We've chatted across a couple of episodes now about therapy and psychologists and I've had so many people mention how positive this was for them to have mental health normalised and discussed more openly. You may know I regularly see a psychologist and have for years now, and while I didn't think it was quite appropriate to have my own therapist on the show, one of our beautiful long time followers and listeners Amy Kate Isaacs very kindly stepped in for a chat AND flew in to Melbourne from Brisbane for the occasion - what an absolute legend (you can clearly tell we're in Melbourne from the background tram noises - soz!)
Amy Kate took the long academic road to psychology practice finishing with her Master's degree and is now a Developmental psychologist and founder of the Mindful Collective. She uniquely combines the technical science of psychology with the increasingly important notions of mindfulness and lifestyle factors in promoting good mental wellbeing. I loved exploring both the vocational depths of studying the mind with her but also finding out the many different parts of her journey from being a school chaplain to now practising with a THERAPY DOG, Evie. I'm so grateful that she also openly shared her personal experiences with therapy following two sexual assaults to help open up discussions that we haven't yet covered on the show and to show that finding your yay can sometimes involve the darkest obstacles but that the right help and support can put you back on a path of lightness and joy.
SIDE NOTE: Amy Kate has just announced that she is opening up her very own The Mindful Collective studio in Paddington in November!!!!! HOW EXCITING!!!! Stay tuned!
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