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Episode: 3 My Sister, The Therapist: Julia Tsakalis On Mental Health And Self-Care

Drama-Free Healthy Living With Jess Cording

Release Date: 04/08/2019

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As I’m reminded every day— on a personal and professional level —mental health is a big part of one’s overall wellness. As humans we are intrinsically connected to both, which means that when our emotional well-being is out of alignment, so is our overall health.
To talk about this topic, and so much related to it, I invited the lovely Julia Tsakalis to chat. Not only is Julia my sister, but she is also a psychotherapist and owner of Dynamic Heart Counseling where she works with teens, college students, and young adults.
Her professional background affords Julia great insight into the relationship between self-care and wellness. As I do with my clients, Julia talks with hers about the importance of finding time for self-care and ensuring that it plays a role in their life.
Here’s some of what she emphasized during our chat:
·       When looking for a therapist, it’s important to find someone with whom you connect, whom you can trust and with whom you feel comfortable.
·       As a therapist, it’s important to make sure your clients feel cared about. This is evident in the name of her practice: as a “dynamic” person Julia puts great effort into being actively engaged with her clients and their treatment, and as a person with a caring “heart,” Julia connects with and is present for her clients.
·       The importance of self-care is not to be overlooked. In fact, Julia dedicates time to taking care of herself (so that she can help others) by working out, seeing a therapist, eating healthfully, and avoiding burnout. She emphasized the importance of finding harmony in all that we do.
I whole-heartedly enjoyed my chat with Julia and came away with some new ways to think about connecting body, mind and spirit to achieve overall wellness. I can’t wait for you to listen and I hope Julia’s words positively impact you as they did me.
Julia Tsakalis is a psychotherapist, owner of Dynamic Heart Counseling in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. She's also a mom to an adorable pug named Delbert (my fur nephew!). You can connect with her via her website, Instagram, and Facebook.