While psychotherapists come from many different backgrounds and practice in various settings, they all benefit from initial and ongoing training.
Podcasts provide a valuable and reliable resource for gaining new insights into the field of psychotherapy.
Easy to stream–or downloadable and listened to on the go–interviews and talks are available to understand every aspect of working as a psychotherapist.
In this article, we gather together some of the best podcasts out there, both in terms of learning new skills, strengthening existing ones, while improving how you manage your business and becoming part of a professional community.
Try out a few podcasts, find hosts that are both engaging and knowledgeable, and follow those that deepen your understanding while maintaining your enthusiasm.
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4 Best Psychotherapy Podcasts
A successful psychotherapist must be skilled at helping people with mental illnesses and emotional difficulties but also be able to find clients and run a successful business. As a result, it is essential to become part of the broader community of psychotherapy professionals and maintain awareness of the latest practices and advances in mental health practices.
The following four podcasts provide a blend of talks and interviews with expert guests, covering how to manage and grow your practice and practical ways to engage with and help your clients.
The coverage is broad, while also delving deep into specific areas such as how to increase revenue, what might be holding clinicians back, mental wellbeing, and helping clients enjoy life.
1. Love Your Practice
The Love Your Practice podcast is presented by psychologist Jessica Dolgan, CEO of TherapyPartner.
She helps psychotherapists grow and better manage their practices while meeting their clients’ needs.
Particular attention is paid to creating a sustainable practice using the best technology, accountancy practices, and business skills.
Check out Branding Your Practice with Kate & Katie to hear how Kate Campbell and Katie Lemieux from The Private Practice Startup began, and continue to grow their mental health practices; particular insights include branding and marketing.
2. Mental Illness Happy Hour
While a little different from the typical podcast, Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly offering exploring mental health and illness through interviews with psychologists, comedians, and artists.
Hugely entertaining and brutally honest, covering all aspects of mental wellbeing, it is worth trying out a few of the interviews and exploring some of the modern challenges we all face.
Emotional neglect from psychologist and author Dr. Jonice Webb explores how parents can be more attuned to their children’s needs and discuss what happens when that relationship goes wrong.
3. All in the Mind
ABC Radio National’s All in the Mind with Lynne Malcolm explores mental health with a strong scientific influence, discussing topics from neuroscience, how to manage workplace bullying, and everything in between.
Each episode is packed with science, providing insight into both the mind and the physical brain.
The Shame episode by coach and neuroscientist Dr. Alex Korb is a fascinating discussion on how we experience shame in today’s digital age.
4. Shrink Rap Radio
Shrink Rap Radio, winner of the APA Presidential Award for Pioneering Psychology Podcast, is presented by Dr. David Van Nuys, professor of psychology at Sonoma State University.
There are over 700 podcasts, covering every aspect of mental health, from self-confidence to motivation, and includes interviews with therapists, psychologists, and academics.
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3 Family and Teen Therapy Podcasts
There are plenty of podcasts that provide valuable insights into the complex area of family relationships and the issues and concerns faced by teens.
Each series of podcasts explores parenting guidance and how to strengthen connections with family members to build a better homelife:
1. Psych Central
The incredibly accessible Psych Central weekly podcast hosted by Gabe Howard has some fascinating interviews and discussions around both family and teen-related issues.
Explore the wide-ranging subject matter, including teen-dating, child grief, and being a better parent.
In Stealing Cinderella, Mark Diehl, author of Stealing Cinderella, openly discusses his difficult childhood with an emotionally unstable mother.
2. Your Teen with Sue and Steph
Your Teen with Sue and Steph is hosted by best friends and co-founders of Your Teen Media, Susan Borison, and Stephanie Silverman.
Created out of their concerns as parents for their own teens, they cover issues faced by many on the journey to adulthood, through school life, parental divorce, starting college, and building relationships.
Parenting in the Age of Anxiety discusses the pervasive issue of social media, the pressure it brings, and the wide availability of sensitive material on the internet.
3. Power Your Parenting
Family therapist Colleen O’Grady walks you through the ups and downs of parenting in the Power your Parenting podcast.
With a wealth of experience–resulting from over 50,000 hours of working with parents and teens–Colleen discusses building a stronger relationship with your teen.
There are plenty to choose from, but Are you a Reactive or a Responsive Parent? Investigates the strategies and tools to move from reaction to response for a better way of relating to your child.
2 Relationship and Couples Therapy Podcasts
Couples therapy can offer an open and safe forum for exploring relationships, overcoming issues, and improving communication in intimate situations.
The following two podcasts offer extensive insights both for therapists working with couples and clients attending sessions:
The Couples Therapist Couch
Finding himself without a therapist community, Shane Birkel set up The Couples Therapist Couch podcast to create virtual connections.
In each episode, he raises questions and discusses how best to offer support to those in need of relationship advice.
The Relational Therapy episode is an opportunity to hear more about how relational therapy differs from other forms.
The Virtual Couch
The Virtual Couch is hosted by Tony Overbay, a marriage and family therapist who covers everything from marriage to sexual addiction.
With a new episode each week, listen in to hear about communication, anxiety and working towards stronger relationships.
Couples Communication Tune-Up Time uses the Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) model to advise couples on spending quality time together in closed quarters.
Interesting Podcasts on Trauma Therapy
While trauma can lead to mental health issues, it can also result in growth and mental wellbeing.
Listen in to some of the following shows exploring the complex issues involved and how experiencing difficult times can lead to positive outcomes:
The Trauma Therapist Podcast
The Trauma Therapist Podcast was created to inspire and educate trauma therapists while forming a community for like-minded individuals.
Each episode includes interviews with professionals in trauma and discusses the issues to overcome and useful techniques for increasing wellbeing.
In Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and Trauma, psychiatrist Mark Epstein talks through how a mindful and meditative approach can benefit those who have been through trauma.
In Therapy Chat, psychotherapist Laura Reagan interviews guests regarding their experiences with trauma.
Episodes cover topics such as witnessing violence and personal trauma and how to manage in a crisis.
When it’s time for trauma therapy talks to experienced trauma therapist Dr. Odelya Gertel Kraybill, who has worked with survivors of trauma worldwide.
The Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Podcast
The Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Podcast is hosted by the author of Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, educator and trauma specialist, David Treleaven.
Episodes feature guests speaking about mindfulness in trauma and guides therapists toward helping clients manage difficult times.
Liz Stanley’s journey is fascinating. Professor, author, and US veteran, she is well-equipped to discuss the impact of trauma on her own and other’s lives.
Group Therapy Podcasts
While few podcast episodes focus on group therapy, the episodes below provide some useful, if perhaps, unusual discussions:
Join Psych Central’s Support Groups for Mental Illness – What are they? to understand the different forms support groups can take.
Returning to Shrink Rap Radio, listen to the Group Projective Dream Work episode to hear about his work with dream groups.
On Art Therapy
Art therapy is an incredibly powerful technique for working through mental health issues in a safe environment.
Used for emotional, behavioral, and mental health problems, the medium of art offers a practical means for communication and expression during psychoanalysis.
The following podcasts provide interesting resources for ideas and approaches for incorporating alongside existing techniques and sessions.
1. Thirsty for Art
Episodes include discussion on social media, marketing, and finding clients.
The Advice to Future Art Therapists episode is particularly useful for newly graduated art therapists feeling uncertain about their new career.
2. The Mindfully Creative Podcast
The Mindfully Creative Podcast explores the use of art in projects for personal and community healing, including creativity and mental health awareness, and as a tool for healing trauma.
In Creativity as a tool for healing in alternative settings, Kelli Sinock, founder of Inspiration Matterz, describes how she teaches art therapy in a prison setting and its value in rehabilitation and self-empowerment.
3. Art for Mental Health
A Look at 3 Podcasts on CBT and DBT
Learning and improving your knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can significantly enhance your clients’ abilities to understand and accept difficult feelings.
The following podcasts explore the approaches and the tools that can help:
1. To Hell and Back
The excellent To Hell and Back podcasts, by Charlie Swenson, MD–author of DBT Principles in Action– focuses on what can go wrong in life, how these situations occur, and the coping mechanisms to survive them.
In Living with Cancer, Seth Axelrod, Professor of Psychology at Yale University, takes the listener through his cancer journey and how DBT tools have helped him cope.
2. Let’s Talk About CBT
In the Let’s Talk About CBT podcast, Dr. Lucy Maddox interviews experts and those who have been helped by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
The series is an excellent way to gather additional skills and insights into the CBT process and gain inspiration from success stories dealing with uncertainty, anxiety, and self-harm.
In CBT for Clinical Perfectionism, we see how striving for achievement can get in the way of our happiness and the approaches that can help form realistic expectations.
3. Ask the Therapist
In the Ask the Therapist podcast, Sarah Rees shares her expertise based on twenty years as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.
She interviews professionals on a range of issues, from chronic fatigue syndrome to wellbeing and grief.
In Sarah’s being interviewed, Sarah talks about her vast experience as a mental health practitioner and some of her career highlights.
A Take-Home Message
Psychotherapy can be hugely beneficial to individuals with emotional challenges, mental health problems, and certain psychiatric disorders. It provides many methods and approaches to help clients and patients explore and understand their emotions and what makes them feel happy, depressed, or anxious.
Indeed, for psychotherapists to help with addiction, depression, and family disputes, they require a deep understanding of human nature and critical skills and competencies that will lead to positive changes in how clients feel.
While a practicing psychotherapist requires initial training, qualifications, and clinical experience in their chosen field, it is equally important to keep up to date with new advances and discussions within the broader profession.
Podcasts provide insight into other mental health professionals’ lives and practices and a portable, always available, learning experience.
While not a replacement for a continuing relationship with the psychotherapist community, they can help to feel part of a larger group of professionals with the common goal of helping people with emotional difficulties and mental illnesses.
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