We had the good fortune of connecting with Shae Chisman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shae, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I think that the biggest misconception about being a mental health professional is that you have to ” have it all together”. FALSE! Many therapists started their journey because their own therapist inspired them. Or because they want to provide others with the support they needed. Therapists are humans just like you. We hurt. We struggle. We screw up. We don’t always use the healthiest coping mechanisms. However, we do have the responsibility to ourselves and our clients to be doing the work too. It’s because we have known pain and are constantly healing that we can confidently say to our clients, “It gets better”.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being a therapist is a trip, ya’ll! On a daily basis, I get to witness people having major aha moments, crumble into a vulnerable mess, have massive conflicts with their loved ones, and be generally super awkward. Whatever the client in front of me is experiencing, I am a BOSS at holding sacred space for them…allowing them to feel whatever they need to with no judgment. And I know what you’re thinking, “no judgement? yeah right…” but on the real real — because at the very core of my being I believe that everything makes sense in context. Even the most bizarre, irrational behaviors and thoughts make sense once you see the larger picture. And I believe that humans are basically good and are competent at solving their own problems. I’m just here to be a guide. To help them see the bigger picture when life and the inevitable hurts get in the way. It took a whole lot of soul work, years of graduate school, and a challenging AF internship to get to where I am today. I worked through insecurities & imposter syndrome in my own therapy. I set aside my own harmful coping mechanisms. I really tried doing the work of authenticity and congruency. And I’m still doing it. Because I know I can only meet my clients as deeply as I’ve met myself.
Ultimately, I want the world to understand that going to therapy is one major way we can change the world. If therapy was accessible to all and people were educated and empowered to find the right therapist for them, society as we know it would be more balanced and healthy. I’ve seen people go from being bitter, resentful, and angry to kind, compassionate, and empathetic. I’ve seen relationships turn from neglectful and abusive to healthy and healing. I’ve witnessed people free themselves from maladaptive coping mechanisms and meet themselves for the first time in their lives. If we all did that work, got to really know and love ourselves, we would do a lot less hurting of other people.
So if you’ve been waiting for a sign to find a therapist, this is it 🙂

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It’s a blast living up in North Georgia! I love going to downtown Woodstock on Friday nights and walking around looking at the shops and art installations there. Then we would get dinner at Pure Taqueria where they have the best pineapple infused tequila & enjoy live music on the weekends. I also love Truck & Tap where you can grab local brews & food from a new food truck every night. The atmosphere and service is perfect! I love to spend Saturdays in nature, weather permitting. Amacalola Falls & other beautiful hiking destinations are super close. Gibbs Gardens is also a beautiful place to go walk around and enjoy nature.
Sundays are perfect for brunch at J. Christophers and a walk in the park. Cherokee county has new walking trails alongside the Etowah River and I love taking my son to walk there. Maybe even do some shopping at the Outlet Malls of Atlanta.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
As cliché as it is, I have to give a shout out to my mom, Melissa Hall, LMSW. As she is a therapist too, she is my mentor and biggest fan. I am forever grateful for the years of sacrifice as a single mom, working multiple jobs, and still being emotionally and physically present to support me. She inspires me to remain true to myself, find balance with work & play, honor my intuition, and leave a legacy of authenticity. I look forward to being able to fulfill our dream of opening a healing center in the future!

Website: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/shae-chisman-holly-springs-ga/431786

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