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Some of Your Therapist's Favorite Podcasts

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

Have you ever wanted to know what kind of podcasts your therapist listens to? Maybe you enjoy educational or introspective stories, or just need something to listen to on the drive home from work. Here's a list of some of our clinicians' favorite podcasts revolving around mental health, the brain, and general health and wellness. There's something here for everyone! Make sure to tell us what you think if you give any of them a listen.


 


Michelle Buhrandt

Owner, LCSW


Hidden Brain

Hosted by Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain, sets out to explore the social sciences through stories. An engaging podcast that explores shared human behaviors and takes you along a journey of your own self discovery. The Hidden Brain podcasts are thoughtfully composed and never fail to get me thinking! If you're interested in checking out Hidden Brain, a few of my favorite episodes are Being Kind to Yourself (10/2021) and Reframing Your Reality Parts 1 & 2 (7/2022).




Dear Therapists

Admittedly this is a new one for me, but I listened to Episode 10 Lenny's Estranged Daughter and I am all in! Hosted by Lori Gottlieb, a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and Guy Winch, a psychologist- these two work together quite nicely as a mental health professional team. I think anyone in the mental health field, especially psychotherapists, would find this peek into others' conduct of a session interesting and helpful.

Anyone can be a fly on the wall in a therapy session with Dear Therapists,

and it will likely set you on a path of emotional reflectiveness.



 

Seth Criner

Clinical Director, LPC


Everything Happens

This podcast beautifully merges easy listening with some of the more difficult realities that we may encounter throughout our lives. With episodes coming in at just around 30 minutes each, Everything Happens does well to explore deep issues ranging from dealing with grief and trauma to exploring faith and fighting perfectionism. Dr. Bowler draws from her personal experience with fighting a sudden stage IV cancer diagnosis as she explores many challenging topics with leading

experts and authors, such as Bessel van der Kolk. Wherever you are at in your life, you can certainly find something in this podcast that hits home and could provide some helpful insight and encouragement.




A Couch Divided: Where Secular Psychology Meets a Christian Worldview

Many Christians may avoid going to counseling based on a belief that what they may find in the therapy office will not be compatible with what they find in scripture. This is a reasonable apprehension and is certainly understandable. This podcast offers conversations about topics in the field of psychology and counseling where Dr. Robyn Hall (a clinical psychologist and believer) and Nick Thomas (a believing biblical counselor and behavioral health student) look to the Word to uncover a Christian worldview by which someone can approach issues ranging from ADHD to gratitude to the psychology of mass shootings. My hope is that, for those people of faith who are hesitant to begin counseling, will find the discussions within this podcast helpful and encouraging, giving them the confidence to seek support as well as somewhere to begin looking for an informed understanding of what they may be facing.




 

Tanya McKeithen

LCSW


Tranquility Du Jour

Tranquility du Jour is a podcast encouraging us all to put a little more tranquility in our lives. Kimberly Wilson is a yoga teacher first and completed her LCSW and has a private practice in DC along with her many other endeavors, such as a clothing company, facilitator of retreats, and animal rescue.






 

Skyler Gutierrez

LPC



Unlocking Us

If you have never heard of Brene Brown, I'd recommend looking her up! She is a social worker as well as a person in long term recovery. She covers an assortment of topics based off of her own personal experiences as well as much research she has done in her time in the field. I really loved her episode of Unlocking Us-Loneliness and Connection with Dr. Vivek Murthy where they discussed the complexities of loneliness and the impact it has on physical and emotional well-being.


 

Grecia Cardenas

Social Work Intern


Immigration Stories

This podcast is called Immigration Stories with Nestor Gomez. It's mainly about the different immigration stories around the world and the physical and mental challenges immigrants face as children, adolescents, and adults. It's nice to connect with other individuals through a podcast because we all face similar challenges and feel similar emotions. There are many individuals with different backgrounds who may relate and connect through their experiences.



 


Enoch Bullock

Counseling Intern



Huberman Lab

Andrew Huberman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and tenured professor in the department of neurobiology and, by courtesy, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. The podcast discusses neuroscience: how our brain and its connections with the body's organs control our perceptions, behaviors, and health. He will also discuss tools for measuring and changing how our nervous system works. The importance of his podcast within the context of my life holds a special place as Dr. Huberman's insights into the underpinnings of Trauma and PTSD have better informed my perspective on the depths of how intricate trauma can affect both our neurobiology and behavior. Incidentally, learning more about the impacts of self-management through exercise and dieting can benefit one's psychological welfare has been instrumental in developing my counseling identity. I would recommend this podcast to anyone interested in health and wellness.



 

Madeline Tanouye

Counseling Intern


Where Should We Begin?

Psychotherapist and author, Esther Perel, hosts couples and sometimes family members for a one-time counseling session. They explore a variety of topics such as sexuality, infidelity, spirituality, coparenting, and more. I really enjoy listening to this to garner another professional perspective as well as learn more about the experiences of others. It can sometimes help me in my own introspection, too.


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