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Your Mental Breakdown

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A psychotherapy-entertainment podcast featuring longtime friends and licensed therapists, Doug Friedman and Meredith Levy. Episodes include real therapy sessions in sequence with a real client that has agreed to be recorded throughout the process of therapy. After the session, Doug and Meredith brea… read more

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72. Sarah #20: Feeling the Feelings of Grief and Loss

March 24th, 2022


As a sign of vulnerability, trust, and the safe space of therapy, Sarah allows herself to cry in session and feel the loss of her cousin. She …

71. Sarah #19: That’s My Neuroses and My Awesomeness

March 10th, 2022


Doug and his mom open with a discussion about multiple personality disorder and her previous work in therapy with clients coming out of cults. In the …

70. Drew #76: Mommy and Me

February 24th, 2022


For this episode, we check in with Drew, the client from Season 1 whose episodes are continuing on (link below). Drew wants to be doing more to do less, as he copes with the stress of his recent heart …

069. Sarah #18: The Mother of All Triggers

February 10th, 2022


Sarah describes taking herself through worst-case scenarios to prepare herself for a situation, so she can avoid the shock and broken heart that might otherwise overwhelm her. That protective mechanism once served her, …

068. Sarah #17: Processing Grief in Real Time

January 27th, 2022


Doug helps Sarah process grief in real time after she just learned of a family member’s failing health while in the hospital. Sarah is able to acknowledge having different feelings spiraling at the same time right now. …

067. Sarah #16: It’s Not Just a Fluke

January 20th, 2022


Doug helps Sarah acknowledge that she is actively creating new neural pathways by doing things differently from her patterned way of being and doing. Sarah gives herself permission to see the changes in her behavior …

066. Sarah #15: Trauma is a Radioactive Spider That Bites

January 13th, 2022


We explore Sarah’s conditioning from her upbringing in the Children of God cult. “Trauma is a radioactive spider that bites.” It can lead you to …

065. Sarah #14: Systems of Safety

January 6th, 2022


We explore the “systems of safety” that Sarah developed as a child growing up in a cult to protect herself because no one else did. We can thank …

064. Sarah #13: A Quest For Justice

December 16th, 2021


Sarah feels righteous anger about a coworker that was let go. Doug helps her see that it’s a trigger for her own traumatic past when people in power abuse that power and wrong others. When it’s on someone else’s behalf, …

063. Sarah #12: When You Realize You’re Not 30 Anymore

December 9th, 2021


Sarah felt validated and valued at work this week after a triggering annual review last week. Doug and Sarah explore how what she calls nonsense can …

062. Sarah #11: Effed Up and Out of My Control

November 18th, 2021


Sarah got triggered by a review at work which leads to an exploration of deeper issues. Doug helps her express anger and frustration about being powerless and misrepresented, especially when someone of authority is in …

061. Sarah #10: I Would Rather Fill in the Blank

November 11th, 2021


Doug redefines work-life balance: it’s a balance of work, rest, and play that are all under the umbrella of life. Sarah examines “play” in her life. She connects the hyper-vigilance of being ‘mama bear’ for everyone …

060. Sarah #9: The Unravelling

November 4th, 2021


Doug is on location in New York discovering the quiet, nature side of the city. Sarah and Doug dissect the associations she’s held in her head with being a trauma survivor and with being a victim. Sarah explores some …

059. Sarah #8: Don’t Go to Bed Angry

October 28th, 2021


As Sarah talks about a stressful work relationship, Doug slows her down and helps her process being a trauma survivor. They examine how Sarah’s …

058. Sarah #7: Are You a Wildfire or Controlled Burn?

October 21st, 2021


In an emotional session, Sarah vents about an issue she’s having with a coworker. This leads Doug to look deeper inside for what’s really going on with her. As he helps Sarah slow down in the session, she takes a deep …

057. Sarah #6: Recompense

October 14th, 2021


Doug and Mer talk comets and cults while Doug corrects an earlier comment that the cult leader in Sarah’s case was caught - he wasn’t! He lived in …

056. Sarah #5: Just One Junk Drawer

October 7th, 2021


Mer acknowledges Doug for his emotional and personal music album coming out in a few weeks; and then she gives him guff for not getting the podcast’s Patreon launched yet!  It’s coming soon with ongoing Drew episodes …

055. Sarah #4: Baby Steps

September 30th, 2021


Meredith imparts some knowledge to Doug (and us!) about invalidation trauma after a recent training. We get to know more about Sarah in her session …

054. Sarah #3: A Little Bit Robocop

September 23rd, 2021


Meredith updates us on the intruder in her backyard - who came back again! We continue the new season with Sarah, in spite of a few audio hiccups in the session. Doug and Sarah talk about feeling frustrated, annoyed, …

053. Sarah #2: Growing Up in a Cult

September 15th, 2021


***Trigger warning*** This episode contains potentially triggering and sensitive topics including child abuse. If you suspect or know that a child is being abused or neglected, call or text 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453). …

052. Sarah #1: I Don’t Have a Handle On It

September 8th, 2021


We’re baa-ack! In this new season kick-off, Doug and Meredith are “a step up from sweatpants” and ready to dive back into it with us. We hear the first session with Doug and Sarah, the new client we’ll get to know and …

Roundtable #4: Cultural Awareness in Mental Health with Ashley McGirt and Sahaj Kohli

July 12th, 2021


In this Roundtable episode, Doug and Meredith are joined by fellow therapist Ashley McGirt and therapist in training Sahaj Kohli for a conversation …

Roundtable #3: Psychedelics and Therapy with Dr. Craig Heacock and José Mata

June 17th, 2021


In this Roundtable episode, Doug and Meredith are joined by fellow therapist José Mata and psychiatrist Dr. Craig Heacock, both of whom work with the intersection of psychedelics and therapy. They look at current …

This is Us: Our Hosts Get Personal

October 15th, 2020


In this special bonus episode, Doug and Meredith share their personal stories with grief over the past two years. It’s been almost two years to the date since the sudden death of Doug’s wife and the death of Meredith’s …

Wyatt's Story: Everything Else Goes On Pause

September 24th, 2020


Wyatt is a previous client of Doug’s that has experienced severe trauma. He had a sudden brain aneurysm and cancer. This is his story of endurance, awareness, and healing.  


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Roundtable #2: Trauma Talk: The Soft Pillow and Warm Tea

September 10th, 2020


In this bonus Roundtable episode, Meredith and Doug are joined by fellow therapists Mona Valeriano and Jessica Kramer. They look at different ways of approaching trauma and therapy from their training and experience. …

026. Drew #26: Quiet the Noise - The First Six Months

July 30th, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith reflect on the first six months of the podcast as we reach the end of season one with Drew.  In the session, you’ll hear clips from a few recent sessions with Doug and Drew hitting the …

025. Drew #25: Past and Future Tripping

July 23rd, 2020


Talking about the sensationalism of Bambi and how seeing traumatic events can be very impactful. In the session, Drew says he’s been future tripping …

024. Drew #24: What? You’re in Therapy?

July 16th, 2020


Fireworks, dad jokes, and great movies from our days as younguns. Drew acknowledges his growth in treatment, and with a little self-reflection, he admits he is not very motivated right now. In the breakdown, Meredith …

023. Drew #23: F.I.N.E.* F#cked up, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional

July 9th, 2020


This week, Doug showered with his dog and Meredith shared her excitement about tennis lessons, her bird feeder, and getting ready to watch The Matrix. In the session, Drew feels excitement about the unknown in front of …

022. Drew #22: Your Mom’s a Firetruck

July 2nd, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith talk about the highs and lows of watching their dogs on webcams, as well as the joys of home repair, toilet hygiene, and tushie cushies. In the session, Drew connects a long-standing fear of …

021. Drew #21: It’s Been a Crazy Week

June 25th, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith talk about how our relationship with time can create pressure and affect our level of stress. They also talk about hiking, napping, and glamping to get away from it all! In the session, Drew …

020. Drew#20: Mr. Wilson Eats Apples?!

June 18th, 2020


This week, Meredith retreats to Lake Tahoe and Doug is entertaining his dog at home. In the session, Drew moves around different stages of grief and loss after his breakup. He acknowledges there’s baggage he’s been …

019. Drew #19: Waking Up Alone

June 11th, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith ‘monkee’ around a bit and reference a handful of classic movies from their youth - showing how old and adorbs they are! …

018. Drew #18: Rolling With the Butterfly

June 4th, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith discuss the routine and comfort of going to a therapist’s office as a physical space, not just a virtual room. Meredith updates us on her US geography skills. In the session, Drew’s issues …

017. Drew #17: Be My Cherry on Top, Not My Ice Cream

May 28th, 2020


This week, Mer and Doug are coping with quarantine and testing their geography skills with a US map quiz. In the session, Drew’s last day at work is coming up and he has nothing going on, which makes him feel anxious. …

016. Drew #16: Fixing You to Fix Me

May 21st, 2020


This week, Mer and Doug are doing ‘fair’ and ‘corona good’ in spite of a burnt tongue and a kitschy therapist pillow. In the session, Drew feels good having put in his two-week notice. He can feel himself slowing down …

015. Drew #15: You Can’t Control Vegas

May 14th, 2020


This week, Meredith goes down the rabbit hole of tequila and zoom filters. She joins Doug for a walk down the memory lane of their worst old …

014. Drew #14: A Leap of Faith and Trust

May 7th, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith remind us about getting out of our comfort zone and experiencing the cool things there are to do - regardless of …

013. Drew #13: What’s Black and White, and Red All Over

April 30th, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith talk about adjustments they’ve been making during this pandemic time. The client, Andrew, feels the benefits of putting in the hard work and letting raw emotions come up and out. He is …

012. Drew #12: That Tito’s Bottle of Vodka

April 23rd, 2020


Doug and Meredith acknowledge passing the month mark of quarantine and note some good things that have come out of this experience. In the client session, we see how important it is to have trust between a therapist and …

011. Drew #11: My Dad is a Combo of Rambo and Adam Sandler

April 16th, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith talk about how the “thing” itself is usually not that bad, it’s the lead up to it that creates fear and anxiety. They highlight this with a story of Doug trying not to get wet on a hike then …

Insight Out #6: The ABCs of CBT and DBT

April 13th, 2020


In this Insight Out bonus minisode, Doug and Meredith give us a brief look at the basics of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). They break down some key aspects of these types of …

010. Drew #10: You Can’t Take a Bullet for Anybody Without Getting Shot

April 9th, 2020


In this episode, Doug and Meredith talk about finding self-confidence, compassion for self, and having a support system - while also being okay with being alone. Doug and his client, Andrew, explore Andrew’s challenges …

009. Drew #9: The Burning Cockles of Your Heart

April 2nd, 2020


In this pre-Corona virus episode, Doug and Meredith talk about fires, mountains, Coachella and bubble gum. Doug’s client Andrew checks in about the guilt he is feeling towards not having a conversation yet with his …

008. Drew #8: Ski Trails in Your Head

March 26th, 2020


This week, we talk about the connection between knowing it and feeling it and the difference between a human being and a human doing. Doug and Andrew dive deeper into his decision about going to his brother’s bachelor …

007. Drew #7: Star Wars and Male Strippers

March 19th, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith talk about what came up in Andrew’s recent sessions — Star Wars, jealousy, and male strippers, of course. Andrew shares a bad nightmare that caused a lot of anxiety. Doug and Andrew work on …

006. Drew #6: Less Vader, More Yoda

March 12th, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith tell us about when therapy in their past has sometimes gone wrong (or ineffective). Andrew and Doug dig more into the upcoming wedding of Andrew’s brother, and whether it’s his choice or

Insight Out #1 - 10 Unhelpful Ways of Thinking

March 9th, 2020


For a bonus mini-sode this week in a series we’re calling Insight Out, Doug and Meredith introduce us to some of the more common Cognitive Distortions. These are classic ways of thinking from Cognitive Behavioral …

005. Drew #5: You Mean I Have a Choice?

March 5th, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith dig deeper into Doug’s use of sweet analogies (hello car gears and Harry Potter!) and discuss reframing the difference between choice and obligation. Andrew’s session reveals where he is …

Roundtable #1 with Bonnie Rae and John Sovec

March 2nd, 2020


For a special bonus episode this week, Doug and Meredith are joined by their friends and colleagues; John Sovec and Bonnie Rae, both Licensed …

004: Drew #4: You Have Issues, I Have Issues

February 27th, 2020


The very adorkable Doug and Meredith return back this week to share how they typically begin their therapy sessions and give a recap of the trust and …

003. Drew #3: The Good, The Bad, and The Plaid

February 20th, 2020


This week, Doug and MerMer remind us to not “should” all over ourselves and then recap the first two sessions with Andrew (the Client has been given …

002. Drew #2: Please Don't Should All Over Yourself

February 20th, 2020


This week, Doug and Meredith reminisce about Doug’s parachute pants and MerDog’s love of Megadeth. They talk about how to know when a session is over, taking notes, and how they prevent burnout. Doug shares his Buddhism …

001. Drew #1: Therapy is Not Just For When You Are Crazy

February 20th, 2020


Welcome to Your Mental Breakdown, hosted by Doug Friedman and Meredith Levy. YMB is a psychotherapy entertainment podcast featuring two licensed therapists. They are real people outside the office, and real therapists …

Welcome to Your Mental Breakdown

February 18th, 2020


Welcome to Your Mental Breakdown. Introducing Doug Friedman and Meredith Levy, both licensed psychotherapists, longtime friends, and the co-hosts of this podcast. These episodes will feature one of their client’s actual …

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