Hi! I’m Jeana and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from San Diego. I've been in private practice since 2015 specializing in people struggling with Depression and Anxiety.
Throughout my life, I’ve had ups and downs with my mental health. While in some of my low moments, what I needed the most was someone to just sit with me and listen to what I was feeling. I didn’t need them to fix it, I just needed to be heard. On the other side, I saw how powerful it was to make someone not feel alone just by being there. These experiences inspired me to become a mental health therapist!
I wanted to create something to help clients organize their thoughts and get the most out of their therapy sessions. I’ve had many moments where clients would show up, not knowing what they wanted to talk about. Other times, they’d forget what to practice in between sessions and not make progress towards their goals. As a client myself, I’d have moments throughout the week where I’d think “Ooo I need to talk to my therapist about this!” but in session, it’d slip my mind. Other times, I’d leave the session feeling empowered, but a day or two would go by and I’d fall back into the same cycle. Having this guided journal can be your safe space to come back to when you need to recall, reflect and remember what you need to work on.
My therapy buddy journal can be a helpful tool to process therapy sessions and to brainstorm ways to practice what you've learned. After a session, take some time to reflect on what just came up. What are your takeaways? What spoke to you that you want to work on? What are the lightbulb moments where things started to click for you? What will you have to keep in mind and what will you have to let go of to achieve your goals? How will you take care of yourself and find ways to cope through your mental health journey?
I know that therapy isn’t easily accessible to everyone. There's a real struggle to find the right therapist to fit you mentally, emotionally, culturally, and financially. While it’s not a replacement for therapy, this can be a valuable tool to guide you towards understanding what are your mental health goals and how to reach them. Your “lightbulb moments” may come from TV shows, music, your job, family, friends or during quiet moments by yourself. Listen to what your mind and body are trying to tell you and this journal can help it become a tangible thing to practice.
My hope is that your therapy buddy can keep you motivated, accountable, organized and inspired. Most importantly, make you feel empowered to take on your mental health!
You got this, buddy!