Every woman wants to pursue her purpose and most of the time we need a solid guide and sounding board to help us during time of inner self-discovery.
Meet Seida Hood, licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), CEO, and Clinical Director of From the Heart Counseling.
I had the amazing opportunity to interview Seida about nutrition and mental health and found her wisdom timely, practical, and most importantly - free of judgement.
The Loveish Podcast, Seida's latest project, drops each Tuesday on your favorite podcast platform. Breaking the cookie-cutter molds on mental wellness, faith, relationships, and love, Seida let's women know we're not alone.
In 2017, Seida was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Unhappy and struggling to find her purpose, some days Seida didn't want to brush her teeth or even get out of bed.
She was struggling to believe she had a purpose in life, who she was in her core. Here's a snippet of Seida's story...
"I was present with everyone, but felt like I was walking in a cloud. In therapy I started doing the hard work of allowing myself to believe something different than what I had been taught my whole life. This was hard, because it was challenging me to set firmer boundaries instead of taking one for the team.
Little by little (with the support of my squad), I started showing up for myself. Each time I pushed through and showed up for myself, I was rewarded.
As I inspired my clients, I was also inspired. As I helped to push my clients towards the potential I could see, my own purpose began to emerge. My clients would cry saying, "I'm so relieved that you just get it." My heart ached to share that I "got it" because I had struggled with the same darkness and it was nothing but the infinite grace of God that saved me.
As a Therapist self-disclosure is controversial, but for several months now God called me to share my truth with the world. Not to brag or so people can be in my business, but to truly save a life.
Passive suicidal ideation comes more often than you'd like to admit with MDD. So if you're reading this and you don't want to get out of bed and brush your teeth: do it anyway and then be proud of yourself for showing up FOR YOURSELF."