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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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  • DLG1834 Artist Amy Hill is Naturally Thin and Naturally Talented.
    by Lisa Levy on September 25, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Amy Hill and I have known each other for a long time, but like with so many artists, we mostly see each other circulating at openings. We use the occasion of her 3rd solo show at Front Room Gallery- — open until Oct. 21 to sit down together in the RFB studio. It was particularly lovely to be able to sit down with her and grill her about whatever I was interested in knowing about her. She is a charming sport! See more of her incredible work HERE: So much to uncover about Amy — her childhood — her creative, intelligent family — scientist dad, artsy mom, talented sibling. Everyone had drawing talent. Amy's drawing talent and consistent hard work has definitely been the compass in her life and has opened more doors for her than she will likely admit to — she's way too modest:))Her stories about her early artist years in the lower east side stick in my head. Eventually she and I get to talking Listen →

  • DLG1833 I'm grateful for the unexpected insights about Buddhism from Comedian Ikechukwu Ufomadu
    by Lisa Levy on September 24, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Ikechukwu Ufomadu is an actor, comedian and entertainer. He trained at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and internationally in The Netherlands and Indonesia. Who would've guessed we'd wind up talking about Buddhism? And so much more! I didn't know a whole lot about Buddism, so it was fascinating to hear about Ike's practice‚— and which helped me understand why Ike is an original performer, like no other. He has a background in experimental theater from NYU Tisch. When you combine it with his original sense of humor and innate desire to simply entertain you get this: In my role as Dr. Lisa, I got to find out a lot about Ike. How his father moved back to Africa when he was a kid and left him with his siblings and mother in Texas. We also dig into what part of Ike does his character come from and represent? I loved hearing Ike talking about how he came to New York to go to NYU and what that was like for him to be new in such an open town. Listen →

  • DLG1832 I want to be more like artist Sharilyn Neidhardt.
    by Lisa Levy on September 5, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    When I first, met Sharilyn Neidhardt a few years ago when I moved to Bushwick, I noticed that she was a leader in the community right away, and now I know why. Sharilyn has the goods—in her work, how she handles herself and her presence in a group of people. What I’m saying is, this lady has her shit together. We get to check in with her just a few days before her solo show, SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE, opens at Art During the Occupation Gallery We talk about the feelings in her work, influences from her job in a newsroom, how making art has replaced drinking, the art group she helps run, Tran-scen-der , and how she makes her own fucking oil paints! If you want to read her love of art in her own words, read this: After reading this and talking with her, I felt so inspired, I spent my entire weekend working on art, so Listen →

  • DLG1831 Dr. Lisa gets highly personal with Spencer Tunick and Kristin Bowler
    by Lisa Levy on August 29, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    It’s likely you are familiar with Spencer Tunick’s work, but in case you are not, he’s the guy that organizes, photographs and exhibits huge sculptural, landscape type photographs of naked people. Spencer and Kristin Bowler, check her/her work out here——literally travel the US—all 50 states,—and the globe together, self-funding and producing these otherworldly bodyscapes. Spencer has been interviewed and documented widely, but rarely with his wife—and them as a couple. I have known Spencer and Kristin since the 90’s, when they were just dating and before they had their two girls, Seda and Isla now 13 and 11, so I was able to test out some of my Dr. Lisa theories. Here are some of the topics we discussed: • How Kristin and Spencer met. How they began dating • Listen →

  • DLG1830 Heather Fink is visiting from LA
    by Lisa Levy on August 27, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    In my position as an untrained therapist, I would say that the way Heather “presents” and the way she really is don’t quite match up. Kind of the way the Kerry Russell character on “The Americans”, can go from glam to hand to hand combat without breaking a sweat. Except Heather wouldn’t hurt anybody. She’s SUPER caring! Heather is a writer/director who’s made a lot happen, including a feature film, "Inside You", that she wrote, directed and starred in.! We talk about her take on life which relates to some of the themes in her film, how men and women function together in society without thinking too hard and women get the short end of the stick too often. Heather’s opening story about being called out in a dramatic horrible way in front of the class kind of says it all. She simply doesn’t see why she is getting in trouble. We both agree – the boys Listen →

  • 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 →

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