Scents of Style
Psychotherapist Dani Singer mixes health and fashion with Therapy Threads.
Dani Singer, founder of Therapy Threads, wearing an aromatherapy scarf
Life can be stressful, and it can wreak havoc on our minds as well as our everyday responsibilities. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 Americans experiences a “hard battle” like mental illness, with 43.8 million adults experiencing mental illness in a given year.
But in a world where conversations on mental health are few and the stressors are many, how does one stay grounded? Enter Therapy Threads, a conscious clothing line by local psychotherapist Dani Singer that promotes a holistic approach to health and wellness while keeping its wearer comfortable and chic.
The brand was created in 2014 and features a collection of high-quality, all-natural aromatherapy scarves that deliver hope and healing through its array of solid, print and pattern designs for every season and outfit.
Just how does it work, you ask? Each scarf is equipped with an integrated slot where you can tuck an aroma pad dosed with your favorite essential oil (got anxiety or need to relax? Lavender is perfect for that). Once you’re comfortably wrapped, the patent-pending scarf unlocks the powerful connection between sense of smell and emotional, physical and mental well-being. As added peace of mind, a portion of the proceeds from each scarf is donated to organizations like NAMI.
Singer’s love affair with essential oils began when a friend from grad school introduced her. She quickly took to their power and even uses them in sessions to ground patients who are dissociating (a mental process that causes a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts, memory and sense of identity), but she realized she needed a more discreet way to use and enjoy her oils in public.
“I was brainstorming: ‘These are cool, but what was a good way to use them?’” she recalls. “I’m not always going to be home to have the bottles or diffuse them in the air, and it’s not always ideal to pull out a bottle to sniff it.”
Rose Floral Therapy and Purple Painted Therapy scarves
The Kansas City native also knew she wanted to share her story of surviving sexual abuse, bullying and domestic violence, which led to her experiencing depression, anxiety and PTSD, but she was waiting for the right time and place to do so. And through the creation of Therapy Threads, she was able to accomplish both.
Singer’s history of trauma also led her to seek out professional help, which introduced her to eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), a psychotherapy treatment designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It also led her to become a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist specializing in EMDR and making it her mission to introduce others to alternative therapies.
“It gives me a perspective that’s a lot different than if I hadn’t experienced those things,” she says. “But it also gives me empathy and compassion — I’m already an empathetic person, but it takes that even deeper, too… I know how it felt when I was feeling what they’re feeling: hopeless, things will never get better. So it’s neat to have the empathy and compassion for them, but also try to give them the hope because I know personally that it can happen.”
Therapy Threads is also in line with practicing self-care and erasing the stigma around mental illness, which are two things Singer is passionate about. She also hopes the scarves will open the door for more conversations about mental health and shed light on the importance of addressing mental illness.
“The more that stigma’s there, the more those shame-based beliefs are going to be there,” she says. “And at the same time, I think stigma prevents a lot of people from getting help they really need and deserve.”
For more information, visit therapythreads.com.