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NBSV 085: Val the Vegan Therapist on emotional/social challenges of veganism and coping with anxiety


Val the Vegan Therapist // photo cred Josh Bethea

Valerie Martin, a.k.a. Val the Vegan Therapist, is on the show to discuss the importance of navigating the emotional and social challenges of veganism, whether having a vegan therapist is important if you’re vegan yourself, and her favourite techniques for coping with anxiety (because who the heck isn't anxious right now?!)


Valerie Martin is a psychotherapist, coach, and yoga teacher based in Nashville, Tennessee. She’s also a Ravenclaw, Enneagram 7, antiracist ally, intersectional vegan and animal advocate, and Work That Reconnects facilitator. Valerie’s mission is to support the vegan (and veg-curious) community in their mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing so they can live more vibrant lives and be stronger advocates for animal and human liberation. She offers 1-on-1 virtual coaching and hosts the Vegan & Vibrant podcast and private community.


Here’s our discussion:

Important topics and points you don't want to miss:

>> Is having a vegan therapist important if you're vegan yourself?


>> Dealing with potential emotional and social challenges associated with veganism: what might these look like? How can we best address them?


>> Methods for coping with anxiety.



Connect with Valerie:

>> Val's website


>> Val on Instagram


>> Val's Facebook group

>> A special offering: 25% off Val's normal coaching fee, and 100% is donated to The Life You Can Save, an organization that has, in Val's words, "curated a group of nonprofits that save or improve the most lives per dollar, for the greatest possible impact toward reducing extreme poverty".


Episode Transcript:


Access a full transcript of this episode here.

Mentioned in the episode:

>> Val's spoken word piece: Sorry // Not Sorry (A Poem Of My Journey To Veganism)


>> Val's Response Cheatsheet Guide for Hard Conversations About Veganism




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Interview video:

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