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Dr Julie Mayer and Dr Cindy Ariel use their wit, wisdom, and womanhood to explore psychology and social justice, coping, stress, and well-being.

Dr Julie Mayer and Dr Cindy Ariel use their wit, wisdom, and womanhood to explore psychology and social justice, coping, stress, and well-being.
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Dr Julie Mayer and Dr Cindy Ariel use their wit, wisdom, and womanhood to explore psychology and social justice, coping, stress, and well-being.








Empowering Women and Girls Worldwide

The session in which we talk about one of our personal favorite nonprofits working to empower women and girls. Dining for Women is a global giving circle that promotes gender equity around the world through member education and the power of collective giving. Both of us attend monthly potluck dinner chapter meetings in our respective neighborhoods. We get together with like-minded women to share food, learn about the monthly grantees, and then donate what we might have spent dining out. The...


Shut Down Berks

The session in which we speak with David Bennion, a practicing immigration attorney. David founded the Free Migration Project in 2016 to represent immigrant clients in their legal proceedings, provide legal support and training to organizers and advocates, engage in public education and outreach, litigate in the public interest, and advocate for fair and open immigration laws. David coordinates the legal effort for the Shut Down Berks Coaltion's grassroots campaign to shut down the Family...


Women and Guns

The episode in which 4 of us Shrinks sit down for some real talk about women and guns. The Shrinks involved include Cindy Ariel and Julie Mayer, with Holly Sawyer of Life First Therapy LLC, and Allison Gibbs of Therapy Concierge LLC. Holly is the only one in the room with a gun...but, Allison has a weapon too! What about the other Shrinks? What about you?


An Army of Youth

The session in which we speak with Mayana Ashley-Carner about her climate justice activism, most especially as a member of the Sunrise Movement. Mayana is a 16 year old student at Central High School in Philadelphia. She's one of the growing army of young people demanding change for a positive environmental future.


Actionism: Sister Nurah Muhammad

The session in which we sit down with our neighbor from across the river in Camden, NJ to discuss her empowerment work with young women and girls. Sister Nurah Muhammad hosts the “Nurah Speaks” podcast, a weekly podcast that is meant to tug on the soul and consciousness of the Black Community. She is a committed community servant and a self-described Actionist - taking action to BE the Movement. Sister Nurah is an uplifting, engaging professional woman working hard to honor her Mother's...


An Accidental Activist: Shannon Bearman

The session in which we sit down with Shannon Bearman to discuss her growth as an 'Accidental Activist'. Shannon went from a reluctant Twitter newbie with 25 followers to a strong community activist with a follower base of well over 45,000. This former social worker and mother of two is now running for a seat on the currently all-male Board of Commissioners in Haverford Township, PA. In this conversation, we talk to Shannon about the continuing evolution of her passion for activism. You can...


Teaching MultiCultural Competence

We're joined in this engaging episode by Dr. Jade Logan, Assistant Professor at Chestnut Hill College. Dr. Logan lets us in on what it's like for her, as a professional Black clinician and supervisor, to teach cultural competence to psychologists of varied races and backgrounds. As part of training, psychologists spend a certain number of hours in Clinical Supervision. Clinical Supervisors guide therapists through personal blind spots or biases, and encourage self-awareness. This often...


Shrinks After Hours Intro Session

We're thrilled to introduce our new monthly feature and the two new co-hosts that are an integral part of it: Holly Sawyer, PhD, and Allison Gibbs, LCSW. We interviewed them at different points during Season 1 and for this feature we invited them to join us in dynamic, intersectional, not-so-clinical conversation. We're excited to have them join us and hope you find meaning and entertainment in our conversation. Join us anytime by reaching out and telling us what you think. Also, if you ask...


One Year Anniversary Self Care

It's our one-year podcasting anniversary! This is a transitional moment as we make exciting changes to our podcast sound, content, and format. We recorded this final session of Season 1 during a break from our typical focus for the purpose of our own self-care, and yours. Here, we share 3 tips under 3 minutes on various topics. We offer a window into some of our process behind the scenes and hope our tips are helpful as you take your own self-care moments. We include our top 3 tips...


March to End Rape Culture

The session in which we discuss Rape Culture and the March to End Rape Culture (MTERC) with our guest, Arika Gold. Arika is a dedicated activist and community organizer. The MTERC is an annual event to raise awareness for Philadelphians about the widespread issues related to rape culture and what is being done to end it. Rape Culture is ... (listen to Amanda Spitfire's poem in our bonus episode!). Also, rape culture is ... teaching girls and women to take measures to prevent rape instead...


Moment by Moment Choices

The session in which we discuss a meaningful approach to living called Radical Decency with its originator, Jeff Garson. Both Jeff and his wife Dale Garson, both Licensed Clinical Social Workers, are devoted to understanding and implementing Radical Decency. Radical Decency = Decency to self, others, and the world - at all times, in every context and without exception.


A Deeply Personal Decision

This is the session in which Taylor Austin of the Women's Centers attended our Feminist Brunch to facilitate conversation about Reproductive Health. Her primary message was about the need for abortion access and for confidential and compassionate abortion care. There will always be pregnant women seeking abortions, even at great personal risk. Enacting restrictive policies and laws increases the likelihood that women will suffer great consequences. And, typically minority and poor...


Less Funerals, More Graduations

As a North Philly girl who eventually made it through grad school but saw many of her friends and community members die on the streets, Tierra Jones is determined to make a difference in the lives of underserved youth. In this session we sit down with Tierra to talk about what motivates her to get up everyday - A.T.T.R.A.C.T. Philly - the non-profit organization she founded to empower youth while promoting the importance of education. A.T.T.R.A.C.T = A Team Taking Responsive Actions with...


Causes They Care About

The session in which we talk to Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow about the power of words and her work with Mighty Writers. Her mission there is to empower young people to use words to describe their experience and the causes they care about. Jamilah is a passionate educator, anti-racism activist, wife, and mother of two. She is a 2016 MuslimARC Muslim Anti-Racism–AMEL Fellow. Her first children's book, Mommy’s Khimar, is in its third printing.


Wrong Place Wrong Time

The session in which we talk to Allison Gibbs, LCSW, about the effects of racism and police brutality on the black community, and other marginalized people and communities. Allison established the Therapy Concierge, LLC to help meet the need for accessible and quality mental health services for individuals unable to meet in a traditional setting.


A Different Kind of Mother

We found this poem and printed it out in the hopes that Jeanae would read it - and she did! Jeanae Hopgood-Jones has other poems as well as many insightful and touching blogs about being a Black Angel Mom. Visit her site and see if you agree.


Permission to Grieve

The session in which we meet with Jeanae Hopgood-Jones to talk about Black Angel Moms - her online support network for moms who have lost a baby preterm. Through her training in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Human Sexuality Education, Jeanae works to help people become the best versions of themselves. She is an angel mom to twin girls born too soon due to pPROM (Pre-term premature rupture of membranes). Her goal with BAM (Black Angel Moms) is to give voice to the experience of black...


Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

The session in which we talk to Jamila Harris-Morrison and Harold Barrow. Jamila is the Executive Director of ACHIEVEability, a nonprofit organization working to permanently break the generational cycle of poverty for low income, single parent, homeless families. Harold started as a client of the organization, motivated by the need to care alone for his newborn baby girl, and now works as ACHIEVEability's Senior Self-Sufficiency Coach having earned his Master's degree in Social...


In the Middle of Nowhere

The session in which we speak with Rebecca Ergas, Ph.D., who has conducted psychological evaluations of people seeking asylum in the U.S. since 2009. Born in Chile, Dr. Ergas works in both English and Spanish as a clinical psychologist. She has a special place in her heart and her work for immigrants and refugees.


Invisibilized Labor

The session in which we chat with Nicole Kligerman, Director of the Pennsylvania Domestic Worker's Alliance (PDWA), an advocacy group examining labor standard for domestic workers and crafting a Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights. Nicole works to promote respect, recognition and inclusion in labor protection for domestic workers, including nannies, housecleaners, and caregivers.