Find your own free therapy sessions with ‘Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel’

Society & Culture September 5, 2021
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Renowned psychotherapist, sexuality and relationship expert, and writer Esther Perel is letting you in on a secret: everyone has problems – all a little different, but all that need space to breathe. From marriage problems and chronic infidelity, to problems with racist in-laws and coming out to devout family members. “Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel” puts you into her office, where you’ll hear every story imaginable and hear her unlock what they really want to say.

Now, before you think that this is surely a breach of some sort of patient-therapist confidentiality, names and defining attributes have been changed, and all patients have given consent to the recording of their sessions with Perel. Because sometimes, hearing other people’s problems can help us figure out our own. Perel is giving us all free therapy sessions while we wait for our own therapist appointment to roll around.

“Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel” is providing insight for all of us. Even when we are not in the exact situations her patients find themselves in, there is so much to learn from these dialogues, and it’s all too easy to put ourselves in their shoes.

Listen to stories from the couple who met as religious teenagers, married as virgins, and now have an open marriage. From huge changes in their sex lives to craters created in their emotional ones, they find themselves at a crossroads. When you’re finally allowed to be intimate, why do you no longer crave it?

Perel tries to provide answers to questions that don’t have an easy one. Why would anyone stay in a relationship with a chronic cheater? What would it take to come out to your religious family, losing your girlfriend of four years? Can a mother-daughter relationship be mended after 28 years of living in the shadow of a special needs brother? Can a happily married woman satisfy her attraction to women without losing the husband she loves?

It’s easy to think there’s an obvious moral high ground one could take in almost any situation. But when you find yourself in it, the answer doesn’t seem as clear. Perel is a master at what she does: helping people navigate relationships and find out why they behave the way they do. Authentic, organic human relationships aren’t always easy.

Season three of “Where Should We Begin?” features couples under lockdown all over the world. From Italy to New York, Nigeria to Germany, couples around the globe faced the same problems. And, if we are guessing correctly, there’s a good number of you experiencing something similar.

Perel’s perceptiveness, expertise, and genuine care for these patients make “Where Should We Begin?” a captivating listen. Whether you listen out of sheer curiosity of other people’s problems or you want to find something within yourself, you will no doubt discover something of specific, personal value. Find solace in “Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel.” How much more convincing do you need?

Listen to ‘Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel’

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