What's the F***ing Point episode 19: Megan Bruneau on Worthiness and the Ethics of Mental Health Care

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 ForbesMindBodyGreenHuffington PostGaiaThought CatalogElephant JournalEntrepreneurQuartzThrillistVerily MagLola, The Aloha Way, and more; she has also been quoted as an expert on DailyMailThe New York PostBravo TVPsych CentralPsychology TodayBustleSparkPeople, The ListLifeHackerBrit + Co, and more. Megan is also part of the MindBodyGreen Collective of experts; a video course instructor for MindBodyGreenJiyo.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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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 16: Lauren Martin on Embracing "Petty Problems"

Y’ALL. Lauren Martin is a force of nature, and by the end of this episode I know you’ll adore her as much as I do.

We talk about everything from emo music to keeping it real as a new mom, her transition to Orthodox Christianity to what it means to embrace and validate the idea that "if it matters to YOU, then it matters."

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About Lauren Martin, LPC-MHSP

Lauren Ruth Martin is a psychotherapist at a group practice in Nashville, TN, and she believes that therapy should be anything but boring. Lauren practices from the philosophy that feeling "stuck" is actually good news because it is a signal that something needs to change. She loves, loves to help clients with severe and pervasive depression in addition to working with anxiety, phase of life issues, codependency, self-harm, suicidality, eating disorders, and self-esteem issues. 

Lauren is intensively trained Radically-Open DBT (RO-DBT), a specialized treatment for disorders of Over-Control (OC) . Radically-Open DBT promotes openness, flexibility, and direct communication. Lauren practices DBT and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to fidelity, specializing in Adolescents.

In addition to her mental health practice, Lauren shares her personal practice of coping skills with a dash of sarcasm on Instagram at @allthepettyproblems. With the philosophy of "if it matters to you, then it matters" she addresses the big meanings behind the small stuff that get to her (which means it might also get to you too). The concept of duality is a constant in her life...whether it is loving rap and emo music, practicing Christianity and cussing, or eating cupcakes and doing yoga...she is all about living the life that works not the one that "should" be done. 

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 14: death to biohacking

It's solo podcast time again!

This one was motivated by a series of synchronicities that came to a head and motivated me to plug in the Snowball and push Record. Other than that and the title, it's a surprise... and then, links to references I made are include below!

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 11: Rebecca Trinidad on Healing with Plants

You guys are in for a treat with episode 11...

...and not just because the first 90 seconds of the intro is live footage of me freaking the fuck out about just discovering a giant spider near me. I kept it in for your entertainment, and because being in the wild outdoors is a very appropriate introduction for today's guest, Rebecca Trinidad.

Rebecca is a new friend I met earlier this year at a druid gathering in the Louisiana woods. If anyone I've met actually fits the description "radiates goddess energy," it's Rebecca (as evidenced by this photo of her). 

In this episode, Rebecca and I talk about:

  • what it's like living rural (OMG you guys an hour from the closest Target *hives* jkduh)
  • how she first got interested in herbal healing
  • the value of bringing herbalism to underserved populations
  • WTF is permaculture
  • WTF is druidry
  • her go-to tarot spread
  • her experience of having multiple ethnicities and being called to her ancestral roots
  • shamanism and cultural appropriation
  • colonialism and the US's fucked up response to Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico
  • what fiction most inspires us

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About Rebecca Trinidad

Rebecca Trinidad is a Hedge Druid living in North Florida. In the face of rising healthcare costs, she studies Herbalism as a way to encourage prevention and wellness at lower cost to the wallet and the body. In her spare time, she performs yoga and dabbles in mystic hobbies such as shamanic journeying, tarot cards and researching comparative mythology.

Oh, and Rebecca does not have a website or social media, which we exchanged some texts about earlier, in summation me saying "I bow to you." If y'all have questions for her, email me [valerie at wonderwelltherapy dot com] or comment on this post, and I will relay them to her for response! 

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And... my spider friend from the intro. Holy shit you guys, in person it was THE MOST (human for scale)

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 09: spiritual helicopters and f*cking miracles

It's been a hell of a month, y'all — in a good way. 

3 long weekends in a row of travel, including thousands of miles (should have counted!) in a car and more flights than I feel like counting, including my last one from Tucson>Denver>Nashville in which I boarded a plane four separate times in Tucson, only to end up not sleeping overnight in the Denver airport. #adventure? But I ain't complainin'. It's all good for the memoir, right? ;) (or the podcast, in this case)

This week is a solo episode (out a day late because... see above) that was inspired by the below image I saw on Instagram (source unknown). It's kinda ugly (no offense, unknown source?) but I love the message. 

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.