Therapy For Real Life Podcast

This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW hosts the Therapy For Real Life podcast to make burnout prevention concepts more accessible to everyone, everywhere. 

 

The Therapy For Real Life podcast breaks beyond the traditional therapy hour to adapt research-backed therapy concepts into practical self-care tips and tricks for everyday use. 

 

 This is not therapy.

This is Real Life. 

 

Most Recent Episodes:

Episode 39:

Making Sense of Grief with Brie Pierquet, LCSW

 

There is no one way to experience grief and loss. Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW talks with Brie Pierquet LCSW about her experience counseling survivors through loss and making sense of grief. Brie shares simple self-care suggestions for coping with a loss, including ways that loved ones can play a supportive role. Anna interviews Brie about the many ways that “moving on” from grief can look so different from person to person. Listen in to learn about the diversity and beauty that grief can reveal. Personalize your own self-care activities as you listen to practical ways to make sense of a traumatic loss. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 38:

Announcement: Listener Call-In Show

 

Do you have any burning questions about self-care or therapy concepts that you would like answered on the air? Here’s your chance to AMA ("ask me anything") with Therapy For Real Life Podcast host and burnout prevention therapist, Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Submit audio messages of 60 seconds or less by emailing therapy@annacedar.com or writing your questions directly to the show on the TherapyForReaLife.com homepage (no crisis msgs. *Use 911 as needed.) Listen in to see if you are featured in a future podcast episode!

Episode 37:

Avoiding Avoidance with Anja Schmitz, PhD

 

How do you recognize avoidance when you are already stuck in an avoidance loop? Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW interviews fellow anxiety specialist, Anja Schmitz PhD, about how to stop avoiding your life and show up for what matters most. Dr. Schmitz was recently featured in the New York Times article "When Silicon Valley Goes To Therapy" and is a leader in the health tech space. She shares lessons learned from her research experience at the National Institute of Mental Health and direct work with individuals working to overcome debilitating anxiety. Listen in to hear Dr. Schmitz describe how to take small steps to train yourself out of an avoidance loop.

Episode 36:

Mood Check: Defining Burnout

 

“Burnout' is a concept that has blown up in the culture as a term that is both very specific and has also been criticized as not specific enough. Let’s work with that. Burnout prevention therapist Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW summarizes and critiques current definitions of burnout in this latest Therapy For Real Life episode. Anna argues that we need a very flexible term for the conversation around burnout to be as inclusive as possible. She goes on to argue that valuing inclusivity and resisting the urge to over-pathologize burnout may help us solve it together. Tune in to the conversation around burnout to personalize what successful burnout prevention looks like for you.

Episode 35:

Mood Check: Anxiety vs. Fear

 

Therapy For Real Life asks: “How can you tell the difference between anxiety and fear?” Take a moment now to do your own mood check as your learn about functional vs unhealthy signs of anxiety and stress. Learn how to interrupt the anxiety cycle as host Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW translates therapy research into actionable self-care strategies for everyday use. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 34:

What Is A Burnout Prevention Hack-A-Thon?

 

Did you know that Therapy For Real Life designs and facilitates self-care events for the workplace? Burnout Prevention Hack-A-Thons are an opportunity for your team to learn research-backed self-care strategies in a fun and experiential workshop. Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW adapts concepts drawn from mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy into stress management strategies for the workplace. Be part of a culture that values emotional wellness. Visit Therapy For Real Life Workshops for more info or email therapy@annacedar.com to set up a consultation.

Episode 33:

Mood Check: Is It Depression?

 

How do you recognize depression when we as a culture hardly ever talk about what that means? Depression negatively impacts your mood, self-esteem, habits, and physical wellbeing, and yet — each experience of depression is unique. A lot of people do not recognize the signs of depression because they don’t know how different it can look person to person, culture to culture. Most folks with depression would agree... “I just don’t feel like myself anymore.” Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW explains what therapists will often ask about when they look for clinical signs of depression. Anna also invites you to think about what depression looks like in your own life since each individual experience of depression is so personal. As always, the Therapy For Real Life podcast will leave you with self-care suggestions adapted for real life. Learn what therapists often recommend as gentle self-care steps for anyone coping with depression. For those in crisis: Text crisistextline.org or call emergency services near you (911 in US). Learn more about therapy styles and the Bay Area counseling practice: TherapyForRealLife.com

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Episode 32:

Tiny Self-Care: Crossover Episode with @therapyforreallife

 

Join Therapy For Real Life for a crossover episode with @therapyforreallife Instagram! Podcast host and burnout prevention specialist, Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW, talks about the memification of modern communication, while sharing tips to make self-care more contagious in the social media space. Listen in to Anna’s recent Instagram challenge of recording 9 mini self-care videos in 2-3 minutes or less. Therapy For Real Life breaks down therapy research into teeny, tiny self-care tools that can be used in a moment. Follow @therapyforreallife on Instagram for more self-care visuals. Listen in here for your tiny self-care package of quick tips, including everything from mindfulness exercises to research-backed relationship strategies. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com

Episode 31:

How Does Therapy Work?

 

The Therapy For Real Life podcast translates therapy concepts into everyday self-care strategies. But wait — What do we mean when we say ‘therapy’ anyways? Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW answers your burning therapy FAQs, including: WHAT is therapy? HOW does therapy work? and WHY does therapy work? Learn about different therapy styles, including motivational enhancement therapies, relationship counseling options, and acceptance-based strategies, such as mindfulness. Learn about therapy options, how to get access to therapy, and how to pick the right therapy style for your needs. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com

Episode 30:

Compassion As Self-Care Through Loving Kindness

 

Compassion is a powerful self-care tool for triggering mood change. Compassion is one of the active ingredients in the mindfulness meditation practice of Loving Kindness, which has proven to have tremendous benefit. Consider how you might use compassion as a self-care or relationship skill in your own life as this episode translates compassion research into practical self-care. Stick around to practice a brief Loving Kindness guided meditation with your host and observe the effects of compassion in the present moment. This is not therapy. This is Real Life.

 

May you be happy

May you be healthy 

May you be free from suffering

Episode 29:

Mini Mood Booster: Guided Meditation Of Your Favorite Place

 

Mini mood boosters don’t require a lot of time and can still be very effective when it comes to strategic self-care. Join burnout prevention therapist and self-care coach Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW as she talks about the powerful effects of guided meditation. Get comfortable as you practice your own guided meditation. Anna will lead you through an imagination of your most favorite place in the world, so settle in. Guided meditation has been found to help alleviate stress and pain, as well as mood management. Guided meditations can even be hope inducing. This is not therapy. This is Real Life.

Episode 28:

Finding Creativity In Self-Care With Elana Story, LCSW

 

Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW talks with fellow Bay Area psychotherapist Elana Story LCSW about creativity in and out of the therapy process. Elana is a therapist who specializes in trauma recovery, parenting concerns, and working with trans/queer communities. Elana shares how she started a creative process as a personal form of burnout prevention, and how she adapts these practices into sustainable self-care. Learn small ways to integrate creativity into your own self-care routine as you listen to how these therapists hold space for creativity in their own lives. Give yourself permission to think creatively about your own self-care routine -- no matter what your schedule looks like. This is not therapy. This is Real Life.

Episode 27:

How To Microdose Self-Care: Getting Strategic With Self-Care Goals

 

Let’s break down a few myths about self-care as we get over perfectionist ideals that aren’t based in reality. Burnout prevention therapist Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW translates therapy concepts from motivational enhancement theories into actionable self-care ideas. Learn how to microdose your own self-care by letting go of perfectionism. Learn how to get really specific and strategic with your self-care goals. We’re not talking about bath salts and fancy schmancy self-care here — We’re talking about radical self-preservation. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 26:

What Is Urge Surfing? Let's Try It!

 

Do you ever have a strong urge to do something, and then feel waves of regret, shame, or guilt after making the same old mistakes? Burnout prevention therapist Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW explains the DBT skill — Urge Surfing — and how it can be used to help overcome harmful habits, toxic patterns, and unhealthy impulses. Learn how concepts drawn from evidence-based therapy can help you improve your own self-care routine. Set aside a few minutes to practice urge surfing for yourself as Anna walks you through a guided meditation on pain and suffering. This is not therapy. This is Real Life.

Episode 25:

Self-Care Checklist When The News Is (Extra) Triggering

 

How do you practice self-care when the current news cycle feels triggering and overwhelming? Channel your attention where you want to have it when times are stressful by designing a self-care routine that works for you. Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW give an overview of trauma-informed self-care strategies that may help when a trigger warning just isn't enough. Learn strategic ways to soothe yourself and set aside a few minutes of safety to practice brief self-care exercises right along with this episode. Reflect on the self-care strategies you can use to help you stay calm and focused in a moment of stress. Take back control of your emotional wellbeing and safety by activating a self-care routine that lets you lead the life you want to have. This is not therapy. This is Real Life.

Episode 24:

Yoga for Real Life: Gratitude in Practice with Angela Madonia

 

Therapists do not do their work alone. Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW invites Angela Madonia to the show to talk about her work as a yoga and mindfulness instructor. Angela often collaborates with psychotherapists and other care professionals, having taught yoga and mindfulness in non-profits, clinics, schools, and homes since 2007. She is passionate about making yoga accessible, simple, and supportive. Anna and Angela talk about their unique approaches to mindful body awareness, even in hard times, such as working with individuals facing cancer or loss. Learn about the intersection between therapy and other forms of self-care practices as you reflect on your own self-care rituals. Get comfortable for this episode and block a few minutes to cozy up as Angela leads us through an easy-going, gratitude-filled yoga practice. You don't even have to put on yoga pants to try it out! Pay attention to what gratitude feels like in your body. This is not Therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 23:

How Can Changemakers Restore Themselves? Ask Tiffany Johnson, PhD

 

Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW interviews a fellow burnout prevention advocate I-R-L ("in real life") after meeting on social media. Tiffany Johnson, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior with a specialty in Management and Organization. Dr. Johnson has published work in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Studies, and Industrial-Organizational Perspectives. Tiffany's research "focuses on how experiences of inequity and stigma in the workplace facilitate inclusion and well-being (or a lack thereof)." Tiffany shares lessons learned from her research with changemakers, as well recommendations for self-care supports to help you prevent burnout. Not sure whether or not YOU should consider yourself a #changemaker ? Listen in to find out. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 22:

What is Psychological Flexibility?

 

Do you ever feel stuck between a rock and a hard place - unsure how to cope? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy teaches us that there are 6 active ingredients in psychological flexibility - the skillset that allows you to engage in a purposeful and meaningful life despite life's painful realities. ACT is backed by research showing that psychological flexibility is linked with reduced suffering, even when anxiety and depression remain persistent. Anna invites you to think about psychological flexibility concepts in your own life as she translates therapy concepts for everyday self-care. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com

Episode 21:

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: Lori Gottlieb did. 

 

New York Times bestselling author Lori Gottlieb joins the Therapy For Real Life podcast to demystify the therapy process with host Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW. Anna talks with Lori about her latest book — Maybe You Should Talk to Someone — and the stories we tell in therapy. Lori’s book follows the ins and outs of four individuals in therapy, as well the tumultuous break-up that sends Lori to therapy herself. Anna and Lori discuss the role of shame, secrets, and privacy in and out of session, and what happens when the therapist takes their turn on the therapy couch. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com .

Episode 20:

Burnout Prevention Checklist

 

Do you ever feel so burnt out from work and other stresses that you start to feel fatigued, exhausted, and mentally overloaded? Listen in as burnout prevention therapist Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW explains the basics of self-care at work with this checklist of 7 research-backed coping skills. Take mini-breaks during this episode to practice some dedicated self-care right now. Learn how to ground your attention during stress to focus on what matters most. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com

Episode 19:

Grounding Exercises for Stress, Anxiety, and Trauma

 

Grounding exercises are a way to stabilize strong emotions during stress, anxiety, or trauma recovery. Grounding allows you to focus your attention on a single sensation in the present moment, and can be used to calm the mind and body after a stressful event. Listen in as burnout prevention therapist Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW explains the basics of grounding, and gives you a list of 15 example grounding exercises. Practice along with the Therapy For Real Life podcast as you try out what grounding exercises work best to help you feel calm, safe, and relaxed. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com

Episode 18:

When To Speak Up For What You Want Or Say No

 

Sometimes it isn't clear whether you should ask for what you want, or keep quiet and deal with things as they are. Mood and relationship skills coach Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW explains what Dialectical Behavior Therapy research says about understanding the intensity of your needs and how to communicate them. Don't let strong emotions get in the way of your priorities, but rather - learn how self-care skills can help you understand your needs in the context of a healthy relationship. *Keep in mind that DBT skills are designed for use in developing safe and healthy relationships. Please contact the National DV Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or 9-1-1 if you need crisis support resources.* Self-care is self-respect. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 17:

Identifying Core Needs in Relationships... and Then What?

 

What does the research say about understanding your own needs in the context of a relationship? Relationship therapist and couples coach Anna Lindberg Cedar reviews self-care skills for building understanding in a healthy relationship, whether that is at home, at work, or anywhere else in your life. Anna asks: How do you know what your core needs are vs. areas of flexibility? How do you share that sense of knowing with another person all while negotiating your needs? Anna breaks beyond the traditional therapy hour to offer you research-backed self-care tips and tricks adapted for everyday use. A podcast is not a replacement for therapy, but it is a good place to get a sense of what therapy research helps us understand about self-care. Learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the Gottman Method. Tune into other episodes, such as Self-Care and Relationships and How to Ask for What You Want for other relationships self-care skills. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 16:

Feel Better Fast: 50 Small Ways To Improve Your Mood

 

Sometimes you are doing the very best you can to simply not makes things worse - and that is OK! Dialectical Behavior Therapy calls this a skill, in fact -- Improve the Moment. Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW - psychotherapist and burnout prevention specialist -- explains that if you can make things a little bit better at a time, then you can improve the moment in a really profound way. Research shows that it is this outlook and act of trying to make the moment better that makes the biggest difference over time. Listen in as Anna lists off 50 small suggestions of tiny ways that you can improve your mood in a moment. What will work best for you and your self-care routine? This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 15:

Reality Acceptance and Radical Willingness

 

In life we have two choices when it comes to overcoming struggle: 1) We can try to change the way things are... or... 2) We can try to accept what is beyond our control. This episode focuses on the latter by looking at practical tools for building acceptance and skills to experience reality as it is. Burnout prevention therapist and workplace consultant Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW reviews the research when it come to acceptance-based coping with stressful events. Get comfortable so that you can take a break from your day and practice brief exercises in mindful acceptance right along with Anna. Acceptance does not mean that you approve, or would do things the same way, but it may help you get to a place of dealing with reality as it is. Find out how. This is not therapy. This is Real Life.

Episode 14:

Motivation Boosters for Change

 

What does it take to make a change? Burnout prevention therapist and and leadership consultant Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW reviews the research when it comes to motivational enhancement therapies. Learn practical motivational tips and tricks that you can integrate into your self-care routine to help you make a change. Studies show that connecting with personal motivation is key to making effective and lasting changes in your life. This is not therapy. This is Real Life.

Episode 13:

10 Hacks for Better Sleep

 

Having trouble sleeping? Sleeping a little, but not very well? Have you talked to a doctor already, but are still feeling stuck? Listen to burnout prevention psychotherapist and workplace wellness consultant Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW as she breaks down the research on best practices in optimal sleep. Learn quick tips that you can easily integrate into your self-care routine. Anna talks about strategies drawn from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and other research-backed strategies for emotional wellness. Listen to this list of 10 Hacks for Better Sleep for yourself and evaluate your own sleep routine. Set an intention for at least one self-care tip that you could practice to improve your sleep. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 12:

What To Do In A Crisis+ Bio-Mood Hacking

 

Practice DBT’s fast-acting bio-mood hacks to channel your body’s natural ability to self-regulate. Burnout prevention psychotherapist and mood hacker Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW explains the research behind DBT’s mood regulation skills and gives quick tips for interrupting a difficult mood in a crisis. She even practices these tips along with you as you listen in. Get yourself ready for some bio-mood hacking by finding a private space, a few minutes of mindful attention, some ice (brrrr) - and even a doctor's note in some cases! Oh my! Learn how to adapt research-backed therapy concepts for everyday use. This is not therapy. This is Real Life.

Episode 11:

How To Ask For What You Want (Relationship Superpowers)

 

Burnout prevention psychotherapist and workplace consultant Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW reviews therapy research explaining how DBT's communication strategies can improve emotional wellness and coping. Learn practical communication strategies drawn and adapted from Marsha Linehan's DBT Skill - DEAR MAN. It turns out that strong relationships are an essential ingredient for balanced emotional health. Tune in to learn how communication skills can help you improve your self-care routine. This is not therapy. This is Real Life.

Episode 10:

Let's Get Personal: Burnout Prevention for Real Life

 

Let's switch things around in this crossover episode. Practice of the Practice podcast host Joe Sanok interviews Therapy for Real Life host Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW about self-care essentials. Anna personalizes burnout prevention lessons from a 20 year career in nonprofits that she has since integrated into her own counseling practice. Anna works to make burnout prevention concepts even more accessible beyond her therapy practice by mentoring clinicians in the field, hosting the Therapy For Real Life podcast, and consulting with workplace wellness partners. This episode explains how Anna tries to do all of that, while also balancing her own self-care. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 9:

Relationship Superpowers: Validation (DBT)

 

Burnout prevention therapist Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW shares the first in her series of Relationship Superpowers (drawn from Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Learn how to use mindfulness self-care skills to improve communication and understanding in your relationships. Listen in to other episodes in the podcast, such as “What is Mindfulness?” and “Self-Care in Relationships” to complement this episode. This is not therapy. This is Real Life.

Episode 8:

What is Mindfulness? Practice with a Body Scan. 

 

Have you heard of mindfulness before, but aren’t actually sure what it means? Listen in as psychotherapist and burnout prevention specialist Anna Lindberg Cedar MPA LCSW explains some of the central principles of mindfulness. Get cozy before you tune in so that you can fully enjoy the mindfulness practice in this episode, including a body scan meditation. This is not therapy. This is Real Life.

Episode 7:

Mood Hacks: 4 Solutions to Any Problem

 

Guess What... There Are Only Four Solutions to Any Problem (according to Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Learn about four options you have when it comes to facing any problem, stress, or decision in your life. Pick a problem that you're facing now and think about what solution might be called for to improve your self-care. Go ahead, try it. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 6:

Self-Care in Relationships

 

Reflect on your relationship boundaries and priorities as Anna describes relationship self-care skills. This episode is one in a series of self-care relationship skills drawn from Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Learn about the three types of relationship priorities that individuals must balance in setting healthy boundaries with loved ones, colleagues, and anyone else in your life. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 5:

Mood Hacks: Opposite Action

 

Learn about research-backed self-care skills for hacking your mood. Anna talks with clinicians from the SF-based startup, HelloKip.com about Dialectical Behavior Therapy’s demonstrated effectiveness in mood regulation. Listen in as Anna describes how to practice DBT’s mood hacking tip —Opposite Action. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

Episode 4:

What is Wise Mind? (DBT)

 

Do you ever feel stuck and unsure what to do? Learn how mindfulness skills drawn from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy might help you find clarity in a moment of confusion. Psychotherapist and burnout prevention specialist Anna Lindberg Cedar, MPA, LCSW shares how practical mindfulness strategies can boost your self-care routine. Listen in as Anna invites you to try the research-backed DBT mindfulness skill - “Wise Mind” - for yourself. This is not therapy. This is real life.

Episode 3:

What Are Emotions?

 

Learn about three of the main functions of emotions according to Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Boost awareness of your own emotional patterns and learn practical ways to respond to emotions in a healthy way. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com

Episode 2:

What is Burnout?

 

Flashback to one of the first pilot's of the Therapy For Real Life Podcast. The audio has improved a great deal over time, but the heart of the show remains the same. Learn about three of the main functions of emotions according to Dialectical Behavior Therapy in this inaugural episode. Boost awareness of your own emotional patterns and learn practical ways to respond to emotions in a healthy way. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. Learn more: TherapyForRealLife.com

Episode 1:

Welcome to the Therapy For Real Life Podcast

 

Therapist Anna Lindberg Cedar gives a warm welcome to the Therapy For Real Life podcast. Get your own self-care tips, tricks, and questions ready as you pin this podcast in your self-care routine. This is not therapy. This is Real Life. 

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