112: Feeling Overwhelmed, Undervalued, Stressed, or Alone as An SLP? with Mattie Murrey-Tegels

Feeling Overwhelmed, Undervalued, Stressed, or Alone as An SLP? with Mattie Murrey-Tegels



Have you ever felt lost or powerless in your career? 

Unfortunately, many new SLPs end up getting discouraged and lose their inspiration after they begin their career. It’s easy to feel this way when you don’t feel supported, valued, or paid adequately. 

So what do you do to get out of this funk? In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Mattie Murrey-Tegels to talk about how you can take your power back, grab the reigns in your life, find happiness, and find fulfillment as an SLP. 

Mattie Murrey-Tegels is the founder and SLP behind Fresh SLP, Badass SLP, and The Missing Link for SLPs Podcast.  She’s been “in-the-trenches” as a medical SLP around the world for over 25 years and now an Assistant Professor for 3 years.  

She is thrilled to be growing her dream job of a coaching business for SLPs across their career span and because paying her experiences forward is something she is very passionate about.  One of the things she enjoys the most is interviewing guests on her podcast, The Missing Link for SLPs, which just passed 30,000 downloads. 

If you ask her patients and students, one thing they will remember is how much she loves her work! She may not look like it but she is a huge introvert and when she is not actively working as an SLP, she is almost always reading, writing (writing over 1,000,000 words a year), or listening to amazing Chicago Blues bands.   

She also loves being outdoors and definitely enjoys soaking up the sun at her home in Minnesota, where warm and sunny days can be limited. She’s ridden motorcycles for many years, raced sled dogs, hiked huge mountains yet she cherishes the quiet moments of climbing into a hammock to nap or timeless conversations with friends and family. The Missing Link for SLPs podcast, Fresh SLP, and Badass SLP is her legacy, giving back to a career that has so richly rewarded her.


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • Ways new SLP graduates can stay inspired and driven
  • What to do if you feel stuck
  • How to take control of your professional life
  • Tips for letting go of perfectionism
  • What to do if you’re feeling alone
  • The importance of finding a community for SLPs 
  • Going after the things you need to feel valued
  • Peer groups and resources available to SLPs


It is so discouraging to begin your new career as an SLP only to find that it’s not quite what you expected. If you are feeling powerless or stuck in your current circumstances, I hope you found this episode inspirational. You CAN take control of your professional life and find happiness and fulfillment as an SLP!

Mattie recommends reaching out and joining communities of other like-minded SLPs and I couldn’t agree more. You can join my Facebook group here to connect with other SLPs that like to have fun in the classroom. You can also join Mattie’s community for SLPs here. 

If you are ready to get clear on what you want by creating your vision board, get Mattie’s free vision board guide here to get started! 


Feeling Overwhelmed, Undervalued, Stressed, or Alone as An SLP? with Mattie Murrey-Tegels


Joke of the Week:

Q: What is the king of the classroom? 

A: The ruler. 


Resources Mentioned: 

Check out Fresh SLP

Free Vision Board Guide

Join the Fresh SLP Community

Connect with Mattie on LinkedIn

Follow Mattie on Instagram

Follow Mattie on Pinterest

Listen to the Fresh SLP Podcast


Where We Can Connect: 

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Follow Hallie on Instagram 

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