59 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
18: Hywel the trans trainee therapist
Hello I’m Michelle Thomas and welcome to My Shit Therapist, the podcast pick of the week in The Times! The actual Times! I’m so happy and proud. I’m a one woman band, and sometimes it can feel like I'm chucking stuff out into the void. It’s hard to make an impact with no marketing budget and a full time job, so I’m really glad to have a bit of recognition, and I’m really glad you’re here. And if you want to spread the word you can leave a lovely 5 star review and subscribe , and I’ll be your friend forever. Today I’m speaking with Hywel Harrington, a trainee therapist from South Wales who now lives in Bristol. Just a heads up, when I spoke to Hywel he was recovering from top surgery, and we’re going to talk a little bit about the details of that, we’re also going to touch on gender dysphoria, substance abuse, and a suicide attempt, so as ever if you’re not feeling up to it today, come back another time. Having said that we do laugh a lot in this episode, and Hywel is incredibly charming and funny and wonderful, you’re going to love him. You can find Hywel’s Instagram account @howl.skellington because it’s spooky season. Thank you so much for listening, until next time take care and take your meds xx
58 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
17: Caroline O'Donoghue: Tarot and Tennis for Mental Health
Hello hello! I’ve been quiet for a couple of months. I love doing this podcast, but I work full time and I’m planning to write another book, a follow up to My Sh*t Therapist and other mental health stories, and doing ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIMES during, y'know, The Apocalypse is a lot So from now’ll be releasing a new episode of My Sh*t Therapist every month. And I’m very excited abut some of the sexy stuff I’ve got lined up for you fo the next six months. Let’s get into it. For this episode I spoke with the luminescent author Caroline O’Donoghue. Caroline is the author of Scenes of a Graphic Nature, which is a beautiful dark stormy jewel of a book that I loved last summer. We talked about her on off relationship with talking therapy, why Freud and Jung are like the Jets and the Sharks, sexy 70s names, books, tarot, catholicism, and coping with grief. I love her and I think you’re going to love this.
8 minutes | May 14, 2021
16: A sulk and a poem
No guest this week, so here's a quick run down of what I've been up to, including making a BBC documentary and seeing a new therapist x
31 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
15: Kate: Get a Grip, love and other helpful mental health advice
In this episode I’m takng to mental health author Kate Lucey. If you enjoy my book, My Sh*t Therapist and other mental health stories, I think you’ll really like her book, Get a Grip, Love. It’s a chatty, accessible, no-nonsense book about her experience with depression, medication, therapy and more. She’s a fellow Welsh lass, - shes’s from the South, I’m from the North: we have our differences at home but across the border we present a united front. We also spoke at a time when her brain was acting like a dickhead so I'm particularly thankful that Kate took the time to have a chat. I know how easy it is to push the world away when your brain tells you no one wants to hear what you have to say. You can follow her @katelucey on Insta and Twitter.
51 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
14: Amanda and Josh - How to tell your Mum you want to die
Amanda Prowse is one of the most prolific novelists working today – she’s published 27 novels, many of which have been best-sellers all over the world including An Ordinary life, The Girl In The Corner, and The Coordinates Of Loss. She has co-written one non-fiction title, The Boy Between, with her son Josiah (Josh) Hartley about his suicidal depression. We talk very candidly about Josh’s suicide attempts and self-harm. Please only listen if you’re feeling up to it, if you think it’s going to trigger you, give it a miss. I loved this conversation because it’s the first time I’ve spoken to a mother and child about their collective experience of one person’s illness, and they both absolutely radiate with love for each other. So although parts it are very, very painful, the love that exists in spite of and because of that pain, is a privilege to witness. If you have a mental health story and you’d like to be a guest on the podcast, email me at myshittherapist at gmail.com or follow me on twitter @michelletomos or @myshittherapistpod The Boy Between is out now, Amanda is @mrsamandaprowse on Instagram and Josh is @josiahhartley97. Thank you for listening, until next time take care and take your meds
52 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
13: Nell Frizzell: Daddy issues
In this episode I’m taking to the brilliant, incisive and wise Nell Frizzell. Nell is the author of the book The Panic Years which explores that tumultuous period the late twenties and early forties when women (and men) are faced with weighty, life-changing decisions about parenthood, careers, relationships. She also hosts a podcast of the same name which is ace. Nell’s been in therapy for about 9 years and after chatting about th do's and don'ts of choosing a therapist (do trust your instincts, don't go by Google images alone), we fell into talking about how we can examine our relationship with our fathers and how that’s perceived in women and men. You can follow Nell on twitter @nellfrizzell. You can email me at myshittherapist at gmail.com
31 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
12: Gemma - Anxiety and Anticipatory Grief
SIDEBAR: This week I appeared on a mental health panel for Amazon UK with Laura Thomas and Amanda Prowe. Watch it anytime in March on Amazon.co.uk/IWD Gemma Sherlock is a journalist and the co-host of not one but two mental health podcasts: No, Really, I’m Fine, and Mind over Money. We discuss her experience with panic attacks, and depression, and suicidal ideation. We also talk about what Gemma calls anticipatory grief as her Mother is currently receiving palliative care for terminal cancer. As ever if you’re not feeling up to listening to this episode, tap out for now, and come back to us another time. Follow Gemma on Twitter @Gemmasherlock2. She is currently raising money for Cancer Research UK, find out more at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/gemmas-walk-all-over-cancer-fundraising-page-398
36 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
11: Laura: what the book got wrong
CONTENT WARNING: Suicidal and homicidal thoughts Hello and welcome to this very special episode of My Shit Therapist And Other Mental Health Stories with me Michelle Thomas The paperback version of my book, also titled My Shit Therapist And Other Mental Health Stories is out on Monday 8th March. So you can have my words in your eyes for less. Do give it a whirl, you’ll like it I promise. Available now at all good bookshops and all bad multinational corporations. I’m also publishing an epilogue in the e-book (not the paperback) explaining what happened when today’s guest Laura got in touch with me to communicate, very gently and lovingly, how I’d got something wrong in my book. I made a mistake and Laura very graciously gave me the opportunity to first of all sincerely apologise for the very legitimate hurt I’d caused her personally, and learn and make amends and I’m very thankful to her for that. You’ll hear more about that in our talk. This episode comes with a Class 1 trigger warning – we’re doing to be discussing in graphic details Laura’s experience with suicidal thoughts, and homicidal thoughts that were directed at her husband and baby. If you have any reservations about listening to this today, please feel free to tap out and join us another time. As bleak and as painful as Laura’s experience is, her resilience and the love that radiates from her towards her husband and now almost teenage daughter is an absolute joy and privilege to witness having heard what she had to fight through to get where she is today. I hope you love it. I’d to hear your thoughts - tag me at myshittherapist on twitter or email my shit therapist at gmail.com. For advice about post-natal mental health, search PANDAS Foundation UK.
25 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
10: Ross: sibling suicide and sobriety
TW: Suicide, alcoholism After Ross McPhail lost his 18-year-old brother Jake to suicide, their Mum set up a charity to help families in similar situations. Ask For Jake offers peer-to-peer support and free suicide prevention training resources in their local community. Search Ask for Jake to find out more about their work.
57 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
9: Emma: In The Priory with catatonia (not the band)
Emma is a YA author who writes under the name E. L. Norry. She was born in Cardiff, grew up in care, was sent to boarding school to Devon, and eventually moved to London. Emma was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a manic episode that started during a visit to New York’s Ground Zero, the site of 9/11. Her illness manifested itself in visual and aural hallucinations and mania. When she arrived home she was sectioned, first in an NHS ward, then in the Priory, a famous private rehab clinic in the UK. You can find Emma on twitter @elnorry_writer As ever, if you have a story to share, pop me an email at myshittherapist at gmail.com I think you’re going to love this episode. Let’s get into it.
19 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
8: Jen: "I'm a bisexual, bipolar, Korean American New Yorker with ADHD. What are you drinking?"
Jen is a content creator and a sh*t-hot bartender. She hasn’t has a formal diagnosis for bipolar or ADHD, but in this episode you’ll hear about how she came to that conclusion, and how claiming that identity has helped her manage her mental health. We also cover why she defines and names separate identities for the voices in her head, the cultural dissonance between her upbringing in a Korean-American household and the dog-eat-dog hustle-centric hedonist of New York, self medicating with booze, and how to stop negative self- talk in its tracks. You can find Jen on Insta @thedorkweb Don't forget: If you have a mental health story you'd like to share on this podcast, email me at myshittherapist at gmail.com or find me on twitter @myshittherapist Are you ready? Good, let’s get into it.
39 minutes | Nov 8, 2020
7: "Rob" - Helping his son heal from trauma
TW: Child sexual assault, suicide, gender dysphoria. Today I’m going to be chatting with a very nice man who isn’t really called Rob. I just want to warn you that in this episode we’re going to talk about child sexual assault, gender dysphoria, and suicidal thoughts. If you’re not feeling up to it today, just give it a miss. Rob got in touch with me last year to tell me that listening to my audiobook with his 13 year old son helped them both deal with the trauma of his son’s sexual assault by an older boy three years ago. And while he does share some extremely painful experiences with me, what I’m struck by more than anything is not only the bright shining unconditional love and support that Rob shows his son, but how clearly and fearlessly they both communicate with each other about their feelings and their needs, and not just about this frightening and traumatic event. I’ve followed Ofcom rules and disguised Rob’s voice.
41 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
6: Dave Birss: Creativity, conformity, and bipolarity.
Bonjour! In this episode I’m chatting with Dave Birss. Dave is an expert on creativity and innovation - a consultant, keynote speaker and author of A User Guide to the Creative Mind and How To Get Great Ideas. 25 years ago Dave experienced a profound mental health crisis, after which he was retro-diagnosed as being bipolar. Today Dave thinks of his bipolarism as a superpower which helped him forge his extraordinary career. Listen as we discuss the use medication vs overmedication, how to improve mental health in the workplace (in the advertising industry in particular), how conformity makes us ill, whether or not corporate mental health schemes actually make any difference, and the possibility of the 4 day work week. Let’s get into it shall we?
53 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
5: Marcella Kroll: Magick and Mental Health
What's the relationship between spirituality, spiritual practice and mental health? Marcella Kroll is an LA-based artist, intuitive and metaphysical teacher. She also describes herself as a guide, an oracle, and medium. She started reading tarot cards at 18 in rehab, and she describes it as an invaluable tool for recovery. Marcella opens up about being diagnosed as autistic in her early forties, her experience with homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse, the cost of framing community as a commodity through social media, empathy, sobriety, masking, and the importance of staying vigilant against “what’s the point?” thinking.
81 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
4: Sian - Endo, EMDR, and Welshness
Sian Harris is one of my favourite comedy writers (Tourist Trap, Man Down) and the co-host of The Froth podcast with her husband Rhod Gilbert. In this chat we cover endometriosis, EMDR, boundaries and Wales, Welshness, and how the systemic undermining of the Welsh culture and language could impact mental health. I loved this talk, I hope you do too.
64 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
3: My Sh*t CAMHS worker, with David
Hiya, Michelle here. In this episode I’m chatting with David Chipakupaku, a brilliant young journalist from the Scottish borders. On the day we recorded, he’d published his first exclusive with Sky news, and he’s still only 20. But life hasn’t always been easy for David. I want to let you know that in this episode we’re going to discuss childhood abuse, PTSD, suicide, and David's experiences with the police and in psychiatric wards. If you’re not in the right headspace, just come back another time. Caroline the cat also pops up in this episode, and we chat about Tumblr, 24 news, coming out, youtube rabbit holes and brilliant British comedy.
46 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
2: Post-natal depression with Amy Mason
I chat with my pal, comedian and theatre-maker Amy Mason, about her experience with depression before and after the birth of her children, and about the TERRIBLE family therapy session she endured with two psychotherapists who refused to introduce themselves. We discuss booze, pastries, and lockdown sads and Amy talks about help she's received from PANDAS, a UK nationwide charity for parents suffering from perinatal mental illness. Find out more about them here: http://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk