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Learn about mental health and anxiety through books and laughs! Every month, we interview an author and bring you that conversation!

May 1, 2022

Episode 32 - Talking About Perfectionism with Dr. Z

Join me for another fun and informative conversation with Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona to talk about her latest book, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for High Achieving Behaviors. We talk about ACT, mentorship, anger, shame, when emotions fuse with identity, fear of failure, the scope of perfectionism, how perfectionists see their self worth, how perfectionism can be socially acceptable


Book link: https://www.amazon.com/Acceptance-Commitment-Perfectionism-High-Achieving-Behaviors/dp/0367369222

Other books mentioned: 


April 1, 2022

Episode 31 - Internal Family Systems with Dick Schwartz

Buckle your seatbelts! In this incredible interview with Dr. Richard Schwartz, creator of the now popular therapeutic method Internal Family Systems (IFS), we talk about the world he has discovered inside his and his patients' minds, whether to understand these descriptions as useful metaphors for deep work or as bona fide depictions of the characters that live in our minds! To boot, Dr. Schwartz helps me find an exile of my own. This episode is unlike anyone ever recorded on the podcast before -- I hope you enjoy! 


IFS Institute

The Book: No Bad Parts

March 1, 2022

Episode 30 - How to Cultivate Compassion

People talk a lot about compassion these days. But how do you cultivate it? And why would you want to? On this episode, I sit down with Sara Owens Woodard, PhD, psychologist, consultant and teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). CCT is a Stanford developed, 8 week course on how to cultivate more compassionate in your own life -- toward yourself, your loved ones, and even the guy on the street. Enjoy!




February 1, 2022

Episode 29 - Group Therapy with Christie Tate

Please enjoy my conversation with best selling author and memoirist Christie Tate as we discuss her book, Group: How One Therapist and Circle of Strangers Saved My Life. We discuss shame, secrecy, therapy, sex, and more. Books and other links from our conversation:

Christie's Book

Her reccomendations: 

Chronology of Water


Love and Trouble

Christie's Instagram

December 1, 2021

Episode 28 - Chatting about Anxiety with Dr. Z

In Episode 28, me and Dr. Z (aka Patricia Zurita Ona) discuss all things anxiety, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), the limits of positive psychology, how to get unstuck with a nifty grounding exercise, and her own origins and relationship to anxious thoughts. Also, we recorded a video!






November 1, 2021

Episode 27 - Poetry and Mindfulness with Eowyn Ahlstrom

In Episode 27 of the Anxiety Book Club, we chat once again with the very wise, and very fun to talk to -- Eowyn Ahlstrom -- mindfulness instructor and author of a recently published book of poetry, Mindscapes: Practice Poems.

We discuss her poetry, the histrionics of the mind, the mental peace that can be cultivated through dedicated practice, the paradoxes encountered while sharing our lives with others, compassion, kindness, and so much more.

I hope you enjoy the episode, and if you want to read all of Eowyn’s poems, you can find the book for sale on her website here, or in Kindle version here. 

November 1, 2021

Episode 26 - Relationship OCD

In Episode 26, author and psychologist Sheva Rajaee helps us understand a theme of OCD known as Relationship OCD, which characterizes bouts of anxiety and stickiness around, you guessed it, relationships! We discuss the "Myth of the One", ERP and CBT for ROCD, the author's own personal history, and more. Please enjoy!

Things mentioned in today's episode:

Esther Perel


David Schnarch

Rajaee's clinical practice

The book!

October 1, 2021

Episode 25 - Talking Mental Heath Tech with Adam Chekroud

In episode 25, I talk with Adam Chekroud about the mental health tech company he co-founded in 2016, Spring Health. They offer behavioral health treatment to clients through their employers. Spring Health is harnessing the power of data science and statistics to give mental health providers more information about how to treat incoming clients to maximize a successful outcome. We talk about the state of mental health in the US, what companies like Adam's are doing to improve it, and what the future holds. It's an optimistic picture, so please tune in!




Research paper: exercise and mental health

September 1, 2021

Episode 24 - Peace From Anxiety

Is managing our anxiety all about meditating on a cushion? Exercising? Sleeping well? Having our needs met? Hanging out with loved ones? Being supported by our community? Living a life of purpose and meaning? According to this month's author, Hala Khouri, it involves bits and pieces of all those things. Listen here for a discussion about the many elements that can help us heal from anxiety and emotional disregulation, and about the mythology of trying to heal all on our own.

Resources mentioned in the show:

Hala's Website

Peace From Anxiety

Lost Connections

The upside of stress

The Book of Joy

August 10, 2021

Episode 23 - Say What You Mean

In Episode 23, we explore the practice of non violent communication -- a way of speaking that can help foster understanding, reduce confusion and help us get our needs met. Plus, mindfulness. Our guest, Oren Jay Sofer, is a veteran meditator and instructor, author and creator of mindfulness content for popular apps such as 10% Happier.