Therapy can be extremely healing and rewarding, but getting started and committing to the healing journey can be really intimidating. Join Marriage and Family Therapist, Michael Shahan, as he interviews people about their honest experiences with therapy. Each episode works to demystify the therapy experience by uncovering what therapy actually is, how it works, what helps, what doesn't and everything in-between.
Steph's Therapy Story Part 2: One Year Later
In part two of this two-part episode, Michael sits down with Steph Barron Hall once again, only this time a year into her therapy experience. Steph shares how she has learned self-compassion and how to allow time for herself in order to process her thoughts. She talks about how she has become a more healthy Enneagram 3 and can let down her walls and be more authentically herself. After listening to Part 1, we think you'll hear a whole different therapy story.
Steph's Therapy Story Part 1: Just Starting Out
This is the first part of a 2-part episode with Steph Barron Hall, an Enneagram 3 who had just begun going to therapy again when I interviewed her last year. In this episode, Steph talks about her experience with therapy and how she had finally gotten to a place in life where she could allow herself to feel emotions and acknowledge big changes. But, when we listened to this episode back almost a year later, Steph and Michael both noticed something really important: Steph still seemed extremely guarded.
In next week's episode, you'll be able to compare Steph's demeanor, voice, tone, and level of vulnerability from the time this first episode was recorded, to the interview I do with her almost a year into therapy. We'll be the first to tell you - expect BIG changes.
Jessica's Therapy Story: Journey to Liberation
Jessica is a bold Enneagram 8 who speaks from a place of experience on so many topics. She started therapy at a young age after a scary and traumatic home break-in that would continue to affect her into her adult life. After years of deep personal work, Jessica is now an Enneagram Coach helping other people find liberation and claim the life they deserve!
In this episode, Jessica walks us through what it’s like to process childhood trauma, racial trauma, and overcome extremely dark feelings. Despite everything she’s experienced, Jessica still approaches life with an incredible amount of joy. You can find her on Instagram at @Jessicaddicksoncoaching.
Amanda's Therapy Story: From trauma to trust
If you ever need someone to stand up for you, or teach you how to stand up for yourself, Amanda is the perfect person to go to. She's a bold Enneagram 8 who admits she can turn on the charm, but has also confronted her therapist when she didn't think her therapist was being hard enough on her.
In this episode, Amanda talks about the effects of childhood abuse, expectations related to religion and church, parenting, going to marriage counseling, and so much more. Find her at AmandaSteed.com to see what she's doing in her own therapy practice, now.
Dani's Therapy Story: Getting comfortable with messiness
Dani is a huge advocate for self-discovery. As an Enneagram 1, her go-to mode is to fit everything into boxes and check to-do items off a list. In this episode, Dani talks about how her experience in therapy has helped her break down walls, be vulnerable, and be comfortable when things get messy - even though that's the exact opposite of her natural tendencies.
Because her journey has been so transformational to her own life and her relationships with her husband of 24-years and her three kids, Dani has turned self-discovery into a career. Now, she's a certified Enneagram coach and teacher who helps others find joy in their own journeys.
Vanessa's Therapy Story: You're worthy of healing
Vanessa is an entrepreneur, a daughter of immigrants, a mom of four, and a fierce Enneagram 3 who has openly wrestled with discovering her own worth and value. In this episode, Vanessa talks about what it was like to search for a therapist who would genty guide her to figure out what she needed from herself, rather than give her a list of things she needed to fix. And, she discusses how she continues to grow and disrupt generational trauma for her own children.
Now, Vanessa is helping other people discover their own worth and value through Enneagram Coaching. Her personal healing story paired with her heart to help other people find their own healing journeys is incredibly powerful.
I have loved his Instagram for years and the podcast is just so special in a different way. Thank you for normalizing the varied therapy experiences!
Ugh loved the Instagram posts and realness. Now the podcast is another win !! So glad I get more during my day !
Newbie therapist learning so much
I am in my last few months of graduate school for MFT, and have learned so much from this podcast. Very easy listening that will inspire you (no matter your background or reason for listening) and illuminate the magic of therapy through real human experiences. I’m hooked!