32 episodes

Listen to the incomparable therapist Esther Perel counsel real couples as they reveal the most intimate, personal, and complicated details of the conflicts that have brought them to her door. This season, she takes on open marriage, racism inside an extended family, coming out in a religious home, and chronic infidelity, among other delicate dynamics. Esther creates a space for us to hear our own lives and struggles articulated in the stories of others. So....where should we begin?

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    • 4.7, 1.3K Ratings

Listen to the incomparable therapist Esther Perel counsel real couples as they reveal the most intimate, personal, and complicated details of the conflicts that have brought them to her door. This season, she takes on open marriage, racism inside an extended family, coming out in a religious home, and chronic infidelity, among other delicate dynamics. Esther creates a space for us to hear our own lives and struggles articulated in the stories of others. So....where should we begin?

    Season Four Trailer

    Season Four Trailer

    A new season of Where Should We Begin? With Esther Perel.

    • 2 min
    Couples Under Lockdown: Lagos, Nigeria

    Couples Under Lockdown: Lagos, Nigeria

    Last summer they left everything they'd built in Seattle for a chance at a very different life. He took a dream turn to expand his company and be closer to home; she gave up her nursing job to manage their girls and explore new horizons abroad. COVID-19 hits as they watch the fate of other countries, knowing if it reaches Nigeria with a population of more than 200 million people, it will be devastating. They've been offered a chance to go home, but to what? Leaving Nigeria would mean walking away from everything, but staying could be more than either signed up for. Esther speaks to the couple as Africa begins easing restrictions.

    • 55 min
    Couples Under Lockdown: New York, New York

    Couples Under Lockdown: New York, New York

    They have three kids and their volatile marriage has fallen apart. She still hopes to rebuild. He can't get out of there fast enough. Two weeks before COVID-19 forced New Yorkers to shelter in place, they filed for divorce. Now they feel trapped. If he goes he risks not seeing his kids for weeks. If he stays he worries it will thwart his plans to finally leave. Esther urges them to think about this present time together and not about what kind of future they will have apart. 

    • 49 min
    Couples Under Lockdown: Bavaria, Germany

    Couples Under Lockdown: Bavaria, Germany

    For the last year they have lived in separate countries. She took a dream job closer to where she grew up in Germany and he stayed behind with the promise he would follow soon. Six months turned into a year, which turned into a conversation that questioned the foundation of their marriage. It took the coronavirus to get them back under one roof again. While others might complain about the close quarters, this couple hopes to find themselves in each other again. Esther pushes them to worry less about the love that was, and focus now on the love that is.

    • 55 min
    Couples Under Lockdown: Sicily, Italy

    Couples Under Lockdown: Sicily, Italy

    They left each other emotionally years ago, but with three kids they have been trying to keep it together. For the last two weeks they find themselves confined to a small apartment in Sicily, Italy — he bears the brunt of the domestic duties at home all day. She must report to the hospital every day to help usher in new life as a midwife. Esther helps them come to terms with what these next few months could look like if they learn to communicate with one another in ways that might save their relationship.

    • 49 min
    Esther Perel's New Show: How's Work?

    Esther Perel's New Show: How's Work?

    Today we’re sharing the first episode of Esther Perel’s new show How’s Work? In it, Esther sits down with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues, and brings her inimitable perspective to workplace relationships and conflicts. You can listen to all episodes right now for free on Spotify and weekly everywhere else. https://smarturl.it/hows-work

    In this episode, friends and fellow dancers at a strip club: one brings years of experience, the other a youthful energy that turns angry at times. They’re here to talk about boundaries that are crossed, educating “civilians" about their work, family acceptance, and how they'll transition from the sex work industry into professional careers. Can sex work be a bullet point on a resume?

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Nicky Huan ,

Incredibly insightful and informative

Esther has a remarkable ability to shed light on the human condition through these therapy sessions. I feel like learn something new about myself each episode, even when I have not experienced what the clients are conveying. Thank you!

Olori Teepop ,

Lagos episode 👎🏽

As a huge fan of Esther Perel and an ardent listener of this podcast, who’s from and currently based in Lagos, I was so excited when I saw the location of the latest episode. I thought “at long last”.

I found it underwhelming and disappointing.

Dee Dee Rwanda ,

Lagos ep.

I am a huge listener to this podcast since it’s beginning but I must agree with my fellow African who commented on the Lagos ep. I was so disappointed when I pressed play and knew straight away this is not about Nigeria about a Nigerian couple under lockdown. I believed that the team was above this horrible narrative. The world is suffering all of us are... I’m sure many couples from all around the world would benefit from ur guidance. “Once we know better let’s do better” Maya Angelou.

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