Jerilee Claydon aka The Therapy Project is a mother of two, a writer, a modern mental health clinical psychotherapist, a parenting educator, supporting little humans, the tummy & birth AND a creator of gorgeously luxurious candles.
1. What 5 words describe your life?
Unconventional | Mindful | Extreme | Humorous | Surprising
2. What's something that people won't already know about you?
I used to live In LA hosting an American game show. Then prior to my therapy career I worked with gemstones selling them on TV networks... ask me anything about coloured gems and I’ll know the answer!
3. How many 'real' friends do you have VS your likers/followers/FB friends?
5 real friends, 2 in one group and 2 in another, and my cousin who now lives up the road from me, I've known each set of friends since my 20’s, but sadly live some distance from them, Poole for one and Cape Town for another!
Prior to children and husbands my best friend and I lived around the corner from each other in West London I really miss the ease and fun this brought and didn’t appreciate it enough at the time.
I’m also lucky to have some lovely mummy friends where I live now.
4. What makes you feel vulnerable?
Pregnancy and children! I had forgotten how vulnerable pregnancy made me feel and also how vulnerable I am being dependant on someone else, which is necessary when you’ve got a new born !
I've always travelled and moved regularly, children - and a husband - compromise such a lifestyle. If I allow it my responsibilities can cause me to feel vulnerable.
5. Do you dare to dream or do you think dreams only come true for others?
I do dream but I’m always surprised when those dreams come true, it often takes time to materialise but when I’ve been clear about what it is I want exactly, I have achieved it. When things aren’t happening I question if I want it enough or what reasons I may unconsciously have to not want it.
6. What one piece of advice would you give other women about life?
As grim as it sounds I will think about our mortality to stay positive, as an integrative therapist, it means I can weave together different types of therapy and one of those elements is the existential approach.
Reducing life back to our mere existence and the reality that it all ends one day never fails to make me braver and crush any hesitations or anxiety. So vision yourself as an elderly woman taking your last breathe... what would she say to you..?
7. When did you last shave your pits/legs?
Had them waxed for the c section! So I’m feeling very groomed at the moment. Lucky Dr ! Poor husband doesn’t usually get a waxed leg !!