I'm Iris McAlpin. I'm a certified trauma coach, eating disorder specialist, and mental health advocate. I have a degree in Psychology, advanced clinical training in developmental trauma, and over 7 years of experience in the coaching field. My passion for mental health, and eradicating stigma associated with mental illness are at the core of everything I do.
I have to take a step back though, because my story doesn't begin there. My interest in mental health began at a very young age when a close family member attempted suicide. Although I didn't fully understand what was going on, the ripple effects in my life were significant. After being sexually assaulted a few years later,
my mental health began to take a turn as well.
It started with depression and body image issues when I was 9 years old, and slowly escalated to bulimia and complex PTSD in high school. I used drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, which only made matters worse. I did everything I could to make sure people in my life didn't know how bad it really was, and my self destructive behaviors went almost completely unchecked for over a decade.
As I progressed through recovery in my late 20’s, I began to realize that my fear of talking about my experiences wasn't just about me. This was a global issue. I knew the only way to destigmatize mental illness was for people like me to share our stories.
Thus, in February 2015 I launched a mental health awareness campaign on my Instagram account @irismcalpin. There I discuss a wide range of concerns from trauma to bulimia, and share the tools and wisdom I picked up on the road back to myself.
My intent in sharing my story is to show that no one is alone, recovery is worth the hard work, and support the global movement toward awareness, acceptance and support for everyone affected by psychological disorders.
Now I work with clients all over the world in both private and group settings. While many coaches emphasize symptom reduction and behavioral shifts, I use my training in developmental trauma to heal the trauma at the root of self-destructive behaviors and troubling symptoms. When the trauma is healed, behaviors change organically and the symptoms resolve themselves.
I feel deeply grateful for my recovery, and helping others heal is the privilege of a lifetime. I would be honored to assist you on your journey.
To see if working with me would be the right fit for you, click here to schedule a free 30-minute consultation. If for some reason I am unable to take you on as a client, I will happily provide referrals and resources that may be helpful for you.
I look forward to connecting with you!