30 episodes

"Therapists, they're just like us!" Two friends and Clinical Psychologists, Molly and Liza, discuss how they use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills to navigate relationships with themselves and others. In each episode, you will learn about DBT skills that will help you increase mindfulness, better regulate emotions, tolerate distress, and enhance communication in relationships.

​If you'd like to support our work, you can donate any amount you feel comfortable via Venmo @MollyStDenis. Thank you for your contribution!

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Therapists In The Wild Molly and Liza

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    • 4.9 • 102 Ratings

"Therapists, they're just like us!" Two friends and Clinical Psychologists, Molly and Liza, discuss how they use Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills to navigate relationships with themselves and others. In each episode, you will learn about DBT skills that will help you increase mindfulness, better regulate emotions, tolerate distress, and enhance communication in relationships.

​If you'd like to support our work, you can donate any amount you feel comfortable via Venmo @MollyStDenis. Thank you for your contribution!

Insta/FB @TherapistsInTheWild and Twitter @TherapistsWild.

    29. Buddhism and DBT ft. Keerthi Reddy

    29. Buddhism and DBT ft. Keerthi Reddy

    This month on TITW, we are taking a break from discussions about skills to have an exploratory conversation about Buddhist philosophy, which inspired the practice of DBT. We speak with a special guest, Keerthi Reddy, a masters student at the Harvard Divinity School, who is focusing her studies on Zen Buddhism. First, Liza and Keerthi (old friends from college!) discuss the concept of suffering according to Buddhism, and how accepting reality as it is, and not the way we have been conditioned to interpret it, can reduce suffering. Liza and Keerthi talk about Buddhism as an ethical practice, and explore some critiques of "packaging" Buddhist principles and incorporating them into mental health treatments and in other settings. Through a personal example, Keerthi gives advice on how to separate our experience of reality from reality itself, in order to increase freedom and focus. 

    In the second half of the episode (starting at 41:00), Molly and Keerthi discuss trauma and spirituality, and specific Buddhist principles that may help with healing from suffering. Keerthi provides more practical advice on how to practice meditation and mindfulness while experiencing trauma-related symptoms. Finally, we discuss how religion and spirituality can help people make meaning from trauma. We hope you enjoy! 

    If you'd like to support TITW, we would be very grateful for donations of any amount you feel comfortable via Venmo @MollyStDenis. If a donation is not possible at this time, you can still support our work by leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Thank you!

    *Check out our website at therapistsinthewild.com. And follow us on Instagram and Facebook @TherapistsInTheWild,  and Twitter @TherapistsWild.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    28. Responding Skillfully to Feedback

    28. Responding Skillfully to Feedback

    In this month's episode of TITW, we address a therapy hot topic (and one that Liza and Molly discuss regularly with each other off-air): how to accept feedback in both personal and professional settings, especially when (you perceive) it is negative. We explain why feedback can feel so hurtful to receive, and, on the other side of the dialectic, why it is so often necessary for growth. We share examples from our own lives, particularly throughout our therapist training, of times when even the most upsetting comments have helped us evolve and move toward our values. Understandably, when Emotion Mind shows up, it can be easy to miss the "kernel of truth" in others' input on your behavior. Therefore, we discuss how to use DBT skills in the moment to stay mindful and effective rather than respond impulsively. We give tips on how to manage repetitive negative thoughts related to what was said, and how you might eventually respond once you are in Wise Mind. Finally, we address how to incorporate Self-Respect ("FAST") skills when responding to feedback, particularly if you disagree with the content or how it was delivered. We hope you enjoy and find this episode helpful! 

    ...And speaking of feedback, we welcome your feedback and would love to hear from you! Please email us at TherapistsInTheWild@gmail.com and let us know how you've been enjoying Season 2 so far. 

    If you'd like to support TITW, we would be very grateful for donations of any amount you feel comfortable via Venmo @MollyStDenis. If a donation is not possible at this time, you can still support our work by leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Thank you! 

    *Check out our website at therapistsinthewild.com. And follow us on Instagram and Facebook @TherapistsInTheWild,  and Twitter @TherapistsWild.

    • 55 min
    27. Living with Borderline Personality Disorder ft. Mental Health Advocate Chris Jones

    27. Living with Borderline Personality Disorder ft. Mental Health Advocate Chris Jones

    This month, Liza and Molly are thrilled to share one of our favorite episodes yet: our conversation with Chris Jones, a mental health advocate who was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) approximately two years ago. Chris has completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and discusses in a radically genuine way both the ups and downs of going through treatment, and how using DBT skills has become second-nature (after a lot of hard work). In the episode, we cover the dialectical nature of the BPD - or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder - diagnosis, and how getting an accurate diagnosis can be life-changing. Chris also tells us what it is like for him to live with BPD, and how he works to reduce stigma and help others create a life-worth-living through his social media advocacy work. As relative newcomers to the social media mental health space, we ask Chris about its pros and cons. Finally, we discuss our go-to DBT skills in various situations. We can't wait to share this episode with you. We hope you will feel validated, learn as much as we did, and enjoy! 

    You can follow Chris Jones on Instagram @cjontheborderline. 

    Check out our website at therapistsinthewild.com! And follow us on Instagram and Facebook @TherapistsInTheWild, and Twitter @TherapistsWild, and email us with questions/feedback at TherapistsInTheWild@gmail.com.

    • 1 hr
    26. When Not To Use Opposite Action

    26. When Not To Use Opposite Action

    The TITW are officially back for *Season 2* of the podcast! We start off with a few exciting updates, since we can't wait to share what we've been working on during the season break. We discuss plans for the future of the podcast as well as the launch of our new website (!):  therapistsinthewild.com. Please check us out to learn more about the consulting/coaching services we are now offering for therapists and professionals in related fields, or to learn more about us and browse additional DBT resources.

    Then we get into the topic for today’s episode: when are unwanted emotions - like anger and hurt - effective to act on, rather than act opposite to? We start this discussion off with examples of dogs and babies who seem to have no trouble expressing unwanted emotions, indicating that there may be an evolutionary function of expressing the emotions we feel. We discuss the benefits of effectively expressing how you feel in the moment, including increasing self-respect and improving relationships. We know firsthand how difficult it can be to know when and how to effectively express feelings like anger, sadness, grief, and shame, so we discuss the function of each emotion and provide examples to guide you through using this technique. The episode ends with a few key points to help you determine whether to use the tips discussed in this episode vs. the skill of opposite action.

    Check out our website at therapistsinthewild.com! And follow us on Instagram and Facebook @TherapistsInTheWild, and Twitter @TherapistsWild, and email us with questions/feedback at TherapistsInTheWild@gmail.com.

    • 52 min
    Bonus: DBT and Valentine's Day

    Bonus: DBT and Valentine's Day

    Welcome to our first bonus episode and our teaser for Season 2! In this episode, the TITW answer questions from listeners about how to cope effectively on Valentine's Day (or any holiday/event for which you might have high expectations, even if you wish you didn't). We start by sharing our own anecdotes from Valentine's Days past, where things may have gone better for us had we known about DBT. We each share stories about unmet expectations and discuss which DBT skills we could have used; Liza describes how using mindfulness skills would have helped increase flexibility, and Molly shares how communicating expectations, rather than assuming someone is a mind-reader, would have led to a more effective outcome. 

    We then respond to listener questions related to experiencing loneliness in Wise Mind, resisting urges to reach out to a past romantic partner, and using Opposite Action to love in order to get over a relationship. We answer the questions by encouraging you to make Cope Ahead plans in advance of Valentine's Day, with a mix of acceptance (mindfulness, self-validation, urge surfing) and change skills (opposite action, problem-solving, and asking for what you need). 

    We hope you enjoy, stay skillful on Valentine's Day, and continue to stay tuned and send us questions for Season 2! *Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @TherapistsInTheWild, and Twitter @TherapistsWild, and email us with questions/feedback at TherapistsInTheWild@gmail.com.

    • 51 min
    25. How To: Stay Skillful

    25. How To: Stay Skillful

    In this final episode of TITW Season 1, Liza and Molly focus on putting it all together in order to help you stay skillful. Applying DBT skills in daily life is like learning a new language, and we know firsthand how challenging it can be to remember which skills to use when. 

    To that end, we start by summarizing the skills we've covered this season, in the Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance modules. Next, we present scenarios related to suffering from future and past-oriented thoughts, and anxiety in relationships, and brainstorm which skills we might apply in the moment (also known as making a "Cope Ahead" plan). 

    Finally, we end by listing a few concrete ways to remember all the skills we've gone over so far. We want to thank you for your support and engagement this season, and for bringing this podcast to life for us! We will be busy during the season break brainstorming topics for Season 2, and we would love your input! Please stay subscribed to TITW so you don't miss the start of our next season. 

    *Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @TherapistsInTheWild, and Twitter @TherapistsWild, and email us with questions/feedback at TherapistsInTheWild@gmail.com.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

Wonmillion ,

Great podcast. They do a great job of breaking down DBT!

Glad I found these ladies. This podcast has helped me to improve somethings in my life that I have struggled with. Thanks ladies!

char1395 ,

Awesome!

This podcast does an awesome job at teaching skills and demonstrating how to use them. They use inclusive language and are really conscious of not being bias or judgmental. This has been the perfect intro to DBT for me!

JF.msw ,

A must listen

Anyone in need of some support should listen to this podcast. The cool thing about DBT is that there’s usually something for everyone, and it can never hurt to revisit a skill you might already know - even if you don’t know you know it. This is such a great and engaging way to make “gatekept” therapeutic content accessible and FREE to the masses! Obviously does not replace actual therapy, AND it’s still a wonderful pod.

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