OMG Another Geeky Therapist!
Jennifer and I found each other on Face Book, through searching groups and identifying mutual interests. We met for the first time at Felicia Day's book tour (she invited me), and hit it off pretty well. We even decided to venture into something scary: making videos together to speak on things that resonate with us.
We finished our first video, and here are some things we discussed:
1) Difference is Misunderstood
Jennifer and I come from a place where we've spent our lives being misunderstood, and sometimes, it creates ripples in our interactions with others. We were able to start exploring some similar perspectives we have, yet gain insight on how impactful this treatment can be for many of us. Having these experiences of being labeled and/or mis-perceived has guided us to help other outsiders heal, and nourish their authentic selves.
2) Children & Adults Who are Misunderstood
I work more with children and the family. I consider myself a "seed planter" with little ones. The pains of being misunderstood, or the confusions of being told by society how to act can affect relationships and our self concepts. There are different reasons for why a person can be misunderstood, and I genuinely love working with those who process the world differently; gifted individuals, creatives, and sensitive souls. Jennifer has spent her professional career working with adults, and finds the processing of layers of pain and meaning to be very fulfilling to her. She specializes in working with people with introverts, non-traditional lifestyles, LGBTQIA, and kink.
3) Extroversion & Introversion
We briefly touched on the stereotypes of being an extrovert or introvert (I can ramble about this all day, btw), and it was validating to have a respectful exchange. Traits for any person vary along a continuum, and it can change according to multiple factors. Sometimes people can blanket generalizations, and it can hurt people when they don't feel accepted for who they are. We will probably expand on this later on. It was super fun!
If you'd like to hear/watch us, here's the video! (Disclaimer: It's our first video, and we know things take baby steps. With time and practice, the videos will be less awkward :P)
Jennifer's practice is in Huntington Beach, and I'm in Newport Beach. We both love serving our geeky, misfit, outsider, creative, gifted, differently thinking community. To learn more about Jennifer, check out her website: Mindful Misfit Therapy
UPDATE: 10/2017 Although I no longer offer therapy services, Jennifer still does, and is a great fit for those who are misunderstood. Give her a call if you're in the area and looking for some support.