27 episodes

Hello! We’re Elizabeth Day and Emma Reed-Turrell. And for over 20 years, we’ve been best friends. Elizabeth is a broadcaster and author. Emma is a psychotherapist. Best Friend Therapy is where we chat about what’s on our minds to get deeper in our minds.
Every week, we talk about how to tackle the challenges we face in daily life with honesty, compassion and practical wisdom. This is a podcast that holds your hand through the tough times and offers reassurance on the days you might need it. Feed your soul with nourishing conversations from two best friends, one therapist - and zero filter.

Best Friend Therapy Elizabeth Day and Emma Reed Turrell

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Hello! We’re Elizabeth Day and Emma Reed-Turrell. And for over 20 years, we’ve been best friends. Elizabeth is a broadcaster and author. Emma is a psychotherapist. Best Friend Therapy is where we chat about what’s on our minds to get deeper in our minds.
Every week, we talk about how to tackle the challenges we face in daily life with honesty, compassion and practical wisdom. This is a podcast that holds your hand through the tough times and offers reassurance on the days you might need it. Feed your soul with nourishing conversations from two best friends, one therapist - and zero filter.

    S3, BONUS EPISODE! Best Friend Therapy: Flexibility - How can it help? Why does balance matter? Is it about change or acceptance?

    S3, BONUS EPISODE! Best Friend Therapy: Flexibility - How can it help? Why does balance matter? Is it about change or acceptance?

    Happy New Year from Best Friend Therapy!

    We're so delighted to be back with you for another year of conversations where we talk about what's on our minds, to get deeper in our minds.

    And we're kicking off with this bonus episode on the timely topic of flexibility - from flexibility in exercise, to worklife and relationships. We explore how we can tune in to our emotional equalizers to tell us what we need and what we have to give, as we head into the new year.

    Emma explains why a balance between acceptance and change is important and tells us why we need to drop the rope and get on the seesaw, and Elizabeth explains what happens when we hyperextend and shares some of the warning signs we can all look out for.

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    This episode is sponsored by Peloton – a fitness experience for your body and mind, so motivating and exhilarating that you’ll come back to it time and time again. Find out more by visiting https://www.onepeloton.co.uk

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    Best Friend Therapy is hosted by Elizabeth Day and Emma Reed Turrell, produced by Chris Sharp.

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    Emma Reed Turrell @emmareedturrell

    Best Friend Therapy @best.friend.therapy

    • 43 min
    S3, Ep 8 Best Friend Therapy: Festive Hangovers - Why can Christmas feel complicated? How can we support ourselves? What can we learn?

    S3, Ep 8 Best Friend Therapy: Festive Hangovers - Why can Christmas feel complicated? How can we support ourselves? What can we learn?

    Merry Christmas from Best Friend Therapy!

    Or not. Because, however your festive season has been this year, and however you chose to celebrate, you’re welcome in this conversation. So join us, as we ease our festive hangovers together (both literal and metaphorical).

    Special occasions and holidays can be a flashpoint for emotions, and expectation can be the thief of joy. We’re not responsible for other people’s enjoyment of Christmas and yet the pressures to shop, socialise, cook, dress, eat and drink in festive form, can overwhelm even the most hardened people-pleasers among us.

    Emma and Elizabeth share their best and worst Christmasses and offer advice if you’ve had a tough one this year. And we look forward by looking back, because the Christmas run-up can be one big set-up, and it’s something we can learn from for the future.

    *genuine hangover advice also provided*

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    Best Friend Therapy is hosted by Elizabeth Day and Emma Reed Turrell, produced by Chris Sharp. To contact us, email contact@bestfriendtherapy.co.uk

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    Emma Reed Turrell @emmareedturrell

    Best Friend Therapy @best.friend.therapy

    • 46 min
    S3, Ep 7 Best Friend Therapy: Feeling Left Out - What is FOMO? How can loneliness affect us? Why is self-awareness the antidote?

    S3, Ep 7 Best Friend Therapy: Feeling Left Out - What is FOMO? How can loneliness affect us? Why is self-awareness the antidote?

    You’ll never be left out from Best Friend Therapy, but if it’s a feeling you know elsewhere in your life, this week’s episode might be for you.

    We’re talking about FOMO, not being invited to the party, or sitting at home in your pyjamas while everyone else is out having fun (although, this sounds like Emma’s idea of heaven).

    Born into the world dependent on others and racked with self-consciousness throughout puberty, it’s no surprise that humans are sensitive to feeling left out. We’re here to help you feel more grounded and better able to build connections by becoming the most *you* version of yourself, and starting from a place of self-belonging.

    We talk about the joy of being left out and the importance of saying no to some invitations, to be able to say yes to the ones that count.

    Elizabeth admits that she hates Glastonbury and Emma finds her spiritual home in the M&S café.

    They both also lose the plot when trying to talk about a rustle in the bush and will endeavour to be more professional in future.

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    Best Friend Therapy is hosted by Elizabeth Day and Emma Reed Turrell, produced by Chris Sharp. To contact us, email contact@bestfriendtherapy.co.uk

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    Emma Reed Turrell @emmareedturrell

    Best Friend Therapy @best.friend.therapy

    • 45 min
    S3, Ep 6 Best Friend Therapy: Dreams - Why do we dream? How can they help us? What on earth did Elizabeth's dream mean?

    S3, Ep 6 Best Friend Therapy: Dreams - Why do we dream? How can they help us? What on earth did Elizabeth's dream mean?

    It’s a bit of a different episode this week, as Emma takes Elizabeth through a live therapy process of dream analysis.

    Listen along while Elizabeth unpacks her deepest subconscious, meet her happy-go-lucky island and her all-seeing sky, and hear what Emma has to say about the meaning behind the dream. And learn for yourself how to interpret your own dreams, so that you too can unpack the valuable insights that your night-time mind has to offer.

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    You can read more on Carl Jung here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Jung

    And "Dreams" was sung by Gabrielle, not Annie Lennox. But she did sing "Sweet Dreams", so Elizabeth was on the right track.

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    Best Friend Therapy is hosted by Elizabeth Day and Emma Reed Turrell, produced by Chris Sharp. To contact us, email contact@bestfriendtherapy.co.uk

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    Emma Reed Turrell @emmareedturrell

    Best Friend Therapy @best.friend.therapy

    • 46 min
    S3, Ep 5 Best Friend Therapy: Anxiety - Why do we feel anxious? Is it always a bad thing? What can we do about it?

    S3, Ep 5 Best Friend Therapy: Anxiety - Why do we feel anxious? Is it always a bad thing? What can we do about it?

    This week, on Best Friend Therapy, we’re talking about feeling anxious (and we're feeling quite anxious while we’re doing it).

    Anxiety can take many forms, be it seasonal, situational, or a post-pandemic hangover. As a diffuse term, it's not always helpful, so we’re here to break it down and challenge some of the assumptions attached to those sensations we get when we’re living with ambiguity, coping with life outside of our control or, dare we say it, even a bit excited?

    Emma shares her blissful morning moments and liberates us to journal in whichever way we want.

    Elizabeth calls out the anxiety attached to our anti-anxiety efforts and tells us why reality TV is her wind-down go-to.

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    Alain de Botton on pessimism: https://youtu.be/Aw1oLtuJOXQ

    And in case you didn’t recognise Emma’s rendition, here’s the real Minnie Riperton, singing Lovin’ You: https://youtu.be/9I3UTG1dSTc

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    Best Friend Therapy is hosted by Elizabeth Day and Emma Reed Turrell, produced by Chris Sharp. To contact us, email contact@bestfriendtherapy.co.uk

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    Emma Reed Turrell @emmareedturrell

    • 45 min
    S3, Ep 4 Best Friend Therapy: Working With Your Best Friend - Is it all plain sailing? What if you disagree? How can you make it work?

    S3, Ep 4 Best Friend Therapy: Working With Your Best Friend - Is it all plain sailing? What if you disagree? How can you make it work?

    Lots of our lovely listeners have asked us what it’s like to work with your best friend, so this week we’re here to spill the tea. It’s take your bestie to work day.

    We talk about what we've loved, from sharing a joint purpose, to finding out more about each other (and sneaking off for lovely recording weekends!)

    We talk about what we’ve learned, including our fear of letting each other down, what our different metrics of success can teach us, and how to keep the relationship at the heart of everything we do.

    And we talk about how to do it if you want to give it a try yourselves - with boundaries, clear communication and tons of mutual respect.

    Whether it’s co-parenting or partnering in a business, working with a loved one can be so rewarding and we’re here to share our top tips for making it a success.

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    Best Friend Therapy is hosted by Elizabeth Day and Emma Reed Turrell, produced by Chris Sharp.

    To contact us, email contact@bestfriendtherapy.co.uk

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    Emma Reed Turrell @emmareedturrell

    Best Friend Therapy @best.friend.therapy

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

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Favourite weekly listen

This podcast is incredible, helpful, supportive, funny and so practical. I feel like I’ve been to a therapy session every time I listen and the topics are well thought out and communicated. Thank you to you both for your contributions to this world!

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