Hottest Podcasts for Therapists: December 2020 Recommendations

Welcome! My 2020 guide to podcast recommendations will make you a hero to your friends who are looking for a new podcast to check out. A lot of people wait until the new year to get started with self-improvement projects and starting to listen/learn from a new podcast now is an easy way to start 2021 off on the right foot.

This article contains three resources to find cool podcasts for therapists (1. A positive psychology website; 2. the APA in 2012 and 2019; 3. recos from a medical record company called Theranest).I also follow up with my take-home message at the end: there are tons of mental heath podcasts out there of varying success/recognition, of course therapists can listen to podcasts unrelated to their work, and maybe you should start one.

(1) Jeremy Sutton, Ph.D., a writer/researcher recently recommended the “20 Best Therapy Podcasts to Inspire Practitioners” on a positive psychology website:

How masculinity can hurt mental health

  • A take-home message: while it takes a lot of training to become a therapist, he said that it is super important to stay up-to-date on the state of the science in mental healthcare, among other things

(2) You could also always take the recommendations (old and new) from the American Psychological Association in 2012 and 2019 :

  • Popular episodes of Speaking of Psychology, such as:

How masculinity can hurt mental health

  • B. Azar suggested some of the following in 2012:

— 60-Second Mind: a one-minute podcast

— The Wise Council Podcast: a monthly podcast on mental health and psychotherapy topics with episodes including interviews with psychologist Marsha Linehan, PhD, on dialectical behavior therapy and more…

(3) A medical record company (Theranest) recommended their “Top Therapy Podcasts (for therapists) in 2020, including:

  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project: a helpful podcast about managing your practice, and practical solutions to improve your life (e.g., keeping good habits).
  • The Private Practice Startup, hosted by Kate Campbell, Ph.D., LMFT, and Katie Lemieux, LMFT, who built their successful private practice from nothing and made a podcast to share their wisdom and experience.
  • I believe that Theranest wrote this article for two reasons: (1) inbound marketing to attract therapists to their website (vs. another medical record company) and (2) to encourage therapists using their site to listen and learn from the great educational material out there (to better make money off successful therapists using their services). I hope you like my wild guesses!

(4) I am a clinical psychologist, and I like to listen to podcasts with a wide variety of content. For the record, I do NOT agree with everything these podcasters say.

(5) Why don’t you start your own podcast as a form of inbound marketing inbound marketing ? I started my own podcast ( the Queen Behavior Change podcast) with the hopes that I can make it actually fun for people to stay up-to-date on the science of mental healthcare. Even if I fail at that goal, it seems like there may be other positives to trying to put myself out there. I definitely did NOT list my podcast as one of the hottest in 2020, but maybe I’ll get there one day. Wish me luck!

My take home message: The number of mental health podcasts is growing (we link to 3 resources to find a few). As a clinical psychologist myself, I am here to say that therapists can listen to whatever we want (including podcasts unrelated to our work), and if you are a therapist-maybe you should start a podcast to connect with your community! What do you think?

Originally published at on December 1, 2020.




🔱 Licensed Psychologist and 🎙Host of the . Passionate about effective mental healthcare and making it fun to stay up-to-date.

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