We had the good fortune of connecting with Eve Sturges and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eve, how does your business help the community?
I am here in Los Angeles offering psychotherapy, which I hope is helping the community’s soul in myriad ways! It makes me happy to help others, and being a therapist has afforded me the opportunity to witness some amazing journeys. People crave connection, and I love that my job allows me to create a space for that day after day.
The second side of my life is podcasting, and I hope my podcast, “Everything’s Relative” is helping others feel less alone about their shocking DNA Discoveries. There is a worldwide phenomenon occurring right now, but so many people don’t even know that they aren’t a part of it. There is shame threaded through every piece of the puzzle. My goal is to change that by inviting others to tell the stories and share their perspectives about misattributed parentage, family secrets, and other variables that create these complex dynamics. Every episode is an opportunity for me to connect with someone else for my own healing, and I receive messages from people all around the world thanking me for the work.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
With my private practice, my writing, and my podcast, I only know how to be honest about who I am, for better or worse. Nothing has been easy, but the more I stay true to myself, the better I feel about where I am today in all areas of my life. It’s taken me three seasons, but I’m extremely proud of where the podcast is today. I’m excited as a therapist to continue helping people learn about themselves, to grow, and to create lives they love with the life they have.
On a good day, I’m proud of so many things: surviving Los Angeles as a single mom, getting through graduate school, helping people with my podcast, making people laugh. It isn’t always a good day, though. I struggle with my own inner demons, and it feels like I have to work pretty hard to overcome them over and over again. It’s important for me to have my own therapy, to have a support system of friends and family, to exercise, and to know when to rest.
I hate to be this person, but I think the lesson I have to learn over and over again is that I need to be true to myself. So that’s what I’d say: do that. That’s the core of everything I do.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m an Eastside girl through and through: Descanso Gardens. Square One Dining. Little Beast. A movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Go for a drink or a swim at the Standard Downtown. Go to Leo Carillo state beach for the tide pools, stop at the Reel Inn on the long drive home. Drool over houses in San Marino. The chaos makes me anxious, but everyone should go to Hollywood and Highland at least once. Go to the Downtown LA Library. See the Dodgers play a home game. Try all the food trucks, and always get peppers and lime on your fruit. Catch a show at Bob Baker’s marionette Theater. Find Belle’s Bagels. Take a long river walk from Atwater to Frogtown. Get the guacamole and cocktails at Salazar. (Get everything at Salazar.) Take a picnic to a show at the Hollywood Bowl. take your kids to KidSpace in Pasadena, and the Natural History Museum, and Shane’s Inspiration Playground.
I could go on and on…but this would be an exhausting tour as it is!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am so grateful for all the people in Los Angeles who have been my supportive and loving village since I moved here on my own with a 3-year-old in tow. I couldn’t possibly choose just one person, group or organization. Square One Dining was instrumental as a place of support, encouragement, employment, and hot coffee while I found my footing as an adult. My parents have supported me through thick and thin. My husband; Kalen Egan is my everything. Is this supposed to be a speech? Do I keep going? I could keep going.
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