What is it like to work with you?
I hear I, “don’t have a good poker face for a therapist.” I believe in an empathic eye-roll. My therapy style is straightforward and compassionate. I'm less woo-woo than Bari Tessler (I won't tell you to tend to your money like a garden) and more woo-woo than Suze Orman (I won't give you a money smack-down). Often when clients collaborate with me, they find the directness refreshing. As financial therapy is a more interactive style of treatment, it’s important to have comfort in the therapist with whom you are working.
Who should see you?
I love working with anyone who has an interest and desire in working towards an emotionally-balanced relationship with money. I have a tender place in my heart for early-to-mid career women. In the United States, women generally earn less, save less and are more likely to take on caregiving roles while outliving their male counterparts. Women of color and women who are divorced are impacted disproportionately by poor financial literacy. In 2014, a study showed the median wealth for single black women was $5 and 1 in 5 women who are divorced end up in poverty. It can be frustrating to be crushing it in the office and feel lost when it comes to managing one’s finances. I am so honored to be in a position where I can help women realize their financial potential.
In addition to working with women, I welcome couples and men. There can be a variety of factors that bring couples to financial therapy. When seeing men, I hear that our society has "assumed" men know how to manage finances which often leads to guilt or shame when managing their money. Men also tend to associate money with happiness which can lead to psychological entanglements when it comes to personal finance.
What will make financial therapy successful?
Think of working with me as you would use a roadmap; I'll offer suggestions and directions, but it’s ultimately up to you which path you take to reach your destination. It helps to be vulnerable, willing to practice new behaviors and to take ownership of your emotional-financial relationship. I strongly recommend spending one hour per week with your money. That can look like reviewing your bank statements, checking where your money went for the week, or counting the change in your piggy bank.
I don't live near Ann Arbor. Can you see me remotely?
Yes! In addition to face-to-face services, I offer financial therapy via HIPAA-Compliant video as well.
Can you just manage my money for me, so I don’t have to think about it?
Nope! Financial therapy is a collaborative effort. I am not a CPA, CFP, or other investment advisor. Legal jargon to follow: The information and content provided by Lindsay Bryan-Podvin LMSW, LLC/Mind Money Balance is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered legal or financial advice. You should consult with an attorney or other professional to determine what may be best for your individual needs. No one should make any investment changes without first consulting his or her financial advisor and conducting his or her research and due diligence. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Lindsay Bryan-Podvin LMSW, LLC/Mind Money Balance disclaims any and all liability in the event any information, opinions, advice and/or recommendations prove to be inaccurate, incomplete or unreliable, or result in any investment or other losses.
Who is that adorable pup?
That’s my fur monster Birdie Baudelaire (yes, she has a middle name because she’s fancy like that). She’s my husband and I's first puppy together. She’s a Portuguese Water Dog and I never had “guilty pleasures” I spent on until she came around.