Have you ever wondered what your therapist does in their free time? Are they a real human with issues, goals, dreams, just like the rest of us? Does she partake in the occasional glass of cabernet or a craft brew? Does she actually meditate or use that relaxation exercise she taught me last week? Why on earth did she decide to do this for a living? So many questions!!
Hi, I’m Kristen, of The Wellness Collective, and I am a real human. Nice to meet you! Liz and I thought it might be fun to introduce ourselves with a few questions that kind of highlight our interests, preferences, passions, etc.
So here I go….
So, why did you decide to listen to people’s problems for a living?
Therapy is so much more than just listening to people’s problems. I have known that therapy was to be my path since I was 14 years old and found myself sitting on my own therapist’s couch. I struggled with depression and chronic pain, which made it incredibly difficult for me to go to school, focus and stay motivated. My therapist provided me a safe space to explore healthy coping strategies whilst validating my pain and modeling self-compassion. As time progressed, my mood improved and we started exploring other areas that are super important to teenage and young adult development, like the importance of having healthy boundaries, healthy communication and healthy attachments. It became very clear to me that, like my own therapist, I wanted to spend my own time and energy helping youth and adults find their way and overcome their struggles.
Why do you love being a therapist?
I love being a therapist because I love seeing people grow. It’s a profound privilege to walk alongside my clients and hold their hope until they can walk on their own. My job is not to be your life-long therapist. My job is to help you become your own therapist and be able to start coaching your own inner voice when it comes to coping, managing and overcoming the obstacles life throws at you.
You have an entire day off with no appointments, no groceries to pick up and no deadlines. How do you spend it?
Wake up. Make coffee. Listen to a podcast or read. Go for a walk at the beach with my mum, or a quick spin on my new spin bike. Lunch at the Wooden Spoon. (That California Eggs Benny is bomb). A patio hang with my girlfriends. (I do love me a glass of rose on a warm day!) I’d finish my day with a family BBQ where I can catch up with my family and play with my nieces.
If your best friend were to describe you in 3 words, what would they be?
Thoughtful, creative and funny.
What are you most excited about right now?
THIS! I’m super excited to be stepping out into the business world (scary!) with my best friend and business partner, Liz. We’ve literally shared an office for the past 18+ months and sat not 6 feet apart for hours (and hours) on end. I’ve never met anyone else who has so closely aligned with how I enjoy working with clients and the population of clients I am passionate about working alongside. We also have a lot of fun working together and know how to throw down when the work is done!
What is your favourite thing to spend money on?
Oh dear. I am a sucker for skin products – masks, scrubs, moisturizers, cleansers. All.Of.It. And stationary. I love fun notebooks, agendas, pens, etc.
If you could go out for a glass of vino or espresso with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would most want to kick back with Henri Nouwen. Henri Nouwen was a Catholic priest who studied psychology and wrote many books about how his own struggles were instrumental in helping those he counselled and mentored. I came across Henri Nouwen’s writing when The Inner Voice of Love was given to me to read following a difficult breakup. I felt inspired to explore my own identity and how I want to be in relationship with those around me. I went on to read some of his other work and found that his writing tackles a number of universal themes that come into play throughout the lifespan, including loneliness, anxiety, insecurity, love, loss and self-compassion. And if Henri wasn’t available, I’d hit up Kristen Wiig for a cocktail.
What’s something you’re really into right now?
The enneagram! Our friend, Vanessa, enthusiastically introduced us to the enneagram about 6 months ago and I’ve been researching, reading and diving in ever since. Making friends and family take the quiz, listening to podcast after podcast on my commute, typing cartoon characters and celebrities. By the way, I'm a 9, with an 8 wing, if you happen to also be an enneagram nerd. :)
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- Kristen Hamilton, MA RCC