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Episode 15: Dr. Emily Anhalt    

Episode 15: Dr. Emily Anhalt

Welcome to episode fifteen of The Madhappy Podcast, a conversation on mental health with the clinical psychologist and co-founder of therapy start-up Coa, Dr. Emily Anhalt, hosted by Madhappy co-founders Mason Spector and Peiman Raf. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Anhalt about all things therapy, her mental health journey, and what life is like as a therapist.

We start off by sharing stories from our first therapy sessions (2:32), moving us into a conversation about mental health and emotional fitness (8:05). Emily talks about the benefits of emotional health practices (11:29) before explaining the growth of her career as a therapist and psychologist (17:23).

Emily walks us through the evolution of her company Coa, a “gym” for mental health where they offer interactive emotional fitness classes and therapy matchmaking in CA and NY. She tells us how she realized there was a big opportunity to help people understand how important taking care of their mental health is for their wellbeing (21:34).

Then, Mason asks Emily how she balances her work life and personal life as a therapist (25:24). She explains the importance of setting and communicating clear boundaries with both her clients and friends: she supports people when she has the time and space to, while also making sure that she has her own support in place (28:53). 

Lastly, Emily shares her tips for finding a therapist that feels like the right fit (32:52) before we wrap up by discussing how to find accessible and affordable therapy options (36:25).

Check out episode fifteen of The Madhappy Podcast here:

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