Life. Playing by the rules, doing the right thing, working hard and striving to be a good person can give us a sense of control and security. At least that is what Leah believed until she was diagnosed with advanced ovarian and breast cancer when she was 46 years old. She quickly realized that life is truly precarious - filled with uncertainty and dependent on chance. Through hearing other's stories of their precarious moments, we realize that this is actually what connects us as human beings. There is beauty in the struggle.
Leah Barrett, MS, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in Colorado where she lives with her husband and a few fur kids.
Are You There God?
When things fall apart, we look for reasons and we seek solutions. What if there are no reasons and no acceptable solutions to our pain? How do we prevent slipping into despair? In this episode, Leah explores the concept of "God" as a way give us perspective in times when nothing makes sense.
At one of my lowest points in cancer treatment, I thought that this must be what is meant by "Karma". It drove me to reach out to someone I hurt deeply. This is a story of love, regret, shame and healing.
Everything is Going to Be Okay
When things fall apart, when we lose our sense of security, when we can't find our way, nothing feels okay. Leah knows this first hand as she lives with a terminal illness. In this episode, she shares how she reconnects to knowing that Everything Will Be Okay.
Picking Up the Pieces
In this episode, my guest wishes to remain anonymous. She shares her story of how breast cancer ignited her childhood trauma which took her to her knees. This is a story of a woman who found her way back through facing her fears with the help of psychedelics.
Be Your Own Hero
We love our Heroes and Heroines. We look to them for inspiration. We aspire to be more like them. In this episode, Leah shares stories of heroes from her counseling practice as a reminder that we are all Heroes.
My Main Purpose for Living Right Now is You
In this episode, Leah sits down with her Mom. Listen to their intimate and revealing conversation about how Leah's illness has affected their relationship - the good, the bad and the ugly (but mostly good). Shared tragedy will reveal the cracks in a relationship and isn't that a good thing? If you don't see the cracks in the relationship then there is very little hope in repairing it.
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This is my go to podcast. I always feel good and empowered after listening to these episodes. We can do this!
Leah’s latest episode is pure and raw grief. She shares in a time of complete vulnerability and anyone having been through a major loss can attest that what she shares is REAL.
Thank you for normalizing the process so people can feel even the slightest bit of hope that they will BE OKAY. It is so important that people understand there is an end to the feeling of complete devastation and hopelessness. We don’t move on, we move forward with our loss and learn to experience joy and love in even more meaningful and enriching ways.
I love the precarious podcast! Leah’s vulnerability and authentic sharing of her experience has been so beautiful and moving. Her guests have been phenomenal as well! Several of these episodes have moved me to tears. Thank you Leah, for an inspiring and very enjoyable podcast experience!