Welcome to Therapy Rocks! A personal growth podcast
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.
Coming Out Stories
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.
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"Jiggling and Journaling," A Pathway to Body Positivity
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
The Science of Making Friends
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
Yoga Therapy, Asking for Help, and Avoiding the "All Natural" Mandate
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.
Money Mindset Makeover
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.
THE JOY OF MOVEMENT
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.
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.
Is It Love or Is It Addiction?
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.
How Optimizing Sleep Optimizes Well Being
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.
Disrupting habits that don't help
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.
Boys, Biceps and Bulking
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.