Tag: Mental Health Podcasts

Lord of the Rings and Mental Health

Lord of the Rings and Mental Health

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My favorite movie/trilogy of ALL time!

Just so you know I’m a HUGE Lord of the Rings movie fan! I say movie, ’cause I’ve read all three books and well…the trilogy series does a VERY good job at getting to the point of the plot of the series. So, yes I’ve read the books, including the Hobbit (never got to finish it, cuz my sister took from me right when the movie came out. Jerk. Never got that book back from her.) and the Silmarillion (which is amazeballs)!

Smeagol/ Gollum have always been made fun of as the creature who is coming off strong drugs or someone who is schizophrenic, but you know something? I think he represents people with any sort of mental illness, especially those battling with depression and/or anxiety when they perform tasks and/or relate with others. The scene with Smeagol/Gollum is a perfect example of this.

Gollum/ Smeagol: We wants it. We needs it. Must have the precioussss. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitsesss. Wicked, tricksssy, falssse! No! Not Master. Yes precious. False. They will cheat you, hut you, lie.

Smeagol: Master’s my friend.

Gollum (Taunting): You don’t have any friends. Nobody likes YOU..

Smeagol: Not listening. Not listening!

Gollum: You’re a liar and a thief.

Smeagol (Shaking his head): Nope.

Gollum (Whispers): Mur…derer…!

Smeagol (Starts to cry and whimper): Go way!

Gollum (Cackles): Go away??? Hahahahaha!

Smeagol (Cries, Whispering): I hate you…I hate you.

Gollum (Fiercely): Where would you be without me? Gollum, Gollum. I saved us. It was me. We survived because of me!

Smeagol (Resolute): Not anymore.

Gollum (Surprised): What did you say?

Smeagol: Master looks after us now. We don’t need you.

Gollum: What?

Smeagol: Leave now and never come back.

Gollum: No!!!

Smeagol (Louder) Leave now and never come back!

Gollum (Bares teeth, growling): Arghhhh!


Smeagol pants and looks around for Gollum

Smeagol: We…we told him to go away! And away he goes, preciousss. [Dances around, happily] Gone, gone, gone! Smeagol is free!

Lord of the Rings: Two Towers

Written by Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, and Peter Jackson, from the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

Honestly, this scene reminds me of what goes on in my head when I encounter people, especially. I get this inner dialogue that goes on that doubts my ability to relate to others and/or for others to relate to me. Then there are days when I think I’ve pushed my anxiety aside and I’ve won…only to find out it’ll come back sometime later.

Anyways, enjoy this podcast. You will enjoy enjoy it!

Check out:

Superhero Therapy Podcast E17: Psychology of Lord of the Rings

A Precious Case from Middle Earth

Heroes of Middle Earth: J. Campbell’s Monomyth in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (1954-1955)

Man’s Search For Meaning

Othering and Diversity in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Therapy Quest


“Choose Your Own Adventure” games are pretty new to me, especially when they are in the form of a book! And what a more cleaver way to combine RPG game style with mental health therapy! Dr. Janina Scarlet author of “Superhero Therapy” and “Harry Potter Therapy” writes “Therapy Quest: An Interactive Quest Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.” You’re spirited away to the magical land of “Here” and befriend the inhabitants of there and go on a quest to defeat the sorceress, Malena from destroying the world. With some spells, potions and a little help from your friends you go on the quest to stop her, but it up to you the hero to restore “Here” from Malena’s grasp.

I had a ton of fun with this book! There was always a suspense while reading because whatever decision I made, determined the outcome of the outlook of the quest. However inspite of the decision I made throughout the book, I’d be given ways to increase already existing good quality or trait or I’d be given ways to identify and better  handling of a negative quality. Each time you make a good decision, you recieved points. However if you made a poor decision you were deducted points. In the beginning of the book you are given 50 points start off with and the points are divided into three categories:

Courage   Inner Strength      Wisdom

The rules are simple…you gain more points you go on and gain more spells and potions. Lose points and you have start all over again. I’ve only done that once in the book at you see below:

Whenever you make a good decision you turn to a page where you learn a new spell or potion. These are in the forms of skills from ACT (Acceptence and Commitment Therapy)  which has been shown through research to help people overcome depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, addiction disorders and many other common problems. Here’s a short excerpt on the vulnerability spell:

One of the most magical, though the hardest, spells is the Vulnerability Spell. Vulernability is the willingness to be authentic with yourself and others. The Vulnerability Spell might feel bittersweet because you are opening yourself to other. Take the chance with a possibility that you might get hurt. For example, telling someone that you love is a vulnerable action. It involves taking a chance, risking rejection and hurt, because the possibility of love and connection is THAT important. Although poeple who drink the vulnerablility spell are more likely to get hurt compared to people who are unwilling to share themselves with others, they might experience more love and happiness.

She has awesome advice that you too can use in your own everyday adventures in your own life. In addition to skills you acquire in the book, you also develop connection with the characters throughout the quest and even they embody the everyday struggles that people go through such as an eating disorder and the loss of a loved one as well as learning to accept people physical appeariences, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. So it was kinda hard to leave the world of “Here” once I finished reading “Therapy Quest” , but I have to say I kinda grew there too.

“Therapy Quest” is now available now in the U.S. at your favorite bookshop.

About the Author:

Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a scientist, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family and later, inspired by the X-Men, developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She has written multiple publications on this topic and has given talks domestically and internationally. She authored Superhero TherapyHarry Potter TherapyTherapy Quest, and has contributed to a number of pop culture psychology books, such as Star Wars PsychologyWonder Woman PsychologyGame of Thrones Psychology, and many others. Scarlet currently works as a clinical psychologist at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego, CA.


Books.(2018) Superhero Therapy. Retrieved from: http://www.superhero-therapy.com/2017/12/therapy-quest/

For information on Dr. Janina Scarlet find her at her website at Superhero Therapy.

You can also find her on Twitter under the name @Shadow Quill and on Superhero Therapy Facebook Page.

I also wrote some posts about her and her podcast also named “Superhero Therapy” as shown below:


Superhero Therapy: Harry Potter

Superhero Therapy: Jessica Jones

Superhero Theapy: Supernatural


Harry Potter Therapy

                        It includes a link where you can download as a PDF, on your kindle or on any ebook.

Podcasts For Minority Mental Health 2

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Remember when I said in a previous post I’d find more podcast for people of color? Well, I did! Again National Minority Mental Health Awareness month is not just Black/African-American People, but for people of all minority backgrounds. To be honest, it was hard to find a lot of podcast for people of other minority backgrounds. Then there were some podcast that talked about a wide variety topics including mental health.

For me, listening for mental health podcast made by Black folks is comforting because there are topics surrounding mental health that I can relate to. And because there is not a lot Black therapists out there, listening to these podcasts are comforting and reassuring. Whatever your background, I hope you will find your respective mental health podcast to be the same for you.  But as a word of caution, these following podcasts do not replace seeing a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist in person for the treatments that can be discussed are done so in a general nature. So I suggest you bring this up to your mental health provider before engaging in them. Think of these podcast as like additional resources like a self-help book. All in all, these podcasts are informative and entertaining.

Hosts DJ Chuang and Eunice Lee discuss about “erasing shame through honest talk for healthy living—emotionally, relationally, mentally personally, and so on.”

You can listen to them on Apple Podcasts, on Android, Google Play music and Stitcher. You can also listen to them on their website:


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Hosts April Balotro & Vanessa Yee talk “about mental health issues, especially ones specific to the Asian American community, does not have to be scary or sad–it can be fun and enlightening and interesting.”

You can listen to them on either Soundcast, Apple Podcasts and Google Play. You can also find and listen them on these websites:

The Bull and The Badger (Soundcast)

The Bull and The Badger (WordPress)

Hosts Tony Nagatani, Punya Krishnappa, and Kevin Xu—three former staffers of political campaigns and the Obama White House—use their podcast as a “First Amendment project to talk about politics, culture, and life through the lens of field organizers, grassroots, and Asian-Americans.”

You can listen them  on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.

You can also listen them on their website. This link will also lead you to their latest episode, “Mental health issues in Asian-American Community.”

Model Majority Podcast

Graphic with a bright yellow background. At the top in black text: ‘Disability Visibility’. In the center: illustration by artist Mike Mort featuring an Asian American woman with black hair, red lips, and red headphones over her head. She is wearing a Bi-Pap mask that covers her nose and attached to a gray tube. She is also wearing a pair of purple sunglasses Below in black text: ‘Politics Culture Media, Hosted by Alice Wong’ with a red dot between ‘politics’ and ‘culture’ and one between ‘culture’ and ‘media’.

Started by Alice Wong, the “Disability Visibility” Podcast is “an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability media and culture.”

You can listen to Ms. Wong on Apple Podcasts, on Android, Stitcher or on Radio Public.

You can also listen to her podcast on her website:

Disability Visibility

“Inspirited Minds is a faith based, voluntary mental health charity located in London that launched in 2014 with aim to raise awareness, combat stigmas and provide professional, non-judgemental, confidential support to those with mental health illnesses. Although Inspirited Minds works predominantly with those from an Islamic faith, we do not disregard any persons of differing backgrounds. Our initial research showed many Muslims found it difficult to seek help as they felt they would not be understood by someone who did not understand their faith or culture, those they chose to remain quiet and not seek help. We are here to change this and cater for this need.”

You can listen to the “The Mindful Muslim” podcast on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Player Fm, MixCloud,  and MyTuner-radio. You can listen to them on their website:

The Mindful Muslim

“Mann Mukti” is a South Asian Podcast, whose “mission is to encourage healthy, open dialogue of mental health issues in an effort to remove stigma, improve awareness and promote self-care.”

You can listen to the podcast on Soundcast, Apple Podcast,  and Player.Fm. You can also listen them on their website:

Mann Mukti

“Break the stigma of mental health as it relates to the Latinx community. Learn self-help techniques, how to support ourselves or those around us that struggle with mental illnesses and create cultural competency for other providers working with the Latinx population.”

You can listen to “Latinx Therapy” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and Tune In. You can also listen to the podcast on:

Latinx Therapy

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“Marbs and Scruz finally have a podcast! Hear your two favorite friends discuss mental health, pop culture, wellness, growing up Brown in Oregon.”

You can listen to them on Apple Podcast and Libsyn. You can also listen them on their website:

Ataque de Nerves


“Between Sessions” is hosted through the “Melanin & Mental Health” website where the website was “born out of a desire to connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic Communities. We are committed to promoting the growth and healing of our communities through our website, online directory, and monthly effects.”

You can listen to “Between Sessions” on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Soundcast, and Player FM. You can also listen to them on their website:

Melanin & Mental Health


Hosted by Tatiana Smith, M.A., LPC-S, “Talking off the Couch is a podcast that focuses on mental health and mental wellness with in the community of color.”

You can listen to “Talking off the Couch” on Apple Podcast, Podbean, Player FM, and iheart radio. You can also listen Tatiana on her website:

Talking off the Couch

The Black Girl Healing Project (BGHP) was created/hosted by Jennifer Sterling, Holistic Nutritionist and Registered Dance/ Movement Psychotherapist. BGHP “aims to breakdown the stigma mental health within communities of color and provide resources for healing–talk therapy, dance/movement therapy, art therapy, music therapy, EMDR and similar modalities.”

You can listen to BGHP on Soundcloud, Apple Podcast, Listennotes, Toppodcast and Stitcher. You can also listen to the podcast on the website:

The Black Girl Healing Project

“The purpose of Celeste The Therapist podcast is to help shift the way you think. Many times we get stuck in a negative cycle and struggle with getting out. Celeste will interview guests from different backgrounds who empower people in different capacities.”

You can listen to her on Stitcher, Apple Podcast, Android, Player FM, Listennotes, and Tunein.

Hosted by Lakiesha Russell, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), “The Evolving Chair” Podcast discusses topics surrounding the myths on mental health and therapy.

You can listen to the podcast on Stitcher, Apple Podcast, Player FM, Soundcast, and Listennotes. You can also listen to the podcast on the website:

The Evolving Chair

Hosted by psychologists, Dr. Bedford Palmer & Dr. LaMisha Hill, “explore the intersections of Social Justice, Psychology, & Blackness. They introduce aspects of counseling psychology that are not commonly thought of, and engage listeners in a conversation about pop-culture and current events in a way that delves deeper, and focuses on how it all impacts on our lives. The mission of Naming it is to call out the elephant in the elephant in the room and to call in the voices of social justice that are normally muted.”

You can listen to the podcast on Stitcher, BlogTalkRadio, Soundcloud, Podtail, Apple Podcast and Podbean. You can also listen to them on their website:

Naming It

Hosts Courtney & Earl are “two clinical social workers looking to change the stigma around mental health with lesson wrapped in comedy and truth!”

You can listen to the podcast on Soundcast, Apple Podcast, and Stitcher.

“Fireflies come out at night and create a beautiful light. When we battle with a mental illness or struggle emotionally, we often isolate ourselves and are left in a place of darkness. By normalizing the conversation about mental health within communities of color, we are uniting and bringing light to darkness (just like the fireflies) to foster healing and mental wellness.”

You can listen to the podcast on  Soundcast, Apple Podcast, Stitcher, and iHeart Radio. You can also listen to the podcast on website:

Fireflies Unite Podcast with Kea

“The podcast for Women of Color who affirm their worth, value mental health, and seek wholeness.”

You can listen to the podcast on Soundcast, Podtail, and Apple Podcast. You can also listen to the podcast on the website:

Affirm by Redefine Enough


Therapy For Black Girls: The Psychology Behind Black Panther


Lately, I’ve been listening to inspirational podcasts on spirituality and mental health and it definitely helps when stuck in the traffic jams of L.A. I will let you know about some of those podcasts in the near future.

“Therapy For Black Girls” has been one of those mental health podcasts I’ve been listening to, because well…it’s nice to hear another take on mental health in the Black community and not to mention…there’s very few Black women as therapists and psychologists, because trust me if there were I’d be at their site. But for now, listening to mental health podcasts such as “Therapy For Black Girls” serves as an additional source to therapy, self-help books and the Bible. Can’t forget my Bible.

The host for “Therapy For Black Girls”, “Dr. Joy, for the week of March 6th, had a podcast session on “The Psychology of the Black Panther”, with guest, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Parent Coach, Mercedes Samudio. The podcast I found interesting because it talked about how the “Black Panther” film, finally gave African Americans like myself a sense of pride seeing people that look like us on the silver screen taking on amazing roles and feats. And especially if you’re already a Black Nerd/Geek, like myself, it is awe-inspiring! The podcast also talked a lot about the issues I have always felt that Hollywood has failed to show with people of color…. Like seeing Black folks in a fantasy world, even if it’s in a dystopian one. I mean is Hollywood trying to say that we won’t exist in the 50 or so years??? I hope Black Panther will not be the last sci-fi/fantasy movie in the years to come, in addition to a sequel.

So I’m going to stop right here, before I ruin the rest of the podcast (because I’m very good at ruining things.  I don’t mean to, I just get excited and forget myself.), so here is the site to the podcast and the one you can listen to from the “Therapy for Black Girls” website.

Therapy For Black Girls: Session 47

Therapy For Black Girls Podcast