One of the stories to come out of these many months of the Covid-19 pandemic, has been the negative effects that isolation, worry and financial struggle have had on the mental health of the nation’s population. Some experts have wrung their hands about what to do and others have pontificated greatly about possible solutions. Action, on the other hand, has been less prevalent.
Early on in the pandemic, two women in Seattle became determined to make a positive difference.
Michelle Mooney, LMHC and Laura Richer, LMHC, both part of the Anchor Light Therapy Collective in Seattle, made a decision to take their therapeutic help to the airwaves.
“We stared our show, Holding Ground, in June of 2020,” said Laura, adding, “We wanted a platform to discuss mental health challenges and the benefits of caring for your mental health and engaging in therapy. We were seeing a lot of people struggling in the early stages of the pandemic and it seemed like a good time to start talking about mental health to a larger audience.”
Holding Ground airs Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. on Alternative Talk 1150 KKNW.
The show is for everyone in terms of improving mental health. Each week, a variety of subjects are examined, all with the common thread of improving the lives of listeners.
“We talk about mental health from a variety of perspectives,” said Michelle, adding, “The therapists at Anchor Light Therapy Collective offer their insights and we also include guests who are experts in the mental health field or individuals who have transformed their lives by engaging in therapy and working on their own mental health.”
Holding Ground covers a great many topics, such as: toxic relationships, dating, emotional trauma, chronic stress, burnout, mental health stigma, body image, co-dependency, job performance family, addiction, loneliness, and much more.
Creating all the layers of the program, means a great deal of preparation and brainstorming by both Michelle and Laura.
“Time has been our biggest challenge. We are all full-time therapists with busy schedules. It is sometimes challenging to find time in our schedules to consistently create quality content,” said Laura.
Michelle was born and raised in Detroit and moved out to Seattle while following her calling to help others. She is trained in evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as EMDR, The Gottman Method Level of Couples Counseling, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused CPT and more.
Laura is a Seattle native and is a licensed psychotherapist. She says that as a therapists she loves to help people find new perspectives so they can start living a life best aligned with their true goals and biggest visions.
Together with the Anchor Light Therapy Collective, they offer therapy services to individuals, couples, families, and children.
These two amazing women are no doubt very busy, yet they still have designs on helping even more people who find themselves in times of struggle.
“We want to continue to use our show as a platform to educate people about maintaining a healthy mental state, resources that are available to support mental health, as well as reduce stigma and normalize mental health challenges,” said Michelle.
Learn more about these hosts, their wonderful program, and the great work they are doing, log on here: www.anchorlighttherapy.com