26 episodes

Join Dana and Amy on the couch as they dish about about life’s biggest issues. Serious insights from Dana’s work as a psychotherapist and Amy’s work as a comic, management consultant, and wife of a psychiatrist are couched in the kind of irreverence you can only get from two kinda-related New York moms who are (almost) out of ****s to give!

2 Moms on The Couch Amy Veltman & Dr. Dana Dorfman

    • Mental Health
    • 4.5, 19 Ratings

Join Dana and Amy on the couch as they dish about about life’s biggest issues. Serious insights from Dana’s work as a psychotherapist and Amy’s work as a comic, management consultant, and wife of a psychiatrist are couched in the kind of irreverence you can only get from two kinda-related New York moms who are (almost) out of ****s to give!

    LATE BLOOMERS: Get Going with Your Life!

    LATE BLOOMERS: Get Going with Your Life!

    This is for those of you who didn't peak in high school. Or college. And in your thirties, you still thought you had more to do, give, and learn. But you were still discovering new potential in your forties, too. You're just not done yet!
    Before this conversation with psychotherapist, Dr. Dana Dorfman, Amy had never considered the massive parallels between her teen kids' phase of life and her own. Hormonal upheaval, evolving relationships with our own parents, and newfound freedoms weirdly unite some teens' experiences with those of their 50-something mothers. 
    While Amy interprets this similarity between teens and mid-lifers as permission to make more inappropriate jokes, Dana chooses a different path to reinvention. 
    Find out why "mid-life" is such a fork in the road, and how to decide which way to go. Dana offers three useful strategies to approach this sometimes-complex time of life, derived from her extensive experience as a clinician. Also, get surprising (and happy!) news about what often happens to relationships that may have been "stuck" for decades as we hit these new thresholds of development. 
    For our "NO! You HAVE To!" segment, Dana recommends something deeply life-changing, and Amy recommends something shallowly life-changing. 
    Thanks to Colin Shmaeling for fabulous editing!

    • 44 min
    Why OTHER GENERATIONS Are So Annoying!

    Why OTHER GENERATIONS Are So Annoying!

    For maybe the first time in history, there are currently four generations sharing the workplace! No matter what generation you belong to, the other ones can be so ANNOYING! Sure, millennials may be the prime targets of ridicule and derision right now, but the cycle will continue, and someone new will become irritating, and by the way, millennials don't think GEN X and the Boomers are so perfect, either. 
    Join Dana and Amy on the couch for their own tales of inter-generational annoyance.  Then listen as they re-frame those tales using some great advice for getting past the irritating behaviors of other generations to a place of idyllic understanding and harmonious cooperation. Really!

    • 40 min
    IMPOSTOR SYNDROME: How to Feel Real

    IMPOSTOR SYNDROME: How to Feel Real

    Most everyone has felt like a fraud at one point or another. Amy was surprised to learn that even confident-seeming white guys can fall prey to impostor syndrome! Join the 2 Moms on the Couch as we tell you how to Get. Over. It—except for those rare times that it's normal and appropriate. 
    Dana shares the unique ways in which impostor syndrome affects therapists, who don't have many observable models for their work. And then there was the time Amy really WAS an impostor, performing at the Comedy Cellar on a show with Dave Attell. Twice. She may have fooled the audience, but did the other comics know? (The answer will astound you: YES!) 
    Lastly, for our segment, "No, you HAVE to!" Dana shocks Amy with the secret to her lashes. (Really, I was SHOCKED.) 

    • 53 min
    SUCCESS: Help Your Kids Live Their Best Lives...

    SUCCESS: Help Your Kids Live Their Best Lives...

    Achievement and true success are not always the same thing, as we find out this week on The Couch. 
    In Dana's 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist of kids and families, she's found that parents' anxiety about ensuring their kids are high-achieving can actually have a negative impact on their success and mental health—an idea she calls the Parenting Paradox. 
    Dana shares the useful strategies she's developed to help families avoid counter-productive spirals of stress, emphasizing a focus on personal values to inform your actions as a parent. Don't worry: we also give useful exercises to help you identify what those values are!
    Join us on The Couch to find out how we're dealing with these issues ourselves as the parents of kids about to enter high school and college in the mad world of New York City!

    • 54 min
    FRIENDSHIP for Grown-Ups: BFFs & Boundaries

    FRIENDSHIP for Grown-Ups: BFFs & Boundaries

    Dana shares a middle school friend group story more frightening than anything Poe could have dreamed up. Amy talks about how frequent moves for her family as a kid altered her friendship landscape. 
    Dana and Amy learn they both have dueling fears of friend-abandonment and friends wanting to subsume them. 
    Get helpful advice about being a better friend and knowing when it's time to walk away. 

    • 53 min
    DISAPPOINTMENT: Good Expectations Gone Bad

    DISAPPOINTMENT: Good Expectations Gone Bad

    Join us on the couch as we process some BIG disappointments, the result of some big expectations. 
    Dana shares the gut-wrenching story of her son getting ridiculously ill in the hours leading up to his bar mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony they'd both spent months preparing for.
    Amy divulges the results of a Mother's Day survey she created to measure the gap between mothers' expectations for our "special day" and the realities. She also admits to wanting something IMPOSSIBLE from a long-ago gift and how it still embarrasses her to think about it. 
    Dana and Amy understand that, in the scale of problems and disappointments, the ones they discuss are good ones to have, considering what's possible. In this exploration of the underlying emotion of disappointment and strategies for working through it, they hope you can find something that resonates for you and helps you process whatever you have going on, even if you weren't expecting to get a necklace when you woke up today! 

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

WenLinCo ,

Relatable

Delightful and relatable discussions on stuff that women think about.

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Jenny

This is a wonderful podcast! Amy and Dana are intelligent, funny, insightful and totally relatable. Each of the relevant topics that they explore keep you engaged from the moment they begin to talk. You really feel like you are sitting on the couch with two of your brightest and best friends!

Another Young Soul ,

This podcast is addictive!

This is a fun and funny hang with two brilliant women about the joys and challenges of being a mom, a wife, and an independent lady in the big city (or any city). Amy and Dana have become my podcast besties with their sage advice and hilarious takes on parenting. Keep it coming, Dana and Amy!

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