​Mental Health News Radio Network Now Airs Podcasts That Combine Pop Culture Like Harry Potter and Superheroes With Evidence-Based Therapy to Open a Dialogue About Mental Health

​​​​​Clinical psychologist and author Dr. Janina Scarlet and musician, filmmaker and PTSD survivor Dustin McGinnis host independent podcasts "Superhero Therapy" and "Harry Potter Therapy," now available on Mental Health News Radio Network. 

Both podcasts use pop culture characters to help listeners accept themselves, their vulnerabilities and their mental health struggles as a “heroic journey,” rather than weakness, and deserving of compassion and respect. 

Dr. Scarlet, author of "Superhero Therapy," "Therapy Quest," and "Harry Potter Therapy: An Unauthorized Self-Help Book from the Restricted Section," developed "Superhero Therapy" while working with PTSD diagnosed Marines at Camp Pendleton. After hearing some of them recount the horrors they experienced and hearing their belief that they "wanted to be Superman but failed," Dr. Scarlet understood that using the superhero metaphor to show that they all have vulnerabilities could be a strong way to establish healing and connection. For example, most people know that Superman is vulnerable to Kryptonite and also know that it doesn't make him any less of a superhero. It's not in spite of vulnerabilities that we find connections in fictional characters, but it is because they overcome them.

Intended as self-help, the "Superhero Therapy" Podcast, which currently airs twice a month, aims to bring listeners a greater understanding of how our connections with their favorite superheroes initiate healing and offer a vehicle to articulate the personal struggles many of them suffer with daily. "Superhero Therapy" hopes to destigmatize mental health struggles and enrich the pop culture community.

Similarly, "Harry Potter Therapy," also hosted by McGinnis and Dr. Scarlet, analyzes the Harry Potter books chapter by chapter with the aim of addressing mental health-related subjects, including trauma, PTSD, assault, bullying, abuse, diversity, representation and social connections. 

Dustin McGinnis said, “Harry Potter is extremely rich with mental health symbolism. [Series author] J.K Rowling has revealed that a lot of the monsters in the series are based on her own mental health struggles.”

"Harry Potter Therapy" is also available on Mental Health News Radio Network and airs once a week. The podcast is for anyone interested in taking a deeper look at the psychology behind this its world of wizardry and magic. Although a knowledge of the Harry Potter series is beneficial, the content is fun, engaging and accessible to anyone. *Spoiler Warning if you have not read the books or seen  the films.*

Dr. Scarlet said, “Our painful experiences are just the beginning of our heroic journey. The rest is up to us.”

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