How to Become Your Authentic Self

Today's post is a little bit different, but it's something that's been on my mind a lot lately. Something I've been talking about a lot with my therapist is how I learned from a young age to suppress who I really was -- the things I liked to do; my sense of humor; my opinions…

How I Got Into a Top 10 Social Work School | My Tips for Getting Accepted to Your Top Grad School

One thing I'm excited to write about more on my blog in 2021 is my journey toward becoming a trauma therapist. For anyone who wants to become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW or LICSW, depending on the state you live in), graduate school is a non-negotiable part of that journey. Do you need a…

How My Chronic Illness Led to an Eating Disorder Relapse

To be honest, I don't even know how to begin this post. I'm embarrassed, I'm ashamed, and I'm deeply saddened that I'm writing it at all. That's why I've been so silent on this blog (that, and I'm studying for the GRE). But while I wish that I could pretend that this never happened, I…

Healing From Trauma | What is Complex PTSD?

If you have been reading Endo Strong for a long time, you know that I want to (eventually) attend graduate school for my Master's in Social Work to become a licensed clinical social worker. I have a special interest in working with trauma survivors as a therapist, partly because of my personal experience with complex…

I Don’t Talk to My Dad — Here’s What I Wish People Knew

Author's Note: I normally welcome open dialogue here on Endo Strong, but I have turned off comments for this post. This subject is intensely personal for me and while this post was important for me to write and share, I do not want to open myself up to further trauma at the hands of insensitive…

My Relationship with Alcohol + Why I’m Sober Curious | Reflecting on #DryJuly

I feel it's important to preface this post by saying that for many people, sobriety is much more than a wellness trend. It's a necessary way of life. These people can't choose to resume drinking "in moderation" or to "drink mindfully." Alcohol alters their brain chemistry, making it hard to stop -- and easy to…

App Review: Rosy Wellness | App for Female Sexual Dysfunction

Would you feel comfortable talking to your friends, or even your gynecologist, about sexual dysfunction? With endometriosis, symptoms of sexual dysfunction -- such as lack of lubrication or inability to orgasm -- as well as sexual pain (known officially as "dyspareunia") are common. However, they are also incredibly isolating, since there is so much stigma…

Can You Lose Weight in Eating Disorder Recovery?

Trigger Warning: This post deals with weight loss, eating disorders, calorie counting and other topics that could be upsetting to someone with a history of an ED. Please proceed with caution. Remember, I am not a medical professional, so consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine. It's been awhile…

What You Need to Know About George Floyd and #BlackLivesMatter

My heart is broken by the violence and hatred we are seeing in this country. And I'm not talking about broken windows and spray-painted storefronts; I'm talking about the years of systemic abuse and racism in the police force that have finally boiled over into a cry for help. Living in the middle of Cleveland,…

Healing Your Inner Child + FREE Worksheet!

I like to think that everyone has their sh*t. None of us is immune to the pain that can come with life -- not even children. The problem? Children aren't old enough to fully comprend the hurt, so they internalize it in ways that affect their behavior even as adults. If you experienced what psychologists…