Hi All! I live in Austin Texas to where I recently moved from Boston, MA. I’m a retired Realtor of 25 years, a dancer, a dog lover, a mom, a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend. I’m a NAMI Certified Peer, a Certified United Way hotline call-taker, trauma-theory Informed, trained in mental health de-escalation, and a Texas DMH Mental Health Peer Specialist. I have extensive experience working with teenagers/young adults with a host of psychiatric problems and also women in various life transitions that have triggered depression, anxiety and general personal dis“ease”. I also believe that Recovery is not only possible but probable with the right individual therapies and willingness to step outside of your comfort zone.
At age 40, I experienced two years deep down in a dark black hole out of which, at times, I thought I would never find my way. I couldn’t eat or sleep and was overcome with a free- flowing anxiety that was paralyzing body, mind and spirit. I had become addicted to anti-anxiety meds which threw me into a vicious spiral of withdrawal that added to my misery. I was like Humpty Dumpty—so broken that I had no clue how to put myself back together again. I felt a spark of Recovery when a wholistic doctor told me that only I held the key to becoming whole again. And in that moment, I felt sick and tired of feeling sick and tired and knew that I was going to have to systematically piece those broken shells together. It was not easy. It was damn hard. But with the right therapies, and wellness strategies that I learned and incorporated into my life, I rebuilt “me” by pressing forward, one foot in front of another, day after day, until the darkness turned to dawn.
My passion for peer work has become central to my life today. Back then, I would have LOVED to have known someone to talk to who had “been there” and knew first hand my struggles. Well, I have been there and I know how it feels to be stuck in darkness. And I also know that a mental health challenge doesn’t have to be a life sentence to unhappiness. It can be an opportunity for you to better understand YOU—to unpack your “stuff”, look at it, and repack it in a better way that serves you given the proper insight, tools and therapies. I’ve found that there are special qualities in those who struggle with mental health challenges, and while it is hard in the midst of those struggles, there are huge advantages too. I want to help others see that they can be empowered to get to a better place. I’d be honored to walk with you in this process of healing and discovery!
Marcie serves the Austin area and anyone online.