Therapy Rocks! The road to self-discovery is long, winding, and often complicated to navigate alone. Fasten your seat belt and join psychotherapist Signe Darpinian in conversation with a diverse roster of guests as they fearlessly explore all things human. With topics ranging from body image to friendships to the quest for the answers to our constant digital connectedness. This monthly podcast seeks out and celebrates both the humor and pathos encountered as we strive for personal growth in a wildly imperfect world.

Welcome to Part Three of the Therapy Rocks! “Three Part” menopause series (Episodes 38, 39 & 40). In this episode Signe interviews Val Schonberg about nutrition in midlife and beyond, weight, bone health, and more. Val is dietitian and certified menopause practitioner with The Menopause Society. She is a registered dietitian with a Master of Science degree in nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She is Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics, she specializes in eating disorders, sports nutrition, and midlife health. Listen to podcast.

In this episode Signe interviews Dr. Amy Voedisch for Part Two of the Three Part menopause series navigating the physical aspects of menopause, such as hormone therapy considerations, body changes, sex in midlife, and more. Dr. Voedisch specializes in contraception, family planning, and menopause and is a certified practitioner of The Menopause Society. She is a Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, at Stanford Medicine. Listen to the podcast.

Join Signe for Part One of a Three Part Series on menopause. To start off in Part One, Signe Talks to a doctor who specializes in the brain, and who is always on the cutting edge of scientific research into the female experience, Dr. Louann Brizendine. Dr. Brizedine navigates the stages of menopause, cuts through the controversy around Hormone Therapy, and give us steps for preserving brain health for the second half of our lives. Listen to the podcast.

Join Signe for her Therapy Rocks! interview with Shannon Kopp who shared her personal recovery story including the shelter dogs, and how they loved her back to life, the healing benefits of animals, and gave her best tips for grieving the loss of an animal in a society that underestimates the power of the human/animal connection. Listen to the podcast.

Join Signe for an interview with “fathering” expert, Joe Kelly. They talk about overcoming common relationship barriers between fathers and stepfathers and daughters—when they're kids and adults! We also tackled male acculturation, "social" dads, and a whole lot more! Listen to podcast.

Therapy Rocks! Episode #33 with Adedayo (Dayo) Feyisayo Ajanaku on The Black Enneagram. Dayo described the Nine Enneagram types, talked about why it's important we learn about the Enneagram from the lens of someone holding a marginalized identity, and we ended with a "TV Typing," of the main characters in Jane The Virgin! Listen to podcast.

If you’ve ever wondered about things like “mind control” and how to lower the vulnerability to it, you’ll want to tune into this Therapy Rocks! episode with cult expert and exit counselor, Diane Benscoter. Listen to podcast.

Therapeutic Sex and Relationship Coach, Certified Body Trust® Provider, Dawn Serra, joins Signe to discuss what our relationship to food has to do with sex, why “safety” is a prerequisite to pleasure, sex and changing bodies, as well as the best advice for a couple with different libidos. Listen to podcast.

Join Signe for a second interview with Dr. Dan Tomasulo about a new science of hope and hopefulness that has the capacity to change the trend of anxiety and depression we are seeing around the globe. Dr. Dan talks about the habits of high hope individuals, ways to start adding a little bit of  hope into our lives, not so random acts of kindness and more! Listen to podcast.

Signe talks to Emma Goswell about one of the most important moments in many LGBTQ+ people's lives, “coming out.”

Emma has interviewed over 90 LGBTQ+ people from around the world in the last couple of years, and  recently released Coming Out Stories, a book that tells the stories of 27 people from across the spectrum, based on her  hugely popular Coming Out Stories podcast. Listen to podcast.

Signe is joined by her two co-authors, Dr. Shelley Aggarwal and Wendy Sterling to talk about their newly released book Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent's Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image. They talk about the importance of taking the morality out of movement, morality attached to weight, and how it seeps into medical care, what sleep has to do with sport performance and Shelley gets up close and personal as she reflects on the writing process for this book as a first generation immigrant who grew up in a taller/larger body. Listen to podcast.

Signe talks to Virgie Tovar about why anger is an integral part of self-acceptance, boundaries are the most powerful B-word, tips for bad body image days (BBIDs), body positivity as a relationship value, and more! Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on weight-based discrimination and body image. She is a contributor for Forbes where she covers the plus-size market and how to end weight discrimination at work. Listen to Podcast.

Signe talks to Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, who demystifies the “art form” that is social skills and gives insight on how to be better friends, partners, and colleagues. Dr. Laugeson is the Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, which is an outpatient program providing evidence-based social skills training for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and other social challenges across the lifespan. Listen to Podcast.

Join Signe for a conversation with anti-diet journalist, Virginia Sole-Smith, to explore questions (and some answers) about body image, fatphobia, and diet culture. Virginia is the author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America and the forthcoming Fat Kid Phobia. Her reporting on diet culture, health and parenting has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, and many other publications. She also writes the newsletter Burnt Toast and hosts the Burnt Toast Podcast. Listen to podcast.

Join Signe for a conversation with Certified Yoga Therapist, Suzannah Neufeld, on low pressure healing—yoga therapy, asking for help, and avoiding the “all natural” mandate. Suzannah (Tipermas) Neufeld is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Certified Advanced Emotion-Focused Family Therapist, as well as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor (CEDS-S). She is the author of Awake at 3 a.m.: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Pregnancy and Early Motherhood. Listen to podcast.

Join Signe for a conversation with Jessie-Susannah Karnatz, otherwise known as: the Money Witch. Jessie-Susannah talks about one of our most intimate realms, the realm of money and survival, healing financial codependency, and reminds us that the work of healing our finances is the work of healing everything. Listen to podcast.

Join Signe in a conversation with Dr. Dan Tomasulo about "hope," what it is, how to access it and why it’s so important. Dr. Dan Tomasulo is the author of Learned Hopefulness: The Power of Positivity To Overcome Depression. He has been honored by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression. Listen to podcast.

Join Signe for a conversation with Kelly McGonigal about her most recent book, The Joy of Movement. Kelly is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. As a pioneer in the field of "science-help," her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. Listen to podcast.

Sara Gilliam, the woman behind the original "Reviving Ophelia" reflects on teen girls' mental health, then & now, with Reviving Ophelia, 25th Anniversary Edition. Join Sara and Signe on Therapy Rocks! while they unpack the anxiety and depression we are seeing with our girls and how it relates to social media and constant digital connectedness. Listen to the podcast.

Award-winning podcaster, Kristen Meinzer, joins Signe to discuss the necessity of knowing WHY you want to embark on a podcasting journey (and who it's for), movie therapy, tips on co-hosting a show, the importance of diversity in podcasting and the BEST tips for making a great show! Listen to podcast.

Join Signe for a conversation with Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford dean, on "adulting," the modern markers of adulthood and the importance of feedback. Julie is the New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult which gave rise to a popular TED Talk. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. A third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, has been called a “groundbreakingly frank” guide to adulthood. Listen to podcast.

Join Signe for a conversation with Dr. Brenda Schaeffer about the definition of love addiction, where it comes from and how to heal from it. Dr. Schaeffer is an author, Licensed Psychologist, Certified Addictions Specialist, and holds a doctorate in spiritual psychology.  With over 600,000 publications sold, she is the best-selling author of Is It Love or Is It Addiction? Listen to the podcast.

In this conversation, Signe and Dr. Singh unpack the changes in sleep across the life span, why some people love the mornings and others thrive at night, how under sleep affects mood and food, oversleeping, athletes and sleep, the best wind down routines and more! Dr. Singh is the Service chief of sleep medicine, and section head and medical director at the Henry Ford sleep center in Michigan. She has served as a consultant for multiple NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA teams. Listen to the podcast.

Margaret Hunter, Registered Art Therapist, joins Signe to talk about Art Therapy as a specialized area of mental health that helps to promote insight and healing through creative expression. Margaret is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), Registered Art Therapist (ATR), and Certified Eating Disorder Creative Arts Therapist (CEDCAT) through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, and author of Reflections of Body Image in Art Therapy: Exploring Self Through Metaphor and Multi-Media. Listen to podcast.

Dr. Joanna Steinglass talks about the neural circuitry of habits and more specifically the habit-based model of disordered eating. Dr. Steinglass breaks down the neuroscience of habit, how this relates to eating disorders, and gives her top 3 habit-busting techniques for eating disorders.

Dr. Joanna Steinglass is a Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of the Center for Eating Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Steinglass graduated from Amherst College  and received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Listen to the podcast.

This episode is about how to raise competent eaters, keep diet culture out of parenting and feed with trust not fear. Joining us for this conversation is someone who knows a lot about family feeding and nutrition: Anna Lutz. Anna is a Registered Dietitian in private practice in Raleigh, NC who  specializes in eating disorders and pediatric/family nutrition. She is the co-creator and co-host of Sunny Side Up Nutrition and the Sunny Side Up Nutrition Podcast, where she writes and talks about nutrition and family feeding, free of diet culture. Listen to the podcast.

Join Signe for a conversation with Jane Mattes, founder and spokesperson for Single Mothers by Choice (SMC). Jane is a psychotherapist in private practice in NYC and the author of the book Single Mothers by Choice. Listen to the podcast.

Join Signe for a conversation with Dr. Jason Nagata about body image in boys and men, a historical overview, considerations in caring for this population, risk factors and prevention. Jason Nagata, MD, MSc, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, specializing in adolescent eating disorders. He researches eating disorders, body image, and muscle-enhancing behaviors in adolescent boys and young men. He edited the book Eating Disorders in Boys and Men. Listen to podcast.