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Learn about mental health and anxiety through books and laughs! Every month, we interview an author and bring you that conversation!

Learn about mental health and anxiety through books and laughs! Every month, we interview an author and bring you that conversation!




Learn about mental health and anxiety through books and laughs! Every month, we interview an author and bring you that conversation!






Episode 25 - Talking Mental Heath Tech with Adam Chekroud

In episode 25, I talk with Adam Chekroud about the mental health tech company he co-founded in 2016, Spring Health. They offer behavioral health treatment to clients through their employers. Spring Health is harnessing the power of data science and statistics to give mental health providers more information about how to treat incoming clients to maximize a successful outcome. We talk about the state of mental health in the US, what companies like Adam's are doing to improve it, and what the...


Episode 24 - Peace From Anxiety

Is managing our anxiety all about meditating on a cushion? Exercising? Sleeping well? Having our needs met? Hanging out with loved ones? Being supported by our community? Living a life of purpose and meaning? According to this month's author, Hala Khouri, it involves bits and pieces of all those things. Listen here for a discussion about the many elements that can help us heal from anxiety and emotional disregulation, and about the mythology of trying to heal all on our own. Resources...


Episode 23 - Say What You Mean

In Episode 23, we explore the practice of non violent communication -- a way of speaking that can help foster understanding, reduce confusion and help us get our needs met. Plus, mindfulness. Our guest, Oren Jay Sofer, is a veteran meditator and instructor, author and creator of mindfulness content for popular apps such as 10% Happier.


Episode 22 - Bringing Compassion to Our Anxiety

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Dennis Tirch, a compassion focused clinical therapist and all around mensch, who has managed to bring an enormous amount of kindness and caring attention to the world of anxiety treatment and exposure and response prevention. Through years of clinical practice, he manages to marry eastern and western psychology to treat patients in a way that focuses on helping them activate their in-born compassion systems. This episode is an absolute gem; please listen and...


Episode 21 - Acronyms That Soothe Minds

Welcome to Episode 21! In this episode, we explore three different acronyms and practices, DARE, DEAF, and RAIN, which can really help upset minds during a difficult experience. Warning: this is a very practical episode! RAIN PDFRAIN meditations and resourcesDARE BookSally Winston's book, includes DEAF


Episode 20 - Who was William James?

In this episode, my guest Dr. John Shook helps us get acquainted with one of the leading figures in psychology and philosophy in the 20th century, William James. We talk about emotions, the brain and pragmatism. You can find Dr. Shook on Youtube by searching for "John Shook Humanism" or contact him via email at The book can be found on Amazon, here.


Episode 19 - Good Morning, I Love You

Apparently, compassion and self-compassion are important parts of a mindful way of living. It's not just your attention that counts, but the quality of that attention. Is your focus like a deadly sniper? Or a loving teddy bear? Some strange combination of both? In this episode, Shauna Shapiro, PhD helps us understand how the two are connected, and how she was able to cultivate both in her own life. We discuss the effects of mindfulness on physical and emotional pain, what it means to be...


Episode 18 - Needing To Know For Sure

Do you have a sticky mind? Like the floor of a movie theatre? Like your sourdough ball before it has time to rise? In this episode of the Anxiety Book Club, we have a conversation with Dr. Sally Winston, where we dive deeply into issues of reassurance seeking and compulsive checking, both difficult symptoms of an anxious or obsessive mind. Specifically, we talk about the treatment of OCD -- specifically in those who seek reassurance in unproductive ways, and who suffer as a result of not...


Episode 17 - Why Buddhism is True

Are our feelings true? Are they reliable? Does honoring them lead us to pleasure or pain? Or is it more complicated than that? In this episode of the Anxiety Book Club, I am joined by fan of the podcast and longtime friend Nigel Tu, to discuss Robert Wright's incredible Why Buddhism is True, a candid and scientifically compelling account of the psychological mechanisms and benefits of following the mindful path. I REALLY like this book, and I'm not sure the episode truly does it justice, so...


Episode 16 - The Problem with Perfect

Are your standards “high beyond reach or reason”? Well, you may be suffering from perfectionism. In some areas of my life, I have paid an enormous cost because of my inability to see what is plainly good enough. I hope that in today’s conversation with Dr. Martin Antony about his book, When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough, you will find some entertainment and perhaps also something helpful if you struggle with this affliction. Antony's newest book.


The Curse of the Self with Dr. Mark Leary

Ever wondered what makes us uniquely human, and why it sucks so much? Dr. Mark Leary, professor emeritus of psychology from Duke University, explains the evolutionary history of human being's ability to worry, regret and generally understand themselves in the third person. The Book Mark at Duke Mark's Blog at Psychology Today Character & Context Magazine


Episode 14 - Talking about bodies with Rebecca Hill

"Fat", "Overweight", "Living in a larger body". What are these terms and what do they have to do with your health? This conversation with Rebecca Hill, PsyD grad student at Nova Southeastern, follows on from last month's episode with Christy Harrison. We discuss her soon to be published research manual (fingers crossed) about how medical professionals should engage people at all weights and sizes. Rebecca's instagram: Her clinic/lab at Nova:...


Episode 13 - Anti Diet with Christy Harrison

Listen to us discuss diets and why they are bad. The book: Christy's website:


Episode 12 - Getting Real with Dr. Susan Campbell

Join me in a conversation with Dr. Susan Campbell, psychologist, relationship coach and author of this month’s books — Getting Real and Five Minute Relationship Repair. We talk about how to be authentic in our relation to ourselves and others through thoughtful, heartfelt speech that prioritizes our needs and helps us successfully navigate distressing situations with our friends, family and significant others. Find out more about Dr. Campbell at her website


Episode 11 - The Craving Mind with Dr. Judson Brewer

Join me and Dr. Jud as we explore the science behind mindfulness and how we can leverage it to intervene in the carrying out of bad habits in our own lives, learning from his research in treating smoking, cocaine use, anxiety and other addictions. Find out more about Dr. Jud at his website or the book, The Craving Mind.


Episode 10: The Happiness Trap, Part 1

Listen to me talk about The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris, a book about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The book:


Episode 9 - What is mindfulness? A conversation with Eowyn Ahlstrom

A conversation on mindfulness, meditation and much more with Eowyn Ahlstrom, M.Ed., Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor and assistant director for community and online programs at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. Learn about the basics, and some of the nitty gritty, too! Eowyn's Website Mindfulness at Brown University


Episode 8 - Ending the Insomnia Struggle with Colleen Ehrnstrom

Episode 8 - A conversation on insomnia with Colleen Ehrnstrom, PhD. Break free from the struggle of insomnia with a CBT/ACT therapist with a terrific workbook on the subject, End the Insomnia Struggle. The book Colleen's Practice Other links mentioned: Colleen Carney, Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Insomnia


Episode 7 - A Personal Journey Through Psychology Graduate School with Rebecca Hill

Listen to my chat with Rebecca Hill, a clinical psychology graduate student at Nova Southeastern University. Books: Upwards Upside, Learned Optimism, Flourish Instagram: RachelTuchman, evelyntribole


Episode 6 - When Food is Comfort, Julie Simon

Learn essential skills for self compassion, introspection, and nurturing! Shed the shame of overeating and learn to connect with yourself. Julie Simon helps us understand the disconnect that many emotional eaters feel, and how to provide comfort for ourselves without food. When Food is Comfort The Emotional Eater's Repair Manual Julie's website