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Ever wonder why anxious people love horror movies? Curious about how having the daylights scared out of you can help you feel better? Hosts Jenn Adams, Lara Unnerstall, and therapist Mike Snoonian break it down (and back it up with academic research) on Psychoanalysis: A Horror Therapy Podcast.

Each month, we’ll take an in-depth look at a topic in the mental health field like anxiety, PTSD, and toxic relationships. For our bi-weekly episodes, we’ll pair topics with a horror film and analyze its plot and characters through the lens of mental health. We’ll also discuss our own mental health experiences and why we love horror.

Warning: There will be jokes.

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The Hosts:

jenn psychoanalysis Psychoanalysis: A Horror Therapy PodcastJenn Adams: Jenn is a Nashville native and co-host of Psychoanalysis: A Horror Therapy Podcast, The Horror Virgin, and The Losers’ Club: A Stephen King Podcast. After teaching elementary music for 13 years, she now works as a content writer and curriculum specialist. She is also a contributing writer for Consequence of Sound and will gladly talk your ear off about Stephen King.


psychoanalysis snoonian Psychoanalysis: A Horror Therapy PodcastMike Snoonian: Mike lives south of Boston with his wife, daughter and too many pets. He holds a Masters degree in mental health and school adjustment counseling and works as a therapist and school counselor. From 2009 until 2017, he ran the site All Things Horror and served as a host and programmer for the Telluride Horror Show since 2013. Along with Jerry Smith, Mike hosts The Pod and The Pendulum, a weekly show that takes deep dives into horror movie franchises every week.


lara psychoanalysis Psychoanalysis: A Horror Therapy PodcastLara Unnerstall: Lara is a writer, filmmaker, and “funny person” from Chicago. She has been and/or continues to be a contributing writer for The A.V. Club and The Onion. As for filmmaking, she’s produced, written, and directed a host of projects, from sketch comedy to zany action features to horror shorts. She can also be found on The Losers’ Club and Halloweenies podcasts when she’s not sobbing uncontrollably or petting her dog.