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Hosted by Dr. Lisa Levy, S.P. (Self-Proclaimed). Dr. Lisa really DOES give a sh*t. Dr. Lisa Levy S.P. (Self-Proclaimed) has been performing psychotherapy on stage, on the street and in her studio/office since 2001, and she’s better than a lot of certified shrinks because psychoanalysis and therapy is not a job for her, it’s an obsession. Dr. Lisa gets to the essence of what makes people tick, attempt to raise their self-awareness a bit, and maybe help solve some issues along the way. She doesn’t screw around either, why waste time since she’s not making money on having people come back?
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About Dr. Lisa Levy, S.P. (Self-Proclaimed)

Lisa Levy a.k.a. Dr. Lisa Levy, S.P. has performed psychotherapy as a self-proclaimed psychotherapist since 2001. She performs on stage, on the street and has private patients in her office/studio. She has performed at such places as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Brooklyn Museum, Joe’s Pub, The Woolly Mammoth Theater and the Brick Theater.

Over the years, Lisa has worked through issues with Amy Schumer, Michael Musto, Joe Gordon-Levitt and people just like you – and I mean all of you!

Although Dr. Lisa has no formal training she has been in all sorts of therapy herself including group, couples, and individual. Lisa was also an in-patient on a study on depression at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC and was a subject in the initial Prozac trials.

Lisa is also a visual artist and has exhibited funny psychologically based text work in Her visual art has been widely exhibited at many venues including White Columns, Artists Space, Printed Matter, The New Museum, The Bronx Museum, Schroeder and Romero, Auxiliary Projects and with Recently, Lisa completed a psychological investigation of extraordinary people for a multi-media project at The Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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  • DLG1829 UN Ambassador Tate talks about his path to becoming a humanitarian.
    by Lisa Levy on August 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    So I had a seriously deeply engaged humanitarian come to the studio and discuss how he came to the service that he is in now, which is mostly leading young people at risk into exemplary human beings. He's been doing it for over 20 years and he makes crazy positive shit happen. Ambassador Tate's road was harsher than I can imagine. It involves foster homes, alcoholism, abuse and the murder of his brother. You can't help but find this dude inspiring. The thing about this session that stuck with me is the story of how he had the agency as a child to get himself out of a terrible situation. Dr. Tates program is called Hip Hop to Hip Hope. Find out more or get involved: or 347-286-3942 Listen →

  • DLG1828 I get to meet Portia Munson, a big artist hero and influence on me and a lot of artists..
    by Lisa Levy on August 14, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    I have been a huge fan of Portia Munson since I saw her work at the Bad Girls Show at the New Museum in 1994. In our session, she was an open book on so many topics which both surprised me and yet, made sense at the same time since her work is so honest. We talked in depth about her childhood, her dyslexia which likely help develop her focus to make visual art. She talked about growing up in a religious family, and how it affected her. We discussed her role as a young female artist attending Cooper Union and Skowhegan, before moving to the Catskills with her husband. Some great pre-gentrification, lower east side stories in there! She had an early job which including being a cab driver-weird, right? She has a great, secure take on being a mother-she has 2 children, a boy, now 24, and a girl who is 19. I could go on-but just listen for yourself! More about Portia's work: This video is a great studio visit with Listen →

  • DLG1827 Artist Eric Doeringer brings his SVA precollege class to see Dr. Lisa
    by Lisa Levy on August 14, 2018 at 12:03 am

    This was so fun and outta control! Artist Eric Doeringer teaches a pre-college class at the school of Visual Arts in the summer. He has these 15-16 year olds that he teaches art making, art appreciation and how not to fall into the subway. I actually learned a lot because I don't interact with that many kids at one time and I was so impressed with the range of personalities and how they each translated to the radio show! They had questions for me and I had questions for them, and we all had a great learning experience! Photo From left: Cindy, Manuel, Eric, Akiva, Charlie, Gabriela, and Sophie. Listen →

  • DLG1826 Martin Kramer, 18 and Leo Rauf, 19 talk about their new film, The Devil’s Pimple, premiering July 25.
    by Lisa Levy on July 18, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    The Devil's Pimple is a short film about life, love, death, and a large pimple man, created by the two boys Leo Galen Rauf and Martin Kramer, with an all-star cast of Anna Slate, Bryson Jenkins, Colby Howell, Felipe Sevilla, and Martin Kramer. This session with Martin and Leo we cover the true story behind this adventure (hint: Sheepshead Bay) and the process of how these two resourceful young men got their film done. We also got to dig into their perspectives on the older generation. And Leo and Martin give us a peek into their future as well. COME TO THE PREMIERE!! July 25, 7pm at Barbes, 376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn 347 422 0248 HUGE SHOUTOUT to Eryn Levine for recording and editing! Listen →

  • DLG1825 Reverend Jen: Unimaginable adventures you can't make up.
    by Lisa Levy on July 18, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    In our phone session RevJen highlights some of her (frightening to me!) adventures, such as being at a balloon sex fetish party. Or how she was a stripper as an experiment at a hole-in-the-wall bar in Queens. Then there’s the family float party her dad instigated when the basement flooded. She's fearless and funny. Besides all the art, performance, Art Star Matriarching, RevJen is an amazing writer. This is one of my all-time favorite books EVER. More Reverend Jen Books: About REVEREND JEN’S WORLD-FAMOUS TROLL MUSEUM: Marc Maron remembers the Lower East Side with Rev. Jen Part 1: Marc Maron Remembers the Lower East Side Part 2: Listen →

  • By the end of this session, I was concerned that I had made artist, Lane Twitchell mad at me. Fortunately I could hear Lane giggle through the tears.
    by Lisa Levy on July 18, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Lane Twitchell is an intense, complex, accomplished artist. His work is remarkable and as multi-layered as he is. Although I’ve known Lane since 1996, we covered a lot of new ground here. As a self-proclaimed psychotherapist, I would say from hearing about Lane’s siblings, that he comes by his intensity biologically. I also think that we got into “an elephant in the room,” topic about how his work and how his history affects the presentation of it. One thing we can be 100% certain about—Lane has integrity and a beautifully powerful connection with his work. Listen →

  • 1823_Leigh Celent Castle Black frontwomen demonstrates why women are taking over.
    by Lisa Levy on June 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Leigh Celent is dropping her new LP. This powerhouse of a front women talks about her life and journey from the last EP to this one. It’s inspiring to understand what it’s like for someone who is CEO of her own band and managed 2 tours, a new EP a band change, a growing bond with her audience, a brief dalliance with a man—all in 6 months. She’s as active as Beyonce but without the staff. Inspirational for all of us who want to make shit happen in our lives! Listen →

  • DLG1822_Business founder/entrepreneur, Rinat Sherzer explains why the question, "Why aren't you dating anyone?" hurts.
    by Lisa Levy on June 22, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Rinat is an extremely accomplished 39 year-old woman. She’s still single. This is a great and productive session as we learn how one special person opened Rinat’s eyes to her intimacy obstacles. The session concludes with a discovery of Rinat’s relationship to the ideals of family and how that manifests in her dating life as an individual on her own road. Rinat’s highly generous vulnerability in her own story is a gift to the rest of us trying to uncover our own selves. In Rinat’s own words about this session—“It was so touching to be part of your show and I'm still having a hard time believing I opened up like this, very not on character. It makes me embarrassed and yet I do hope those worlds will be a help even one person out there to overcome their challenges with being vulnerable.” Rinat Sherzer is an interdisciplinary scientist, engineer & experience designer. Creating ventures at the intersection of tech, design & social Listen →

  • DLG1801_Director Chris Rogy + Producer Bria Cole talk about working in a complex and inspiring situation
    by Lisa Levy on June 9, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Chris and Bria have worked together for a long time on a bunch of extremely interesting film projects. They take us emotionally behind the scenes on this recent endeavor where they are making a documentary about a film being made by a young couple who have recruited seniors to remake "Annie Hall". A documentary about two young directors who remake a classic New York film with a cast of seniors. Help them finish it!! Bria Cole: Listen →

  • DLG1820_Did you know artist/writer, Chris Bors trained with Olympic Wrestlers?
    by Lisa Levy on June 9, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Did you know artist and writer, Chris Bors trained with Olympic Wrestlers? I’ve known Chris Bors for years and I’ve always thought of him as a particularly bright, talented, highly educated, interesting, but mild mannered. How did someone who has macho heavy metal, indie cartoons and “Fuck Kanye West,“ in his paintings present as such a different personality from his work? We find out about his rebellious childhood and how wrestling kept him from possibly going down a dark path. More about Chris and his work here: More about Chris's recent show, AMERICAN JESUS @ and here: Chris Bors is a New York-based artist whose graphic, post-pop, conceptual works feature a mash-up of images, in which any visuals are fair game for repurposing. His recent paintings, which appropriate logos from hardcore punk bands, are meticulously painted to Listen →

  • DLG1819 Jason Zinoman, author of "Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night" digs into Letterman's self-loathing mindset with Dr. Lisa.
    by Lisa Levy on May 28, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    How could someone so self-loathing as David Letterman)be able to accomplish all that he accomplished which includes having an indelible stamp on American culture? That's the basis of the discussion I have Jason Zinoman, author of the recent seminal book on David Letterman: Letterman, The last great King of Late Night. Jason is also New York Times Comedy Critic (first and only). I love Jason’s writing and the particular comics he highlights, so I am really excited to talk to someone who, in my mind, super knows his shit about comedy. Also, I had a Stupid Pet Trick appearance in 1986, so I am fan-ravenous about getting Jason’s close up perspective on Letterman, Letterman's managerial style, as well as his creative process and his relationships with ladies. Plus – I got to dig into Jason a bit personally; how does someone, seemingly so normal and Listen →

  • DLG1818_Frontwoman Heather Lee Martin was going to be an opera singer.
    by Lisa Levy on May 16, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Heather was a hoot. She's a successful musician, singer and writer of songs for her band, Crowd The Airwaves. She's only 26, but so her own person with her band that's been together for 5 years. Heather was on the path to becoming a serious opera singer, but at a certain point became disillusioned with all that conforming. She really lives and breathes music though and has a rich life cause of it. Her happiness is infectious. This episode will leave you in a good mood, in part because we give you a taste of her music. Listen →

  • DLG1817_Dr. Lisa tries to find the mystery behind the relationships in The Fireside Mystery Theater people..
    by Lisa Levy on May 8, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Have you heard of the Fireside Mystery Theater? It's this incredible monthly performance that gets made into a podcast every month. Kind of old timey radio with a contemporary science fictiony twist. A new episode is written, rehearsed, performed live (includes music!) at The Slipper Room and then edited into a podcast. Everything you need to know about it is HERE: Anyway, it's a pretty slick highwire act to be doing that monthly for over 2 MILLION listeners. But I must say, it's incredibly, creative, compelling and original-nothing like it! In this session I dig into the dynamics and personal relationships in this troop and find out how they get along. My guests are co-creator, Gus Rodriguez and director Holly Payne-Strange. The other co-creator is Ali Silva—she couldn't make it, but I GRILLED Holly and Gus to find out if the 2 hetero co-creators ever had sexual tension. I can honestly say I don't think they did. It's a testament to the Listen →

  • DLG1815 Marcellus Hall is an adorable A+ Perfectionist
    by Lisa Levy on April 30, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Check out Marcellus' reaction after listening to this recording of our session: "Omfg. Just finished listening. I’m a piece of work! I wish I could just chill a little bit more and be an A-" Marcellus is crazy talented and SUCCESSFUL at SO MANY THINGS - New Yorker Cartoonist, Children's book author/illustrator, successful touring musician/songwriter, fronter of bands... Look!: Plus he's good-looking-did I mention that too? He was a great sport here. I really dug into his personal life and childhood and answered everything as openly as possible. I did get a feeling he was tough to get to as I told him, due to his perfectionist expectations of himself. Nevertheless, I think he and I had a growth experience. Listen →

  • DLG1814 A session with Oliver Wasow that isn't in the art materials written about him.
    by Lisa Levy on April 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Oliver Wasow is an accomplished and highly original talent. Very sophisticated but almost self taught as he didn't study what his career is about. Oliver's work travels the line between painting and photography, what's real and imagined. Oliver opens up about his brother and growing up which gives us some fresh perspective on him and his work. He's a thoughtful, insightful soul and there's a lot to dig into here. He has a solo show in Brooklyn up until April 22, 2018 Listen →

  • DLG1812 Karen Marston is well adjusted enought to confront the bigger issues.
    by Lisa Levy on April 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    This session with artist Karen Marston illuminated my thinking of the discussion around whether you have to have a miserable childhood to be an artist. Personally, I don't think you do, but talking with Karen led me to think there is so much destruction in the world, that having a secure childhood can actually aid an artist to confront a much larger, more universal problem, such as global warming, as opposed to so much navel gazing as artists such as myself focus on for inspiration. Karen's current show at Owen James Gallery is a great example of seducing the viewer into contemplating the destruction of icebergs. We get to hear about her trip to Newfoundland to observe and document them for these paintings. YOU MUST SEE HER SHOW!! Up until April 22, 2018 #icebergs #globalwarming #painting @KarenMarston @OwenJamesGallery Listen →

  • DLG1810 Celeste Rogers on winning CHOPPED on TV, PLUS dining, dating and divorce.
    by Lisa Levy on March 23, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Celeste combines her science interest (pre-med at one point!) with her food and recipe development talent to win this round on CHOPPED, on the Food Network. She’s killing it in the food/recipe development business, but there’s a lot more to get to, besides all her accomplishments in that are. Celeste is possibly the most together positive, productive person ever on Dr. Lisa, so I dig in enviously to see how she does it. Did I also mention that Celeste is super smart, talented and beautiful? Celeste has a whole bunch of natural gifts, but the magic sauce I think, is her discipline. As a kindergartener, she would bug her mother to make sure she got to her dance lessons on time. And getting to the Olympic trials for swimming is not for the unfocused. Somewhere along the way, naturally outgoing Celeste learned that FUN is important too, which is what makes her so balanced. #food #cooking #chef #celesterogers Listen →

  • DLG1809 Dr. Lisa coaches Ed Kish to be more selfish.
    by Lisa Levy on March 20, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    In this full on psychotherapy session, Dr. Lisa uncovers Ed Kish's childhood conditioning has taught him not to put himself first. Ed is a working and studying acting to become a animation voice-over artist. He is also the partner of one of RFB's favorite hosts, Orie Givens, who hosts: How can anyone in our society get ahead with that attitude? Seriously! We learn about the balancing act of getting what you need and still being a decent human which Ed is in spades. Listen →

  • DLG1808_Thurston Ray sings LIVE plus 'splains his love life to Dr. Lisa
    by Lisa Levy on March 11, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Thurston Ray is an incredible musician and I got him to sing A Capella in the studio which you can't hear anywhere else. Thurston was appearing live that night on our RFB showcase at The Well, so I got to ask him about that. Plus in my role as Dr. Lisa, I got to grill him on how his personal love life relates to his music. Thurston was very generous and open, so we got to find out about the road he's on in his personal life and how his family and background plays into that. Hint: He's slow to get involved. A totally handsome, lovable guy, Thurston, thanks for sharing! #music #therapy #RFB #ThurstonRay @ThurstonRay Listen →

  • DLG1807 Comedian Kevin McCaffery is not coasting.
    by Lisa Levy on March 1, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Kevin talks about how you can never take making a living in comedy for granted. He's made a living as a comedian for the past ten years and he's always working to work harder. Kevin's never been in therapy before, so we explore how his drive and role in his comedy friends may have parallels with his role as the oldest of three boys with a divorced mom household. Kevin gets big kudos here as he does not hold back-what a fabulous patient/guest! @KevinMcCaff #comedy #psychotherapy #Letterman Listen →

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