There is an abundance of self-help podcasts available out there, covering everything you might need support with—from coping with grief and addiction to healthy weight loss and finding your life’s purpose—there’s a podcast for everyone and everything.
But how do you choose your next listen when there’s so much choice? How do you decide what’s worth your time investment? And what will help you on your self-improvement journey?
World-renowned therapist Marisa Peer has done the research and selected her top 10 self-help podcasts. Based on their popularity and high rating, Marisa has chosen 10 fantastic podcasts that cover a huge range of topics to help you choose your next listen—whether you want help with something specific or are interested in learning more and hearing the lived, human experiences about something you’ve never encountered before.
The Best Self-Help Podcasts Top Ten List
Let’s get the countdown of the best self-improvement podcasts started with Marisa’s own popular podcast taking the top spot.
Marisa Peer has started her own podcast series, backed by over three decades of experience as a therapist. With her extensive knowledge, Master Your Mind With Marisa covers a huge variety of self-help topics, with a new guest speaker invited every week.
From learning how to build confidence to recognizing when it’s time to end a relationship, Marisa handles delicate topics with sincerity, delicacy, and the straightforwardness that has defined her career and allowed her to rapidly grow her fan base. Her podcast series is bursting with fantastic insights, meaningful conversations, and helpful tips and advice.
If you want even more fantastic content from Marisa, you can also check out her popular blog or join her thriving YouTube community, where she regularly shares new videos covering all you might want to know about self-help and mental health.
Hosted by the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families in Portland, Oregon, Grief Out Loud offers an abundance of episodes filled with practical tips and ways of coping if you or someone you are close to has recently suffered a bereavement. Grief Out Loud approaches the topic with the understanding that discussing grief can be very uncomfortable for those who aren’t themselves experiencing what you are going through and provides a way for you to cope with somebody in your corner, so you don’t have to face it alone.
Take comfort from the open and raw conversation found within these episodes, and equip yourself with as much information and support as you can with interviews and stories from bereavement professionals.
The Recovery Warrior Show with Jessica Flint is for all of those who have or are suffering from eating disorders. With talks on bulimia, anorexia, disordered eating, and binge eating with treatment professionals and those who are also in recovery, The Recovery Warrior Show provides you with uplifting, hopeful, and insightful discussions on a difficult topic. It’s designed to help inspire and motivate those going through the same thing and who may not have the support they need to heal their relationship with food, their body, and their mind.
There’s a certain level of guilt that can come with the motivation to lose weight—whether that’s your own desire to look and feel better or advice from health professionals. However, whether it’s for your health or from a desire to change the way you look, guilt and shame have no place when it comes to losing weight.
Cut The Fat is a very popular weight loss show that gives you the tips and motivation you need to achieve your goals in a helpful and inspiring way, with tactics based on science. Hear from those who have achieved their goals and weight loss professionals, and prepare to live an all-around healthy life that allows you to lose the weight—and keep it off too.
Though boasting fewer episodes than some of the other podcasts in this list, we have added Where Should We Begin with Esther Perel as it has been praised so highly for its raw and open honesty. If you are concerned about your relationship or simply want to understand how they work and learn about the unique nuances that come with having an intimate partnership, then this is the podcast for you. Listen to host and professional therapist Esther Perel counsel real couples and gain an insight into true-to-life relationship dynamics.
The Challengers with Amy Brenneman is a popular podcast covering a huge range of topics about daily experiences that typically present challenges. Aiming to openly discuss issues and concerns that offer hurdles daily—such as substance abuse, infertility, insecurity, and illness, to name just a few—you can discover how enduring these concerns can offer essential life lessons. Join Amy as she hosts regular discussions with her peers and learn something new from this highly-rated podcast.
That Sober Guy Podcast, hosted by Shane Ramer, is just one piece of a larger jigsaw puzzle of resources for those looking to get and stay sober. With newsletters, books, and more also available on thatsoberguy.com, the huge variety of podcasts cover everything you might want to know about staying sober, with plenty of guest speakers to give you an insight into their own experiences.
Anxiety is a very common concern that many of us will have to deal with at one point in our lives, either ourselves or by helping loved ones cope with anxiety. The Not Another Anxiety Show podcast by Kelli Walker covers everything you can think of when it comes to anxiety across a huge number of episodes. Enjoy casual conversations with professionals and those experiencing anxiety-related illnesses, so you can gain an intimate insight and understanding of what it is like to live with anxiety and equip yourself with the knowledge and skills you may need to handle it yourself.
You can listen to Not Another Anxiety Show on Apple Podcasts.
For something a little different in the self-help podcast sphere, we have selected to add EXPANDED Podcast with Lacy Phillips to our list. This podcast is an eclectic show that combines neuroscience, psychology, energetics, and a dash of spirituality to provide an interesting podcast that roots concerns such as healing, manifestation, and the subconscious mind into real-life and practical applications. Based on the idea of manifestation—or in other words, using techniques that expand the abilities of your subconscious—the breadth of topics covered makes for an interesting listen.
Hosted by the best-selling author of The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin, this podcast explores what exactly it means to be happy, what truly makes us happy, and how we can achieve a real and permanent positive outlook on life. With a staggering 600+ backlog of episodes, there is no shortage of topics, guest speakers, and heart-warming moments to enjoy in this lively and practical podcast.
Want More Than a Self-Help Podcast?
If you have a specific concern you want to learn more about and want to develop the coping mechanisms and understanding you need to effectively handle something that might be affecting your life, then self-help podcasts are a fantastic resource to let you begin that journey.
But perhaps you need more than a self-help podcast? Maybe you have been listening to self-help podcasts as an alternative to seeking professional help for your own concern, believing therapy to be expensive and unattainable?
Not only is Marisa Peer a best-selling author, motivational speaker, and therapist to the stars, but she is also renowned for creating the uniquely powerful therapy method Rapid Transformational Therapy® (RTT®), which aims to help as many people overcome their issues in minimal sessions. She has also trained thousands of others in RTT® to make this therapy available to as many people as possible. You can learn more about it by watching the video below.
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We hope you find something you can settle down and listen to, something that will help you build up a fresh understanding of new topics or find new ways to handle something you’re struggling with. If you’ve enjoyed this article and want more content direct to your inbox from Marisa, make sure you enter your email at the bottom of the page and be sure to browse through her extensive blog posts. You can also find more recommended podcasts for managing or learning about anxiety and mental health in general.