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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.
 
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Today on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen dive into the topic of forgiveness by explaining the definition of forgiveness and the stages that come along with it. They discuss why forgiveness is for us and not for the other person, the parts of forgiveness that they struggle with, the difference between anger and resentment, and how that resentment can …
 
On this week's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are joined by one of their amazing clinicians from The Therapy Group, Dr. Lindsay Haston. Lindsay is a licensed psychologist dedicated to helping others feel more comfortable being themselves. She strives to assist clients in leading a more full and meaningful life while also managing the pain…
 
Today on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen explain what enmeshment is. You might have heard similar terms used like codependency or fusion, as they can look incredibly similar. They go into what enmeshed relationships look like in families, in romantic partnerships, and even at work. Enmeshment and boundaries go hand in hand, and Emmalee and Jen walk u…
 
Q & A part two! This week on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen continue to answer your questions, this time about setting boundaries in relationships and at work. Em and Jen give their insight about guilt trips and the functions behind them, highly critical parents, how to continue to set boundaries when receiving pushback, what to do when a loved one …
 
This week on ShrinkChicks we give you some much needed comic relief from our guest: comedian Jared Freid! Jared is co-host of the U Up? Podcast, co-host of The Betchelor Podcast, host of the JTrain Podcast, and has a hysterical and relatable Instagram presence (@jaredfreid). Emmalee and Jen talk with Jared all about dating and relationships from a …
 
On today’s episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen introduce you all to Nikki, their ShrinkChicks producer and Head of Operations of The Therapy Group! She talks about how she got her job (hint: she was a listener who DM’ed Em and Jen), the steps she took to make a major career shift, the biggest surprise about working for Emmalee and Jen, imposte…
 
Today on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen have the pleasure of sitting down with Terry Real, an internationally recognized Couples & Family Therapist, speaker, and best selling author. Terry has worked with thousands of women and men, parents and non-parents, to help them create the connection they desire in their relationships. Emmalee and Jen talk w…
 
This week on ShrinkChicks, we cover one of our most requested topics: Emmalee interviews Jen about her decision to be childfree. She asks Jen all of your questions including how she knew she didn't want kids, the way she brought it up to her now husband, the initial reactions of her family, in-laws and friends, and how she plans to handle things wh…
 
Today on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen explore the differences between our personal and professional selves. They talk about starting their business, imposter syndrome, authenticity in the workplace, different work environments, and how therapists are taught to be a blank slate. Emmalee and Jen share the fears they both had when deciding to start T…
 
On this week’s episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen give us a glimpse into the communication skills we didn’t learn in school. We are ALL sometimes bad communicators, even two couples therapists. They highlight a portion of their Making The Most Of Your Marriage e-course: communication. Em and Jen take us through 15 different types of “bad” com…
 
Today on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are joined by the amazing Erica Smith, M.Ed., sex educator and creator of the Purity Culture Dropout Program. Erica educates us all on purity culture and what it looks like in our world today. They discuss Erica's path to becoming a sex educator and the work she does to help her clients recover from the effect…
 
Spoiler alert: there’s no magic trick. After a few weeks of guests, today's episode of ShrinkChicks is just with Em and Jen! They give us an update on their lives and some things they've been facing, personally. They discuss how the world is on fire! And with that, the false sense of control that we can feel when we take in information, the emotion…
 
Welcome to Pelvic Floor Health 101! This week on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are joined by Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist, Gina Cunningham. She clues us in to what a pelvic floor actually is and why pelvic floor health matters. Gina explains the reasons why someone might need pelvic floor physical therapy and takes us through what a typical eval…
 
Trigger Warning: death and serious illness. Healthcare workers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and the stories shared in this episode, from an inside, firsthand perspective, are heavy and potentially triggering. On today's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen have a powerful conversation with Katie Duke, who worked on the frontl…
 
This week on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen sit down with Scout Sobel (@scoutsobel): co-host of the Okay Sis Podcast, host of SCOUT Podcast, founder of Scout's Agency and most recently an author! They discuss Scout's diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, why the diagnosis felt so isolating, and how it impacted her especially as it related to a career. Scou…
 
Today on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen discuss a type of therapy called Narrative Therapy. They explain what Narrative Therapy is, how it's used with clients, and how we can begin to challenge the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. They talk about where these stories can originate, the roles we take on in our families of origin such as "the…
 
On this week's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen dive into the topic of social media and the apps we spend so much time on. They discuss the positives and negatives of social media, comparing ourselves to someone else's highlight reel, the things that exist beyond the highlight reel, why Jen is struggling with the idea of posting pictures of…
 
Today on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee tells Jen two stories from her weekend that Jen is hearing for the first time on air. Hint: you won't believe them, either! In processing these stories, Emmalee and Jen discuss how some parts of ourselves can feel healed while others can feel like a work in progress. They talk Mom shaming, society's expectations of Mo…
 
In this week's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen answer the question: what do you do when your friends are in a different stage of life than you? Such as being the only mom in your group of friends, the only single friend, the only married friend, the only childfree friend, or in financially different places than your friends, the list goes …
 
Today on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen catch up. They check in to see how each other is doing (hint: it's been a tough few weeks) and dive into the topic of magical thinking, which is one of many cognitive distortions. For instance: I will be happier once I get married. Or my life will magically improve once I lose X amount of weight. They discuss …
 
In today's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen have the privilege of sitting down with actress, author, and film producer India Oxenberg. They discuss India’s experience with the NXIVM cult, challenge the stigma associated with people who fall victim to predators and/or high control groups, the grooming and coercion that occured, and how she's…
 
Today's episode is ALL about expectations. Emmalee and Jen discuss the expectations we have in different relationships: romantic, platonic, at work, and with our families. They share expectations they have in their own relationships, how to voice these expectations, and why we need to give ourselves space to grieve the expectations that may go unme…
 
Emmalee and Jen sit down with the incredible Dr. Cassidy Freitas, fellow Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Podcaster. The three of them dig into boundaries, people pleasing, and how to set boundaries as a people pleaser. They discuss where people pleasing can originate, where to start when addressing our people pleasing tendencies, how to sh…
 
This week, Emmalee and Jen talk through the topics that can be hard to bring up in therapy. From our sex lives and sexual fantasies to depression, lying, or speaking negatively about our parents. They explain why we avoid sharing certain topics with our therapists and give their perspectives from both sides of the couch (hint: they’ve done the same…
 
In today's episode, Emmalee and Jen are joined by one of The Therapy Group's wonderful clinicians, Callie Fraser, MSS, LSW. Callie (@calliefrasercounseling) shares her lived experience of growing up with the knowledge that her Moms used a sperm donor to bring her into this world. She recounts teaching her friends about sperm donors at a young age, …
 
Emmalee & Jen challenge the idea of “never giving up” on this week’s episode. They address the topic of quitting and why it’s okay to leave relationships, jobs, mindsets, etc. when they're no longer serving you. They talk through the things that keep us from quitting, what happens to our identities once we do leave, how to listen to our bodies and …
 
This week, Emmalee and Jen are joined by the incredible Kristen Mark, PhD, MPH, CSE. Dr. Mark (@dr.kristen.mark) is a sex and relationship researcher, sex therapist, professor, and behavioral health scientist. She answers some of your most frequently asked questions like what is sex therapy? How to keep the spark alive, how to communicate about sex…
 
This week, Emmalee and Jen break down the term parentification with insight, awareness, and action. They discuss how one becomes parentified, common patterns it can lead to in adulthood, and what actions we can start to take to heal. They also introduce a new segment called "Dear Jen & Em" where they answer a listener question in depth! Thanks to D…
 
This week, Emmalee and Jen are joined by one of their wonderful @thetherapygrp therapists, Nicole Lewis, LMFT to demystify couples therapy. Nicole works primarily with couples and gives us insight into what really goes on in the room. Does the therapist take sides? Can the therapist keep one partner's secret from the other? Can they give direct adv…
 
Emmalee and Jen are back with season three of ShrinkChicks! This week, they discuss the pressure we can put on ourselves to follow the “shoulds” of life. From going to college, to getting married, to having children, to wanting to have children, to productivity, to finding a “dream” job, to hitting specific life milestones at specific ages - there …
 
In the final episode of Season 2, Emmalee and Jen reflect on their changes throughout the past 23 episodes and discuss how to cope with transitions and endings. They also have a big announcement! Thank you so much for sticking with us through our second season and we hope to see you in Season 3!By Jennifer Chaiken, LMFT and Emmalee Bierly, LMFT
 
Mindfulness, while it has taken off in popularity recently, can still be a vague and intimidating buzzword. This week, Emmalee and Jen are joined by psychologist, speaker, and author Dr. Jennifer Wolkin to make living mindfully less of an abstract and more of a concrete tool to aid you on your mental health journey.…
 
The most difficult and, for better or worse, the most important relationship we have is always going to be our relationship with ourselves. In a world full of self-care, self-love, self-esteem, and a thousand other buzzwords, self-compassion is an often neglected part of how we validate our own experiences. This week, Emmalee and Jen explore how we…
 
When addressing our anxiety, sometimes its effect is so pervasive that we lose sight of it all together. This week, Emmalee and Jen ground the topic, taking a look at the real-world conditions that foster anxiety in our lives and moving the conversation beyond the buzzword, to a place of self-understanding and practical solutions. Joining them is f…
 
This week, Emmalee and Jen are joined by journalist, dating expert, and author, Candice Jalili. Together, they talk dating during COVID, college, and beyond. Candace, the author of Just Send The Text, is the senior sex & dating writer at Elite Daily. Her work can be regularly found in publications like Cosmopolitan, The Cut, and Time, and her debut…
 
The past year has given us all a crash course in navigating unexpected life changes. No matter where life has taken you since this time last February, everyone can benefit from reflection. This week, Emmalee and Jen talk their personal transitions over the past year and answer your questions about dealing with developments you might not have seen c…
 
Lacking a close romantic relationship when one is desired taps into core human fears of rejection and isolation. Connection, understanding, sharing, all of the things that can make successful relationships so fulfilling can bury the individual under a mountain of dread when an unsuccessful relationship or period of loneliness convinces them that ma…
 
Despite the unprecedented push towards destigmatizing therapy and mental health treatment in recent decades, the act of confronting uncomfortable parts of your life will always be, well, uncomfortable. This week, fellow Marriage and Family Therapist and creator of the hilarious Instagram account @PsychoTherapyMemes, Nicole Arzt joins the show to ta…
 
The power that money has to overwhelm an individual is founded in its vagueness. When it feels like money can mean anything—a symbol, a tool, a means to a way of life, a status symbol—we often give money license to mean everything. This week, financial therapist, podcaster, and friend of the show Amanda Clayman joins Emmalee and Jen to explore how …
 
Continuing the theme of alternative or lesser-known therapy practices from last week's hypnotherapy episode, Emmalee and Jen are joined by Allie Finkel and Sarah Roffe, co-founders of Kind Minds Therapy, to discuss reparenting and inner child work. Whether you're interested in exploring options for your own therapy journey or simply have an interes…
 
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can provide a uniquely liberating therapeutic experience for those dealing with a wide variety of mental heath conditions -- unfortunately, years of skewed representation in various media have left the public image of hypnotists closer to pocket-watch-swinging ne'er-do-wells than trained psychologists. This week, Emmalee a…
 
Trigger Warning: Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Assault, Violence Abuse has the ability to transcend an individual relationship and continue to affect the lives of survivors if not treated with care. This week, fellow Marriage and Family Therapist Kaitlyn Peabody (@therapywithkate) joins Emmalee and Jen to discuss solutions for stopping th…
 
This week, fellow podcast host and LMFT, cult specialist, Rachel Bernstein, explores the mentality and psychology of cult membership with Emmalee and Jen. Rachel speaks about how and why people are drawn into cults, what keeps them there, and the aftermath that can occur if they leave. She was recently featured in the STARZ Documentary Seduced: Ins…
 
This week, Emmalee and Jen respond to stories and questions they have received about fertility problems and the struggles of childbirth, with Emmalee's own experience with miscarriage serving as a framework to talk about one of the more stigmatized crises in physical and emotional health.By Jennifer Chaiken, LMFT and Emmalee Bierly, LMFT
 
So often in life, we let others expectations of us, what we should do, what we should eat, what we should be, get in the way of our own goals and priorities. This week, the ShrinkChicks discuss the best ways for getting the 'shoulds' out of your mentality with author Caroline Dooner.By Jennifer Chaiken, LMFT and Emmalee Bierly, LMFT
 
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