Are you a therapist looking for some helpful resources?
Whether that be for your own mental health or some handy information on how to better help others, there is so much on offer.
It can be difficult to know where to start, especially with the vast expanse of the internet.
Over the last decade, podcasts have risen hugely in popularity.
They are a great way to take in information in bite-sized chunks and are often hosted by some witty intellectuals that won’t make it feel like a drag.
Top of the Charts:
Here is some of the top podcasts broken down for each category:
This article has included the best podcasts that therapists and other mental health professionals will find useful and, more importantly, enjoy.
1. Shrink Rap Radio
Shrink Rap Radio has won an APA Presidential Award for ‘Pioneering Psychology Podcast’.
Hosted by Dr Dave or David Van Nuys, a professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University the podcast focuses on listening to experts within the field.
This is ideal for experts to share their ideas and learn from one another, as well as stay up to date on the ever-changing landscape of the field.
Experts range from a wide variety of fields such as addiction, psychotherapy, social issues, dreams, ADHD and so on.
Episodes are an hour long. If you visit the Shrink Rap Radio website you can find every single transcript from all the published episodes to browse through at your leisure.
This is one of the benefits of this show as it’s much more accessible than some of the others.
2. The Couples Therapist Couch
The Couples Therapist Couch is hosted by relationship therapist Shane Birkel. Shane created the podcast to create a sense of community among other relationship therapists.
So far he has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Bustle, and Men’s Health.
With each hour-long episode, he highlights different questions and discusses how to offer support to people who are struggling in their relationships.
He does this by interviewing experts in his field, diving head first into the world of relationships.
If you’re a fellow relationship therapist like Shane, this is a great tool for you to use. For those just interested in learning more about relationships, you can listen too!
You can find details on each episode as well as listen to them on the website.
Where to listen: couplestherapistcouch.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify
3. Hidden Brain
The Hidden Brain podcast combines science and storytelling to uncover the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior. These behaviors shape our choices and influence our relationships.
Hosted by Shankar Vedantam, an American journalist, writer and science correspondent, he delves into the factors that drive human behavior along with the social sciences.
His aim is to explore things that may seem mundane and everyday and transform the way you view them.
Not just for therapists, anyone who is interested in human behavior and patterns will find this podcast fascinating.
Vedantam blends entertainment with valuable insights to make this interesting podcast each week.
The podcast receives more than three million downloads each week. Episodes are generally around an hour long and feature special guests such as psychologists, researchers, scientists, and more.
Topics can range anywhere from overcoming stage fright to why rage is logical. Pick up from wherever you feel like to learn something fascinating.
4. Therapist Uncensored
Therapist Uncensored is co-hosted by Dr Ann Kelley who is a licensed psychologist and Sue Marriott is a certified group psychotherapist and a licensed social worker.
With a passion for science, they help their listeners to keep up with the ever changing scientific world in layman’s terms. Phew.
Their ultimate goal is to bring anything that is helpful to heal a human being to the community.
Ann and Sue cover a variety of topics such as polyamorous relationships to communicating your needs in a relationship.
They do this with an unbiased and humorous approach with an array of special guest speakers.
If you head to their website, you can find a breakdown of different subject types so you can easily listen to the podcasts that are relevant to you.
Perfect for therapists who gain access to updated theories and new ideas from similar minds, or helpful resources for those struggling with mental health issues and healing processes.
Episodes can range in length, anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes in length.
Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts,
5. Therapy Chat
Therapy Chat focuses on holistic and alternative approaches that can be used in counseling, psychotherapy, coaching, and healing sessions.
Guest speakers consist of other therapists, and many of these offer keen insights into their own work and therapeutic practices.
Laura Reagan is a licensed psychotherapist, clinical social worker, and burnout prevention consultant among other things.
She specializes in family-related trauma and other forms of trauma, but the podcast explores many other topics in the field.
Her aim with this podcast is to discuss the practice of psychotherapy and how therapists can implement self-care into their own lives to avoid burnout.
After all, if the therapist is burnt out, what chance do the rest of us have?
You can find a list of the guest speakers and experts on the Therapy Chat website with their noted work, which is an excellent tool for therapists.
6. Mental Illness Happy Hour
This weekly podcast has been featured on the New York Times and Apple Podcasts ‘Best Of’ lists.
Focusing on issues such as depression and addiction alongside other mental health issues, the episodes use humor and friendly interviews to inspire a sense of community.
Hosted by comedian Paul Gilmartin, these hour-long episodes feature many different artists, friends and health care professionals.
In the form of interviews and informal conversations, guests are asked about their own experiences of mental health or their knowledge of the field.
Keen insight is offered by therapists, counselors and psychologists alike. The goal of the podcast is to break down the stigma and project some happiness into the world of podcasting.
Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, MentalPod.com
7. Selling The Couch
Selling The Couch is a podcast created for those who run private mental health practices.
Not only is it the number one podcast for mental health private practitioners, but it has also received over 1.3 million downloads.
Featured in notable publications such as Psychology Today and Good Therapy, all the information from this podcast is trustworthy and reliable.
The podcast is hosted by psychologist Melvin Varghese, who interviews a variety of successful therapists discussing topics such as how they built their practices and how they have gotten the most out of their incomes.
Other guest speakers include entrepreneurs and business professionals that aim to give their general business knowledge in areas such as marketing, productivity and the importance of creating a social media presence.
With each episode, Melvin’s aim is to give private practitioners the tools and knowledge they need in order to create their own successful businesses.
Episodes are broken down into easy-to-digest bite-sized chunks, ranging from 20 to 40 minutes in length.
Other resources can be found on the Selling The Couch website including free webinars, podcasting courses, and directories.
Where to listen: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser
8. Psychologists Off The Clock
Psychologists Off The Clock is a podcast hosted by three clinical psychologists Debbie Sorensen, Yael Schonbrun, and Jill Stoddard.
Their aim with the podcast is to bring their listeners ideas from psychology to help them in all areas of their lives such as work, relationships, and health.
Throughout their podcast series, they have special guests come onto the show ranging from other mental health experts to scientists from various fields.
These guests offer unique insights and tools which the listeners can implement into their own lives.
A little on the longer side, Psychologists Off The Clock episodes are over an hour long so you might want to settle in and get comfortable when pressing play!
This show is not only great for those who want to implement strategies to improve their own mental well-being, but they also offer therapists and other mental health professionals new perspectives on treating patients and essential resources.
The Bottom Line
Whether you’re a therapist or not, these podcasts are guaranteed to grab your attention and teach you something new.
All the podcasts here can be easily accessed through Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
The podcasts featured here are hosted by professionals in the appropriate fields, but should not be used in place of specific therapy practices.
If you’re a private practitioner or are thinking of becoming one, then you need to listen to this podcast!