This girl is Leigh Muths, LPC, and I couldn’t be more excited that she agreed to join the Live Mindfully team! Leigh was my closest friend in grad school, and we spent countless evenings together studying, pretending to study, and discussing therapy things during our years as therapists to-be. Leigh helped me so much in grad school, and I’m excited that now she gets to help you, too.
Leigh, tell us about yourself
I’m all about working hand-in-hand with clients to help you get over the obstacles life throws at you. Therapy can seem really intimidating, but it definitely doesn’t need to be. Therapy is more about guiding you towards the life you want than an expert giving orders and telling you what to do. I got into therapy to form genuine connections with people, help solve problems, and get you back to really living your life.
What do you love about your work?
Seeing the results! I mean, therapy can be hard. People show up to therapy because they have problems they want solutions for, but they aren’t always convinced the solution really exists. But that’s why I do this - because I know we can make it better. And seeing you meet your goals is my absolute favorite part of the job.
Who do you work with?
Kids, teens, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and chronic illness. I’ve spent a lot of my time helping people learn how to cope with pain - both physical and emotional. Whether it’s the pain of a bad breakup or the pain of chemotherapy, I’ve helped people figure out how they can best get back to living valued, enjoyable lives.
Teach us your favorite coping skill
Close your eyes and imagine there is a red balloon in your chest. Use your inhales to slowly inflate that balloon, and your exhales to slowly deflate the balloon. Start small. With your first inhale, imagine blowing up the balloon to 25%. With your second go to 50%. Continue inhaling and exhaling until every breath is so deep, that the balloon becomes fully inflated and cannot possibly hold any more air. Then slowly reverse the process. Taking smaller and smaller breaths, until your breathing returns to normal. Take as much time as you need to complete the exercise, then continue on with your day! It works great before bed, when you feel anxious, or anytime you need a dose of mindfulness :)