Feature Friday: Marble Wellness
Feature Friday is a time when I get the awesome opportunity to introduce you to a someone that is making a difference in the lives of moms, and today’s feature is Stephanie Korpal of Marble Wellness. Marble Wellness provides individual counseling, support groups and wellness events from moms in all different stages.
I was able to meet up with Stephanie last week at Starbucks and chat about life over a latte (I had to go pumpkin spice, I couldn’t help myself, but it satisfied the craving and I’m over it now!). A couple things struck me right away, she genuinely cares and I totally want to go to therapy! Even in just a simple conversation over coffee, she had such a way of asking and listening that I couldn’t help but just keep talking and talking about business and life. We joked about how amazing it is for a mom to get a whole hour with someone and just get to talk about themselves, what they want, how they feel – it is such a rarity as we are always thinking of everyone else.
She recognizes that lifting moms up will positively impact the entire family and that in every season of motherhood there are new challenges and obstacles to overcome. I could feel her passion for helping moms navigate through transitions, anxiety, grief, identity and relationship changes and compassion for the unique struggles of motherhood. I’m also very excited for her Marbel Wellness events and support groups to impact our community (I’ll definitely put those on the Events Calendar as they get planned)
You can find out more about Marble Wellness and her services here: https://www.marblewellness.com/
Here’s the rest of our interview
What made you want to be a Counselor?
When I started my work as a counselor, I did a lot of in-home therapy with families in crisis. I found that my most successful sessions and overall most significant progress came when I partnered one-on-one with the mothers. We would work on parent education, resolving issues around past trauma, and building coping skills and self-care habits–the positive impact on the entire family was astounding. Then, as I watched my family members and friends have their own children, I noticed so many similar needs and challenges arise: how do I care for myself while I have a small child? How do I maintain my relationship with my partner? Who am I outside of “mom”? I decided I wanted to continue to build positive impact for families by having a counseling practice specifically focused on mothers. I also really want to bring other aspects of wellness and socializing to them because, while therapy is important and can be so meaningful, there are so many other ways to implement small habits in the home that contribute to overall health.
What excites you the most about your work?
I love the one-on-one relationship of a therapist and client. It is so special to me to be trusted by others to partner with them so closely on their journeys.
What is your biggest challenge?
I am new to the business side of things! I was in nonprofit work for 7 years so navigating marketing, accounting, and those types of skills are brand new. However, I always enjoy learning so there are moments those challenges are fun.
Tell us about your family
Almost my entire family (cousins, 2nd cousins, 3rd cousins twice removed) lives in St. Louis so I see family all the time! My sister and I were roommates for 6 years and she just bought a house earlier this year so I am adjusting to not seeing her as frequently. I am incredibly close to my own mom. I also have a lot of cousins with kids so it’s fun getting to see them frequently and be part of their lives as they grow up.
If you could pick anything, what would your super power be?
I for sure would pick being able to teleport! How great would it be to not have to drive a long distance or deal with the airport?!
What one piece of advice do you have either for a mom that needs your service or someone that wants to start doing what you are doing?
This is tough because I feel like I have so much to say to moms! I think my biggest piece of advice would be to go ahead and give a counselor a call if you’ve considered it at all! Most therapists offer a free consultation phone call and you can see if it’s a good fit and how you feel about moving forward. And engaging in counseling doesn’t mean that anything is wrong with you-it’s just that the world isn’t meeting your needs right now and you’re pursuing a way to change that. I have a feeling once most people go to that first therapy session, they’ll be hooked and so glad they’ve started that process!