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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

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Episodes

75. Drew #85 - Don’t Suffer in Silence

9/29/2022
***Trigger warning*** This episode contains potentially triggering and sensitive topics including suicide. If you or someone you know needs help, please call 988 in the United States. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English and Spanish in the United States. You can also access resources online at...

Duration:01:10:18

74. Sarah #22: I Could Punch a B*tch

9/22/2022
An incident with her daughter sparks Sarah’s feelings of anger and powerlessness. Doug helps her draw the link to her emotional experience in the cult. Sarah is able to stay with her emotions rather than intellectualize them or try to fix the situation. They begin processing the feelings in session that she’s been holding onto most of her life. Follow Drew's Episodes and Support Us: Your Mental Breakdown on Patreon Join Us on Social Media: YMB The Facebook Group YMB on Instagram YMB on...

Duration:00:53:29

73. Sarah #21: Forrest Gumping Your Way Through It

9/8/2022
Sarah tells the story of her life as a teenager after escaping the cult she grew up in as a child. Doug helps her see where some patterns started with her only focusing right in front of her, staying hyper vigilant, and never dropping the ball or giving up control. Doug and Mer highlight Sarah feeling free and independent as a teenager for this first time in her life – and how maybe she can tap into that way of being now as an adult. Follow Drew's Episodes and Support Us: Your Mental...

Duration:00:58:59

72. Sarah #20: Feeling the Feelings of Grief and Loss

3/24/2022
As a sign of vulnerability, trust, and the safe space of therapy, Sarah allows herself to cry in session and feel the loss of her cousin. She connects this with the loss of her dad nearly a decade ago. Doug helps her stay with the feelings and express what is coming up for her in these initial stages of grief. Follow Drew's Episodes and Support Us: Your Mental Breakdown on Patreon Join Us on Social Media: YMB The Facebook Group YMB on Instagram YMB on TikTok

Duration:01:11:14

71. Sarah #19: That’s My Neuroses and My Awesomeness

3/10/2022
Doug and his mom open with a discussion about multiple personality disorder and her previous work in therapy with clients coming out of cults. In the session, Sarah acknowledges never allowing herself to fully feel the anger she’s held onto from her own upbringing in a cult. She is able to drop her protective armor in this session and show trust in herself, her therapist, and the process. Sarah is learning what it means to metaphorically put the oxygen mask on herself first. Mentioned...

Duration:01:21:44

70. Drew #76: Mommy and Me

2/24/2022
For this episode, we check in with Drew, the client from Season 1 whose episodes are continuing on Patreon.com (link below). Drew wants to be doing more to do less, as he copes with the stress of his recent heart attack. Drew processes his parents not showing up to support him the way he needs and wants them. Speaking of which, Doug is supported on the breakdown by a special guest therapist – his mom! Link to YMB on Patreon, click here

Duration:01:20:06

069. Sarah #18: The Mother of All Triggers

2/10/2022
Sarah describes taking herself through worst-case scenarios to prepare herself for a situation, so she can avoid the shock and broken heart that might otherwise overwhelm her. That protective mechanism once served her, but now creates a disconnect from her actual emotional experience of life. Doug helps Sarah reconnect to her emotional self after seeing her cousin in the hospital and being triggered by her mom’s reactions. Doug explains how she can use her favorite tv shows and books to...

Duration:01:05:03

068. Sarah #17: Processing Grief in Real Time

1/27/2022
Doug helps Sarah process grief in real time after she just learned of a family member’s failing health while in the hospital. Sarah is able to acknowledge having different feelings spiraling at the same time right now. Doug walks with her through some of the stages of grief that are actively coming up in the session - shock, denial, guilt, bargaining, and anger. Mentioned in this episode: Support Us: Your Mental Breakdown on Patreon Join Us on Social Media: YMB The Facebook Group YMB...

Duration:01:04:37

067. Sarah #16: It’s Not Just a Fluke

1/20/2022
Doug helps Sarah acknowledge that she is actively creating new neural pathways by doing things differently from her patterned way of being and doing. Sarah gives herself permission to see the changes in her behavior this past week as growth and progress in her therapeutic journey – it’s not just a fluke! She is seeing in real time how defense mechanisms that were necessary for her survival are no longer necessary in her everyday life at every moment. We’re starting to walk the path of...

Duration:01:07:48

066. Sarah #15: Trauma is a Radioactive Spider That Bites

1/13/2022
We explore Sarah’s conditioning from her upbringing in the Children of God cult. “Trauma is a radioactive spider that bites.” It can lead you to develop powers of protection and systems of safety for your survival. Then we’ve got to learn what to do with that power because we might not need those defenses and protections in our life anymore at every moment. We also explore the idea of value – especially as it impacts self-worth. Mentioned in this episode: Support Us: Your Mental...

Duration:01:05:39

065. Sarah #14: Systems of Safety

1/6/2022
We explore the “systems of safety” that Sarah developed as a child growing up in a cult to protect herself because no one else did. We can thank those defense mechanisms for doing such a good job of protecting us when a threat was real. We needed them to survive and now we need to say goodbye to them in order to thrive. Doug helps Sarah look deeper into those systems to see two sides of her - one that can be easy going and one that can be “mama bear,” rigid, and take up a righteous quest for...

Duration:01:11:53

064. Sarah #13: A Quest For Justice

12/16/2021
Sarah feels righteous anger about a coworker that was let go. Doug helps her see that it’s a trigger for her own traumatic past when people in power abuse that power and wrong others. When it’s on someone else’s behalf, Sarah has insulation, protection, and deflection from her own wounds, making it easier to take up a quest for justice. She is able to draw the link to her own history of being wronged and abused by people in power in the cult and her previous marriage and jobs. Mentioned...

Duration:00:57:16

063. Sarah #12: When You Realize You’re Not 30 Anymore

12/9/2021
Sarah felt validated and valued at work this week after a triggering annual review last week. Doug and Sarah explore how what she calls nonsense can make perfect sense to others. They break down issues of control and accountability. Sarah unpacks how her vigilance that others follow the rules is conditioning from her childhood in the cult. Mentioned in this episode: Support Us: Your Mental Breakdown on Patreon Join Us on Social Media: YMB The Facebook Group YMB on Instagram YMB on ...

Duration:01:12:43

062. Sarah #11: Effed Up and Out of My Control

11/18/2021
Sarah got triggered by a review at work which leads to an exploration of deeper issues. Doug helps her express anger and frustration about being powerless and misrepresented, especially when someone of authority is in control. Sarah starts to make the link to repressed emotion from the childhood heartbreak she experienced in the cult. She is able to stay with the emotion in the session and just not intellectualize it. Mentioned in this episode: Support Us: Your Mental Breakdown on...

Duration:01:08:40

061. Sarah #10: I Would Rather Fill in the Blank

11/11/2021
Doug redefines work-life balance: it’s a balance of work, rest, and play that are all under the umbrella of life. Sarah examines “play” in her life. She connects the hyper-vigilance of being ‘mama bear’ for everyone around her to the trauma response that protects her from slowing down or stopping to feel the feelings. Doug uses a folding paper example to show the neural pathways that get embedded in our brains. See the link in these notes to a video clip of him demonstrating it. Mentioned...

Duration:01:06:08

060. Sarah #9: The Unravelling

11/4/2021
Doug is on location in New York discovering the quiet, nature side of the city. Sarah and Doug dissect the associations she’s held in her head with being a trauma survivor and with being a victim. Sarah explores some recent triggers and exercises having compassion for the younger version of herself that was traumatized. Doug helps Sarah trace some of her discomfort back to a feeling of powerlessness and a fear of the unknown. Mer breaks down the victim mentality and the fear of unravelling...

Duration:01:07:01

059. Sarah #8: Don’t Go to Bed Angry

10/28/2021
As Sarah talks about a stressful work relationship, Doug slows her down and helps her process being a trauma survivor. They examine how Sarah’s system learned to protect her from complex trauma in the past and how it still affects her current relationships. Doug walks Sarah through examples of interactions to help create new neural pathways and new ways of thinking and interacting. Mentioned in this episode: Support Us: Your Mental Breakdown on Patreon Doug’s New Album on Spotify Join...

Duration:01:07:49

058. Sarah #7: Are You a Wildfire or Controlled Burn?

10/21/2021
In an emotional session, Sarah vents about an issue she’s having with a coworker. This leads Doug to look deeper inside for what’s really going on with her. As he helps Sarah slow down in the session, she takes a deep breath and feels the emotional weight of stress she’s been holding and keeping inside. Sarah tries to stay controlled and worries that if she lets it out, it will all be tears. Doug and Mer break down the shift from intellectual to emotional realizations that Sarah has in the...

Duration:01:01:15

057. Sarah #6: Recompense

10/14/2021
Doug and Mer talk comets and cults while Doug corrects an earlier comment that the cult leader in Sarah’s case was caught - he wasn’t! He lived in hiding for over twenty years until he died. Sarah talks about school and education growing up in the cult. She explains the massive confusion and the ensuing tragedies experienced by many around her in the aftermath of leaving the cult. Doug helps Sarah slow down and relate the innate feeling of protection she described as a new mom holding her...

Duration:01:03:01

056. Sarah #5: Just One Junk Drawer

10/7/2021
Mer acknowledges Doug for his emotional and personal music album coming out in a few weeks; and then she gives him guff for not getting the podcast’s Patreon launched yet! It’s coming soon with ongoing Drew episodes and other exclusives for subscribers. In this session with Sarah, Doug helps her look at the inner critic that fuels perfectionism. This is often a trauma response from her growing up in an abusive cult with neglectful parenting. Doug and Sarah acknowledge “Little Sarah,” the...

Duration:01:04:18