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Meet Jasmin Anderson of Seek Therapy Podcast in Midtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmin Anderson.

Jasmin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
So I can remember being as young as eight years old and talking to my friends about their feelings, which sparked my interest in therapy. I knew that helping people feel and do better was something really important to me. I received my BA in Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, Ca, which coincidentally is the same place I had my first therapy session.

After graduating I began working at residential treatment facilities, working with foster and at-risk youth. I ended up giving myself one year to get work experience, and then I applied to USC for my master of social work. I’ve been working in the mental health field for around five years between residential, and therapy. I noticed there was a lack of people from neighborhoods like mine getting therapy. It has become my mission to normalize therapy and make it okay for people to discuss their mental health. As I began listening to podcasts I realized the need for a podcast casually discussing mental health among black people. I figured that would be my way to begin giving back to my community, and starting the conversation to normalize going to therapy. I grabbed two of the closest people to me and told them about my vision, and we launched Seek Therapy Podcast earlier in 2019.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Some of the struggles along the way include just feeling as if people are as supportive as I expected. I don’t let it get me down because I’ve received messages from people telling me the podcast helped them to get therapy. Life is a balance of highs and lows, and the highs feel the best when you had some lows getting there.

Please tell us about your work. What do you guys do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
Seek Therapy Podcast is a casual podcast discussing all things mental health, and wellness. We discuss the different ways we’ve been impacted by mental illness and drop gems to help you live your best life. We discuss our highlights and challenges for the week, new things we’ve tried, and some self- care tips for the week. Remember you can drink the celery juice, hike and run ten miles, but if you’re neglecting the things going on in your head and heart… you’re still not truly healthy! Seek therapy, all the cool kids are doing it!

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My future husband Joe deserves credit, because I’ve talked to him extensively about my vision, and he is the one who pushed me into actually starting the podcast. He always pushes me outside of my comfort zone, which is also the aim of Seek Therapy Podcast. My parents and family deserve credit because they always instilled the importance of excellence and the power of our voices. My best friend Julie deserves credit because she heard and understood my vision and has been down from the start. I wouldn’t be here without God giving me the passion to help people heal and become their best selves.

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