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Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel

28 EpisodesProduced by Esther Perel Global Media & GimletWebsite

Step into iconic couples therapist Esther Perel's office and listen as real couples anonymously bare the raw, intimate, and profound details of their story. From infidelity, to sexlessness, to loss, it's a space for people to be heard and understood. It's also a place for us to listen and feel empo… read more

28 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

Prologue

May 17th, 2017

2:16

Step into iconic relationship therapist Esther Perel’s office and listen as 10 anonymous couples in search of insight bare the raw, intimate, and profound details of their story. From infidelity to sexlessness to loss, …

I've Had Better

October 8th, 2017

51:19

[Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a …

Motherless Women

October 8th, 2017

40:14

[Contains mature themes] A couple with two small children are at physical and emotional odds in their relationship. One has given herself over entirely to the children, while the other struggles to find her place within …

Speak to Me in French

October 8th, 2017

43:31

[Contains mature themes] A husband and wife met while deeply committed to the evangelical faith and didn’t kiss until their wedding day; for her, that kiss felt like “kissing her brother.” Esther gets creative in an …

The Addict

October 20th, 2017

43:33

[Contains mature themes] They’re grandparents, with a 40-year love story and a stable, happy marriage. But one of them had quite a few secrets. …

Impotent Is No Way to Define a Man

October 27th, 2017

47:10

[Contains Mature themes.] A man has struggled with impotence for over two decades. His wife, in despair over her feelings of hopelessness in the bedroom, seeks relief for her sexual frustration and feelings of …

There's You There's Me and There's Us

November 3rd, 2017

48:07

[Contains mature themes] They have been together for 17 years, best friends and partners who, despite their loving and positive relationship, go months without connecting sexually. 

Tell Me I'm Not Alone

November 10th, 2017

44:27

[Contains mature themes] A young family, a ten-year age difference, and a wife who found independence through an extra-marital relationship. They’ve decided to forgive and rebuild, but the pain of the betrayal remains.

Sexlessness

November 17th, 2017

38:32

[Contains mature themes] A couple are first-generation children of immigrants, raised to believe sex should only take place in a marriage. Now that …

Trauma Doesn’t Like to be Touched

November 24th, 2017

41:24

[Contains mature themes] A newly-married couple comes to Esther for guidance on how to create a space of safety and physical intimacy, while also giving voice to past trauma.

I Can’t Give You a Child

December 1st, 2017

45:20

[Contains mature themes] A woman realizes she doesn’t want to have children and comes to Esther for help expressing this to her husband, who passionately wishes to be a father. But often the stories people come in with …

You Need Help to Help Her

March 9th, 2018

49:56

[Contains mature themes] A husband and wife are united in their desire to help their daughter, two years after she suffered a breakdown and moved home, shutting herself off from her family and friends. Esther urges them …

I Want to Feel Wanted

March 16th, 2018

51:10

After ten years, a husband tells his wife he no longer wishes to be married. A month later, stuck in limbo, they come to Esther. She helps them have an honest conversation about their expectations, desires, and the ways …

Ms. Entitlement and Mr. Sacrifice Out On a Date

March 23rd, 2018

51:22

[Contains mature themes] An on-again, off-again couple in their fifties, dating in a post-divorce landscape, are struggling with different world …

Leaving the Shame Behind

March 30th, 2018

50:16

A young couple has endured a series of crises early in their marriage, from a benign brain tumor to a serious car crash to the husband’s near-fatal …

Questions You Aren't Allowed to Ask

April 6th, 2018

49:52

[Contains mature themes] What began as an eight-year affair between two women has stretched into a 19-year partnership. But despite their private commitment to one another, they’ve never quite managed to move beyond the …

You Can Be Right or You Can Be Married

April 13th, 2018

48:28

[Contains mature themes] They’ve been together for more than a decade, but this isn’t the first time they’ve separated. Stuck in a cycle of explosive escalations, a husband and wife want to make it work but can’t break …

I've Had 100 Conversations with You in My Head

April 20th, 2018

49:39

[Contains mature themes] After a discovery in her doctor's office, a woman realizes her husband has been unfaithful. While betrayed and angry, she …

I Don't Want to Be Your Caregiver, I Want to Be Your Wife

April 27th, 2018

49:58

 Almost two years ago her husband was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's Disease. They have three kids, a mortgage to pay, and he has developed …

Season Three Trailer

March 8th, 2019

2:40

A new season of Where Should We Begin?

Young Love

October 17th, 2019

51:14

She lives in Mexico, he lives in the US. Their immigration status has forced them to consider marriage sooner than they might have planned.

A Small Town Affair

October 24th, 2019

50:58

Their relationship started with an affair that ended two marriages. Now they wonder if there’s enough trust there to build something stable together.

The Other Woman

October 31st, 2019

50:17

She wonders if she can satisfy her attraction to women without losing the husband she loves.

A Romantic Revival

November 7th, 2019

49:05

He’s away a lot. She’s a stepmother at home to four children whose mother died by suicide. Is there anything left over for her?

Introducing Esther's New Podcast: How's Work?

November 11th, 2019

54:48

Today we’re sharing the first episode of Esther Perel’s new show How’s Work? In it, Esther sits down with coworkers, cofounders and colleagues, and …

Mom and Monique

November 14th, 2019

53:27

They’re a child desperate to connect with their single mother after 28 years of living in the shadow of a special-needs brother.

Happily Divorced

November 21st, 2019

56:17

They’re a divorced couple whose two-household relationship may prove that a happy family doesn’t have to end with divorce.

Introducing Heavyweight

December 5th, 2019

41:58

Buzz and Sheldon are brothers in their eighties who have been estranged for decades. Buzz visits Sheldon to see if there’s still a relationship left to salvage. Listen to more episodes of Heavyweight on Spotify or …

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