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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.








Urban Mental Health

After losing a parent to suicide at a young age and later struggling with alcohol addiction, anxiety, and depression, Kimme Carlos is committed to bringing awareness, hope, recovery, and wellness to inner-city communities. In this session, we talk to Kimme about the New Jersey grass-roots nonprofit she founded to empower individuals and families in urban communities through advocacy, education, and support: The Urban Mental Health Alliance.


Career Wardrobe

The session in which we learn all about Career Wardrobe from Program Director, Al Sharrock. You have 7 seconds to make a good first impression. Don't underestimate the power of what you're wearing to affect the way you feel about yourself, how you act, and how others feel and act toward you. Career Wardrobe needs you to donate your gently used clothing AND to shop at their resale stores.


It Begins with the Land

The one in which we talk to Sus Sunhee Volz again because we just loved so much of what she has to say. Sus was in our studio about a month ago chatting with us about climate change and mental health. When we were doing some research for that session, we came upon an article Sus wrote in entitled, It Begins with the Land. You might ask, "What begins with the land?" Well - capitalism for one thing. As Sus states in the article " grabs have always been its opening shot."...


NYE 2020 Clarity

Shrinks After Hours - drinking champagne as we get clearer and clearer vision for 2020. Join Dr. Holly Sawyer of Life First Therapy, LLC, Allison Gibbs, LCSW of Therapy Concierge along with the Shrinks on Third, Julie Mayer and Cindy Ariel as we ring in the New Year together and offer our heartfelt words to each other and to you.


Requiem and Remembrance Day

The session in which we learn about the first annual Requiem and Remembrance Day on March 8, 2020 (every 2nd Sunday in March). Founder Helene Byrne discusses her vision for an annual National Sing-In Against Gun Violence. This day will: 1) create a day of unity and healing through music, 2) provide Americans the opportunity to express sadness about gun violence, 3) offer solace, support, and solidarity to bereaved, and pay tribute to those we've lost, and 4) unite various groups to amplify...


Black Men Heal

The session in which we talk to Zakia Williams about a relatively new organization working with Black men and positive mental health. Zakia is the Client Liaison for Black Men Heal, a nonprofit organization providing access to mental health treatment, psychoeducation, and community resources to Men of Color. The team at BMH, which also includes Founder Tasnim Sulaiman and co-Founder Kevana Nixon have worked out a strong model to offer support and mental health treatment specifically for...


Songs in the Key of Free

The session in which we discuss a creative program called Songs in the Key of Free, which challenges mass incarceration and shows solidarity with incarcerated people by partnering with artists inside prison. Founded by community arts activist, August Tarrier, Songs in the Key of Free amplifies the voices of prisoners through songwriting and music. The program addresses the wounds inflicted by the carceral state. You can also learn more about another of August's...


Climate Change & Mental Health

The session in which Sus Sunhee Volz helps us sort out issues surrounding Climate Change and mental health. Natural disasters caused by climate crises deeply affect the mental health of survivors and eyewitnesses. They, and many others, also endure the fears, anxiety, hopelessness, and powerlessness that sometimes comes with learning about the real effects of climate change on our planet and our lives. Anecdotally, some climate activists report feeling less isolated and a greater sense of...


Dating with a Purpose

The Shrinks After Hours tackle the subject of dating! Allison has the most personal recent dating experience but that doesn't stop the others from chiming in for a lively conversation about a hot topic.


Youth Climate Activism

The session in which we have a heart to heart talk with student activist Ariel Weinbaum about her evolving activism and the issues that matter most to her and many of her peers. Ariel is a youth climate activist with the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led movement that we also talked about in a previous episode (An Army of Youth). Sunrise advocates for political action on climate change.


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...