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Melissa Reich, M.A. is a therapist turned pop culture enthusiast. Melissa earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Melissa provides clinical interpretations based on observable behaviors in the media, while building a community along the way. Welcome!

Full video content can be veiwed on @yourbishtherapist YouTube channel and on instagram

Disclaimer: Posts are not intended to diagnose, treat or provide medical advice. Your Bish Therapist (YBT) is for entertainment and informational purposes only. The podcast, my opinions, and posts, are my own and are not associated with past or present employers, any organizations, Bravo TV, Grey Heart productions or any other television network. The information in YBT podcast and on its its social media is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat. Please do not act or refrain from acting based on anything you read, see, or hear on YBT, podcast or associated social media. Communicating with YBT via email, and/or social media does not form a therapeutic alliance. Melissa, operator of YBT, is unable to provide any therapeutic advice, treatment or feedback.

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YBT covers summer house reunion part two, focusing on providing clinical interpretations of the deleted scene wherein Lindsay called out Carl’s drug use. This leads to a discussion about sobriety, co-dependence and relational chaos. YBT also discusses thoughts about West’s behaviors, Jesse’s shame around crying leading to a discussion about men’s mental health, and Amanda’s clinical depression and MH advocacy.TW discussion of serial murder, SA and sexual sadism: YBT shares the harrowing story of Lois Rinna who was the first victim the trailside killer, David Carpenter. Lois survived the attack and helped to convict David Carpenter; however, he was released after only 8 years and went on to murder and assault 13 more people. YBT discusses the psychology of serial murder and provides statistics.Please leave the podcasts a 5 Star review Click the links below to find ways to support YBT:  https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapisthttps://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support  Disclaimer: Posts are not intended to diagnose, treat or provide medical advice. Your Bish Therapist (YBT) is for entertainment and informational purposes only. The podcast, my opinions, and posts, are my own and are not associated with past or present employers, any organizations, Bravo TV, Grey Heart productions or any other television network. The information in YBT podcast and on its social media is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat. Please do not act or refrain from acting based on anything you read, see, or hear on YBT, podcast or associated social media. Communicating with YBT via email, and/or social media does not form a therapeutic alliance. Melissa, operator of YBT, is unable to provide any therapeutic advice, treatment or feedback.
TW discussion of domestic violence, SA, consent, and verbal and emotional abuseYBT breaks down West and Ciara’s relationship, through discussing gamophobia (fear of commitment) and personality characteristics of people with this phobia. This includes a discussion of consent and emotional coercion. YBT also discusses Captain Lee’s accusations against Carl and outlines what led to the destruction of this relationship.YBT also talks The Valley, outlining clinical interpretations of Jax’s behaviors. YBT discusses underlying motives of abusive behaviors and how these behaviors impact the family system. Please leave the podcasts a 5 Star reviewClick the links below to find ways to support YBT: https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapisthttps://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support  Disclaimer: Posts are not intended to diagnose, treat or provide medical advice. Your Bish Therapist (YBT) is for entertainment and informational purposes only. The podcast, my opinions, and posts, are my own and are not associated with past or present employers, any organizations, Bravo TV, Grey Heart productions or any other television network. The information in YBT podcast and on its its social media is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat. Please do not act or refrain from acting based on anything you read, see, or hear on YBT, podcast or associated social media. Communicating with YBT via email, and/or social media does not form a therapeutic alliance. Melissa, operator of YBT, is unable to provide any therapeutic advice, treatment or feedback.
YBT had the honor of interviewing Ann and Amanda from WSANDA podcast. Ann shares her experiences being featured on Season 11 of VPR and how this impacted her mental health (carefully of course …due to her NDA). Amanda and Ann also share stories of the dark underbelly of LA and Hollywood assistants.Throughout the discussion C-PTSD, trauma, infidelity, physical safety and mental health issues are discussed. Funnies and sillies were had by all, we hope you love it too!Please leave both podcasts a 5 Star review and please follow ‘We signed an NDA’!Click the links below to find ways to support YBT: https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapisthttps://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support  Disclaimer: Posts are not intended to diagnose, treat or provide medical advice. Your Bish Therapist (YBT) is for entertainment and informational purposes only. The podcast, my opinions, and posts, are my own and are not associated with past or present employers, any organizations, Bravo TV, Grey Heart productions or any other television network. The information in YBT podcast and on its its social media is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat. Please do not act or refrain from acting based on anything you read, see, or hear on YBT, podcast or associated social media. Communicating with YBT via email, and/or social media does not form a therapeutic alliance. Melissa, operator of YBT, is unable to provide any therapeutic advice, treatment or feedback.
TW discussion of abuse domestic violenceIn this extra-long episode, YBT and Mandy have a hilariously fun discussion about all things Bravo. Through this, YBT shares clinical interpretations on summer house, VPR and the valley; discussing ‘King/Queen baby’ phenomenon, abuse/domestic violence, avoidant communication patterns, conflict resolution, financial literacy, and boundaries. Mandy discusses recent drama spilling over from the shows to behind the scenes on WWHL, social media and podcasts. YBT and Mandy discuss Kyles appearance on WWHL and breaks down ‘spritz’ gate. Mandy and YBT also address recent comments and accusations Schwartz made about Jo on Brittany and Jax’s podcast, which leads to discussion about conflict avoidance, boundaries, and vibe checks.We had a blast, laughed a lot, and hope you did too!Please leave the podcast a 5 Star review Click the links below to find ways to support YBT: https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapisthttps://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support
VPR reunion and The Valley

VPR reunion and The Valley

2024-05-2101:20:31

TW: Concepts of suicidal ideation, SA/grooming, Post Partum OCD/depression, and DV are discussed. Resources for each are provided.YBT mentions it all by discussing the topic of suicidal ideation and speaks on the debate about whether or not Tom weaponized Ariana’s suicidal ideation. YBT discusses Scheana’s postpartum OCD, providing psycho-education on this largely misdiagnosed and misunderstood mental health condition. YBT provides definitions of grooming, outlines how adults CAN be groomed and shares grooming patterns/red flags.YBT then talks the Valley, outlining Jesse’s continued half measures in the pursuit of healing and egregious personal space violations. YBT addresses Jax’s verbally aggressive behaviors and shares clinical interpretations of underlying issues that may lead Jax to protect, deflect and evade accountability. YBT talks GI gate and shares theories about how Brittany’s somatic issues may be related to her relationship issues. Through this YBT talks self-neglect, neurodivergence, developmental needs and more.  Please leave the podcast a 5 Star reviewClick the links below to find ways to support YBT:https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapisthttps://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support
YBT apologizes for and explains audio issues from last episode. Following this, YBT shares what is to come in the next few weeks and announces two special guests who will be on the pod.YBT then explains speaker’s supporters club. This podcast is posted publicly so all the supporters can listen to the special perks of the club and how to find subscribers only episodes. I walk you through it and once everyone is comfortable, I will post another subscriber only episode. Thank you all for the support!Please leave the podcast a 5 Star reviewClick the links below to find ways to support YBT:https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapisthttps://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support
What in the Bravo hell?!

What in the Bravo hell?!

2024-05-1401:14:59

TW: Concepts of complicated grief, infertility, cancer/medical trauma, generational trauma, addiction, and narcissistic abuseThere’s been SO MUCH happening in the bravoverse lately and YBT is here to mention it all! YBT talks Bethenny Frankel’s complex grief journey after the loss of her mother and the ending of her engagement. YBT also discusses RHOBH news surrounding Kyle, Dorit and PK discussing emotional abandonment and neglect. YBT then outlines some Bravo men who are a breath of fresh air in a toxic cloud of Bravo men (I forgot to add Craig Conover!)YBT then talks The Valley, VPR finale and Summer House. When discussing VPR finale, YBT talks about the ‘grey rock’ phenomenon (seen in memes about Scandoval) and outlines healthy boundary setting. YBT discusses how ‘grey rock’ involves surviving abuse, outlines the limitations, and provides resources for DV. YBT also talks Jesse Solomon’s emotional rollercoaster of cancer survivorship and provides resources for cancer survivors and caregivers.Please leave the podcast a 5 Star reviewClick the links below to find ways to support YBT:https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapisthttps://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support
TW: Concepts of trauma, addiction, recovery, boundary setting, and parasocial attachments are discussed.In this episode, YBT shares housekeeping updates Season 2 of YBT, Supporter’s Club and plans for future episodes. YBT discusses reasons behind the decision to refrain from covering season 14 of RHONJ; primarily due to increased toxicity as a result of social media drama. Specifically, YBT discusses information shared by Carlos King in a recent podcast, in which he shares receipts from Melissa’s Old Nose on Twitter. YBT discusses increased toxicity surrounding Jersey and outlines parasocial interactions and relationships that lead to unhealthy power dynamics between Bravolebs and content creators.YBT then talks Summer House; discussing attachment theory and how abandonment wounds have widespread and long-lasting impacts in adult relationships. YBT also discusses conflict avoidance, and how this behavior can remain following recovery from addiction.Please leave the podcast a 5 Star reviewClick the links below to find ways to support YBT:https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapist https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support
In this episode, YBT shares clinical interpretations of Summer House & The Valley. Specifically, YBT covers relationship issues between Carl and Lindsay & Kyle and Amanda. YBT outlines Danielle’s communication issues and discusses relational concepts; outlining important factors in building and maintaining successful romantic relationships.YBT then discusses Kristen Doute’s empath claims and discusses the trauma underpinnings of this superpower. YBT discusses concepts of narcissistic abuse, and ways in which empaths and narcissists are drawn to each other. YBT also talks nervous system dysregulation and somatic symptoms in trauma survivors.Please leave the podcast a 5 Star reviewClick the links below to find ways to support YBT https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapist https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support
TW: Concepts of trauma, generational trauma, narcissistic abuse, parental no contact and DV are discussed.In this episode, YBT shares clinical interpretations of the RHOP finale, both the finale of the show and finale of the franchise. YBT discusses bipolar disorder and applauds Gordon's honesty and MH advocacy. YBT then breaks down the three-hour Viall Files podcast with Monica Garcia. YBT mentions it all by sharing clinical observations of Monica and Nick, and deep diving into a problematic caller segment during the episode. I share the story of the caller (who has no contact with their parents and thus the reason for the advice call) and YBT challenges some of Nick’s uninformed statements on the matter. This leads to a discussion about the role intergenerational trauma plays in no contact with family. Please leave the podcast a 5 Star reviewClick the links below to find ways to support YBT: https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapist https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support  https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BISH!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BISH!

2024-04-0254:40

In honor of YBT's 43rd birthday AND 25-year cancer-versary, this episode focuses on celebrating milestones through sharing life lessons learned, tips for successfully navigating challenging life events, and a current health update. YBT talks radical acceptance, acting opposite and the ancient philosophy of stoicism. YBT also briefly talks meeting the cast of Friends through Make-A-Wish foundation and other amazing experiences throughout the past 25 years of survivorship. Self advocacy is discussed and YBT shares tips on how to navigate challenging mental and physical health diagnoses. YBT also shares two ways to support:1) Spreaker supporters club https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support 2) Instagram subscriptions (thanks to reaching over 10K on @yourbishtherapist on Instagram)
In this special bonus episode, YBT deep dives into the world of online therapy platforms, such as Better Help (which YBT accidentally calls better ‘health’ due to health on the brain, sorry!), Talkspace, and others. YBT sheds light on the dark side of the online therapy business, such as ethical issues including HIPAA violations. YBT outlines pros/cons for both patients AND practitioners, and shares many anonymous testimonials from people who have been negatively impacted by these platforms.YBT shares resources by outlining excellent platforms that are certified and accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC) and are Hitrust-certified. In addition, YBT provides resources for inclusive and reputable online therapy finder services, to help ALL people access they help they need and deserve.  Therapy should help, not harm. YBT loudly advocates for patients and providers and sends love and support to those who have been negatively impacted.Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support.
In this episode, YBT welcomes special Guest Mandy Slutsker host of “Is this real life” podcast to discuss how to effectively use our voices and advocate for ourselves/others. Mandy discusses her day job of federal advocacy in Washington D.C.; advocating for children’s healthy globally with the federal government. Mandy discusses her advocacy efforts and shares her input on how to advocate at federal, state AND local levels. Specifically, Mandy and YBT provide perspective from their respective fields, on how to manage the upcoming 2024 election cycle in healthier, more productive ways. While Mandy and YBT have personal views, this episode focuses on how to compromise, come together and advocate for marginalized groups and communities. Trigger Warning:Mandy and YBT tackle the topic of gun violence, outlining ways to engage in affecting change. YBT shares information from “The Center for Gun Violence Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health” which addresses gun violence as a public health emergency and utilizes objective, non-partisan research to develop solutions which inform, fuel and propel advocacy to measurably lower gun violence. YBT shares statistics about MH in regards to gun violence with the goal of decreasing stigma and providing accurate, updated information on the topic.One last note, this episode is meant to be informative, helpful and non-divisive. Hope you all enjoy!    Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support.
In this special bonus episode, YBT shares her experiences being a guest on Rachel goes rogue podcast and being featured in US weekly and the daily mail. YBT shares insights and clinical impressions of Rachel through a lens of respect, compassion and empathy.  Following this, YBT discusses the new episode of Summer House and provides clinical interpretations of relationship issues between Lindsay and Carl. YBT also discusses RHOBH reunion part 3 and shares a different take than most about the finale.  Please follow @yourbishtherapist on Instagram and to join the supporters club, click the link below:  https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support
YBT welcomes the talented Amy Phillips to share the origin story of YBT and discuss a spiritual connection between Amy and Melissa. YBT shares behind the scenes information about her process of preparing for deep dives, plans for the future and pros/cons of practicing versus podcasting.YBT and Amy also briefly discuss the relationship between Lindsay and Carl on Summer house. YBT shares clinical interpretations and hot takes on it all!  Please check out @meetamyphillips on Instagram and Drama, Darling podcast available on Patreon  NEW - YBT Supporters club: 5.00 for an extra episode per month. To join click links below:   https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support  https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapist
TW: Concepts of trauma, post-partum MH issues, and reproductive challenges discussedYBT starts by sharing another exciting professional announcement…. tune in to hear all about it!YBT welcomes Lyndsay Lime from Vanderpodrecaps to discuss self-improvement measures featured on VPR. Lyndsay has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work, and shares her personal experience with post-partum MH issues. Specifically, YBT and Lyndsay discuss stigmatizing comments Scheana made about couples therapy on Jeff Lewis Live. Lyndsay utilized transcripts to ensure comments were not taken out of context and YBT provides psychoeducational information on EMDR, psychotherapy (couples and individual), psychotropic medication management, and psychedelic assisted trauma therapy. Information from scientific journal articles was used regarding each of these topicsPlease follow Lyndsay @vanderpodrecaps on Instagram and TikTok and check her out on reddit as well.Please follow @yourbishtherapist on Instagram and on YouTube where full video of this podcast can be viewed. Please give YBT a 5-star rating wherever you listen to podcasts. THANK YOU!!!Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support.
YBT is joined by the talented and hilarious Ryan Bailey from So bad it's good with Ryan Bailey podcast and Jeff Lewis Live Extended after show!Ryan and YBT tackle headlines and bombshells from the bravo-verse and discuss RHOBH reunion part 1. Ryan shares a more personal side through discussing his grief journey following the death of his mother and allowing us a peek into underlying challenges podcasters experience. Please tune in for a hilarious, fun, and authentically raw interview Please follow Ryan on instagram @sobaditsgoodwithryanbailey and YBT on instagram @yourbishtherapistFor more links to all YBT content: https://linktr.ee/yourbishtherapistBecome a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support.
Announcement and RHOBH

Announcement and RHOBH

2024-02-2747:58

Your Bish was quoted in the New York Times!!!!!!! YBT shares the experience of being asked for quotes about Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky for a story in the New York Times style section. Following this, YBT discusses the RHOBH finale and shares clinical intepretations of issues underlying marital issues. YBT discusses recent projects and shares what is in the works over the next few weeks!And of course, YBT talks mental and physical health advocacyPlease follow @yourbishtherapist on Instagram and YouTubeBecome a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support.
TW: Discussion of child abuse, SA, medicalabuse/trauma, and homocideYour bish finishes discussing Paris in Love, specifically focusing on why Paris hid Pheonix from everyone, inclusing her family.Following this, YBT breaks away from our beloved Bravo shows to cover a news story that took the world by storm. YBT covers the full story behind Gypsy Rose and DeeDee Blanchard and outlines how underlying disorders, familial dysfunction and systemic medical failures led to murder. YBT discusses Munchausen Syndrome by proxy, now called Factitious Disorder imposed on another, as well as malingering, to provide a full insight into the disorders that underly these types of situaitons. YBT provides a signature deep dive into the Blanchard family and outlines potential obstacles Gypsy faces following her release from prison. Hope you all enjoy!Please remember to follow @yourbishtherapist on instagram and YouTube and give a 5 star podcast rating, Thank you!Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support.
TW: Discussion of SA, physical abuse, neglect, trauma, and instututional and generational traumaPart two of Paris in Love focuses on Paris' traumatizing experiences in the 'wilderness camps' she was sent to as a teen. YBT shares excerpts from Paris's memoir about her horriyfying experiences fighting for survival, and includes informaiton from Netflix's "Teen Hell Camp"; which features similar horror stories about these types of troubled youth camps. YBT shares personal and professional stories about working in the toubled teen industry including insights into how these egregious programs persist today. Please follow @yourbishtherapist on instagram and YouTube and give the podcast a 5 star rating. Thank you!Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/your-bish-therapist--6065109/support.
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Janine Johnson

you are awesome!

Mar 20th
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