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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

    • Health & Fitness
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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.

    Three Daddy Issues (Actually Parent Issues) and How to Heal

    Three Daddy Issues (Actually Parent Issues) and How to Heal

    Chief among the issues is sexual abuse.  But in this episode, sponsored by Athletic Greens, I want to cover two other major dynamics that can cause a parent/child relationship to be damaging -  enmeshment and abandonment - or being emotionally unavailable. There are many others - the addicted parent, the critical parent, the mentally unstable parent.

    • 30 min
    The Fierce Search for Self-Understanding: The Me I Cannot See

    The Fierce Search for Self-Understanding: The Me I Cannot See

    So today on SelfWork, sponsored by Athletic Greens, we’re going to be talking about the frightening fact that perhaps you cannot see me – as the title of Oprah and Prince Harry's extraordinary program reflects – but also about the fact that so many of us struggle to see ourselves.

    • 23 min
    Toxic Positivity Versus Gratitude - What Are Its Dangers?

    Toxic Positivity Versus Gratitude - What Are Its Dangers?

    Jon Kabat-Zinn says in his book Wherever You Go, There You Are, "We can easily become a prisoner of so-called positive thinking as of negative thinking. It too can be confining, fragmented, inaccurate, illusory, self-serving and wrong.” So although positivity is something we definitely want to cultivate, it can morph into a rigid state of mind that can be hurtful to you, and to others.

    • 26 min
    Careers That Kill: A Conversation with Veteran Mental Health Advocate and Widow Danica Thomas

    Careers That Kill: A Conversation with Veteran Mental Health Advocate and Widow Danica Thomas

    So welcome to all of you on this second of a two-part series on veterans' suicide on this Memorial Day weekend, once again sponsored by Athletic Greens.  The story you're going to hear from this young woman is one you'll likely never forget. Danica Thomas was the wife of a career military guy, Alan Thomas. But his military career ended in a traumatic way as did his life.

    • 44 min
    Careers That Kill: A Conversation With Doc Springer, An Expert In How Veterans Can Heal

    Careers That Kill: A Conversation With Doc Springer, An Expert In How Veterans Can Heal

    Welcome to a two-part series created to highlight our veterans and first responders, all whose suicide rates are very high. If you're a veteran or first responder, or you love one, this series is a must listen. We're here to honor these men and women - and Doc Springer has vital advice on how they can heal.

    • 42 min
    Pharmacogenomics: The Wave of The Future For Medications? (and you try to say it.. lol)

    Pharmacogenomics: The Wave of The Future For Medications? (and you try to say it.. lol)

    Today's YGYG (You Get The Gist) is focusing on the promise of there being genetic tests that would help your doctor choose the most effective medication for you. It's exciting to consider due to the fact that many people have to try several medications before finding one that works for them - while at the same time managing ongoing mental and emotional problems. But there's lots of debate and new research happening.

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
975 Ratings

975 Ratings

CW from Portland ,

Extremely helpful podcast!

Dr Rutherford presents great insights & help for many situations. Listening is almost like having had a therapy session - I find this podcast so much more helpful than others like it.

Midwest Frank ,

Loved the fierce search for self episode

Hi this is Frank from the parenting over 40 podcast. I love all of your episodes but the fierce search for self really hit home for me. I don’t know why other psychotherapist feel the need to chime in and criticize someone else’s take the Myers Briggs Personality Type assessment. Look Dr. Margret you’re doing a great service for people by doing your podcast and I for one will keep listening.

Arlie K ,

Incredible insights, every time

Dr. Rutherford’s methodology is a breath of fresh air. There’s a steady drumbeat with her message — it’s consistent, it’s human, and it’s effective. Very grateful for this resource!

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