October 27, 2022 • bachelor insider
Danielle Maltby Discusses Her Personal Work Before ‘Paradise’ to Prepare for Love
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Bachelor Nation fans first met Danielle Maltby on Season 21 of “The Bachelor,” and now she’s back on our screens for Season 8 of “Bachelor in Paradise.”
Danielle just stopped by the “Talking It Out with Bachelor Nation” podcast, where she opened up about how she prepared to find love in “Paradise.”
The Bachelor Nation star said, “Before coming to ‘Paradise’ I was dating, but very unsuccessfully. Obviously, nothing really stuck. There was a lot of self-growth and things that I still needed to do and work on.”
Danielle went on, saying, “I know I said it on the show; I just think I was at this point where I didn’t feel like I was who I actually wanted to meet yet. And that thought really helped me. Like, if I’m not who I want to meet yet, what do I have to do to get there?”
She revealed how she came to this realization, saying, “I had this really special patient that I was taking care of and she was asking all about my dating life. She’s just one of those very inquisitive patients, literally as I’m putting needles in her and stuff. We had this moment where she was like, ‘Well, you’ve gotta be who you want to meet.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, am I who I want to meet?!’ She’s just a really spiritual person and she drops little knowledge bombs on you.”
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Danielle explained how she started to work through finding herself, saying, “I’m also someone that loves to journal. Writing has always been very therapeutic for me and has helped me process a lot of stuff. So that thought just kind of sat with me and lingered. When I got home that night and I was getting ready for bed, I pulled out my journal and I just really started thinking about what that looked like for me and how if I wasn’t who I want it to be, how do I get there? What does that look like? What did I want in a partner? And what did I want to match in that partnership?”
And while journaling helped, Danielle said that therapy was the most helpful tool for her in working on herself.
She said, “Finding yourself a great therapist and committing to therapy can really help. I know it is a huge privilege, because we all know it’s not cheap and it’s not readily accessible or covered by a lot of insurances. But I had reached a point in my current career where I was like, this is something I can afford to pay for it out of pocket. So I used that time and I’ve been seeing a therapist twice a month for a little over a year now. That’s really helped me process a lot of things.”
To hear more of Danielle’s conversation on the “Talking It Out with Bachelor Nation” podcast, check out the full episode below.
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