In this episode join Meg as she talks with Dr. Emily Maynard where Dr. Maynard shares her insights on embracing the complexity and fullness of one’s story, and how changing the narrative can lead to healing and growth. We also explore the harm that can occur if a person’s inner world is not validated by others, and Dr. Maynard provides tips for identifying and healing the narrative people have about themselves.

Additionally, they discuss the importance of the patient-therapist relationship in recovery and how positive feelings between the two can predict good outcomes. Dr. Maynard also cautions against holding on too tightly to a narrative and explores the process of mourning in an eating disorder recovery journey.

Don’t miss out on this informative and insightful discussion about the power of healing the narrative and embracing the complexity and fullness of your story. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of validation and positive relationships in the recovery process.

Dr. Emily Maynard is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. She previously worked in community substance abuse treatment and at Counseling and Psychological Services at University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her PhD from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York City, and completed her clinical training at Bellevue Hospital Center.

Her therapy practice specializes in working with individuals who have complicated relationships with their bodies, including working with eating disorders, substance use issues, trauma, medical illness and pain, and LGBTQ+ individuals, especially transgender individuals. She sees both adolescents and adults, and especially enjoys working with late adolescent and early adult patients.

In her free time, Dr. Maynard enjoys knitting and crochet, reading fiction, running by the beach, and spending time with her partner and kids.

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