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Jennifer Chaiken, LMFT and Emmalee Bierly, LMFT

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Emmalee Bierly, LMFT and Jennifer Chaiken, LMFT, owners and co-founders of The Therapy Group (@thetherapygrp), bring you the ShrinkChicks Podcast. ShrinkChicks is on a mission to make therapy and therapeutic topics more relatable and accessible. Each Monday, Emmalee and Jen will explore different mental health topics and invite you to sit in on their insight, humor, and knowledge, leaving the psychobabble behind.
 
She Persisted is THE teen mental health podcast—made for teens, by a teen. In each episode, Sadie brings you authentic, accessible, relatable conversations about every aspect of mental wellness. Expect evidence-based, teen-approved resources, coping skills (lots of DBT), insights, and education in each piece of content you consume. She Persisted offers you a safe space to feel validated and understood in your struggle while encouraging you to take ownership of your journey and build your lif ...
 
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In today's solo episode I am giving you my tips on how to maintain your mental health as a college student! After wrapping up my freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania, I've put together this comprehensive episode to help you feel prepared to navigate college life! I've broken it down into 5 categories: routine, relationships, rest, recrea…
 
On today's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are joined by one of their amazing clinicians, Natalia Addona, LPCC! Natalia is a therapist at The Therapy Group and works with clients residing in California and Florida. The three of them dive into the term "people pleasing," their own experiences in "recovery" from being people pleasers, and an…
 
Today's guests are Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright—the psychotherapists, sleep experts, and the authors of The Happy Sleeper and Generation Sleepless. In this episode, we discuss why teenagers are experiencing more sleep deprivation than any other demographic, the "perfect storm" leading teens to lose sleep, what exactly happens when you sleep + w…
 
Today on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen break down the buzz term "the mental load" AKA cognitive labor! They discuss gender roles and how the mental load has historically fallen on women, the overfunctioning/underfunctioning dynamic in relationships and what these terms mean and look like, the mental load falling onto the person who cares more, bein…
 
Today's guests are ShrinkChicks co-hosts and Therapy Group founders Emmalee Bierly, LMFT, and Jennifer Chaiken, LMFT! We dive into how negative therapy experiences led Emalee + Jennifer to become therapists, the reasons college is one of the most challenging seasons for mental health, why you should be therapist-shopping, the biggest determinant of…
 
On today's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen have the honor of sitting down with the brilliant Dr. Alexandra Solomon! Dr. Solomon is a therapist, author, teacher, fellow podcast host and relationship expert! They start the episode off by talking about the challenges and nuances of Instagram and TikTok therapy. They then ask Dr. Solomon about…
 
Today's guest is Carmen Applegate—the host of The Girly Girl Podcast! In this episode, we answer all your questions about high school, content creation, podcast growth, Pinterest marketing, dating, boys, flirting, and so much more! Carmen's Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-girly-girl-podcast/id1527929846?uo=4 Carmen's Instagram: h…
 
This week on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are thrilled to have a listener favorite guest, and one of their mentors, Terry Real, back on the podcast to tell us all about his new book: Us: Getting Past You and Me to Build a More Loving Relationship. Terry shares some stories and concepts from the book, how Bruce Springsteen writing the forward of "U…
 
Today's guest is Dr. Edith Eger—a psychologist, New York Times bestselling author, dancer, and holocaust survivor. At 16 years old, Edith and her family were sent to Auschwitz where her parents were sent to the gas chambers. However, Edith’s bravery kept her and her sister alive. During her time in the concentration camps, Edith and her sister were…
 
On today’s episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen share their expertise on how to repair after a rupture in our relationships a.k.a. how to make up after a fight, disagreement, or argument. They discuss why rupture is inevitable in all of our relationships, why being "right" doesn't matter, why tit for tat can be harmful, how to hold onto ourselv…
 
Episode 100—can you believe it?!? I asked you guys on Instagram what you wanted to hear to celebrate and the majority said a solo episode. So, here we are—an episode jam-packed with my top 10 insights/takeaways/tips from the last 5 years (severely struggling with depression and anxiety from 13-16, navigating intensive treatment as a teen, recoverin…
 
This week on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are talking all about emotional boundaries, starting off by defining emotional boundaries and where to begin when setting them. They discuss separating our emotions from others' emotions, how to recognize when you need to do so, and the importance of tone and context. Emmalee and Jen answer your questions …
 
Today's guests are CLEARSTEM Skincare founders Danielle Gronich (owner of the acclaimed San Diego Acne Clinic and known as The Acne Guru™) and Kayleigh Christina (Holistic Nutritionist)! CLEARSTEM Skincare is a revolutionary skincare brand that is both Anti-Aging and Anti-Acne with zero hormone disruptors or toxins. In this episode, we discuss Dani…
 
On today’s episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen answer one of our most popular listener questions: how to ask for what you need! They discuss why it can be so hard to ask for what you need, how to begin learning what you need, and give us tangible steps to do so. Emmalee and Jen share how they learned what it was they needed through trial and e…
 
On today’s episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are joined by one of The Therapy Group's wonderful therapists, JoAnne Hanson, LMFT! JoAnne is not only a therapist but also an energy healer. Emmalee and Jen talk to JoAnne about WTF energy healing is, her journey to becoming an energy healer, integrating energy healing into traditional talk thera…
 
Whitney Goodman, LMFT is the radically honest psychotherapist behind the hugely popular Instagram account @sitwithwhit, the author of Toxic Positivity, and the owner of The Collaborative Counseling Center, a private therapy practice in Miami, FL. She helps people who want to improve their relationships and emotional awareness. (bio via sitwithwhit.…
 
On today’s episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen cover the topic of rejection. They start the episode off by addressing a listener question that asks “how to get over rejection?” The hard truth is that rejection is inevitable - and so they give us all tangible ways to learn to deal with rejection and the feelings that accompany it. Emmalee and J…
 
Truth Initiative is America's largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to a future where tobacco and nicotine addiction are things of the past. In this roundtable with Truth Initiative, we discuss the prevalence of teen nicotine use, what happens when adolescents use nicotine (biologically, mentally, socially, etc), smoking cigarettes…
 
This week, Emmalee and Jen talk about their bread and butter: couples therapy! As Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, couples therapy is one of their favorite topics to demystify. They start by discussing the stigma behind couples therapy and why they wholeheartedly believe in it - from both sides of the couch - because relationships are hard!…
 
Eileen Kelly is the host of Going Mental and the founder of KILLER AND A SWEET THANG (KAAST)—an online comprehensive resource for young people to discover, learn about and connect with their sexual health, pleasure, and identity. We sit down to compare our times at McLean Hospital (voluntarily going to treatment, advocating for yourself, being an a…
 
On today's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are joined by their wonderful Astrologer, Natalie Levin! Natalie shares her expertise with us and starts off with some Astrology 101. She explains what a birth chart is (i.e. sun, moon, and rising signs) and why some people don't feel aligned with their astrological sign. She then does a deep dive…
 
Today's solo episode is all about the emotion regulation module of DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy). I dive into everything you need to know to decrease your emotional vulnerability, effectively cope with emotions that arise and improve regulation long-term. Skills/topics mentioned include building your life worth living, understanding your pri…
 
This week on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen cover one of your most requested topics: expectations. They discuss expectations in our romantic relationships, friendships, and with our family members as well as grieving unmet expectations and change and how to categorize this type of grief. They talk about how magical thinking and toxic positivity can …
 
Today's guests are Jill and Dave Henry—high school coaches and the authors of The Greatest College Health Guide! We sit down to discuss everything you need to know to have a successful college experience. Topics covered include what makes transitioning to college difficult, why you can expect an increase in stress, things to do before college to se…
 
On today’s episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen have the pleasure of sitting down with Mac Stanley Cazeau, LMHC (@talk2mac_therapist) to talk all about relationships, communication, infidelity, and affair recovery. Mac owns a private practice called Therapy is for Everyone and primarily works with couples recovering from an affair. He shares hi…
 
Today's guest is Efia Sulter—a mindset and manifestation coach and the host of The Manifest Edit! Efia's passion is helping ambitious women create the life they truly desire – not just the life they’ve settled for. In this episode, we dive deep into Efia's journey of overcoming the childhood trauma of being orphaned, the value of the coach-client r…
 
At the end of every episode, Emmalee and Jen always say: "to grow yourself, you gotta know yourself" but what does that really mean? This week on ShrinkChicks, Em and Jen break down their tagline and explain where to start when getting to know yourself. They discuss specific questions to guide us on this journey, how indecisiveness plays a role in …
 
Today's guest is Michele Rosenthal—a Certified Professional Coach, Board Certified Trauma and PTSD Hypnotist, Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming AND a trauma and PTSD survivor herself. She is also an award-winning trauma/PTSD blogger, award-nominated author, and keynote speaker as well as a Trauma Recovery Specialist and M…
 
This week on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are joined by Kail Lowry and Vee Rivera, hosts of the Baby Mamas No Drama Podcast! If you watched Teen Mom 2, you know that Kail and Vee’s relationship started off rocky, but today, Emmalee and Jen learn about their journey from hating each other, to co-parenting, to hosting a podcast together. They discus…
 
Today's guest is Tara Bixby—a therapist, anxiety coach, and host of the Courageously.u Podcast. In this episode, we dive deep into anxiety. Tara and I talk about causes, triggers, advice for parents vs. teens, somatic experiences, societal misconceptions surrounding anxiety, and more! If you've ever struggled with anxiety or want to support a loved…
 
On today's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen dive into one of their most requested topics: Jealousy! They start off by discussing jealousy as a controversial emotion, the difference between jealousy and envy, why jealousy is a very normal emotion, and the reaction to jealousy vs. the emotion of jealousy. Emmalee and Jen each share the last t…
 
Today's solo episode is all about crisis survival! In this episode we dive deep into how to survive a crisis—whether that's extreme anxiety, anger, depression, urges, or something else! I cover what qualifies something as a crisis, SUDs scores, creating a safety plan, DBT survival skills (STOP, asking for help, ride the wave, TIPP, ACCEPTS + IMPROV…
 
This week on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are joined by one of The Therapy Group's wonderful clinicians, Lydia (Tola) Lawson, MFT! Lydia shares her career journey (hint: she's on career number three) and how this journey led her to work primarily with clients who are at a crossroad in their career. They discuss Lydia's work in helping clients iden…
 
Today's guest is Bailey Stanworth—founder of PLAY digital, co-host of What Day is It?, and a self-proclaimed accidental influencer! In this episode, we take a deep dive into Bailey's mental health and body image journey, how society influences self-esteem, setting boundaries as you consume content, mood-boosting follow recommendations, being vulner…
 
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