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A psychotherapy-entertainment podcast featuring longtime friends and licensed therapists, Doug Friedman and Meredith Levy. Episodes include real therapy sessions in sequence with a real client that has agreed to be recorded throughout the process of therapy. After the session, Doug and Meredith break down the session and give you their clinical insight with personality, humor, and the opportunity to use therapeutic tools in your own life.

A psychotherapy-entertainment podcast featuring longtime friends and licensed therapists, Doug Friedman and Meredith Levy. Episodes include real therapy sessions in sequence with a real client that has agreed to be recorded throughout the process of therapy. After the session, Doug and Meredith break down the session and give you their clinical insight with personality, humor, and the opportunity to use therapeutic tools in your own life.

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United States

Description:

A psychotherapy-entertainment podcast featuring longtime friends and licensed therapists, Doug Friedman and Meredith Levy. Episodes include real therapy sessions in sequence with a real client that has agreed to be recorded throughout the process of therapy. After the session, Doug and Meredith break down the session and give you their clinical insight with personality, humor, and the opportunity to use therapeutic tools in your own life.

Language:

English

Contact:

3232139900


Episodes

This is Us: Our Hosts Get Personal

10/15/2020
In this special bonus episode, Doug and Meredith share their personal stories with grief over the past two years. It’s been almost two years to the date since the sudden death of Doug’s wife and the death of Meredith’s mom. They share their stories with vulnerability and resilience. They reveal how the podcast started, and how working on it has helped them with their ongoing healing process and with their grief. Mentioned in this episode: Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook...

Duration:00:34:47

Wyatt's Story: Everything Else Goes On Pause

9/24/2020
This week, Doug and Meredith take us through Wyatt’s story. Wyatt is a previous client of Doug’s that has experienced severe trauma. He had a sudden brain aneurysm and cancer. This is his story of endurance, awareness, and healing. Mentioned in this episode: Your Mental Breakdown - The Facebook Group Meredith Levy Doug Friedman

Duration:01:10:15

Roundtable #2 - Trauma Talk: The Soft Pillow and Warm Tea

9/10/2020
In this bonus Roundtable episode, Meredith and Doug are joined by fellow therapists Mona Valeriano and Jessica Kramer. They look at different ways of approaching trauma and therapy from their training and experience. Mona comes from a psychoanalytic background and is trained in EMDR (and she explains what that means!). Jessica is a Somatic Experiencing practitioner and marriage and family therapist associate who specializes in new mothers and infants 0-3 years old. Join Doug and Meredith for...

Duration:00:56:43

Insight Out #13 - Happier Things Like F*ing Apple Pie: The Movie Minisode

9/3/2020
In this Insight Out bonus episode, Meredith and Doug come fresh off their talk last week about music as therapy to look at movies. They share some of their favs and least favs - hear them disagree on one in particular! What is your relationship with movies? Do you watch any multiple times? Are you stuck in Groundhog Day? Have you ever walked out of a movie? Mentioned in this episode: Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook Group Meredith Levy Doug Friedman

Duration:00:16:03

Insight Out #12 - Dropping Some Breaks: The Music Minisode

8/27/2020
In this Insight Out bonus episode, Meredith and Doug talk about music as therapy and how we can have our own relationship with it for connection, identity, and an outlet. They discuss how certain songs and bands have had an impact on them. What is your relationship with music? What songs and bands have done that for you? How do you listen to music? Mentioned in this episode: Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook Group Meredith Levy Doug Friedman Tangerine - Led Zeppelin Brokedown Palace...

Duration:00:27:51

Insight Out #11 - Stop, Drop, and Roll: The Q&A

8/20/2020
In this Insight Out bonus episode, Meredith and Doug are joined by fellow therapist and listener, Mary Tobon. Doug and Meredith share their insights and give their answers to your questions! Mentioned in this episode: Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook Group Meredith Levy Doug Friedman

Duration:01:11:09

Insight Out #10 - Being, Doing, and Wise Mind

8/13/2020
In this Insight Out bonus minisode, Meredith and Doug break down different states of mind using DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) concepts. They talk about the reasonable mind and the emotional mind, the doing mind and the being mind, and the middle way of the wise mind. It’s about building your awareness and finding balance so you can be mindfully present in your experience. Mentioned in this episode: Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook Group Meredith Levy Doug Friedman

Duration:00:21:21

026: Quiet the Noise - Andrew #26 - The First Six Months

7/30/2020
This week, Doug and Meredith reflect on the first six months of the podcast as we reach the end of season one with Drew. In the session, you’ll hear clips from a few recent sessions with Doug and Drew hitting the six-month mark of their work. Drew shares his thoughts about the podcast coming out and his perspectives after hearing the first episode. In the breakdown, Doug and Mer wrap it up and look forward to the next season of Drew picking up right where we left off - and the wedding only a...

Duration:00:42:45

025: Past and Future Tripping - Andrew #25

7/23/2020
This week, Doug and Meredith talk about the sensationalism of Bambi and how seeing traumatic events can be very impactful. In the session, Drew says he’s been future tripping and past tripping - and not being present in the here and now. In the breakdown, Doug and Meredith explore concepts of motivation, confidence, and self-worth, as they came up for Drew in the session. Episode Webpage Mentioned in this episode: Your Mental Breakdown - The Facebook Group Meredith Levy Doug...

Duration:01:01:12

024: What? You’re in Therapy? - Andrew #24

7/16/2020
This week, Doug and Meredith talk about fireworks, dad jokes, and great movies from their days as younguns. In the session, Drew acknowledges his growth in treatment, and with a little self-reflection, he admits he is not very motivated right now. In the breakdown, Meredith talks about a focus of her work with clients on narrowing down our broad goals to the one small step you can take right now. (Look for an upcoming Insight Out focused on how to do this concretely!). Episode...

Duration:00:48:32

023: F.I.N.E.* F#cked up, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional - Andrew #23

7/9/2020
This week, Doug showered with his dog and Meredith shared her excitement about tennis lessons, her bird feeder, and getting ready to watch The Matrix. In the session, Drew feels excitement about the unknown in front of him as well as some unsettled feelings. He’s been rediscovering himself and spending quality time with his friends. In the breakdown, Doug and Meredith talk about grading ourselves in terms of Pass-Fail, not a letter grade, how being selfish isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and...

Duration:01:00:08

022: Your Mom’s a Firetruck - Andrew #22

7/2/2020
This week, Doug and Meredith talk about the highs and lows of watching their dogs on webcams, as well as the joys of home repair, toilet hygiene, and tushie cushies. In the session, Drew connects a long-standing fear of losing mom with how he tries to keep people in his life, even if it compromises or sacrifices his integrity and boundaries. In the breakdown, Doug and Meredith dive deeper into the trauma of Drew’s mother overdosing. They look at how Drew coped with it then and how those...

Duration:01:00:35

021: It’s Been a Crazy Week - Andrew #21

6/25/2020
This week, Doug and Meredith talk about how our relationship with time can create pressure and affect our level of stress. They also talk about hiking, napping, and glamping to get away from it all! In the session, Drew continues to process his recent breakup and he feels a definite shift in perspective. He shows more strength in carving his own path and making his own choices. In the breakdown, Meredith and Doug dive deeper into anger - how it isn’t necessarily easier for everyone to...

Duration:00:59:55

020: Mr. Wilson Eats Apples?! - Andrew #20

6/18/2020
This week, Meredith retreats to Lake Tahoe and Doug is entertaining his dog at home. In the session, Drew moves around different stages of grief and loss after his breakup. He acknowledges there’s baggage he’s been carrying with him that pre-dates his ex-girlfriend. He is feeling fragile and raw, and starting to look at the freedom that this stage is offering him. In the breakdown, Doug and Mer talk about the dual role of a therapist in the office and a person walking around in the world....

Duration:00:57:36

Insight Out #9 - It’s Not Goat Yoga - Emotional Support Animals

6/15/2020
In this Insight Out bonus minisode, Doug and Meredith break down the differences between emotional support animals, service animals, and therapy pets. Hear their insight (and opinions!) about the responsibilities of both therapists and pet owners. It involves more than just getting a signed letter and a harness with a sticker on it! Mentioned in this episode: Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook Group Meredith Levy Doug Friedman Service Animal - Americans with Disabilities Act

Duration:00:22:41

019: Waking Up Alone - Andrew #19

6/11/2020
This week, Doug and Meredith ‘monkee’ around a bit and reference a handful of classic movies from their youth - showing how old and adorbs they are! In the session, Doug and Drew continue to process the breakup and move through different stages of grief and loss. Drew starts to reconnect with his friends for support. In the breakdown, Doug and Meredith remind us that we’re human, and need to have compassion for ourselves. They look at perspective shifts that we often go through in...

Duration:00:56:15

Insight Out #8 - You Gotta Have Faith

6/8/2020
In this Insight Out bonus minisode, we take a deeper dive into faith in therapy. We hear a clip of a story Doug told Drew in Episode 19 about faith and God. We explore how a client’s relationship to God can be relevant in therapy. Doug and Meredith break down the role of Drew’s guts, his wise mind, and his faith. They look at how this affects his progress in therapy. How does your faith enter into your therapy? Let us know! Episode Webpage Mentioned in this episode: Your Mental...

Duration:00:14:54

018: Rolling With the Butterfly - Andrew #18

6/4/2020
This week, Doug and Meredith discuss the routine and comfort of going to a therapist’s office as a physical space, not just a virtual room. Meredith updates us on her US geography skills. In the session, Drew’s issues of trust in the relationship are pushed to the edge, leading to a breakup. Doug and Meredith break down the break up. They talk about healing from and dealing with, breakups using some of their own experiences. We all have our own ways of coping with grief and loss; and that...

Duration:00:55:34

017: Be My Cherry on Top, Not My Ice Cream - Andrew #17

5/28/2020
This week, Mer and Doug are coping with quarantine and testing their geography skills with a US map quiz. In the session, Drew’s last day at work is coming up and he has nothing going on, which makes him feel anxious. Drew and Doug explore trust issues that have come up in work relationships and his personal relationships. They look at ways to have a conversation with people rather than leaving something important unsaid. Doug and Meredith talk about individuating - the process of separating...

Duration:00:46:01

Insight Out #7 - Should I Stop Therapy Now?

5/25/2020
In this Insight Out bonus minisode, we hear the tail end of Andrew’s last session as he is leaving Doug’s office. Drew asks if it’s time to stop therapy now that he’s feeling better. Doug and Meredith break down the idea of clients stopping therapy or not. They give their therapist insight into when it might be time for a client to be done, take a break, or continue going to therapy. Episode Webpage Mentioned in this episode: Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook Group Meredith Levy Doug...

Duration:00:17:52