In the first podcast of The Pool's In My Head series, Gemma Cairney talks to Philippa Perry, who began her career working as a Samaritan, before becoming an online agony aunt and eventually training as a psychoanalyst.
Here, Gemma and Philippa discuss how the secret to helping someone is trying to listen, not trying to fix; how a good counsellor should be somewhere between a lover and a doctor; and how listening to the right stories can be a prescription for sanity.
Learn more about Gemma's In My Head series and why we need to keep talking about mental health here.
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Produced by Philippa Tilbury for The Pool.
Music : "In Your Arms" Kevin MacLeod
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