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Hey everybody, new time poster here. I love the content. I've been suffering from depression and anxiety for the last 10 years. This has severely hampered my ability to hold a job long-term. Recently, I've been getting into fitness and I was thinking that personal training could be a cool career for me to start. I was wondering if any of you guys have experience. Exercise has definitely been one of the most therapeutic things for helping my anxiety and depression. I would love to pass on that knowledge and joy to the rest of the world. Personal training might be a good vessel to do that. I would love any help from you guys regarding this topic. What personal training certifications did you get? Did it help you guys with your mental health problems? I'm excited to get started. Thanks!

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Hi there,

Welcome to the community and thank you for the introduction. I am not a personal trainer, so I can't offer input on that front. However, I wanted to say that I am sorry to hear you have been struggling with anxiety and depression. I have some experience with these myself and have found support through a variety of teachings, therapies, and modalities. I think physical activity is definitely a supportive piece of the puzzle. Keep us posted on your journey. 

With gratitude,


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I would also agree with Gillian regarding other "Modalities" for your Anxiety & Depression, particularly Counseling with a Licensed Certified Counselor or Psychotherapist; since I have been on both receiving & treating end, I would lean toward a LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, however, that is an individual choice. That was my preference since I was an LCSW and been in Therapy with an LCSW. 

Any Physical activity was always an adjunct along with Therapy for me; Running was my forte. Wish I could do now, since age is creeping in:(.

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Thank you all so much for your information on mental health. I'm definitely excited to explore all these options more in-depth. Do you guys think when getting a personal trainer who is also a LCSW a good idea? Are LCSW professionals certified? I'd love to hear your input on that. Thank you!

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Hi...I dont know what name to address you, "Braveheart..."

I have never heard of a Personal Trainer having LCSW after his or her name, though anything is possible.

Anyone who has LCSW= Licensed "Certified" Social Worker...hope that helps...in respect of other disciplines, I have met some qualified,  Ph.D. Therapists too (Doctor of Philosophy).

Have a Great day,


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