OWOSSO — Two sisters from Owosso have collaborated to create an interactive, art-filled guide geared toward serving to readers develop instruments to handle what so many individuals are feeling within the age of COVID-19 — anxiousness.
Within the just-published workbook, referred to as “Your Therapist is Anxious, Too,” psychologist Dr. Jenny Martin and artist/actress Kristen Martin mix unique artwork, humor, private experiences and psychological savvy to problem readers to discover the roots of their anxieties and take care of them.
“Some self-help books are chilly, sterile and boring. I wished our guide to be actually stunning and enjoyable and light-hearted, and on the similar time do critical work that may truly assist,” mentioned Jenny Martin, 37, a medical psychologist primarily based in Chicago who wrote the textual content. “I make enjoyable of myself on a regular basis (within the guide), displaying I’m prepared to have a look at my very own experiences and saying (to the reader), let’s do that collectively.”
One of many guide’s eight chapters, referred to as “Our bodies Do Not Lie,” focuses on how stress can present itself bodily, similar to with complications or decrease again ache.
“We generally neglect our our bodies are telling us one thing,” Jenny Martin mentioned. “Even when our minds don’t know, our our bodies do. Being conscious of that may assist us higher handle stress.”
Kristen Martin, a Broadway actress and painter, mentioned the thought for “Your Therapist is Anxious, Too” originated a couple of yr in the past, throughout a interval of private anxiousness. Whereas portray a watercolor self-portrait, she discovered herself creating surrealistic pictures above the top, representing how her mind felt.
“I form of shed my anxiousness onto the web page,” mentioned Kristen Martin, 35, the guide’s illustrator, who lives outdoors New York Metropolis. “I shared the portray with my sister and he or she mentioned she thought I is perhaps onto one thing. That led us to the guide.”
Though the idea was hatched simply earlier than the coronavirus pandemic broke out, the Martins’ timing couldn’t be higher. Lots of people are feeling wired to the max proper now. Jenny Martin mentioned her psychology observe is busier than ever.
“I’ve by no means labored so onerous in my life,” she mentioned. “There are ready lists for therapists. The charges of suicide and tried suicide are increased than ever. It’s an epidemic, and that spurred this guide ahead.”
She added a warning: “(The guide ) isn’t an alternative to remedy — it’s an entry level. It helps you perceive your self and should lead somebody to remedy, or it may be a complement to remedy.”
“Your Therapist is Anxious, Too” attracts from the private experiences of each sisters. Kristen Martin’s husband, Broadway actor Tam Mutu, who acted within the movie “Moulin Rouge,” contracted COVID-19 in March. Instantly after his analysis, Broadway shut down fully and has but to reopen.
“Tam was floor zero on Broadway. We have been each hit onerous by the virus, and we’re so lucky that he was solely within the hospital two nights,” Kristen Martin mentioned. “We recovered collectively, at house.”
The title for the sisters’ collaboration was impressed by Jenny Martin’s need to “destroy the ability differential between affected person and therapist” and take away outdated notions that remedy is frightening or one thing to be prevented.
“The title is to point out that all of us really feel a full vary of emotional emotions,” she mentioned.
The guide is already promoting properly, she mentioned. It’s received a number of rave evaluations, too, notably from the Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy Award-winning writer, Ron Powers.
“Your therapist could also be anxious, too, but when her identify is Dr. Jenny Martin, you’re in luck,” wrote Powers, a journalist and writer whose work contains the nonfiction guide “No One Cares About Loopy Individuals.” “Her pleasant, extremely helpful guide delivers important info and recommendation on controlling anxiousness with the simple, breezy intimacy of your finest buddy. The illustrations by her actor-sister Kristen are a feast for the soul.”
Psychological sickness touching the lives of associates, members of the family, and the sisters’ personal lives, is what prompted Jenny Martin to grow to be a psychologist, she mentioned. It additionally impressed her and Kristen Martin to grow to be co-ambassadors of psychological well being for Consciousness Ties, an Owosso-based social-impact platform that aspires to raise consciousness for varied causes.
The Martin sisters, each Owosso Excessive Faculty graduates, credit score their hometown with giving them quite a lot of alternatives to discover their pursuits and develop the self-confidence to unfold their wings and goal excessive. Though they now reside in different states, their hearts are nonetheless in Owosso, they mentioned.
Kristen Martin, who has acted in such Broadway productions as “Spiderman: Flip Off The Darkish” and “Depraved,” was wooed again to Owosso a couple of yr in the past to carry out within the Owosso Group Gamers’ manufacturing of “Candy Charity” on the Lebowsky Theater for Performing Arts.
“Being within the Owosso Group Gamers for therefore a few years one hundred pc formed me and ready me for getting into skilled theater roles,” she mentioned. “It gave me the chance to play in so many roles. I owe them loads.”
“The neighborhood helps you when you are interested. We love Owosso. We’re grateful for the neighborhood,” Jenny Martin mentioned, including that ballet classes she took at her mom’s dance studio as a teen taught her self-discipline and the gratification of accomplishment.
“Your Therapist is Anxious, Too” could be bought for $18.99 at youranxioustherapist.com. A portion of the proceeds can be donated to suicide prevention organizations. Prints of Kristen Martin’s unique illustrations are additionally accessible for buy on the web site.