By popular demand I’m trying something new…here is the entire interview of my last guest…Join me and Steven, uncut, as we walk all the way through his therapy journey. He’s an amazing example that its never too late to heal from early childhood trauma.
Join Val and co-host Todd as they unpack the struggle that many men have in pushing up against our culture’s mandate for men to be “tough” and how they in many ways have been socialized to manage in ways that ultimately bring anxiety, emptiness, and relational struggle. This epidode highlights how Val’s client Garrick is a role model for all men as he shows that an extremely “tough” former marine and physician in training can also be tender, sensitive, loving, and emotionally self aware.
In this episode, Garrick and Valerie dig into how his therapy journey impacted his marriage. Garrick shares his realization that there was no ‘fixing’ the marriage until he better understood himself and further realizes that being accountable and compassionate with his own struggles positioned him to love his wife more deeply and better understand her in every way.
In this episode Garrick and Valerie go more deeply into his story. Garrick discovers that his strategy to “hate himself” into better performance was a losing battle and one that continued to leave him emotionally empty. Learning to see himself as worthy, good, and ‘enouogh’ independent of his accomplishments has been a hard sale but something that has changed his relationship with himself and everyone else in his life.
Join Valerie and Garrick in this powerful series. Garrick is a young husband and father, former US Marine, and a medical student. He knows a whole lot about pushing himself ever harder to prove his worth. Then one day he realized that he his strategies to work harder in an effort to prove his worthiness was failing. Then his real journey to healing and growth began. This is a beautiful series about pushing back against the culture of the requirements of stereotypical masculinity. Don’t miss it!