Superhero Therapy: The Psychology of Harry Potter

Every now and then I like to listen to uplifting, educational and/or entertaining podcasts. So let me share one I listen to—Assembly of Geeks. Well, mostly their segment, “Superhero Therapy”. Sound familiar? If not, it is coined by, Dr. Janina Scarlet author of “Superhero Therapy” and “Harry Potter Therapy”. She just started her segment last year on the Podcast, with one of the first topics on Harry Potter. I encourage you to check out the Geek Podcast. Dr. Scarlet’s segment there is very informative especially on how she ties in mental health with popular tv shows and movies like, “Stranger Things” and “Star Wars”. I promise you won’t be disappointed!


Mental Health On Books (Update)

Unfortunately, I found my amazon link on mental health books on the left border side of my blog has not been working, so I replaced it with my link to Barnes and Nobel. In the future, I’m hoping to update my blog and add for instance, videos on mental health and through your purchase(s) with the links on the following books it can be a possibility! So without further ado, here are books I recommend for you to read.  These books are fun, entertaining, but most importantly educational:

A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness

Anxious in Love: How to Manage Your Anxiety, Reduce Conflict, and Reconnect with Your Partner

Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

Family Don't End with Blood: Cast and Fans on How Supernatural Has Changed Lives

Harry Potter Therapy: An Unauthorized Self-Help Book from the Restricted Section

It's Not Your Journey

Superhero Therapy: Mindfulness Skills to Help Teens and Young Adults Deal with Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma

Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled

Harry Potter Therapy

Like Harry Potter? Dealing with emotional issues? Would you LIKE to better understand mental/emotional health (topics both either overunderestimately or underestimately understood)Why not have both? “Harry Potter Therapy: An Unauthorized Self-Help Book from the Restricted Section” by Dr. Janina Scarlet delves not into the World of Harry Potter, but uses the characters and scenarios from the series to not only entertain but to help you learn how better manage your mental/emotional health. I have read her first book, “Superhero Therapy” and being someone who is familiar with such topics of mental health, she is really good at using the essence of superhero characters and villains to depict mental and emotional health concerns and issues. So, if you’d like to check out her work, especially on how she uses the world of Harry Potter to better conceptualize mental/emotional health, click the link below and you can download her book for free! Yes! I said it free. How do I know? ‘cause I also listen to her “Superhero Therapy” segment on the “Assembly of the Geeks” podcast. Which is also really good! So give it a chance I think you might like it, ESPECIALLY if you’re into Harry Potter like me!

Below is the link for the website and the download. You can download as a PDF, on your kindle or on any ebook.

Harry Potter Therapy

If you like to purchase this book, please it via this link. Proceeds go to this website.

Mental Health in Books

Welp even though summer is over, reading is always IN! I may have repeated some of these books in the past, but here are direct links (I kinda work for to these books and more so you can buy and better understand mental health.

Wonder Twin Powers Activate: Pop Culture In The Form Mental Health Awareness

Like comic book/superheroes? Want to know about your mental health and mental health in general? Why not have both? Like I mentioned in my previous post “Superheroes and Mental Health”, sometimes you could understand human behavior behind these masked/unmasked heroes, because they represent the throes of humanity. The sites I’m about to introduce YOU to are two great sites that I find do a great job at intertwining mental health awareness and the world of superheroes together:

The Arkham Sessions: Batman: The Animated Series

Pop Culture Hero Coalition

Superhero Therapy

Under The Mask: A Deeper Look at Heroes and Villains

Superhero Therapy

Superhero Therapy

Superhero therapy, ran by Dr. Janina Scarlet, a licensed clinical psychologist, uses various forms of pop culture such as comic books and videos games along with evidence based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help individuals achieve optimal mental health. As being refugee and being bullied herself, she decided to use her pain to help others by attaining her Ph.D in Neuroscience and clinical psychology and of course, her love comics/pop culture to create “superhero therapy”. She has contributed her knowledge of behavioral health in various books like “Star Trek Psychology”, “Doctor Who Psychology”, “Game of Thrones”, “Captain America Vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology,” “Dark Side of The Mind: Star Wars Psychology,” and “Psych of the Living: The Walking Dead.” She is about to release a new book titled, “Superhero Therapy: A Hero’s Journey Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” coming out in the U.S. August 1st this summer (out already in the U.K.).

In addition to that, she contributes to the Saga comic series, aids Veterans with PTSD and other mental health disorders. She is also a curriculum creator for the “Pop Culture Hero” organization and website. For more information on her, her site, her works, and contributions, click on the websites below:

Superhero Therapy

What Is Superhero Therapy?


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Family Support for Military Sexual Trauma

Paths To Recovery For Military Sexual Trauma





Under The Mask: A Deeper Look at Heroes and Villains

Under The Mask pic 1

“Under the Mask” created by Dr. Andrea Letamendi “uses fictional heroes and villains to discuss mental health awareness”, while reducing the stigma and misconception toward achieving optimal mental health while still being able to nerd out!


Using her degree in clinical psychology (and love of pop culture, comic books, especially Batman) her sites goes health topics like, “panic attacks”, “PTSD”, “recovery and rehabilitation” and “bipolar disorder”.

While promoting mental health awareness, the website also aims to bring about “awareness and knowledge of psychology” and “strengthen and broaden the public impact that scientists and academics have about important scientific discoveries” through topics like “sports psychology”, “relaxation therapy”, the “recovery oriented model”, “positive psychology”, “neuropsychology”, “ethics and morality”, “cognitive psychology” and “electroconvulsive therapy.”

If you want to know more about her and her works in clinical psychology and pop culture, look at the links below:

 Under The Mask: A Deeper Look At Heroes and Villains

Batgirl’s psychologists

Captes, Cowls, and Courage: The Psychological Power of Superheroes

“Iron Man 3”: Does Tony Stark Have PTSD? (Guest Column)

Meet Batgirl’s Psychologist

the Mock Trial of the Winter Soldier

Saving Lives For 75 Years: “Batman Helped Me Find My Voice.”

The Legal Geeks


The Arkham Sessions Batman: The Animated Series


This weekly series by Dr. Letamendi and Brian Ward gets into the psychological views of Batman: The Animated Series, while still providing educational and comical views of the iconic Batman Heroes and villains.


Co-host Brian Ward

The show does use other characters of the DC Universe to further explain mental health and world of psychology. Here are a few topics/characters they discuss:

The Arkham Sessions, Episode 102 “Joker’s Millions”

The Arkham Sessions, Episode 101 “WonderCon 2017: The Psychology of Animated Series

For more information, click on the link below (you can also download them via podcast; very fun and informational stuff. Trust me):

The Arkham Sessions

Pop Culture Hero Coalition


The “Pop Culture Hero Coalition” is a non-profit organization that “stories from TV film, and comics to make a stand for real-life heroism over bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQ, bullying, cyber-bullying and other forms of hate”. They have a team and have partnerships with non-profit (Random Acts and To Write Love On Arms, and the United Nations Associations of the United States of America: San Diego Chapter) with various organizations that discusses crucial information on how we can make this nation, this world a better place. Two of people who are a part of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, team include the two doctors I mentioned earlier, Dr. Letamendi and Dr. Scarlet.

They have also made visits to various schools and conventions around the country (I’ll tell you about the one I saw at this year Wonder Con) to discuss about pertinent details that is essential to living a great and optimal livelihood. For more information, click on the link below:

Pop Culture Hero Coalition