Mental Mages Podcast

Mental Mages Podcast

Mental Mages is two mental health therapists talking about what they know best- mental health and pop culture.

Recent Episodes

Ep 30- The Last of Us season 1- second half

March 22, 2023

***Spoiler warning for season/part 1 of The Last of Us tv show and video game. Trigger warning for violence and fungus. Two mental health therapists, Shayna and Kathy, are joined by their nerdy editor, Ryan, to finish talkin…

Guest: Ryan Merrill

Ep 29- Three Mental Health Therapists chatting about Dungeons and Dragons

March 8, 2023

On our first episode about Dungeons and Dragons (episode 13), Shayna was helping Kathy create her character in preparation for joining her first campaign. Now, we are joined by our friend, and fellow therapist, Olivia to tal…

Ep 28- Getting emotionally gutted watching The Last of Us

Feb. 22, 2023

**Spoiler alert for episodes 1-5 of The Last of Us. Shayna and Kathy are joined by their favorite nerdy editor, Ryan, to talk about the first half of the series, The Last of Us. Ryan brings his perspective of how the tv adap…

Guest: Ryan Merrill

Ep 27- How taste is tied to emotions and relationships

Feb. 8, 2023

Shayna and Kathy are joined by chef to the stars, Severin, to finish our series on taste. He also happens to be Kathy's brother. Severin trained under Caroline Fidanza in NYC, and has cooked for the likes of Alice Waters and…

Ep 26- Talking about Substance Abuse with Joey Pagano

Jan. 25, 2023

Kathy and Shayna are joined by Joey Pagano, author, therapist, professor, licensed social worker and recovering addict. Joey talks about his own history of addiction, his recovery and his commitment to helping other people s…

Guest: Joey Pagano

Ep 25- Stressed out? Smell something about it

Jan. 11, 2023

Shayna and Kathy are back from vacation and jumping back into the series on the 5 senses. On this episode they talk about scent. You get to hear Kathy geek out about one of her favorite topics. Learn about some of the ways s…

Recent Blog Posts

Queer YA literature 101 as decided by Shelby

Shelby Bouck knows what she is talking about. She has a Masters degree in in library and information science and is obsessed with YA novels. She was our …

Therapists Next Door Podcast Appearance

Kathy was honored to appear on the podcast, Therapists Next Door, to discuss community mental health. 

Essential Steven Universe Episodes

While we recommend watching the entire Steven Universe Series (multiple times even), Shayna has compiled a list of "essential" episodes. Season 1 Ep 25 …

About the Hosts

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Shayna (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in mental health for 3 years. Shayna specializes in individual and group work and is very passionate about integrating games, crafts, movies, music, and other forms of pop culture into sessions. Shayna has certifications in Superhero Therapy and Cinema Therapy. She and her husband are board game enthusiasts and enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons every week. Shayna is a proud member of house Hufflepuff.

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Kathy (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in mental health since the 90's, specializing in trauma. She has worked with people as young as 3 to adults- using pop culture references and interventions with every one of them. She's a wife, a dance mom and her cat tolerates her. She has an extensive collection of Wonder Woman paraphernalia, loves crafting, spooky stuff and rhinos.