SD: “I think that whenever someone we care about is struggling with emotional or mental distress, it is often incredibly useful to seek the guidance of other people who have struggled with similar issues–learned from their experiences–and now have wisdom to share. I am a strong believer in the power of mentorship and peer support, the power of the wounded healer who has been through the fire of suffering to use their scars as guides to help others.
I think one of the most important gifts we receive from our personal struggles is the ability to empathize and help others who have struggled like ourselves. This vision is missing from our current medical model, which puts so much of the power for healing into the hands of doctors and other experts. Anyone who I work with I see as a potential healer, a potential guide for others. I think having that vision reframes a key piece of what’s wrong with the system.”