Hi All, Episode 3 of Shelf Acceptance Podcast is out now. In this week’s episode, I talk to Kati, from @shelfmadewoman about all things dentist traumas, mental health, suicide awareness, self care & burnout, finding a good therapist, & books we love!
Trauma is a super real thing, and when it comes to trauma in a medical capacity it can be all the more detrimental. Kati & I discussed our traumatic experiences and how that has influenced our ability to go to the dentist. Some things are unavoidable and it can be really hard to face fears when there is a history of trauma involved. Here’s your reminder that it’s okay to ask for help when things are hard. On this episode, I talked about how much of a difference it has made for me to ask my aunt for help in finding a dentist and coming with me to appointments. It seems like little things, that I can do easily, but having that support and just having less steps that need to be taken to get me there makes it much easier to follow through.
As a therapist in therapy, I have spent a lot of time talking about and learning about the importance of self care and the signs of burnout. Kati and I discussed how this is something that is important for everyone, in all careers, and recommended the book, Burnout by Emily Nagoski, PhD & Amelia Nagoski, DMA.
We discussed the importance of therapy and in finding the right therapist for you. As a therapist, I make it a point to normalize the idea of not every therapist being the right fit for each client. The search for a right therapist is just that, a search. In Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, we read about a therapist’s experience in therapy and her pre-conceived notions of why a certain type of therapist may be the right fit for her. In this book, and in this episode we discussed the idea that therapists are people too, and that is sometimes forgotten.
I loved getting to have this conversation with Kati, and I hope you’ll listen and enjoy too! Send me a message to let me know what you think once you’ve listened!