Name: Daniel Anear
Years practising: 3
Specialty: Life Transitions, Relationship Issues and Marriage Issues
I like to think I'm warm and approachable, a family man, fascinated by human psychology, philosophy and spirituality.
I love to ride electric skateboards in my spare time.
The catalyst for becoming a therapist and ultimately a couples therapist was my parent's separation when I was 17. The separation wasn't something I saw coming and as such really knocked me about at a formative time of my development. This experience work me up to the importance of emotions and self-care and birthed an empathy to help others. Shortly after I also had a number of people in my life who experienced sexual trauma and my inability to know how to help solidified my desire to become a therapist.
Having a couple return for a session and report that they are doing well, that communication has improved, arguing has reduced. The most heartwarming feeling was when they told me that they generally felt happier with themselves and their relationship. It is moments like these that make my job worthwhile.
The old advice of taking one day at a time may sound cliché however there is much truth in this adage often we can be too hard on ourselves. I would also add that just like life, recovery, healing and/or growth is not a linear process. However, with the right strategies and mindset, it is possible.
Honestly, it would probably be something similar but in the area of education. I have a background in mental health education and currently run a podcast however I don't get to do this as much as I'd like. I'd happily be a University lecturer or educator in some similar context, I've also considered nutrition/herbal medicine as something I'd enjoy.
The leftover birthday cake that's in the shape of a castle.
I'm always happy to have a preliminary chat to see if we're a good fit and am not offended if you decide to not go ahead.
This Talked Spotlight was based on an interview conducted in August 2021.
Talked Spotlight is our series where we interview the professionals who help make Talked the premier digital mental health platform. The views expressed are those of the interviewees, based on their experiences within the profession, and as such are not necessarily representative of Talked's views.