88 episodes

Hi! Thanks for being here. We're Rachel and Jor-El, two NYC based therapists here to make mental health and wellness more holistic, realistic, and accessible. We chat about relevant health topics, bust myths and stigmas, and share our unfiltered thoughts and give practical advice you can use. Catch us every other Wednesday as we help you live your best life possible - whatever that looks like for you.

The Viva Podcast Viva

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 24 Ratings

Hi! Thanks for being here. We're Rachel and Jor-El, two NYC based therapists here to make mental health and wellness more holistic, realistic, and accessible. We chat about relevant health topics, bust myths and stigmas, and share our unfiltered thoughts and give practical advice you can use. Catch us every other Wednesday as we help you live your best life possible - whatever that looks like for you.

    How Do You Feel About Aging?

    How Do You Feel About Aging?

    Aging is a natural human process. If that's the case, then why do we have such complicated feelings about it? Tune in to our latest episode as therapists Rachel and Jor-El talk about our collective relationship to aging and how we can start to see getting older a bit differently.

    • 23 min
    Can Men and Women Be Just Friends?

    Can Men and Women Be Just Friends?

    Can men and women be “just friends?” It’s probably a question you’ve come across before but maybe you haven’t heard two therapists talk it through. Tune in as Rachel Gersten, LMHC and Jor-El Caraballo, LMHC reflect on the idea, the assumptions we make about gender (and sexuality), and identify an inclusive path forward.We are so thankful for you listening to the show! Please rate and review this episode, and, as always, send us your thoughts, questions and comments on Instagram (@vivamentalhealth). We’d love to hear from you! 

    • 18 min
    Should You Break Up with Your Partner?

    Should You Break Up with Your Partner?

    Are you in a relationship and wondering, “is it time to break up with my partner?”  If so, then this podcast is for you.Relationships are not that black and white, and neither is the choice to leave. It can be tough to sort through. Tune in as therapists Rachel and Jor-El explore some things to consider as a relationship faces its potential end.

    • 24 min
    Individual Problems are Systemic

    Individual Problems are Systemic

    How often do you find yourself deep in shame or self-criticism when things aren’t going your way? Do you feel this when you’re trying to access healthcare, commute or find a therapist? The barrier might be bigger than you or your attitude.Tune in as licensed therapists and Viva co-founders Jor-El Caraballo and Rachel Gersten dig into the tension between individual concerns and systemic failures. We hope you enjoy!Related reading:https://vivamentalhealth.com/please-vote/

    • 25 min
    It’s Not High-Functioning Anxiety - it’s Just a Feeling

    It’s Not High-Functioning Anxiety - it’s Just a Feeling

    Is high-functioning actually a thing?  If you’ve been on the gram or TikTok then you’d probably think so! Tune in to listen to this episode as mental health experts and licensed therapists Rachel Gersten and Jor-El Caraballo break it down.Rate and review this episode! And, as always, send us your thoughts, questions and comments on Instagram (@vivawellnessnyc). We’d love to hear from you! 

    • 23 min
    The Riser of Amateurism

    The Riser of Amateurism

    Who do you take seriously these days and where do you get your information?There's been a lot of changes in how we get information and who we trust (PS believe science!). Why is that?  The rise of social media and influencer culture impacts our lives, the choices we make and who we trust. Tune in as Rachel and Jor-El talk about the rise of amateurism and why we really need to be listening to experts whenever we can. Give professionals their flowers!

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Mr. G Richardson ,

Real Helpful

This podcast has been immensely helpful during the pandemic. The hosts cover a vast array of topics that you can revisit wherever you are at in your life at the present moment. Honest conversations and reflections. Thank you both for reminding me my mental health must be a priority.

Cindy.Kuzma ,

Smart advice from experts who get it

I’m predisposed to appreciate therapy—it’s gotten me through some tough times!—and these episodes are like a booster shot for my well-being. (I appreciate them even more because I’m a runner too, so I love that they’ll reference the sport or have running-related guests—though of course, it’s applicable to everyone, regardless of whether you consider yourself an athlete.) And, it’s given me so much perspective on how to relate to others (ep 38 on how to know when to help someone else, for instance, is a must-listen). Thanks for this gift to the world.

danielle129 ,

Interesting & real discussions

I love that the podcasts are on topics that aren’t always being explored in the mainstream, or will offer a unique take on current health/wellness trends. From entrepreneurship to therapy myths to nutrition, there’s a range of topics and always something interesting to discuss.

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