This Isn’t Therapy... it's a podcast about it!
In each episode, Jake Ernst and Simon Paluck peel back the curtain and talk about the topics that come up in therapy. It’s not therapy… it’s a silly and serious conversation about your favourite therapy themes. Big feelings? Check! Impostor syndrome? Who’s she!? Anxiety? We have it.
The pod: https://www.instagram.com/notatherapypodcast
Popularity (via Mean Girls) 💋
This Isn't Therapy...it's a conversation about WHY YOU'RE SO OBSESSED WITH ME. In episode 57 of the pod, Jake and Simon discuss popularity via the seminal film and cinematic masterpiece Mean Girls. What follows is a fetch conversation about status popularity vs. likability and the impact of horizontal/vertical relationships. How much do you love it? The limit does not exist!
Am I addicted to social media?
This isn't therapy... it’s the episode about social media, dopamine, and the pleasure/pain balance. In this episode, Jake and Simon talk about the principles of social media addiction and how the devices and apps we love keep us trapped in cycles of overuse. They also discuss the power of dopamine and why you need to know about this important neurotransmitter! Dopamine detox, anyone?
Book referenced: “Dopamine Nation” by Dr. Anna Lembke
Therapy 🚩 Red Flags 🚩
This isn't therapy...it’s a conversation about spotting red flags in therapy. In today's world, there has been increased attention put on the potential warning signs, or red flags, in our lives and relationships. Since the therapy room often reflects the norms of a culture, it is no surprise that therapy and therapists are also getting the red flag treatment. On one hand, this can be empowering for clients to own their experience and recognize how red flags show up in the therapeutic space. On the other hand, it can also result in miscommunication of a therapist's intentions or a misidentification of a client's needs. Through the first hand accounts of two lovely listeners, Jake and Simon unpack the nuance of using the red flag system!
This isn't therapy... it’s the long-overdue episode about anger. Jake and Simon talk about the one quality of anger that makes it so strongly felt and unpack four major types of anger— long anger, short anger, hot anger, and cold anger!
Does going to therapy make you a good person?
This isn't therapy...it’s the episode about the morality of therapy-seeking. Recently some therapists have noticed that clients are showing up to therapy without a problem to solve or a goal to work on. They are showing up because “that’s what good people do.” Does going to therapy make you a “good” person? Let’s get into it.
Deflecting with humor 😜
This isn't therapy... it's the grand opening of the Ha-Ha Chuckle Hut!! Kidding!! It's the conversation about deflecting with humor. In this week's episode, Jake and Simon talk about the ups and downs of using humor to deflect from the things we don't want to feel.
Check us out on Instagram @notatherapypodcast
Jake Ernst: @mswjake
Simon Paluck: @directedbysimon
Episode Mixed by Jordan Paluck
The BEST duo
I just adore you guys and love your podcast! Please continue to do more of the therapy myths/questions. Such great information!
helpful and relatable content
As someone in the mental health field, this is such a great and necessary podcast. It’s light-hearted, but also educational for those looking to learn more about therapy and possibilities in therapy. Simon and Jake make me laugh each episode too, which is beneficial to my mental health - thanks so much 🤗
I just started listening and I love it. Not too long. I like how they read excerpts of struggles from others. They have really good chemistry and are both funny, yet serious and incredibly genuine. I think they could dive even deeper into some of the therapy subjects. I’m here for it!