The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych

The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych

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mental health, psychology, self-help, Q&A, and Interviews


225: Auditory Hallucinations & Hitting a Roadblock with Depression and Anxiety
Oct 22 • 28 min
Hello, friends! This is a fascinating Q&A that answers a question relating to something we call non-clinical auditory hallucinations. In other words, hearing something that isn’t actually there. I also offer advice on what you can do when you’ve…
224: What’s Working for Me Right Now
Oct 15 • 40 min
Hello, friends! Today I have a looser episode structure for you. Simply me sitting and talking to you about a few things that are working for me right now. They are super random, but all represent things in my life that are helping me get through. In…
223: Episode 223: Is Hypnotherapy Valid? & Family Drama During the Holidays
Oct 1 • 26 min
Hello, friends! Bit of a short episode today, but great questions nonetheless! I also mention that I’ve been putting out more great content on and for my . Make sure you check those out as well if you can’t get enough great mental health info! …
222: Moving Through Crisis w/ My Wife Joelle
Sep 24 • 54 min
Hello, friends. A lot of you have been asking to an update from my wife, Joelle. Today, I have her on the show to talk about what led up to her recent mental health crisis and how things have progressed since that time. She has undergone six ketamine…
221: Priced Out of Therapy & Living with a Traumatic Past
Sep 17 • 42 min
Hey, all! In this episode, I answer some awesome listener questions after rambling at your in a semi-lucid loopy tired state for a while. Here are the questions covered this episode: What concrete work can people do to move on from trauma? What can…
220: I Don’t Want Kids & Can I Call Therapist Between Sessions?
Sep 10 • 36 min
Hello, friends! Just a nice Q&A episode for you this week. Thank you all so much for the outpouring of support and care after the last episode. Things are definitely improving around here. Expect an update on our life soon! For today, here are the…
219: Getting Real and Personal About Crisis Options
Aug 27 • 48 min
This is an interesting episode. I honestly don’t know if I’ll keep it posted forever. It has been an exhausting and scary week. So I turned on the mic and just got real with you. My wife is struggling with her mental health and we have had to navigate…
218: Lifestyle and Habit Changes for Anxiety
Aug 20 • 79 min
Hello, friends! I hope that where ever you are, you are not absolutely melting from heat like I am. Even if you are, go chill in the air conditioning and settle in because this episode’s a long one. In this episode, I share the audio from THREE…
217: Communication and Active Listening Tips
Aug 13 • 65 min
Hello, all! Thanks for having some patience with the lack of an episode last week. I think it was worth it because this is a packed episode. In this week’s episode, I dive deep into my favorite tips and techniques to make you a better communicator and…
216: Long Distance Fiance & Bedtime Adrenaline Surges
Jul 31 • 35 min
Hello, friends! I hope that you’re staying healthy and relatively happy out there. In this episode, I’ve got the following awesome questions for you: My fiance and I are stuck on different continents due to COVID. What can I do to deal with my…
215: Depression Motivation Exercise, Abusive Ex
Jul 23 • 31 min
Hello, friends! This episode is a question and answer show with a couple really great ones: How can I remember what brought be joy before depression? Should I stay away from me ex who was abusive to me? As always, please send in your questions for…
214: Mask Anxiety and Medication Considerations
Jul 16 • 31 min
Hello, friends! This is a nice little Q&A episode featuring the following two questions: What can I do about my severe anxiety reaction when wearing a mask? Should I be taking psychiatric medication for my symptoms? No sponsor this week, but…
213: My Wife and I Talk Quarantine Hobbies and Poly Relationships
Jul 10 • 55 min
Hello, everyone! I think you will really enjoy this episode. I sat out in the back yard with some candles, twinkle lights, and a couple glasses of wine with my lovely wife, Joelle and just talked. We really didn’t have an agenda, so you are getting a…
212: Unhooking from Thoughts Meditation
Jul 2 • 20 min
Hello, friends. I asked on whether you’d prefer a Q&A or a guided meditation and the overwhelming answer was a guided meditation. I get it. We are STILL in uncertain and difficult times. I know that I’m dealing with my fair share of haywire…
211: 10 Common Thinking Traps
Jun 25 • 41 min
Hello, all! This episode features a re-release of one of my favorite episodes of all time. I go through 10 of the most common thinking traps. Also called cognitive distortions, thinking traps are patterns of unhelpful thinking that we all fall into at…
210: Helping Depressed Friend, Questioning Your Gender Identity
Jun 11 • 32 min
Hello, friends. I have a Q&A for you today. Please enjoy and stay well. Here are the questions covered: How can I help my (teen) friend at school who seems to have depression? I am questioning my gender identity. What should I do? As always, you…
209: How to Get the Most out of Therapy
May 28 • 43 min
Hello, friends! This is a re-release of episode 74, in which I dive deep into 10 tips that you can use to get the most out of therapy. This is great advice whether you are a therapy newbie, a seasoned veteran, or still thinking about whether therapy…
208: Trouble With Video Therapy, Second Language Anxiety
May 22 • 34 min
Hello, friends! Quick reminder that easing of COVID-19 restrictions does not mean that the pandemic is over. For the sake of at-risk people like me, please continue being smart. That said, this episode is a 2-question Q&A covering the…
207: Still Working During COVID, Avoiding Group Therapy
May 14 • 32 min
Hello, friends! This is a nice and easy two-question Q&A episode. I hope you’re all taking great care of yourselves and staying healthy. I’ll be back next week with another episode! Here are the questions covered this week: I am required to work…
206: Dr. Lindsay Weisner on Destigmatizing Teen Suicidality
May 1 • 61 min
Hello, friends! This episode features an interview that I did with clinical psychologist Dr. Lindsay Weisner. We talk about many things during the interview, but Dr. Weisner’s main goal is to destigmatize the conversation surrounding teen suicidality….
205: More Personal Reflections from Robert
Apr 23 • 37 min
This is another episode in which I turned on the mic and sort of just rambled. I talk about life during quarantine, I talk about my new poly relationship, I talk about how my house is now stuffed to the gills with people and animals, and I talk about…
204: Dr. Drew Anderson on Staying Afloat During COVID-19
Apr 16 • 52 min
Hello, friends! This is a great interview with Dr. Drew Anderson, a licensed psychologist specializing in assessing and treating eating disorders, body image disturbance, and the psychological and medical problems associated with these things. Keeping…
203: COVID Q&A - Abuse in Isolation, Missing Touch, Dreading Going Back to Normal
Apr 9 • 32 min
In this episode, we are continuing the trend of focusing on content related to the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine. However, this week, we are getting back to the normal Q&A format. Here are the questions that are covered: What do I do about…
202: A Quick Coronavirus Pep Talk
Apr 2 • 9 min
This is a much shorter episode than usual. I just wanted to stop in to give you some words of encouragement and just a little bit of advice. You are allowed to be human and we will all get through this together. As a reminder, the Kick Anxiety’s…
201: Managing News and Media Intake
Mar 26 • 51 min
Why hello, everyone. I hope you’re quarantine is slightly less maddening than mine… I will likely be putting out episodes that are directly or indirectly related to our collective experience of the covid-19 pandemic for a while. Today’s episode is…
200: A Guided Relaxation for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Mar 18 • 29 min
Hello, friends! Well. Things have changed drastically since the last podcast episode. I was thinking about doing something special for episode 200, but since all of our lives have been consumed by this pandemic and the quarantine efforts, I thought it…
199: Health Anxiety with Dr. Gordon Asmundson
Mar 12 • 49 min
Well well well… I definitely did not plan to release this podcast on the week that we find out the world is rapidly approaching a global pandemic, but here we are. In this episode, I speak to guest, Dr. Gordon Asmundson, a psychologist, professor,…
198: Finding the Right Online Therapist, Help with Grief, Family Gathering Anxiety
Mar 5 • 33 min
Hello, everyone! Another Q&A episode for you today. Don’t forget that the Kick Anxiety’s Ass $75 sale is still going on for a couple weeks before new enrollments close. Here are the questions covered in this episode: What can I do when therapy…
197: Personal Updates from Robert
Feb 27 • 39 min
This episode is a little different. Rather than doing a Q&A, interview, or deep dive, I just wanted to sit with you for a while and give you some updates on where I’m at in life. I’m a real person, just like you. That the whole point of this Duff…
196: Switching Therapy Types, Managing Child’s Outbursts, Fixing a Relationship
Feb 20 • 41 min
Hello, friends! This is a nice Q&A episode with questions covering a variety of topics. Hopefully I do a decent job responding despite my sleep deprivation and loopiness! Here are the questions I cover: Is it okay to switch to a different…
195: All About Exposure for Anxiety
Feb 13 • 42 min
Hello, friends! This is a re-release of episode 98, which is an episode that I refer back to quite often on the show. I talk about the concept of exposure as it relates to anxiety and take you through different techniques for lowering your sensitivity…
194: Postpartum Anxiety, Traumatized by a Thought, Avoiding Activities
Feb 6 • 39 min
In this episode, I take the following awesome listener questions: What can I do about my postpartum anxiety and emetophobia? Can you be traumatized by a thought? Is it okay to avoid activities sometimes due to anxiety? Please continue sending me…
193: 500 Days of Meditation with Cheryl B Englehardt
Jan 30 • 54 min
This is a very interesting interview with Cheryl B. Englehardt, who is a government scuba diver turned pop artist turned film composer turned meditation music maker. We talk about her life, struggles with panic attacks, and how starting a daily…
192: Blood Phobia, Chronic Suicidality, Helping a Partner to be More Supportive
Jan 23 • 50 min
Hello, friends! Excited to bring you this new Q&A session with three awesome questions (). Here are the questions covered: What can I do about blood, injury, and injection phobia? How can I change my chronic suicidality? How can I make my…
191: Dr. Mandel on Ketamine Nasal Spray vs Infusions for Depression
Jan 16 • 55 min
Super excited to present this episode to you. I had Dr. Steven Mandel on to talk about the amazing and life-saving treatment of Ketamine infusions, which have been shown to be an incredibly effective treatment for depression, suicidality, and trauma…
190: Ketamine Risks, Hoarding, ACT Therapy
Jan 9 • 60 min
Hello, friends! Super happy to bring you this question and answer episode. You’ll have to excuse my congestion. The plague continues in the Duff household. If you’d like to get a 4th bonus question, check out my patreon at Here are the questions…
189: Leaning Into Depression with My Wife, Joelle Duff
Jan 2 • 48 min
This episode is an interview with my wife, Joelle Duff. This is technically the first episode of our new exclusive Duff Family Podcast, which from here on will only be made available to patrons. That doesn’t mean that she will never be on HCSH again,…
188: A Guided Meditation to Let Go of 2019 and Move Forward into 2020
Dec 19, 2019 • 43 min
It’s been a hell of a year and I think a lot of us could use a breather. In this episode, I take you through a guided meditation to help you get through the holidays, drop your baggage from 2019, and move confidently into 2020. Let’s do this.
187: Making Doctors Take You Seriously, Catching Emotions in the Moment, One-Sided Sexual Relationship
Dec 12, 2019 • 45 min
You guys seriously have the best questions. In this episode, I answer these three: How can I get my doctors to take me seriously and not blame everything on anxiety? What can I do about my one-sided sexual relationship? How can I catch my strong…
186: Healing Together with Figs O’Sullivan
Dec 5, 2019 • 60 min
This episode is a fantastic interview with master couples therapist, Figs O’Sullivan. We spoke together about many topics related to discord in relationships. Figs believes that many of our issues within relationships come from our deep need for…
185: All About Impostor Syndrome
Nov 21, 2019 • 36 min
Hello, friends! Today we are tackling a single subject. Something that has been requested numerous times by you guys. That subject is impostor syndrome. In this episode, I will talk about what it is, why we tend to have it, and hopefully give you some…
184: Daydreaming, Abusive Mother in Law, Scared to Call in Sick
Nov 14, 2019 • 48 min
We are back again with a new Q&A episode! I’m sure you guys missed these over the past few weeks. A few really great questions in here including: Is my excessive daydreaming bad? What can I do about my boyfriend’s mother mistreating him? Why am I…
183: Life Coaches, My History, and Future Directions of Psychology with Mxiety
Nov 7, 2019 • 70 min
Hello! I am back from vacation and wishing I never left! In all seriousness, I had a great time. But now I’m back with another great episode for you. This episode is a recording of a live stream that I did on Mxiety’s Mixer stream. She interviewed me…
182: Spooky Psychology Experiments
Oct 31, 2019 • 23 min
Hello, friends! Happy Halloween! This is a re-release of an episode I did a couple years ago. Humans are amazing creatures, but we also have a dark side. In this episode, I dive into some of the social psychology experiments that help us understand…
181: Multiple Sclerosis and Mental Health with Dr. Meghan Beier
Oct 24, 2019 • 46 min
This is a great interview with rehabilitation neuropsychologist, Meghan Beier, Ph.D. While she focuses mainly on individuals living with multiple sclerosis (M.S.), we cover a lot of topics that are applicable to anyone living with a chronic illness….
180: All About Sleep 2.0
Oct 17, 2019 • 49 min
Hello, friends! There are several episodes of the podcast that I refer back to constantly. Episode 26, where I talk all about sleep is one of those. I talk about it in other podcast episodes, I talk about it with my patients, and I talk about it with…
179: Talking Sex with Alison Leigh
Oct 10, 2019 • 44 min
Hello, friends! In this episode, I talk to licensed psychotherapist and sex advisor, Alison Leigh. Alison specializes in helping people in relationships overcome barriers to happiness and fulfillment, which often involves looking at the sexual…
178: Bad Enough for Therapy, Anxiety Nausea, Depression in Relationship
Oct 3, 2019 • 49 min
Hello, everyone! Happy to bring you another great question and answer episode today. Before that a quick announcement. October is my birth month and this year marks 5 years since starting the Duff the Psych brand. I’m so excited to continue this…
177: Research-Informed Parenting with Jen Lumanlan from Your Parenting Mojo
Sep 26, 2019 • 71 min
This episode features an interview with Jen Lumanlan from . In her own words, “I don’t have much in the way of parenting instinct but I make up for it with outstanding research skills.” Interestingly, by way of analyzing the research on parenting…
176: Healthy Gaming, Processing Trauma, Social Anxiety
Sep 19, 2019 • 47 min
Hello, friends! In this episode podcast, I do a little Q&A with some really awesome questions. For one reason or another, I also felt a little silly so have fun with my rambles and random laughter. Here are the questions that I cover: How can I…
175: LGBTQ Health Disparities with Dr. Perry Halkitis
Sep 12, 2019 • 51 min
This was a fantastic interview with public health psychologist, Dr. Perry Halkitis. We talk about disparities in health and mental health treatment for LGBTQ individuals and how they have changed over the years. He also shares some information about…
174: Driving Anxiety, Overly Affectionate Mom, Helper Burnout
Sep 5, 2019 • 48 min
This is a really great question and answer episode. If you hear some crickets chirping in the background, that is because it’s hot as balls outside, even at 11pm and there was no way I was about to record with the window closed. Here are the questions…
173: Tiffany Jenkins on Mental Health and Addiction
Aug 29, 2019 • 53 min
This week I have an incredible and inspiring interview with Tiffany Jenkins. Tiffany is a wife, mother, author, content creator and a recovering addict, she’s the face behind and author of “”. She described this episode as a free therapy…
172: Overcoming an Affair, Recalling Trauma, Bringing Parents into Therapy
Aug 22, 2019 • 46 min
Hello, friends! This is an awesome Q&A episode where I take three great listener questions and try my best to offer some helpful advice. Here are the topics covered: Do you NEED to recall trauma in order to move past it? Why would my therapist…
171: Psilocybin Mushrooms for Mental Health with MycoMeditations
Aug 15, 2019 • 74 min
This is a special episode. I was approached by a company called that wanted to sponsor the podcast. They actually were very persistent and approached me a few times about it because they were really interested in the opportunity to speak with you…
170: Sexless Marriage, PTSD in Literature, Health Anxiety
Aug 8, 2019 • 44 min
Hello, friends! In this Q&A episode, I take three awesome questions that listeners sent in and try my best to give some helpful advice. These cover a range of topics including health anxiety, PTSD in literature, and coping with a sexless marriage….
169: Mental Health and Spirituality with Dr. Anna Yusim
Aug 4, 2019 • 54 min
This episode is a super interesting interview with psychiatrist Dr. Anna Yusim. She is a practicing psychiatrist from a family of hyper-rational mathematicians. She was never spiritual or religious. However, about 10 years ago, she started to…
168: My Counselor Died
Jul 25, 2019 • 23 min
Hey, everyone! This episode is missing some of the normal bells and whistles that you are used to. No intro music. No disclaimers or fancy editing. I am currently out of town and my remote desktop failed me, so I don’t have access to my normal episode…
167: Posttraumatic Growth with Dr. Laura Copley
Jul 18, 2019 • 51 min
This is a fantastic interview with Dr. Laura Copley, a trauma specialist, who focuses on posttraumatic growth and resilience. We go through many important facts and misconceptions about trauma. We talk about the difference between resilience and…
166: When to Move On, Pregnant with an Eating Disorder, How Long Therapy Takes
Jul 11, 2019 • 43 min
Hello, friends! This is a Q&A episode in which I tackle the following: When is it time to move on from my boyfriend that just recently broke up with me so that I can “find myself”? What advice do you have for someone that is pregnant with an…
165: Letting Go of Shame with Dr. Suvrat Bhargave
Jul 4, 2019 • 58 min
This is a really nice interview with psychiatrist Suvrat Bhargave. We talk about lessons that he has learned in his practice including how to let go of shame and why you don’t need to hit rock bottom to have important moments of insight. He is very…
164: Boundaries vs Manipulation, Moving with Mental Illness, Helping Family Understand
Jun 27, 2019 • 47 min
Hey, all! On the last episode, I had my wife on to answer your relationship communications. We got SO many awesome questions that I wanted to tackle some more on the podcast today. This is a solo Q&A episode and I take questions directly from the…
163: Duff the Wife and I Talk About Communication
Jun 20, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode, I have my beautiful wife Joelle back on the podcast. We take a few minutes to update you on our crazy life and then discuss some listener questions that mainly focus on communication in relationships. Enjoy! Next week will be another…
162: Depersonalization, Family Communication, Planning with ADHD
Jun 13, 2019 • 59 min
Hello, friends! It’s very very hot over here this week, but I still decided to lock myself in my office without a fan and record this Q&A episode! There are three really great (and different) questions that listeners sent in, and I try my best to…
161: The Reality of Being a Therapist with Quinn Gee
Jun 6, 2019 • 63 min
This week, I have the amazing Quinn Gee of Magnolia Mental Health back on the show again. She is a “unicorn” in the mental health field. As a black, gay, female therapist, there are many people out there who really benefit from her perspective. She’s…
160: Erectile Dysfunction, Internet Exhibitionism, Strong Emotions
May 30, 2019 • 52 min
Hello, friends! In this episode, I answer some awesome listener questions about some very interesting topics including: How can I fix my stress-related erectile dysfunction? Is my desire to show off my body online bad? How can I better manage my…
159: How Your Brain ACTUALLY Learns with Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath
May 23, 2019 • 75 min
This episode is an awesome conversation that I had with educational neuroscientist Dr. Jaren Cooney Horvath. We talk about common misconceptions about the brain, how it actually works, and what that means for learning information or trying to teach…
158: Improving Self-Concept, Going Back to Work, Abandoned by Therapist
May 16, 2019 • 52 min
Hello, friends! We have a nice question and answer session for you today. Please be forewarned that one of the questions mentions the topic of suicide, so if you are particularly vulnerable to that topic, feel free to skip question #2. Here are the…
157: Unfu*k Yourself with Gary Bishop
May 9, 2019 • 69 min
Hello, friends! This episode features an interview with the author Gary John Bishop. He wrote the best seller Unfu*k Yourself and juuuust released a new book called Stop Doing That Shit. We had a great conversation about what people can do to…
156: Drug-Induced Psychosis, Distance Jealousy, Dealing with Loneliness
May 2, 2019 • 43 min
This episode is a straightforward question and answer episode. Not too much preamble in this episode, just straight to the nitty gritty. As always, if you’d like to learn more about me and what I do, check out And if you have questions or topics for…
155: Jonah on Electroconvulsive Therapy for Depression
Apr 25, 2019 • 66 min
This is a super interesting interview with Jonah, who was kind enough to get very person in discussing his experiences with Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). ECT is a safe, but sensationalized, treatment for depression that does not respond to typical…
154: Emotional Cheating, Hypomania, Boundaries in Supporting, Mood Disorder
Apr 18, 2019 • 49 min
This is a special Q&A episode in which I pull questions directly from the private Hardcore Self Help Facebook group. If you aren’t yet a member, request access at I took four questions from the group that cover a wide variety of topics. I think…
153: A Guided Relaxation About Letting Go
Apr 11, 2019 • 41 min
I think that a lot of you need to hear this episode. It’s simply me talking with you a bit about the topic of letting go, especially of things that you don’t have control over, and then guiding you through a forest visualization to help you relax. No…
152: Managing Toxic Family with Dr. Sherrie Campbell
Mar 28, 2019 • 64 min
Today’s episode is an interview that I did with Dr. Sherrie Campbell. Her specialty is helping people recognize toxic family members and work to productively cut ties with them and thrive in the aftermath. We get into some really interesting content…
151: My Top Productivity Tips
Mar 21, 2019 • 57 min
We are doing a bit of a deep dive episode this week. I wanted to share with you my 10-11 best tips for staying productive even when you don’t feel like it or may struggle with disorganization. We talk about many different personal tips that work well…
150: Tech in Mental Health with Abhishek Chandra from Spring Health
Mar 14, 2019 • 55 min
This episode is a wide-ranging conversation with Abhishek Chandra, a co-founder and CTO of Spring Health, which is a comprehensive mental health benefit for employers that goes beyond the traditional employee assistance program. We talk about the…
149: First Panic Attack, Confronting Family Abuser, Repairing vs Calling Off an Engagement
Mar 7, 2019 • 36 min
This week’s episode is a question and answer session. I cover three awesome questions that cover a variety of important topics. As always I’m impressed by the bravery in posing these difficult questions and I hope that I do a good job of being…
148: Dan Fields from Save it for the Show
Feb 28, 2019 • 53 min
Hello! In this episode, I interview a friend of mine, Dan Fields, from the Save it for the Show podcast. I thought this would be an interesting episode because it’s essentially just me talking to a friend of mine about life on the internet, creating,…
147: Nocturnal Anxiety and Panic
Feb 21, 2019 • 40 min
Welcome, everybody! Today’s episode is going to focus on a single topic. I have gotten a lot of questions recently about nighttime anxiety and nocturnal panic, so today we are going to focus on things that you can do to help you get a little bit…
146: Duff the Wife Valentine’s Special
Feb 14, 2019 • 61 min
Hello, everyone! Super excited because this week I have my beautiful wife, Joelle Duff on the podcast again. You always have such great feedback when she’s on the show and it’s honestly just nice to have a good excuse to sit and talk with my favorite…
145: Bipolar Barbie
Feb 7, 2019 • 49 min
Hello, friends! This week, I have an interview with the wonderful Bipolar Barbie. She is a mental health advocate from Australia. In this interview, she describes her experiences with bipolar and talks about why she is passionate about being a mental…
144: BDSM after Trauma, Slipping Back into Depression, Supporting a Partner with PTSD
Jan 31, 2019 • 30 min
This week, I have a nice Q&A session for you. Three really great questions that cover a variety of topics. Some of the content in here is sexually related and there is also plenty of talk about trauma. Be advised. I forgot to announce it during…
143: When Life Gives You Parkinson’s with Larry Gifford
Jan 24, 2019 • 49 min
On this episode, I have an interview with Larry Gifford from the podcast. He was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease at age 45. This was a serious curve ball for someone with a spouse, a child, and a blossoming career in radio. We talk…
142: Fundamentalist Religion, Parenting with Mental Illness, Panic Disorder
Jan 17, 2019 • 31 min
Hello, friends! I have a Q&A episode for you today. This is an extra special episode for a couple reasons. First off, I’m starting a new weekly tradition. If you share your favorite quote from the episode on social media and tag me, you might be…
141: You Might Die Tomorrow - Kate Manser on Mortality Awareness and Living Better Today
Jan 10, 2019 • 43 min
Hello, all! This was an episode that was supposed to air a while back. I postponed it due to a shooting at my alma mater’s college night at the Borderline night club in Thousand Oaks. I felt that the topic just wouldn’t be appropriate for that…
140: Making New Year Goals That Make Sense
Jan 3, 2019 • 22 min
This is a short and sweet episode that I recorded before leaving for an end-of-year vacation with my family. We talk about making goals for the new year. At the end of the year, many people start thinking about goals and resolutions. I see…
139: Neurofeedback, Low Motivation, Knowing if Therapy Works
Dec 20, 2018 • 47 min
The last episode of 2018! Wowwwww. It’s been an awesome year and I thank you so much for all of the support, attention, and of course questions. I thought that I would end things strong with a nice Q&A episode. Here are the topics covered: What…
138: Jamie Shares Her Personal Experience with Ketamine Treatments
Dec 13, 2018 • 52 min
This is part 2/2 for my series of interviews about Ketamine treatments. In this episode, I interview Jamie AKA “The Gloomy Optimist” about her personal experiences with the treatments that she says saved her life. We go deep into her life-long…
137: All About Ketamine Treatments with Dr. Steven Mandel
Dec 6, 2018 • 44 min
Friends. If there is one interview of mine that you listen to, let it be this one. In this interview, I talk to Dr. Steven Mandel, the founder of the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles. Ketamine is one of the most effective mental health treatments that…
136: Overcoming Self-Sabotage in Relationships, Fear of Wrists, Decision Paralysis
Nov 29, 2018 • 44 min
Hello, everyone! Great to be back recording a normal Q&A episode this week. Between the unexpected non-episode a couple weeks back and the re-run episode last week, I haven’t actually sat down and addressed your questions in a while. Here are the…
135: How to Survive the Holidays
Nov 21, 2018 • 29 min
Hey, everyone! This is a re-release of an episode that I did last year. I am busy this week with holiday stuff, so I didn’t want to record something new, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to repost episode 85, which originally aired on…
134: Kati Morton - Youtuber, Author, and Therapist
Nov 15, 2018 • 38 min
Super excited to have the awesome Kati Morton on the show with me today. I’m sure you already know who she is, but if you need a refresher, she is most well known for her Youtube channel where she answers questions and gives mental health advice. Kati…
Too Close to Home
Nov 8, 2018 • 6 min
The regularly scheduled podcast interview is postponed this week. There was a tragic shooting at my alma mater’s college night at the Borderline bar in Thousand Oaks, CA. In this short message, I talk about what happened, how I’m feeling, and a few…
133: Spooky Mental Health Treatments From History
Nov 1, 2018 • 42 min
I did an episode last year around Halloween time about and what they say about humanity. I figured I’d keep the trend going and do an episode all about creepy treatments from the origin of psychological health care. Before listening any further, just…
132: When to Stop Taking Meds for Anxiety
Oct 25, 2018 • 39 min
Fantastic episode for you today. We go deep into the different types of medication for anxiety, how to know when it’s time to stop taking them, and ways to cope with anxiety that you can use with or without medication. This is the third episode…
131: Supporting a Reluctant Partner
Oct 18, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode, I take a question from someone about how they can help their romantic partner who is great most of the time but gets suicidal or violent every so often. How can she get him to go to therapy or recognize the that there are actual…
130: Complex PTSD
Oct 11, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode, I’m trying something slightly different. Rather than taking three questions, I’m taking one and using it as a jumping off point to go in-dept into topics related to the question. Sort of combining the deep-dive and Q&A formats….
129: All About Dementia
Oct 4, 2018 • 62 min
In this episode, I do a deep dive talking about a requested topic: dementia. It can be hard to find good information and advice about dementia online, so I hope that this episode can serve that function. I go in-depth and cover the following: …
128: Making Friends, Avoiding Stress After Concussion, Advice for Future Therapists
Sep 27, 2018 • 38 min
Back to the Q&A this week. Before I answer the questions, I talk about a recent psychiatric hospitalization that I had to do with the hope of helping you understand that it’s not a purely black and white situation. Here are the questions I cover: …
127: Duff the Wife Back Again!
Sep 20, 2018 • 47 min
Hello! I thought it would be nice to have my wife, Joelle, back on the podcast today. She’s usually a listener favorite guest and I always love talking with her, so I hope you enjoy our conversation! We talk about all kinds of stuff including: Our…