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A Therapist Walks Into a Bar

26 EpisodesProduced by Lily SloaneWebsite

A Therapist Walk Into a Bar is a podcast that brings therapy to you. I am a San Francisco based psychotherapist who likes to get out of my office, grab my microphone, and find people in bars to chat with about the best and the worst of life. Help support the show at… read more

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Seeing White

January 18th, 2016


Episode 1: Seeing White

Seeing White explores the process of white people waking up to white privilege, how this process impacts people of color, and …

The Burning Spear in My Eye (AKA Relationships)

February 15th, 2016


Come explore romantic relationships and how they can go so so wrong or feel so hard at times. But don’t worry - you’ll also get to hear about what …

We All Use Something (Substance Use & Harm Reduction)

March 28th, 2016


We All Use Something is an episode about the what, when, where, and why of our substance use and a revolutionary approach to substance abuse …

How Does That Make You Feel?

July 6th, 2016


A Therapist Walks Into a Bar Presents: A Brief Psycho-Education

There are lots of cliches about therapy, but one of the most popular...well, it’s …

Beneath The Dome (Men, Balding & Loss)

September 21st, 2016


If I say body image, what do you think of? Stomach fat? Thigh gap? Laser hair removal? You probably think of women. And for good reason. Because women get a lot of pressure to look a certain way. But this happens to …


October 26th, 2016


Ghosts. You’ve seen the movies, nervously giggled and gasped over the stories at slumber parties, or like me, cowered in your sleeping bag in the other room to avoid hearing about it. Maybe you’ve even had an encounter …

Very Dark Very Appropriate

December 19th, 2016


Wrapping up a very troubling year, "Very Dark, Very Appropriate" explores why we love listening to really sad music and how this can actually be good for us. This episode's featured guest is Stacey McGuirl, musician and …

Ending The War (AKA The Food & Body Image Episode)

January 31st, 2017


Almost no one is free from beliefs, rules and attitudes about food. But some of us have experienced an undue amount of emotional pain as a result, …

Why The Resistance Needs Therapy

April 3rd, 2017


If you’ve been feeling anxious, overwhelmed, shut down, angry, hurt, or scared since the new administration took over, you’re not alone. We’re …

ATWIAB Presents: Man-ish (AKA There's no crying in politics!)

May 2nd, 2017


When was the last time you cried? How about the last time you cried in front of someone else? Most of us have mixed experiences with crying - whether it’s our own tears or seeing them in someone else. And a lot of this …

Seriously, F#ck Dating.

June 5th, 2017


Dating can be this overly-complicated, painful, confusing, ungrounded, whirlwind. Honestly, it can feel really hopeless at times. In this episode we …

A Brief Psycho-Education: The Unconscious

July 2nd, 2017


Most of us know what it means when we say a person went “unconscious” or “lost consciousness”. But deeply imbedded in the roots of psychology’s …

Two Therapists Walk Into a Gay Bar

August 6th, 2017


Communities of gay men and the larger LGBTQ communities continue to face challenges from trauma to addiction, to ongoing discrimination. But that's …

Seeing White II

September 4th, 2017


In light of the recent emboldening of white supremacist groups in the US, Seeing White II revisits the topic of whiteness as explored in Episode 1: …

Ghosts! (again)

October 11th, 2017


Here's the return of an old favorite just in time for Halloween season!

Ghosts. You’ve seen the movies, nervously giggled and gasped over the stories …

Check Your Emotional Baggage Here

December 19th, 2017


We've all got baggage. And as a psychotherapist in private practice, I help people unpack a lot of it in my office. But what if I went out looking for it? From complete strangers? In this episode, you'll learn all about …

The Best Defense Is the One You Know

March 7th, 2018


For decades, the field of psychology has been interested in understanding the myriad creative strategies we employ to cope with life's inevitable …

Radical Shorts: Imaginary Friend

March 21st, 2018


In a new bonus segment of A Therapist Walks Into a Bar, which will release on the third Wednesday of each month, I pull the best moments from my …

The Unknown

April 4th, 2018


In the last episode, we explored defense mechanisms - all the things we do to cope psychologically with various threats in our day to day lives. One …

Radical Shorts: Feelings Sometimes Hurt

April 18th, 2018


For this Radical Short, we time travel all the way back to February, when my colleague Lauren Selfridge, host and creator of the podcast This Is Not …

Be Someone Else

May 2nd, 2018


When performing is a normal part of all our lives, on stage or off, what does it mean to be authentic? What is a “true self”? I’m hoping an opera singing drag performing therapist, some strangers in a bar, and a dead …

Radical Shorts: Coping With This Crazy Bullshit

May 16th, 2018


Radical Shorts are a glimpse into some of the incredible conversations I’m having with all kinds of interesting people on my sister show, Radical Advice, a weekly live show on BFF.FM.

In this Radical Short, San Francisco …

The Presence of Past

July 4th, 2018


There’s this cliche, that all therapists want to do is make you talk about the past. Even though I often reassure new clients that I won’t make them talk about anything they don’t want to, it’s not untrue - a lot of us …

Radical Short: Dave Reads A Poem & Lily Sings A Song

July 18th, 2018


In this Radical Short I talk to Dave Nadelberg, co-founder of the stage show, television series, books, movie and more that make up Mortified. In the last episode of A Therapist Walks Into a Bar, "The Presence of Past," …

An Untakebackable Choice

August 6th, 2018


When it comes to making babies, it can often feel like there are only 2 choices and you have to feel 100% happy with your choice once you’ve made it. Oh, and also, no matter what choice you make, people will judge you. …

Lily Isn't Gonna Ghost (Finále)

October 31st, 2018


Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to talk about the end. It’s the end of the third season of this podcast. A season full of stories about …

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