talk about social media. It can be both a blessing and a curse, both good and evil, and both positive and negative.

In this day and age we spend as much time, if not more time, on social media than we do with actual people. I’m not going to lie, as both a millennial and a full-time social media professional I spend a huge chunk of my time scrolling through social media feeds. I’ll see things that will make me laugh, learn, and smile, but I’ll also run into things that make me upset or trigger my eating disorder (ED) thoughts to surface. When this happens, I’ve had to learn how to deal with it and, for me, that means unfollowing or deleting people I follow.Read More

6 Tips for Finding The Right Mental Health Professional For You

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been in therapy for the majority of my life. Because of that, I’ve experienced my fair share of mental health professionals and have picked up some tips and tricks on how to find the best professional for me! I understand that talking about mental health is very taboo in our society, but I would like to break down that barrier and start important conversations like this one. I’ve experienced the frantic panic of not knowing where to begin when it comes to searching for a mental health professional, so I’ve put together these 6 tips to make the process less stressful for you! Read More