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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.

Location:

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:

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Episodes

041: It’s All About the Sprite & Pomegranate - Andrew #42

3/4/2021
Doug is back in LA and missing the mountains. Meredith realizes it may be time for all of us to get a car wash (especially Doug!). In the session, Drew and Doug get into a heavy conversation as Drew details how a party with his new girlfriend went way wrong. Drew shows major growth by choosing when to have and not have a “tough conversation” with people. Drew acknowledged that the fight at the party triggered past trauma and feelings of being unsafe. Drew is able to have some real talks with...

Duration:00:51:02

040: I Couldn’t Make it Without a TV - Andrew #40+41

2/25/2021
The podcast hits the one-year mark this week… and it’s a twofer! Two sessions in one episode as life in the podcast timeline is starting to go virtual in the very beginning of the pandemic. Doug and Drew pack a lot into these two shorter sessions. In Session 1, Drew gets home from the funeral and is feeling sick and alone yet enjoying more independence and finding purpose in helping to produce millions of masks. In Session 2, we hear the big news about Drew’s dating life. Doug highlights...

Duration:00:40:36

Breaking Down Astrology with Crystal Duan

2/22/2021
Spiritual practitioner Crystal Duan joins Doug and Meredith to break down Astrology. We talk about understanding the language of it as well as both the pseudoscience and its real-life applications. Crystal uses Astrological charts for Mer and Doug to show how you can apply them to your life and relationships. What’s your sign? And your moon, and your rising sign? IG: @your.mental.breakdown, FB: @your.mental.breakdown.podcast Mentioned in this episode: Meredith Levy Doug...

Duration:00:34:45

039: The Grief Ball in the Box - Andrew #39

2/18/2021
Before Drew’s session this week, Meredith and Doug give a wrap-up of their Valentine's Day experiences, Drew talks about going home for his friend’s funeral; and he walks through both the horror movie version and Disney version of how the weekend could go. Doug helps Drew identify how he can show up authentically rather than trying to match his online persona or a more people-pleasing version of himself. Drew works on going through his emotions rather than just going through the motions, and...

Duration:01:05:43

038: The Boy With the Bubble - Andrew #38

2/11/2021
Doug took Meredith’s pillow washing challenge and he took her movie recommendation! They figure out why we call a podcast a podcast. The session begins with Drew dealing with emotions that are stirred up as he prepares to go home for a friend’s funeral. He works with Doug on sticking with his personal boundaries, dealing with the feeling of betrayal from his mother, and learning how to disappoint people without feeling extreme guilt or shame. Drew explores his patterns in relationships as he...

Duration:01:02:44

037: Can I Get a Witness? - Andrew #37

2/4/2021
It’s a busy and eventful show this week, kicking off with Doug’s second mountain lion sighting - this time it’s a baby! Meredith gives her thoughts on outdoor dining reopening in Los Angeles. The session begins with Drew telling Doug about the three main motivating factors in life that he heard about in church. They explore how this can lead us to find our purpose in life. Doug and Drew also talk about compassion fatigue and accepting being perfectly imperfect. Drew is balancing being by...

Duration:00:58:48

Breaking Down the Enneagram with Abbey Howe

2/1/2021
Certified Enneagram coach Abbey Howe joins Doug and Meredith to break down the Enneagram. We walk through some of its history and ways to understand and apply it to yourself. Abbey takes us through an interpretation of Mer and Doug’s results from the Enneagram type quiz. Take the quiz yourself and let us know what Enneagram number you are - and how you’ll use the info! IG: @your.mental.breakdown, FB: @your.mental.breakdown.podcast Mentioned in this episode: Meredith Levy Doug...

Duration:00:28:45

036: Don’t Pet a Mountain Lion - Andrew #36

1/28/2021
Doug and Meredith roar into this week with a recount of Doug’s mountain lion visitor while Mer has been washing her dishes and feeling soooo good and accomplished. Drew’s session comes at the one year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s death, which stirs up emotions for Drew about loss. Drew gives an update on seeing his longtime ex-girlfriend. Doug helps Drew explore having tough conversations with people you love. Doug gives a Matrix reference about knowing your path vs. walking your path. At...

Duration:01:00:07

035: I’m a Gangster Chick - Andrew #35

1/21/2021
Drew picks up where he left off last week, back from the holidays and feeling somewhat unmotivated and withdrawn. In the session, Drew and Doug discuss the difference between feeling depressed and a depressive episode. They talk about Drew’s need to withdraw and how it might be exactly what he needs at this moment, as he works on being okay with himself, instead of trying to please others. Doug uses his gear analogy to help Drew see that he can bring out different aspects of his personality...

Duration:00:51:08

034: Just Make Your Bed - Andrew #34

1/14/2021
Living in LA during a pandemic almost feels like a zombie movie. Doug and Mer touch on how lack of good sleep can affect us. In the session, Drew talks about the loss of his friend and questions how he can better cope with grief. Drew acknowledges feeling detached and afraid of confronting his own emotions. Doug helps Drew focus on the small wins in life rather than focusing on what’s lacking. Mentioned in this episode: Meredith Levy Doug Friedman Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook...

Duration:01:11:17

What’s My Age Again? The Birthday Minisode

1/11/2021
In this Monday mini-sode, it’s Doug’s b’day! Doug and Meredith explore the wonders (and blunders) of birthdays. They talk about how some people like the attention of a celebration and others don’t. Do you? What were some of your best (and worst) birthdays? Let us know! IG: @your.mental.breakdown, FB: @your.mental.breakdown.podcast Mentioned in this episode: Meredith Levy Doug Friedman Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook Group

Duration:00:14:48

033: I’m Annoyed That I’m Annoyed - Andrew #33

1/7/2021
Broken toes, wind chimes, and a discussion about maintaining confidentiality even when a client shares a crime they committed. Drew is back from his brother’s wedding and preparing to head home for a visit. Drew is noticing some major changes in himself, such as being scared as well as excited for the unknown. He talks with Doug about the positive impact a new puppy has had on his life. He shares how he was able to set boundaries with a house guest and how surprised he was at the outcome....

Duration:01:02:40

It’s Frosted Flakes or Nothing

1/4/2021
In this Monday mini-sode, Doug and Meredith walk through the nostalgia of childhood games and candy. They reminisce about some of their favorites. Doug got the big prizes first by going backwards in Pitfall on the Atari 2600. Meredith goes with Twizzlers over Red Vines. What are some favorite games from your childhood? What were your go to candies? Let us know! IG: @your.mental.breakdown, FB: @your.mental.breakdown.podcast Mentioned in this episode: Meredith Levy Doug Friedman Your...

Duration:00:17:24

New Years Special: Grow Your Baby Yoda

12/31/2020
In this special New Years Eve mini-sode, Doug and Meredith say goodbye to 2020 and look ahead to 2021. They give their two cents about resolutions and intentions for the new year. They share three words to summarize their 2020 and three words for the intentions they're setting for 2021. What are three words that summarize your 2020? What are three words for the intentions you're setting for 2021? Let us know! IG: @your.mental.breakdown, FB: @your.mental.breakdown.podcast Mentioned in this...

Duration:00:18:51

The Holiday 'Stravaganza: Red & Green and Blue All Over

12/24/2020
In this special Holiday mini-sode (extra-mini-stravaganza), Meredith nurses her freshly broken toe and Doug serves up his usual cup of tea. They read through some listener thoughts and feelings about the holidays this year - for some it’s got a bit of a blue hue to it. If you think you’re enlightened, go home for the holidays… How are your holidays treating you? Let us know! IG: @your.mental.breakdown, FB: @your.mental.breakdown.podcast Mentioned in this episode: Meredith Levy Doug...

Duration:00:13:55

Remember Your First Job?

12/21/2020
In this bonus Monday mini-sode, Doug and Meredith talk about some of their early and odd jobs before becoming therapists. They swap some old work stories like Meredith spilling drinks all over customers and Doug baking bagels before the sun came up. What were some of your odd jobs and favorite horror stories about work? Let us know! IG: @your.mental.breakdown, FB: @your.mental.breakdown.podcast Mentioned in this episode: Meredith Levy Doug Friedman Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook...

Duration:00:19:26

032: The Wedding Episode - Andrew #32

12/17/2020
This week was already going to be special with the wedding, but the fact that it’s Meredith’s birthday makes it even more fun! Meredith talks running and putt-putt golf while Doug reveals that he went to the Junior Olympics! In the session, Drew is back from his brother’s wedding. He shares some awkward family moments that weren’t so awkward to him now. Aaaannnnd he tells us the most important information - what he wore! Drew talks about caring for his new puppy and how helpful it is to have...

Duration:01:05:47

Holiday Nostalgia: Sad and Happy at the Same Time

12/14/2020
In this bonus Monday mini-sode, Doug surprises Meredith this time with some holiday themed questions. They discuss some of their holiday memories from Meredith being put under the tree as a newborn to the first South Park holiday cartoon to caroling and songs. What are your favorite (and least favorite) holiday songs? Let us know! IG: @your.mental.breakdown, FB: @your.mental.breakdown.podcast Mentioned in this episode: Meredith Levy Doug Friedman Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook...

Duration:00:11:08

031: You Can’t Spell Smother Without Mother - Andrew #31

12/10/2020
Cute cows, amaaaaazing smelling wreaths, and giant Christmas trees! The session begins with Drew’s literal worst fear coming true - his mother relapsing. He and Doug talk about how he is coping and making big strides in taking care of himself first by practicing compassionate detachment. Doug tells a fantastic prom story, Drew drops a second exciting bomb about getting a new puppy, and they discuss Drew’s openness when it comes to talking about his career at his brother’s...

Duration:00:57:03

Prom Night and Early Bird Specials

12/7/2020
In this bonus mini-episode, Meredith and Doug share some of their prom memories (promories?). Meredith is just a casual girl in a casual world, but cleans up nice. Doug teases the prom story he tells Drew in this coming week's episode about wearing tuxedo shorts to his senior prom! Let us know your promories! IG: @your.mental.breakdown, FB: @your.mental.breakdown.podcast Mentioned in this episode: Meredith Levy Doug Friedman Your Mental Breakdown The Facebook Group

Duration:00:11:34