Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW hosts the Therapy For Real Life Podcast to make burnout prevention concepts more accessible to everyone, everywhere. The Therapy For Real Life Podcast breaks beyond the traditional therapy hour to adapt research-backed therapy concepts into practical self-care tips and tricks for everyday use. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com and WorkshopsForRealLife.com .
What is Role Burnout?
18:46What roles do you play throughout your life? Which of these roles are voluntary vs. involuntary? How do the roles that you play impact your level of burnout? Tune in to this episode of the Therapy For Real Life Podcast to learn about the difference between role strain, role conflict, and role loss to better understand your own burnout prevention needs. Think about ways that you can support the roles you play, while also protecting the roles that matter most to you. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com and WorkshopsForRealLife.com . [This episode was originally broadcast in October of 2019).
How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation with William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson
48:01Host Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW is joined by two guest experts in today's episode to discuss research-backed communication strategies to help children build motivation and make healthy choices. William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson are the best-selling authors of the Self-Driven Child and have more than 60 years of combined experience mastering the art of effective and respectful dialogue with kids. They discuss their newest book in today's episode, What Do You Say? How To Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home. Johnson and Stixrud share effective strategies for parents and coaches to improve conflict resolution with kids without resorting to manipulative, old-school "Because I said so..." techniques. Instead, Johnson and Stixrud draw from decades of scientific literature and motivational enhancement strategies that show that children must learn how to make choices that create a sustainable and healthy lifestyle of their own making. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Therapy For Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com and WorkshopsForRealLife.com .
Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training with Adam Stern, MD
40:53Today's episode is an opportunity to learn about the specific role of psychiatry in mental health care as Dr. Adam Stern talks with Host Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW about his new memoir, Committed: Dispatches from a Psychiatrist in Training. Dr. Stern shares lessons from the field of psychiatry and the intersection of physical and mental health. Cedar interviews Dr. Stern about how he learned to balance his own mental health while overcoming imposter syndrome as a resident in Harvard's prestigious psychiatry training program. Dr. Stern explains why even experts find it challenging to balance work and home life for sustainable burnout prevention. Together, Cedar and Dr. Stern brainstorm how both individuals and systems must respond to burnout culture to preserve a sense of mental health during challenging times. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Therapy For Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com and WorkshopsForRealLife.com .
Mood Check: Is It Depression?
28:49How do you recognize depression when our society rarely talks about what that means? Depression negatively impacts your mood, self-esteem, habits, and physical wellbeing, and yet — each experience of depression is unique. A lot of people don’t recognize the signs of depression because they don’t know how different it can present in person to person, culture to culture. Most folks with depression would agree... “I just don’t feel like myself anymore.” Host Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW helps us understand how therapists assess for clinical signs of depression. Cedar also invites you to think about what depression looks like in your own life since each individual experience of depression is so personal. As always, the Therapy For Real Life podcast will leave you with self-care suggestions adapted for real life. Learn what therapists often recommend for accessible initial self-care steps that anyone can use to cope with the difficulties of depression. For those in crisis: Visit crisistextline.org or call emergency services near you (911 in US). Learn about the different research-backed therapy styles for depression and counseling options available throughout California by visiting TherapyForRealLife.com . Schedule a workplace training to boost mental health awareness and equip your team with valuable self-care strategies through interactive practice on the job: WorkshopsForRealLife.com . This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Therapy For Real Life.
Brothers, Sisters, Strangers: Sibling Estrangement and the Road to Reconciliation with Fern Schumer Chapman
45:45Therapy For Real Life Podcast Host Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW interviews Fern Schumer Chapman to discuss her latest book, Brothers, Sisters, Strangers: Sibling Estrangement and the Road to Reconciliation. Chapman's book combines memoir with survey research findings to describe the painful experience of sibling estrangement and how to understand this neglected topic. Chapman describes the ripple effect that estrangement can have in families and mental health implications that individuals often experience as a result. Estrangement is a highly stigmatized experience that can cause harm to one's self-esteem, impacting relationships far beyond those who are immediately estranged. Chapman shares the challenges that she and her brother faced as they began the long process towards reconciliation. Together, Cedar and Chapman discuss self-care strategies that individuals and families can use to promote post-traumatic growth after a painful experience of estrangement. Reconciliation may or may not be an option for those experiencing estrangement, yet Chapman shares key insights into how to set personal boundaries to protect a healthy sense of self, regardless of whether reconciliation is available, or even advisable. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Therapy For Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com and WorkshopsForRealLife.com .
This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are with Melody Warnick
1:02:16Host Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW interviews guest expert, Melody Warnick, on today's show to discuss what it takes to build a sense of belonging in your community. This story is personal for Warnick, who admits that she previously believed that moving would solve all of her problems before discovering that problems will follow you anywhere. Warnick changed her thinking when she launched a series of "love where you live experiments" after moving from Austin, TX to settle down in Blacksburg, VA. Warnick researched the scientific literature and found that there are concrete steps that one can take to establish a sense of "place attachment" in one's community. Spoiler alert: Warnick's experiments to love her new town worked and she remains happy there after nine years! Warnick summarizes what she learned and gives specific suggestions to develop a sense of belonging in one’s new (or old) place in her book, This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are. Together, Cedar and Warnick discuss the many tensions that can arise in the pursuit of belonging. Listeners are invited to apply Warnick's "Love Where You Live Principles" in your own community to build a sense of belonging and purpose wherever you are. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Therapy For Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com or WorkshopsForRealLife.com .
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT + Preview of Upcoming Guests To The Show
4:33You may have noticed that the Therapy For Real Life Podcast has been on a mini-hiatus lately and wondered why. Therapy For Real Life Host Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW shares a BIG PERSONAL ANNOUNCEMENT on today's episode to explain this recent break from the show and gives a preview of what to expect as the show gets ready to return very soon. You will be delighted to hear a preview of upcoming guests, including Melody Warnick, author of This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are, and Fern Schumer Chapman, author of Brothers, Sisters, Strangers: Sibling Estrangement and the Road To Reconciliation. Get your self-care listening group ready by forwarding the show to your friends and accountabili-buddies so that you can debrief self-care learnings from each episode together. Rate and review this podcast wherever podcasts are found to give access to anyone who could benefit from Therapy For Real Life's research-backed burnout prevention and self-care strategies. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Therapy For Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com and WorkshopsForRealLife.com .
What To Do In A Crisis! + Bio-Mood Hacking Skills
46:28Practice DBT’s fast-acting bio-mood hacks to channel your body’s natural ability to self-regulate in this interactive episode. Burnout prevention psychotherapist and mood hacker Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW explains the research behind DBT’s mood regulation skills. She gives listeners quick tips for interrupting a difficult mood in a crisis and even practices these tips along with you in this episode. Get yourself ready for some bio-mood hacking by finding a private space, a few minutes of mindful attention, some ice (brrrr) - and even a doctor's note in some cases - Oh my! Learn how to adapt research-backed therapy concepts for everyday use. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Therapy For Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com or WorkshopsForRealLife.com [This episode was originally broadcast in March of 2019.]
How Does Therapy Work?
53:03The Therapy For Real Life podcast translates therapy concepts into everyday self-care strategies. But wait — What do we mean when we say ‘therapy’ anyways? Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW answers your burning therapy FAQs, including: WHAT is therapy? HOW does therapy work? and WHY does therapy work? Learn about different therapy styles, including motivational enhancement therapies, relationship counseling options, and acceptance-based strategies, such as mindfulness. Learn about therapy options, how to get access to therapy, and how to pick the right therapy style for your needs. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com and WorkshopsForRealLife.com . [This episode was originally broadcast in August of 2019.]
How To Not Be A Karen: Managing The Tensions Of AntiRacist Allyship With The D.E.A.R. Project
1:01:24Therapy For Real Life Podcast welcomes clinical psychologists Danyelle Dawson, Yara Mekawi, and Natalie Watson-Singleton for a discussion of anti-racism and organizational psychology. Today’s panel co-founded The D.E.A.R. Project and recently published an article on Medium titled “How To Not Be A Karen: Managing The Tensions Of AntiRacist Allyship.” (Found here: https://bit.ly/31fqsLT ). The panelists share their perspectives on integrating research-backed therapy methods with anti-racist education and allyship. The group discusses the limitations of individual therapy and push for strategies that promote broader systemic change. Dialectical Behavior Therapy was originally developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, who is known for adapting mindfulness concepts into her research-backed work to help individuals “build a life worth living.” Host Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW invites today’s guests to critique the bounds of current therapy best practices through an anti-racist lens. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Therapy For Real Life. Learn more about self-care and burnout prevention resources: TherapyForRealLife.com or WorkshopsForRealLife.com . This episode originally aired in August of 2020.