Megan Bruneau is one of those women with a résumé that should make you instantly dislike her because she’s so g*ddamn successful (and gorgeous).
And you want to be like JUST. STOP IT. But then you can’t, because she’s actually really fucking great. Yes, she writes for Forbes and is BFF with Deepak Chopra (or, ok, at least she interviewed him on her podcast and is a faculty member with The Chopra Center — so basically BFF 💁♀️). More importantly, though, she is wise, talented, humble, and the REAL DEAL.
Plenty of people with Megan’s level of success and demands on their time would have seen my crazy-ass DM and been like, “girlfriend does not have enough followers to even merit my reply.” I guess she sensed the genuineness and excitement of my message, and she was like “hell yeah, let’s do this!” — then cue a shared enthusiasm about early 2000’s Eminem, and voila, a friendship was born.
In this episode, Megan and I get into SO 👏MUCH 👏GOODNESS 👏around topics like:
how we conceptualize mental health vs. “mental illness”
the need for validation and non-judgment with medication, while ALSO holding medical providers accountable for more responsible prescribing and aiming to address root issues rather than just mask symptoms
the ethics of the wellness industry, therapy, coaching, and psychiatry
the insanity of dating in 2018, and how Megan sees it as an opportunity for spiritual practice
the risk of spiritual bypassing in today’s affirmation and manifestation obsessed wellness world — and how this is completely tone deaf re: privilege and systemic oppression across marginalized identities
the 3 things women tend to fall back on for worthiness/sense of self when they lack a greater sense of meaning, purpose, and identity
why millennials need to elevate conversation around finding meaning (especially for women) for non-mothers (whether by circumstance or by choice)
And holy shit, a lot more.
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About Megan Bruneau, M.A., RCC
Quoted by multiple NYT bestselling author Melissa Hartwig as “The most authentic voice in the self-love world,” Megan Bruneau, M.A. RCC is known as the “Millennials’ therapist.” Her no-bullshit, relatable voice has garnered of 30m views, and landed her appearances on The T.D. Jakes Show and New York 1 Morning News. Transparent about her own mental health struggles, frequent heartaches, and uncertain entrepreneurial life in New York City, Megan’s vulnerable and humorous writing-style has inspired dozens of viral articles – making her a HuffPost– homepage regular, MindBodyGreen Expert, and Forbes favorite.
Megan hosts the the formerly iTunes New and Noteworthy podcast, The Failure Factor: Stories of Career Perseverance, interviewing notable guests such as Deepak Chopra, Joe Cross, Whitney Wolfe, Danielle LaPorte, Mark Sisson, Melissa Hartwig, Jessie Andrews, and more. A Chopra Center faculty member and speaker at press-worthy events such as STRONG New York and Entrepreneur Organization’s Nerve, Megan is a sought after summit speaker and podcast guest. She’s been featured on Forbes, MindBodyGreen, Huffington Post, Gaia, Thought Catalog, Elephant Journal, Entrepreneur, Quartz, Thrillist, Verily Mag, Lola, The Aloha Way, and more; she has also been quoted as an expert on DailyMail, The New York Post, Bravo TV, Psych Central, Psychology Today, Bustle, SparkPeople, The List, LifeHacker, Brit + Co, and more. Megan is also part of the MindBodyGreen Collective of experts; a video course instructor for MindBodyGreen, Jiyo.com, and The AO Project; and a regularly interviewed expert on BALANCE Eating Disorder Treatment Center’s recovery YouTube channel.
Megan has a master of arts in counseling psychology (Simon Fraser University), and a bachelor of arts in family studies (University of British Columbia). With 12+ years experience providing crisis support, mental health counseling and coaching, she’s a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC #6420) in the province of British Columbia, and sees clients globally as a coach. Using her unique combination of personal and professional experience and powerful written and spoken voice, Megan seeks to change the way people relate to their inner and outer worlds.
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Follow Megan on Instagram @meganjbruneau
Megan’s Forbes article, I'm Finally Getting Sh*t Done, Thanks To This Weekly Practice (No, It's Not Meditation)”
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