Self-Care Practices

Maddie Spear: Mental Health Advocacy Online: Ethics, Connections, and Boundaries

Episode #194

Today With Maddie Spear:

Today on The Inner Edit I am joined by Maddie Spear. Maddie is a licensed social worker and trauma therapist in North Carolina where she works with children, teens, and young adults. In addition to her work in direct trauma care, Maddie also takes a modern approach to mental health through social media, where she has a massive following on TikTok (where she is @therapy_thoughts) and Instagram (where she is @loveyourlittlevictories).

Today we are catching up and going even deeper into what it means to be a content creator, especially as a therapist. We talk about ethics, boundaries, and the difference between being a therapist and being a mental health advocate. But don’t worry, Maddie assures us there is room for both. This is such a refreshing chat and Maddie shares so openly her views about being authentic, overcoming perfectionism, and finding meaningful connections with our communities and each other.

Pick It Apart

[1:44] Maddie defines her role as a therapist first but also as a content creator, expanding on her ethics in the social media space.

[8:41] Christie and Maddie discuss the difference between being a mental health professional and a mental health advocate and the importance of checking the source of information online.

[12:03] Christie asks Libby to share advice on creating connection as a content creator.

[20:51] Maddie explains boundaries, ethics, and safety within her online community.

[31:19] Maddie surprises Christie when she shares the amount of drafts she has in her content folder.

[42:32] Christie asks Maddie how her online presence impacts her personal life.

Christie Rocha’s and Maddie Spear’s Ah-Ha Moments

“There are both spoken and unspoken rules in terms of ethics and the therapy-social media community…we want to continue to do no harm.” – Maddie Spear

“The wellness community has a level of grace…you don’t owe me anything. I don’t owe you anything. But we get to be in each other’s presence and get to have community when it feels right for us both. What a beautiful thing!” – Maddie Spear

“I think sometimes we have to shrink our own voice and shrink the imposter syndrome and ask, ‘Why are you limiting me here? Look at all the good I’m doing, look at all like the beautiful people who are impacted by this.’” – Maddie Spear

“Just start and just show up. The world needs your voice…you have a unique perspective, and it’s so important for the world to hear yours.” – Maddie Spear

More About Maddie Spear

Maddie Spear, MSW, LCSW, is a trauma therapist located in North Carolina who works with children, teens, and young adults. In addition to her work in direct trauma care, Maddie additionally works to bring mental health tips worldwide. With a following of well over 300,000 on social media, Maddie strives to eliminate the stigma around mental health and promote healing for all with accessible mental health tips and tricks to promote self-growth and self-care. Feel free to connect with her on the following platforms for more ways to impact your mental wellbeing:

Connect with Maddie Spear

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Instagram 

LinkedIn

TikTok

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Other Shows Mentioned:

TIE #98: Maddie Spear: How to Love Our Little Victories on the Path to Healing from Trauma

TIE #189: Bryana Kappadakunnel: Authenticity Over Algorithms: The Conscious Mommy’s Approach to Digital Growth

TIE #190: Renee Reina: Navigating the Intersection: Where Your Passions and Niche Content Meet on Social Media

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