What does therapy sound like? 3 podcasts that let you listen in on someone else’s therapy.
Understandably most therapy happens behind closed doors, protecting the privacy and confidentiality of the client. But there are a few podcasts that provide a useful insight into what happens in a therapy session, and the way different therapists work.
To give you a feel for how therapists work with clients I have compiled examples below of some of the best podcasts that eavesdrop on therapy sessions
How did we get here?
This podcast, presented by Claudia Winkleman and Professor Tanya Byron, Clinical Psychologist gives listeners access to real life conversations with people who have family or parenting issues. It offers a deep insight into a therapy-like conversation (which is unscripted, but edited) and is revealing and human.
Where should we begin?
Esther Perel, a practising couple and family therapist, is on series 3 of her frank, funny and frequently astonishing podcast series where we listen into therapy sessions with real life couples.
Psychotherapist Susie Orbach explores the unique relationship between therapist and client. All of the clients in this podcast are played by actors, but based on client profiles provided by Susie. All the scenes have been improvised and have an air of authenticity about them - like overhearing a private and intimate exchange. Susie gives us an insight into her role as a therapist and shines a light on the therapeutic journey she and her client have embarked upon.
All of these podcasts sensitively approach the problems brought by clients and provide glimpses of the kinds of exchanges, conversations and processes that happen in therapy sessions. Ofcourse, every therapist has a different approach, and every client‘s experience of therapy will be unique - but these podcasts do give a flavour of therapy-like dialogues between client and counsellor.