Best Podcasts for Therapists & Pros of Listening to Your Peers
Do you listen to podcasts?
Maybe you’ve got a favorite or two on topics unrelated to business. Maybe you listen to fitness experts with a view to improving your physical health. Or maybe you love to while away the hours as a narrator explores far away locations, current films, or true crime. Have you ever wondered whether you should specifically listen to podcasts for therapists?
Benefits of Listening to Other Therapist’s Podcasts
The benefits of listening to other therapists are vast. Think of podcasts as having access to meaty conversations, on your clock; whenever you have the time. Conversations that inspire, provide advice and tips, and can improve patient outcomes and practice success. Take notes as you listen.
Also, notice where the host excels or halters. This can provide potent insights should you wish to start — or already run — your own podcast.
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With these ideas in mind, let’s look at the benefits of listening to podcasts for therapists.
Inspires new ideas
Listening to therapists can:
- Inspire new ways of thinking or practicing
- Keep you in touch with cutting-edge techniques, therapies, and resources
- Expose you to recent research
- Expand your therapist’s toolkit
- Teach you how to grow your practice and profits
If you host your own podcast, listening to therapists will provide inspiration for topics you can cover. Use your experience and expertise to create more insightful, actionable ways to speak to the issue. In short, take a topic and make it your own.
Provides helpful advice and tips for therapy
Being a therapist is a journey of constant evolution; of weeding out what doesn’t work, and building on and fine-tuning what does. This includes in practice and in business. Listening to podcasts for therapists helps you do this effortlessly.
Choose a variety of podcasts to hear from hosts with differing areas of expertise. For example, you might follow one show that shares the latest research into happiness. Then another that focuses on your particular niche. Then another that teaches you how to excel in business. We’ll share some examples of what I consider to be the best podcasts for therapists shortly.
And if you host a podcast yourself?
You can use what you learn to tailor and present impactful advice and tips for your own audience.
Allows you to utilize your network
Listening to your peers provides insight into what others are doing in your space. But, there are greater benefits than just this.
Ask your peers for podcast recommendations. You might find some practice gold amongst their counsel. Reaching out to and sharing podcast learnings is also a great way to boost inter-practitioner connections and potential referrals.
From a podcast host’s perspective…
If you listen to therapists who are in the podcast game, this pre-existing knowledge can lead to deeper conversations and greater learnings for you and your listeners. When you already know how someone “works,” you can ask better questions and get better answers.
But the benefits extend further. We often think of peers as competitors rather than as assets. But flipping this notion can be helpful.
If you host a podcast that incorporates interviews, your network is a great source of guests. A local doctor could speak to a community health challenge. A personal trainer could teach your guests how to stay fit when they don’t have the emotional capacity to hit the gym. A fellow therapist could speak to expertise that differs from your own.
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There are benefits to getting the word out, too.
When you produce a quality show, reach out to those in your network and ask them to share. Other health professionals are always looking for ways to enhance client wellbeing. Your show makes this easy for them. It also puts you in front of their audience.
If you know other podcast show hosts who interview experts, offer your time and insights as a guest. You are not involved in production so you simply talk and share. Again, this puts you in front of another expert’s audience, expanding your reach. You can also direct your tribe to this interview. When current patients perceive that you are considered an expert by other experts, your reputation gets a considerable boost.
Tip: If you are due to appear on someone’s show, listen to it beforehand! Get a feel for what they do, what they have to say, and uncover any areas of shared philosophy. This will help you build rapport and provide both them and their audience with value.
For more ways to utilize your network, read our article, 6 Ways To Leverage Your Network To Grow Your Therapy Practice.
Now that I’ve (hopefully) whet your appetite, let’s dive in. Here is a list of what I consider to be the best podcasts for therapists!
Best Podcasts for Therapists
I believe your podcast list should contain a range of shows. Some that keep you up-to-date with research, some that speak to enhancing care, and some that explore practice growth. Because you deserve to have a wonderful list of clients, a practice you love, and abundant financial rewards. With that said, here are my 7 favs.
The Science of Happiness
We all chase happiness. It’s what brings clients to your door and ours. This is exactly where the University of California, Berkeley’s, The Science of Happiness podcast comes in. Hosted by award-winning psychologist, Dacher Keltner, you’ll “learn research-tested strategies that you can put into practice today.”
Selling the Couch
Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists about how they’ve built their therapy practices and diversified their income in/beyond the therapy room as well as top entrepreneurs, business/marketing, productivity, and social media experts. In the Selling the Couch podcast, you’ll learn how successful business owners get referrals, make money, work through fears, and how they’ve stopped “trading time for income.
Shrink Rap Radio
If you’d love to learn from an Emeritus Professor of Psychology who’s taught at various universities, served as a dissertation advisor, and received the presidential award for his pioneering work from the American Psychological Association, David Van Nuys, Ph.D. is your expert. His podcast ShrinkRapRadio has over 800 inspiring, insightful episodes.
Starting and Growing a Private Practice in Counseling/Therapy
Hosted by zynnyme founders Kelly Higdon and Miranda Palmer, Starting and Growing a Private Practice in Counseling/Therapy speaks with successful practice owners on how they created lives and businesses they love. Whether you’re new to private practice or already successful and looking to expand, you’ll find plenty of stories to get motivated and start designing the practice of your dreams!
The Practice of Therapy
The Practice of Therapy Podcast helps therapists, counselors, and other mental health clinicians start, build and grow in their private practices. Whether you are just starting into private practice or have been in it a while, host Gordon Brewer, licensed marriage and family therapist, will give you information to help you grow and succeed.
Annie Schuessler, therapist, business coach, and strategist for therapists, interviews Rebel Therapists who are already doing work beyond the therapy room, from running workshops to writing books to creating online courses. You’ll hear about how they created their unique businesses, the mindset work they’ve done, and the mistakes they’ve made along the way.
All in the Mind
All is the Mind is a great Aussie podcast that scientifically explores the brain, the mind, and behavior. This show deep dives into neuroscience, stories, and strategies, and has a compassionate and inclusive approach.
Become A Group Guru
Host Katie May helps therapists market, fill, and run group programs so that they can make a massive positive impact on the world (and their bank account) at the same time. Her podcast helps therapists and practice owners grow their group by supercharging their marketing know-how and planning processes.
The Practice of the Practice
Joe Sanok is a mental health counselor, business consultant, and speaker who is dedicated to showing therapists — step-by-step — how to create flourishing practices. As the number one podcast for counselors in private practice, Joe’s show helps therapists effectively start, grow, and scale in private practice.
Private Practice Startup
Dr. Kate Campbell, LMFT, and Katie Lemieux, LMFT, co-host the Private Practice Startup. They have both built 6-figure private practices. They share insights, advice, impactful tips, and resources to help you supercharge your practice growth. This fun duo also interviews experts in mental health, business, and those who’ve combined the two: successful private practitioners. To learn more about the topics they’ve covered over the many years they’ve been podcasting, check out their Quick Reference Podcast Guide.
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Profiles in Practice Success
Hosted by Jennifer Sneeden, LMFT, Profiles in Practice Success teaches therapists the marketing and practice-building skills they need to succeed. As a business owner, mentor, therapist, and the author of Attracting Clients in Uncertain Times, she knows what it takes to build — and help others build — a thriving, 6-figure private practice.
Fearless Practice Podcast
Fearless Practice Podcast is dedicated to helping you know exactly how to start your private practice in Canada, while also sharing tips for growing it, filling your schedule, and going from solo to group practice owner. Host Julia Smith takes listeners on her journey from starting as a counselor to “totally killin’ it” and growing her own practice in Halifax. She features expert guests and industry leaders to help listeners plan, start, and grow a successful private practice in Canada.
Patricia Young’s weekly podcast aims to highlight and discuss the very strengths the Highly-Sensitive Person (HSP) has because of their sensitivity, which she calls a superpower. Patricia is a Life Coach for HSPs, with the goal of helping HSPs to see that their perceived weaknesses are really their strengths.
Am I A Bad Therapist?
Each week, co-costs Allie Joy, Licensed Counselor and Art Therapist, and Teletherapist Network founder Kathryn Esquer normalize the struggles of modern-day therapists by telling stories from behind the closed therapy door. Am I A Bad Therapist? shares relatable experiences from other therapists, including bloopers, highlight reels, and other ridiculous moments that you thought you were the only one experiencing.
The Trauma Therapist Podcast
Podcast host, Guy Macpherson, PhD, began The Trauma Therapist Project to help individuals find meaning, strength, and inspiration. During his podcast, Guy interviews thought-leaders in the fields of trauma, mindfulness, addiction, and yoga and discusses the journeys of these passionate mental health therapists who dedicate their lives to helping those who’ve been impacted by trauma.
The Therapist Experience Podcast
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In The Therapist Experience Podcast, we interview successful therapists about how they’ve grown their successful private practices. We cover niching, marketing, what to charge, how to harness the power of the right tech, the entrepreneurial journey, and how to buffer the inevitable ups and downs that come with being a small business owner.
While we highly recommend the above shows, there is a world of podcasting out there. Set yourself the task of deciding on the information you need to move forward. Start there and explore the available shows. Dedicate a certain amount of time per week and get listening!
Want to start your own podcast?
If you’re thinking about starting your own podcast, congrats! For many therapists, this step is empowering. One that can change the lives of listeners, help differentiate the therapist, and propel practice growth.
Learn everything you need to know about podcasting for therapists here.
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