Help for the Helpers explores the bold, courageous and often out-of-the-box ways that professionals have shaped their careers in the helping fields to best serve their own wants and needs. Each week I have the privilege of speaking with tenacious helpers that are taking extraordinary measures to manifest their personal calling, improve upon their physical and emotional well-being, make radical lifestyle changes, plug into creative outlets, and meet (or soar past) their financial goals. Their stories are SO IMPORTANT and UTTERLY INSPIRING.
HELP FOR THE HELPERS Episode 10: There Are No Rules with Laura Edmonson
Laura Edmonson is a digital creator, vanlifer, educator, minimalist, vegan, and environmentalist. In this episode, Laura reminds us to courageously move towards our aspirations and to set effective boundaries because, truly, there are no rules! She is an excellent example of someone who’s successfully bet on herself and seen positive life changes as a result. This is a great episode for helpers that feel misaligned with the mission of their workplace, and are looking for inspiration to take the leap into something better.
“Laura Edmonson is a digital creator, educator, podcast host, athlete, and speaker on the topics of DEI + Sustainability. I also work as the Corporate Responsibility Manager for Brown Girls Climb. I work from the road as I travel full time in my van.”
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Podcast: Let Us Rest!
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HELP FOR THE HELPERS Episode 9: I Decided To Build Off Of The Happiness, with Skyler Makkinje
Remember what it was like to be a helping professional in your twenties? In this episode I talk with courageous helping professional Skyler Makkinje, a 28-year-old social worker who is doing the hard work of soul searching to find the next career steps that feel right for her. Are you in the same position? Skyler offers great insight – this episode is for you!
Skyler Makkinje is a wellness coach and seasoned young clinician with a passion for the outdoors, nutrition, fitness, and helping others. She lives with her boyfriend and big handsome dogs in Florida.
For more from Skyler:
Find her on Facebook: Skyler Joan
Follow her on Instagram: @fitlifesky
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HELP FOR THE HELPERS Episode 8: Being Authentic with Ourselves and our Money w/ Tiffany Mclain
This week I had the privilege of speaking with Tiffany McLain! Her podcast, The Money Sessions, inspired me to consider my own worth, wants and needs in private practice when setting my fee and considering taking insurance (which I don’t!). Tiffany is dynamic, thoughtful, engaging, and willing to get down in the dirt with the difficult feelings and thoughts we helpers have about money. This episode is priceless.
Tiffany McLain, MFT is a therapist & consultant whose mantra is, “Full fees are the new black.” Via her program, The Lean In. MAKE BANK. Academy, she helps therapists in private practice overcome their shame about making bank so they can help the clients they are truly passionate about serving without sacrificing their own wellbeing. She’s been featured in Psychology Today Magazine, Psych Central, Huffington Post, KGO Radio, SF Weekly and Forbes. You can find out more by visiting www.heytiffany.com.
For more from Tiffany: www.heytiffany.com
The Money Sessions Podcast
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HELP FOR THE HELPERS Episode 7: I Knew It Would Be an Uphill Battle with Nicole Bixler
Feeling like we’re doing something important and meaningful is a cornerstone of helping work. Feeling as though we are completely aligned with our mission, and are carrying it out everyday, is the hallmark of a personal calling. In this episode I talk with Nicole Bixler, an innovative helping professional who started her own nonprofit in Philadelphia to fill the holes she saw in services being provided to sex workers and substance users in the area.
Nicole Bixler is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Social Worker who began her career in 2011. Nicole is a huge supporter of Harm Reduction and founded her non profit Operation in My Back Yard (OPIMBY) in 2017. The name was chosen to challenge NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) mentality since Bixler is a firm believer in supporting all humans regardless of their lifestyle. OPIMBY is a syringe access program in Philadelphia providing safer injection, smoking, snorting and sex work supplies to the most vulnerable groups in the city. OPIMBY also provides meals and scholarships for sober living if people ask for assistance. Basic wound care is provided by OPIMBY as well as education of safer use practices and free Narcan. Bixler currently works as an Executive Director of a medication assisted recovery program in Pennsylvania that provides methadone and Suboxone services as well as counseling and case management.
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My website, where you can find details about my group intensive, Help Yourself: www.danabelletiere.com
HELP FOR THE HELPERS Episode 6: Invest in Yourself with Alison Maratos
In this episode I talk with Alison Maratos about moving through fear to find your way into the work that’s right for you at the time, even when it means shifting and morphing over time. Alison’s bravely moved through various jobs in the helping field, and is now settling into a future in entrepreneurship teaching other therapists how to build and grow their dream private practice.
Alison Maslin-Maratos, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW is a clinical therapist who provides psychotherapy and therapeutic coaching at her small group practice near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Over her years in practice, Alison has developed an interest in mentoring and supporting other therapists, which is derived from her experience in creating and operating her own private practice. A researcher and planner by nature, Alison developed The Practice Companion as a resource to support therapists in conceptualizing, building and sustaining their private practice. She has used her experience and knowledge to create resources which are informed by her mistakes, her successes and the lessons she has learned along the way.
In addition to her clinical work and practice-support, Alison has been a professor and guest lecturer for post-secondary students in the fields of social work, professional practice and psychology. She provides corporate training and facilitates workshops, encompassing various topics such as self-care, managing life changes, mental health, relationships, parenting, communication skills and compassion fatigue. Alison has been a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers since 1995 and is committed to supporting fellow social workers toward their success in private practice and in remaining mindful of their self-care as they balance the roles of clinician and business owner.
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For more from me, I encourage you to subscribe to my blog, where I talk about all things finances for helping professionals, at www.danabelletiere.com. I also encourage you to check out my Help Yourself Group Intensive, launching this January! More info here!
HELP FOR THE HELPERS Episode 5: Be The Clever Politician (Joshua Kingdom)
This one’s for the educators! I talk with Josh Kingdom, an American teacher working in Poland. Josh has cracked the code on how to infuse teaching and curriculum with his own passions and interests to keep learning interesting and stay away from burnout. Josh shares great insights about how to stay enthusiastic about educating years into working in the education system. Josh is also one of my very best friends, so may I be so bold to say that he is as terrific a human as he is a teacher!
Josh Kingdom teaches English language to students in Kielce, Poland. He is a proud husband and father of two boys, a lover of all things linguistics, and a musician.
For more from Joshua Kingdom, find him on Facebook. He’d love to talk education with you!
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Website and blog: www.danabelletiere.com
Help Yourself Group Intensive to get off PSLF and get out of student loan debt: here!
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In my humble opinion...
So guys, this is my podcast, and I’m not unbiased. That said - I think the stories and advice shared here are invaluable and a great resource for helping professionals thinking about new and innovative ways to take better care of themselves and maybe even change their whole lives.
With HFTH, I’m making the resource I wish I had access to years ago as a young helping professional. The guests I interview here offer so much. Give us a listen.
Validating and Informational
If you are a mental health provider or are in the helping profession please listen! This podcast touches on so many wonderful topics and conversations that we all have and work through as a helper. Thanks Dana!
Highly relevant for helpers - and beyond!
I’m not in a helping profession, but I find these podcasts inspirational and relevant. Dana’s conversations with people who are finding ways to meet their own needs are full of humor and soul. Highly recommend!