I’m a small-town California girl turned mental health therapist. Favorite things: babies (but don’t have my own!), comfy pants, and taking too many pictures. I'm all about realistic self-care, mental health for everyone, and personal growth even if you hate that phrase (cause I do!).
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For this post, I thought it’d be fun to switch things up a little and share some things about me, some that may surprise you, and at the end I share some of my heart about this website.
My name is Kylie, and I’m a twenty-something. I’m a clinical mental health therapist living in the Bay Area. Oakland to be specific. I’ve worked with all ages, but I have a soft spot for children + women. ⠀⠀
Seven, five or even three years I couldn’t have imagined feeling as happy as often as I do not. It’s not that I’m exceptionally happy now, rather that I was incredibly sad, anxious, and depressed. Functional, yes… for the most part, sort of. But severely hurting.
The journey to this place wasn’t linear. I can’t even really say what exactly helped the most. Some combination of slowing down the pace of my life (thus reducing stress), improving my physical health, medication, lots of therapy, moving back to California (hello ☀️), the neurological stability that comes with passing 25 (it’s a real thing), the love and care of some really patient and kind people in my life, continually re-focusing on making my well-being a priority, and just plain time and grace and luck.
But having walked that journey (and continuing to) is why I’m so committed to talking about these things. I vividly remember the dark and low places. And I want to shine a light to others and tell them the truth I most needed to hear too—it *actually can* get better. You won’t feel like this forever.
Because that’s absolutely true. And that’s the soul of why I created tend + mend. As a way to make mental health information more accessible and available in our culture, to stimulate conversations that decrease stigma, to encourage people in their journey of recovery, healing, hope. As a way to speak to that fear about whether life will ever get better. As a way to share what I’ve learned along the way about how to tend to yourself in a world that doesn’t teach us to do so.
I’ve dreamt about creating this space and website for years, a way to bring together my passions for mental health, self care + growth, leaning into what we find restorative + meaningful + important, creativity + design + writing. All the things. ⠀⠀
Finally in late September took the plunge. No lie, it’s SUPER nerve-wracking to express myself in this way. I mostly have no idea what I’m doing, but am just really grateful and honored that you all choose to show up and read and share.
by Kylie |
November 24, 2018
© Tend and Mend, Kylie Bennett 2019.
I'm Kylie. I’m a small-town California girl turned mental health therapist. Favorite things: babies (but don’t have my own!), comfy pants, and taking too many pictures. I'm all about realistic self-care, mental health for everyone, and personal growth even if you hate that phrase (cause I do!).