Your Therapist Needs Therapy

Your Therapist Needs Therapy

Everyone needs help with their mental health, even mental health professionals. Join us as we have your therapist take a seat on the couch to talk about their own mental health journey!


September 20, 2023 49 mins

Jeremy is joined this week by sex educator Erica Smith. Erica runs the excellent Purity Culture Dropout program, and offers individual coaching or professional consultation. Jeremy and Erica talk about how growing up in purity culture is harmful, how the religious right is hypocritical, and why comprehensive sex ed is so important. Another shout-out to rescue animals, because truly they’re the best.

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This week Jeremy has the chance to chat with Tara McGrath. Jeremy and Tara talk about systems work as MFTs (even with individuals!), the oddly uncomfortable realities of going on mission trips as young people, and how long it can take to get purity culture out of your system. 

You can check out more about Tara and her practice working with post-religious and queer folks here, and can find her on Instagram @theagnostictherapist

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Sports go sports! Jeremy gets the chance to sit down with the director of student athlete mental health at Marquette University, Kari Lewis! Jeremy and Kari talk about some of the unique challenges facing student athletes, some of the harmful stigmas that are perpetuated in athletics, and how important it is for providers to check-in with themselves when working in high-stress settings. 

You can check out all of the cool work Kari d...

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This week Jeremy gets the chance to chat with Kari Fillian. Jeremy and Kari talk about how trauma lingers in the body, how mindful movement like yoga can help, and how setting intentions in structuring our work helps therapists stay healthy. 

You can find more about Kari and her work here, and find her on Instagram here. Kari is also kicking off a podcast soon, so you can follow that here!

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Jeremy has a blast this week sitting down with Gabby Montana. Jeremy and Gabby talk about brainspotting as a way to work with trauma, how people pleasing shows up in the therapy room, and how great it is to be a therapist who drops an f-bomb or two. 

More info about Gabby and her work can be found here, and you can follow her on TikTok or Instagram.

Jeremy has all his media and practice info available at Wellness with Jer.


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Jeremy gets the chance to chat with certified sex educator Anne Hodder-Shipp. Anne is the author of Speaking From the Heart: 18 Languages for Modern Love and an active educator and relationship coach. Jeremy and Anne talk about modern love languages (and some of the problems of other love language models), being neurodivergent in a helping field, and how to navigate the good and the bad of social media. 

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Jeremy is joined by his lovely partner, Carrie, to talk about teachers getting burnt out due to lack of support, boundaries after leaving high-control religion, and what it’s like being married to a therapist. Multiple people requested I have my partner on as a guest, so I’m trying to give the listeners what they want, not be nepotistic.

You can check out Carrie’s love of thrifting at her Poshmark store. 

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Jeremy gets the opportunity to sit down with Emily Aleksy this week. We talk about what perinatal mental health means, how being a neurodivergent parent can be a unique challenge, and how to advocate for yourself in a broken medical system. 

You can find more info about Emily and ERA Wellness Therapy here. Emily also mentioned the Mom's Mental Health Initiative as a great resource, so be sure to check that out.

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This week Jeremy is joined by the fantastic Kate Sayers. Jeremy and Kate talk about the difference between being trauma-informed and actually specializing in trauma work, navigating self-care when external circumstances limit your coping skills, and the “figure it out as you go” approach to finding a niche in the mental health field. 

You can find out more about Kate and her practice at Safe Space Therapies and on Instagra...

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Jeremy is joined this week by the very awesome, very genuine Erin Jones. Erin and Jeremy meander through topics of trauma in the LGBTQ+ community, how the future generations are coping with a world on fire, and how nature helps to regulate the central nervous system. Also, some love to rescue pets of all shapes and sizes!

You can find more info about Erin’s practice at her Psychology Today listing.

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Special Guest Episode!!!! Jeremy gets to talk about cults with coercive control expert and ex-scientologist Chris Shelton, MSc! We talk about Xenu, the small ways that cults can exert big control, and the importance of critical thinking skills! 

Chris has an awesome, resource-filled website along with his tremendous YouTube channel. Chris also hosts the Sensibly Speaking Podcast. Scientology: A to Xenu is available at your preferred...

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This week’s guest is David Teachout. Jeremy and David have a wide-ranging chat that includes topics on how going to Bible college can make you leave the faith, how deconstruction doesn’t require people to rebuild their identity, and believe it or not, some good examples of therapy in pop culture!

David’s practice info can be found at, which also includes a bunch of great, free resources. And be sure to ...

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Jeremy is joined this week by Erica Lima to talk about leaving high-control religions, how trauma is stored in both the body and the brain, how somatic work addresses trauma, and which coast has better oceans. 

More info on Erica and her practice can be found at Sunset Trauma Therapy.

Your fearless host Jeremy has all his info at Wellness With Jer.


Podcasts about therapy do not replace actual therapy, and list...

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Special Guest Episode!!! Jeremy gets the chance to sit down with Sandra L Rostirolla, author of Making Friends with Monsters, to talk about the book, how to talk with young people about mental health, and how intergenerational trauma can affect families. Also, we talk about TimTams, because they’re awesome. 

You can find all of Sandra’s works at

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This week’s guest is Kelly Loftis, and the neurodivergent vibes are strong in this episode! Jeremy and Kelly talk about all sorts of topics, like postmodern therapy styles, how practicing paganism is pretty similar to practicing mindfulness, and how getting diagnosed with ADHD later in life affected us in different ways.

You can find more info about Kelly and her practice at The book Kelly re...

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This week Jeremy is joined by Lilly Risch to talk about the effects of burnout, how the mental health field may take advantage of young professionals, and how helpful it is to stop intellectualizing everything.

For more info about Lilly and her practice, check out Forward Healing Therapy or find her page on Psychology Today.

Jeremy’s practice info and other media can all be found at Wellness with Jer.  


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This week Jeremy is joined by Kelsey Hoff to nerd out about how cool it is to do existential work around deconstruction, some ins-and-outs of international practice, and different ways to cultivate work-life balance! And more, because there is no staying on topic for this podcast!

Kelsey can be found at and on Instagram @findyourway_counselling 

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This week's guest is Kit Morgan! Kit and Jeremy have a wide-ranging conversation about religious indoctrination, the importance of getting an accurate diagnosis, and the highs and lows of TV therapists! And more, classic neurodiverse brains vibing on a bunch of topics!

Be sure to follow Kit on Instagram @kitmorgantherapy

All of Jeremy's media and practice information can be found at


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This week Jeremy is joined by Forest Benedict to talk about how religion often harms sexuality, Internal Family Systems, psychedelics, and more!

Find out more about Forest and his work at  or follow him on Instagram @forestbenedictlmft

Find more mental health information, weekly blogs, and social media for Jeremy at


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Melissa Hale, LCSW       ||     Jeremy Schumacher, MA, LMFT

Podcasts about therapy do not replace actual therapy, and listening to a podcast about therapy does not signify a therapeutic relationship. 

If you or someone you know is in crisis please call or text the nationwide crisis line at 988, or text HELLO to 741741. The Trevor Project has a crisis line for LGBTQ+ young...

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