Being Well Podcast: Working with Irrational Fears, Setting Healthy Boundaries, and Understanding Therapy: March Mailbag
March 25, 2024

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Forrest and Dr. Rick open up the mailbag and answer questions from listeners about working with irrational fears, creating separation from our thoughts and feelings, and setting healthy boundaries in dysfunctional families. Rick then goes off on the topic of “evidence-based” vs. “not evidence-based” approaches to therapy, leading to an interesting conversation about research, statistical significance, and what makes for good therapy. We think you’ll enjoy this one; thanks for listening!

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Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction 
  • 1:25: How can I respond to fears I know are irrational?
  • 11:05: How can I disidentify from my thoughts?
  • 21:35: How do I set healthy boundaries in a dysfunctional family system?
  • 39:25: Are “not evidence-based” therapeutic approaches such as IFS or somatic therapy inferior to “evidence-based” approaches like CBT?
  • 55:20: My relationship is full of conflict, and I’m considering divorce. How should I think this through?
  • 1:05:10: Recap

Forrest is now writing on Substack, check out his work there.

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