Welcome back to BeREAL! This week, Diana and Ednesha are at a loss about what to talk about, and so they talk about the podcast themselves and the emotions involved in podcast creation. The two answer questions from BeREAL’s very own producer, Don.
The two begin the episode by discussing how today’s show came to be. They retell how there wasn’t a planned topic, and when put to the task of thinking of one last minute, everyone drew a blank. The two women approached this unknown in very different manners. Ednesha tells about her routine of taking down notes and research before an episode and therefore being completely thrown off by the last-minute show. Diana on the other hand talks about winging the conversation each week and not being too anxious about today’s show.
This brings the two therapists to discuss their experiences with clinical exams. Ednesha spent days as well as the morning before studying for the exam. Diana didn’t study, and when she just barely passed she got a burst of motivation to study. Diana relates this back to the podcast because she never knows what the guest is going to say, and therefore can’t fully prepare for it. The same is true for therapy, as you never know what your patient might say, but you have to trust that you are a good therapist and will make it through. However, sometimes the two are still thrown off.
After a short break, the women return to discuss their journeys into mental health care. Diana tells about the anxiety she faced about not looking the part of the therapist. Ednesha echoes this idea, adding that as a Black woman she fears she has to come off as more professional to her white counterparts. When starting the podcast the same fear was present, except this time they were asking: “what does a therapist sound like?”
To finish off the episode, the two discuss their struggles with the podcast. They elaborate on why they are hesitant to share a lot about themselves in case patients are listening. They also cover the shift they noticed when they went from being active listeners in therapy sessions to being active speakers on the podcast. They conclude by talking about what they have learned through podcast creation.
Thank you for tuning into BeREAL. Be on the lookout for an all new episode next Tuesday. In the meantime, make sure to check out last week’s episode with Liz Buehler on Inidgo 108.
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