Whether going to therapy or grabbing a drink at the bar, most of us are looking for respite from our human suffering. And, we seek this in many forms. We have a phrase in the therapy world: “Meet people where they’re at.” In January 2016, I decided to step out of my psychotherapy office and take this concept literally by going to bars and chatting with strangers about issues impacting their lives. And to help put these strangers' stories into psychological context, I brought in experts and created an easily accessible, sound rich audio format that anyone in the world with internet access can listen to. My mission was to pull listeners towards self-reflect, connection, and growth so that maybe they would feel inspired to find a therapist, have an important conversation with a loved one, feel less alone, laugh out loud, or experience one of those “aha!” moments.
I'm Lily Sloane, host and creator of A Therapist Walks Into a Bar, and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Francisco, CA. As a therapist, I specialize in treating eating disorders, substance misuse, and helping individuals and couples with relationship issues. I also host a weekly advice show on BFF.fm called Radical Advice.
As much as I enjoy talking to people in my office, I'm driven by an impulse to get outside and connect in other ways. As one of the original creators of Sidewalk Talk, a highly successful community listening project that went international, I'm no stranger to talking to people on the street and I'm always excited to find new ways to expand the reach of therapy and encourage folks to self-reflect.
I love writing, making music, performing, and getting involved in all kinds of creative projects. This podcast allows me to weave together my various passions in an effort to connect, find belonging, and help others feel they belong in a world that can feel pretty lonely and confusing.
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