You Have To Put Your Mask On First

A Cup of Culture

May 27 2022 • 34 mins


In this episode, you’ll hear from Kaylynn Parker, a licensed mental health therapist based in the state of Washington, who served eight years in the military as an aircraft mechanic. However, on her second deployment, she began to struggle mentally and emotionally and soon found out that she was “narcoleptic, and not remembering portions of my day is not safe not only for me but also my coworkers” so Kaylynn was medically retired from the Airforce.

During this time, she also sought a therapist whose support prompted her to become a mental health therapist too, though her road to becoming one wasn’t easy being a first-gen college student. Today, one of Kaylynn’s modalities involves being very honest and transparent with her clients to support them through anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other life challenges.

Her few nuggets of wisdom:

  1. If you don’t think a therapist is the right fit for you, you have the right to request a different one.
  2. You’re not alone. You might have more things in common with people with shared trauma than you might realize at the time.
  3. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a “massive strength.”

Few additional resources:

  1. If you’re thinking about self-harm, please seek help here.
  2. If you are from a minority background, here’s a some tools for you:

Music attribution:

- Music provided by Lofi Girl

- Listen: bit.ly/lofigirI-playlists

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