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Rising Stars: Meet Carrie Jackson and Erica Zisman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie Jackson and Erica Zisman.

Hi Carrie and Erica, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
We are both therapists and actually connected through social media. In 2020, we decided to take our knowledge of mental health out of the therapy session and into the world of podcasting. We have always been passionate about normalizing conversations about and reducing stigma towards mental health and wanted to share that through our podcast, Therapists Who Brunch.

We are now in our second season of Therapists Who Brunch and our podcast is now in collaboration with DiveThru, a mental wellness company that helps you dive through what you go through. Over the past year, we’ve been able to interview so many talented guests who are also helping to reduce the stigma around mental health.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, but it’s been incredibly exciting and rewarding. We manage all of our social media, podcast editing, and guests ourselves, so it has not always been a smooth road at all! There have been times where it has been frustrating to learn a new set of skills, but this is also one of the funniest pieces of work we do and a passion project for both of us.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
We are both in the field of mental health and work as therapists. Erica Zisman, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who maintains a private practice for clients in New York State. She specializes in working with Gen Z clients to help people with anxiety tips and how to boost their self-confidence. Erica also holds support groups that anyone can attend. Carrie Jackson, PhD is a postdoctoral psychology fellow who is finishing her licensure to become a licensed psychologist where she will be opening up her own private practice in San Diego, California. Dr. Carrie specializes in working with parents of kids who have ADHD and also owns a parent coaching business.

Together, we are very proud of the work we have done to get our podcast up and running. It is a part of work for us that doesn’t feel like work and is fun and easy to do. We enjoy being able to have easy and relatable conversations about mental health so that others can learn about mental health if they don’t have access to therapy or other resources.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Reducing the stigma around mental health conversations. We named our podcast Therapists Who Brunch because we want people to be able to discuss mental health topics over brunch. At the end of every episode, we always ask our guests, “What is one mental health topic you wish people would talk about over brunch?” We ask this because we want to talk about mental health conversations to be normal, fun, and easy to do.

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