I felt overwhelmed. I tried and tried to juggle work, home, family, and my own health and “get my life right.” I grew tired of doctor after doctor, this prescription and that one, this fad diet, that detox, countless self-help books and TED talks. The harder I worked to be healthy, the more exhausted I became. I was down, anxious, and confused.
Have you been there? Have you felt that way too?
Then allow me to raise my hand in solidarity, give you a high five, and introduce myself. My name is Whitney, and that was exactly how I felt not too long ago.
I finished up my master’s degree in August of 2011, took my first agency job, and it was off to the races. Long hours, eating in the car, eating the typical SAD (standard American diet) way, not sleeping near enough, not exercising… fast forward a year to 2012: getting married, buying a house, even longer hours than before, gaining weight, feeling worse physically than I ever had before, chronic pain flair ups, stress, anxiety. Oh, and I forgot to mention, my precious new husband was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a month before our wedding. More stress, more anxiety!
I struggled for about 4 years to find the agency that felt right and that allowed me to practice counseling in a way that was authentic for me. I thought, “This cannot be the only way to be a counselor.” In February of 2015, I found myself without a job—the corporate behavioral health care provider I was working for shut down completely, only giving us 7 days notice. Oh, and that same week, I was in a 4 car pile up that totaled my car–talk about insult to injury. I thankfully had learned the 12th promise of AA a few years before: “We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.” I can confidently say that this is true and that is exactly what was happening that February.
There is a lot more to my story, but you didn’t come here for that. Long story short, after a lot more ups and downs, twists and turns, a couple of correct diagnoses (mental and physical ones!), and a lot of hard work, I opened my own private practice, and more importantly, I am so thankful to say that through all of that I learned that recovery is possible. And if it is possible for me, it is without a doubt possible for you, too.
If you would like to talk more about your own journey to health and recovery, contact me today.
So here are some other important details about me…
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #3218) in the state of Alabama. I am also an American Council on Exercise Certified Health Coach (ACE CHC). I graduated from Jacksonville State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science, and then again from Jacksonville in 2011 with a Master of Science in Community Agency Counseling. I specialize in binge eating disorder, food addiction, dialectical behavioral therapy, adult ADHD, and managing chronic physical health conditions (autoimmune, chronic pain).