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Depression, anxiety, and personal emotional struggles, are hard to manage on their own. You can feel very lonely in that battle. And so many people either can’t or won’t try therapy. It’s too weird, it’s too expensive, or you’re nervous about trying it. SelfWork can help you begin that healing, or be an addition to the work you’re already doing, as I offer compassionate common-sense directions, ideas and goals toward the changes you want to make. I’ve been a psychologist for over 25 years; and here at SelfWork, I let you in on what I’ve learned from people just like you.

The SelfWork Podcas‪t‬ Margaret Robinson Rutherford PhD

    • Mental Health
    • 4.7 • 58 Ratings

Depression, anxiety, and personal emotional struggles, are hard to manage on their own. You can feel very lonely in that battle. And so many people either can’t or won’t try therapy. It’s too weird, it’s too expensive, or you’re nervous about trying it. SelfWork can help you begin that healing, or be an addition to the work you’re already doing, as I offer compassionate common-sense directions, ideas and goals toward the changes you want to make. I’ve been a psychologist for over 25 years; and here at SelfWork, I let you in on what I’ve learned from people just like you.

    Careers That Kill: A Conversation with Dr. Adam Hill

    Careers That Kill: A Conversation with Dr. Adam Hill

    Sometimes you don’t know why, but you’re drawn to someone or to their story. Adam Hill is one of those people for me. Adam presented himself as a thoughtful guy as well as being a doctor who’d trained as a pediatric oncologist at some of the finest schools and research centers the USA has to offer. And then came the fact that he is a recovering alcoholic. He's also the author of Long Walk Out of The Woods. Tune in and learn.

    • 39 min
    Do Empaths Actually Exist? Here's The Debate!

    Do Empaths Actually Exist? Here's The Debate!

    Today I’m sharing the work of Stacey Wright, a psychotherapist in Georgia whose work is frequently featured on The Mighty. She specializes in the treatment of highly sensitive people and describes how empaths are both different and similar to HSPs.
    And yet there's debate about the term and even the concept of an "empath" being a noun is disputed as an appropriate label for someone who's simply highly empathetic.

    • 5 min
    Four Tips on Avoiding Pandemic Burnout With Your Pandemic Partner

    Four Tips on Avoiding Pandemic Burnout With Your Pandemic Partner

    "I want this over!!"  is being shouted from the rooftops by many whose pandemic fatigue is morphing into pandemic burnout, meaning that whatever skills you’d been using to dig a little deeper or find some laughter or hope – those skills are maxed out. So, in this episode of SelfWork, sponsored by BetterHelp, we'll focus on four considerations that might help you realize that the pandemic is dramatizing normal facets of long relationships.

    • 27 min
    Explaining Hypnosis

    Explaining Hypnosis

    Not only will I try to debunk the various myths there are out there about it, but help you understand exactly how it can work. I’ve been hypnotized several times myself and I’ll explain what I experienced.  I’ve also been trained in hypnosis so I can explain what it’s like to actually do hypnosis. And I'll include the most dramatic example I've had thus far in my practice of it helping my client tremendously with PTSD.

    • 28 min
    Why Exactly Did I Write A Book?

    Why Exactly Did I Write A Book?

    Writing a book is the hardest and most labor-intensive task I've ever accomplished. And sometimes, while I was deep in the throws of its creation, I would wonder why I was doing it, even though I was so passionate about its message. What did I really hope would happen as a result? Well, two things have happened this week that remind me of why the topic of perfectly hidden depression is vital for our mental health culture- and you - to understand.

    • 6 min
    When Brothers and Sisters Abuse One Another

    When Brothers and Sisters Abuse One Another

    Sibling sexual abuse is a complex and painful subject that's vastly underreported. And it can happen in any home, anywhere. How is it different than normal sexual curiosity between siblings? What sets the environment up for it to occur? What if they themselves repeated or even forced sexual activity on others in the family? Trigger Warning: If you choose to listen to this episode on sibling sexual abuse, please keep your own self-care in mind. the US hotline is  1-800-656-4673.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

thoughtsong ,

A calming, supportive, trustworthy voice

I’ve learned so much about myself from this wonderful podcast. Dr Margaret provides practical advice backed up by well-sourced research. I thoroughly recommend this podcast.

knightoat ,

Calming, informative and accepting

Just discovered this podcast but I’ve listened to about 10 episodes already! So many relevant topics. Margaret has a lovely voice, and the content is also very informative. She approaches topics with acceptance and empathy. Excellent if you’re interested in psychology, or suffering issues in your self or your relationships.

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Truely insightful

Thank you so very much for your time and generosity in sharing this podcast. With the help of lock down I have eagerly listened to each and every episode. Some are relevant to myself, some time those I know, and others help with better understanding the behaviour of others, and creating better empathy. It’s so good to tackle tough and raw issues. I can not afford therapy and have found this hugely beneficial, so a heart felt ‘thank you’.

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