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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. Continue Reading >>
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. << Show Less
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72. Sarah #20: Feeling the Feelings of Grief of Loss 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.    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 Twitter YMB on TikTok
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72. Sarah #20: Feeling the Feelings of Grief of Loss 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.    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 Twitter YMB on TikTok
71. Sarah #19: That’s My Neuroses and My Awesomeness 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 in this episode: Support Us: Your Mental Breakdown on Patreon Join Us on Social Media:  YMB The Facebook Group YMB on Instagram YMB on Twitter YMB on TikTok
70. Drew #76: Mommy and Me 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
069: The Mother of All Triggers - Sarah #18 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 experiment with expressing the emotions that come up, rather than locking them down because it’s not safe to show her feelings.     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 Twitter YMB on TikTok
069. Sarah #18: The Mother of All Triggers 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 experiment with expressing the emotions that come up, rather than locking them down because it’s not safe to show her feelings.     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 Twitter YMB on TikTok
068. Sarah #17: Processing Grief in Real Time 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 on Instagram YMB on Twitter YMB on TikTok
067. Sarah #16: It’s Not Just a Fluke 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 thriving, not just surviving!     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 Twitter YMB on TikTok
066. Sarah #15: Trauma is a Radioactive Spider That Bites 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 Breakdown on Patreon Join Us on Social Media:  YMB The Facebook Group YMB on Instagram YMB on Twitter YMB on TikTok
065. Sarah #14: Systems of Safety 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 justice. The goal is not to keep the two sides separate, but rather to integrate them as pieces of the whole person she is and wants to become. Sarah is bringing awareness, understanding, and compassion to how she sees herself. Bonnie Rae joins Doug in the breakdown and they discuss OCPD (Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder) and how Sarah is processing her history of being wronged and abused by people in power (cult leader, boss, ex-husband).   Mentioned in this episode: Support Us: Your Mental Breakdown on Patreon The guest co-host:  Bonnie Rae psychotherapy Join Us on Social Media:  YMB The Facebook Group YMB on Instagram YMB on Twitter YMB on TikTok
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