In talking about podcasts, I’ve mentioned Armchair Expert a couple of times.
A week or so ago, I listened to Dax’s interview with Esther Perel, a psychotherapist who specializes in relationships and sexuality.
It was captivating.
In it, they mentioned that she has a podcast, Where Should We Begin?
She’s beginning her third season, so I just started at the beginning.
Normally, I listen to podcasts in the car as long as the windows are up, maybe if I’m doing yard work, depending on the work.
In the last few days, I have found a balance between some windows down and still able to hear. I’ve listened while preparing meals. Listened while on a run. Spending time consuming this podcast when I normally wouldn’t bother listening to anything.
What’s she talk about?
She’s with a couple who have come to her for help (though they apply to be on the podcast—these are not her regular therapy clients). They have one three-hour session with her; that’s edited down and she interjects a few overarching thoughts throughout.
Changing relationship roles, affairs, impotence. Straight and gay couples. Cis and trans people.
None of the situations have led me to “that’s me.” But there is a piece in every single one that tugs at a piece of me. Most of them have made me at least a little teary at some point. There are pieces of myself that I recognize. Pieces of my former selves that I recognize. Validations that I want. Lessons I can learn from their experience.
So what I’m saying is … if you’re at all interested in relationship dynamics, or if you want to listen to how she works with others to see what you can take for yourself, this is a podcast for you.
And if you listen and geek out on it and want to talk about it—I’m here for you!