Dr. Caroline Leaf, host of the CLEANING UP THE MENTAL MESS podcast, highlights all aspects of mental health and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
Let your guests talk
While listening to the recent interview with Josh Harris I was increasingly frustrated. Rather than allowing the guest to speak his thoughts, he was constantly interrupted by the host who used almost every comment he made to launch into a teaching monologue. Not only was I frustrated because I had wanted to hear his story, I was embarrassed for him as he was subjected to repeatedly listening to the host teach him, rather than converse with him. Please allow your guests the honor of at least sharing center stage when you host. If you want to teach, do so through your guest insights rather than running over them.
Dr. Leaf’s content has been life changing for me!
This podcast and her books have helps me sort through all my mental mess and just heal in so many areas of life. So much wisdom in the episodes of this podcast.
Good Stuff. Would have give it more stars but...
I agree with the other comments- love the podcast but it she continuously interrupting her guests really agitates me! It’s extremely irritating and a huge pet peeve of mine 😤.
Listening From Maui
Please let your guests speak
Decent content but she continually interrupts her guests. Let them speak. Find the pause.
let the guest speaker finish their sentence & less ads
Each podcast has a very intriguing topic, so I would love to continue listening to this podcast, but I just can’t stand how Dr. leaf doesn’t let the guest speaker finish their sentence! Please stop interrupting and give more mic time to your guests. Or divide out the episode where one is for guest focused & another is for Dr. Leaf to share her wisdom. Sad that the way Dr. Leaf moderates the episode is stopping the listeners to continue following her podcast.
I started way back in 2014 with the 21 day detox. Found Dr Leafs podcasts during the pandemic and now after reading Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess using The Switch App. It has helped me detox and heal in so many ways. I am less stressed! Thank you Dr Leaf! Your voice gives me comfort!
I want to love this but....
The content is great and the host is very knowledgeable, but she talks so FAST that it makes the podcast so unpleasant. Please slow down and keys is absorb your words.
You have made my life better!
Too many ads
The content is great, but there are too many ads! I find it ironic that the content is about cleaning up your mental mess, helping you free your brain from toxicity, but at the same time through the ads, using marketing tactics to manipulate your brain. So you’ll be sinking into the content, freeing your mind, and before you know it, your mind is sidetracked and being influenced to buy some product. Unfortunate.
Cleaning up your mental message
Dr. Caroline Leaf has been a warrior in helping making sense of mental health and how our mind and brain work together. She’s been one of my heroes and listening to her podcast was therapy during the pandemic I’ve read many of her books and teachings. I would recommend her podcast to everyone!
Please let the guest speak
I love your work and always learn something new every time I listen to you speak. You have changed my life in many ways. I am fascinated by your guests also but find myself becoming annoyed every single time I listen to your podcast. If you could refrain from interjecting at every single opportunity and let your guests share their wisdom, it would make your podcast go from 4 to 5 stars. I mean no disrespect. You are amazing. My advice is to let your guests share their expertise without constant comment and interruptions. I noticed an improvement as more podcasts are made but it still is an issue and prevents your podcasts from being five stars.
Ptsd Mental Health
I’m grateful for the interview. I’m learning how to deal with my Dx with this condition.
A lot of great information but speaks way too fast and it starts to not make sense... everything jumbles together
Has turned into one big commercial
I really liked this podcast in the beginning. I was overcoming the anxiety she causes me with her long, too fast ramblings but now it’s got too many commercials and is really just one big advertisement for her new book. I just don’t have a patience so I had to leave. Always sad when this happens to a good podcast.
May 30th with Dr. Cloud
You two are awesome together. I don’t know how to go back and get title, episode # and year... but Dr. Leaf was a guest on my first Joyce Meyer Women’s Conference in 2010. I have a DVD series by her. Her teachings are phenomenal. Thank you and Dr. Cloud for confirming some boundaries I’ve been developing recently. Best to you, Dr. Leaf! Episode 117 w/ Dr. Cole is the best I’ve listened to: mainly because you gave him time to speak without much interruption! He’s also a bright communicator. I learned well from this episode! Episode 119: I enjoyed the healthy conversation and learned much. My niece, a college professor, agrees that you’re amazing! Overcoming addiction and how to help Nathan Padilla 12/14/20: I love what he said about filling up for 4 hours before giving out! I do the same thing! Dr. David Levy: episode 32 & 33 Helped me face the ongoing layers of forgiveness. I love his attitude too. Dr. Peter Breggin was very wonderful! Your interaction with him was also enlightening. His humility exudes from him, and I like that you said: “If you can’t afford a psychiatrist, you can afford a BOOK!!! (I’m skipping around your podcasts, while learning how to navigate through, and change my settings!) Episodes 45, 46 are life-changing. Why do we think we can’t do things? Because of laziness! I prefer to listen than read, but of course, I don’t retain as much!!! I will make an effort in my almost 68 year-old brain, to change that mindset and discipline myself to read more! Thanks for your work Dr. Caroline, though I had much difficulty understanding you and having to relisten to segments, for example you say “buld” instead of “build”(pronounced bild) so I repeat the sentence and correct things in my mathematical, perfectionistic brain! Episode 47 helped me to accept more the things I cannot change. Your guest is power-packed from head to toe with what helps humanity. Thanks for the different angles of showing how love heals; we’re wired for community; accept what is and allow The Lord to use it for his glory! I thank God for all your episodes. I went back to the beginning and am enjoying them all no matter what the focus. They’re helping me! Podcast with David Allen will be replayed for sure. He’s no-nonsense and his tips are simple and do-able. Thanks Dr. Leaf. Podcast with “Dr.” John Maxwell on 4/25/20 is the funniest and most enlightening! I’ve heard him present before, and learned a lot about failure! January 2021: Tana Amen’s story resonated with me. So much that I teared up! 3/15/21: Very helpful. Changed my thoughts Re not getting adequate sleep. I hope to remember to embrace all-nighters from now on. I will encourage my daughter to listen too!
Li'l Bo Peep
One of THE BEST Podcasts!!!!
Dr. Leaf’s podcasts always give me new things to think about - challenging me to change the way I think and approach life. Her work is transformational and I highly recommend.
Saved my life!
Thank Dr. Leaf for your insights to walking thru grief! I lost my precious wife of 34 years about 2 years ago...and your teachings about walking thru grief and the remaking of ones self after a loss of a spouse has been the turning point for me! In fact, I almost didn’t come out of a very dark place of grief!!
Love the show!
I love your work
Thank you !
I heard Dr Leaf speaking at a church conference and loved her material. I downloaded the app and began listening. Over time I find that many of the things being discussed and spoken of do not line up with that same biblical view point that I fist encountered. I did not expect the podcast to be the exact same as the conference but at this point it’s like I was listening to someone totally different. Very confused by the change. I was looking forward to preordering her new book but am now very unsure of what I would be getting.
Cheaper than therapy and more effective
I’ve gotten in the habit of listening to an episode each week, taking notes, and really trying to apply the lessons to my daily life. I’m already so much happier and better equipped to deal with mental health struggles! This is more progress than I have ever made before when paying for therapy sessions. I feel more responsible for and in control of my mental health and behaviors. Can’t recommend this podcast enough!
This episode with Bishop Jakes was phenomenal!!! Thank you for always empowering us to be better! Being who and what God created me to be is hugely important to my purpose, and my spiritual and mental health is at the root of that!!!
A little underwhelmed
I adore Caroline Leaf. I have done her studies, enjoyed her speak in person, and listened to countless videos. Although I can get a good bit here and there from the podcast, I miss the biblical tie ins and extensive neurological information. I understand this podcast might have a different scope, so I get what I can from it. Overall she is truly brilliant!
One of my favorite podcasts!
Since being placed an 1.5 hrs away for clinicals, I’ve enjoy listening to this podcast and learning how the brain is malleable for change (neuroplasticity!)! You first came to my radar when you hosted Jessi Jean and ever since I’ve been listening! I preordered your book and can’t wait to start the process!
A long distanced commuter
Too focused on selling and gut check on some info that is being dispensed
I listened to two episodes and found them both disappointing. She really wanted to sell an app in one and a book in the other. Her steps were vague and over simplistic. Her solution for OCD was ridiculously over simplified. I worry people will find themselves misled and struggling with deeper discouragement.
Too many commercials
Could be a better podcast if there weren’t so many commercials. I stopped watching tv a decade before because of this and the amount of commercials on here remind me of that. Plus she also tries to unpack her guests like a therapist.
A bit slower
Love the show and the way you think, but please speak a bit slower. I keep rewinding to catch what I missed. Love the topics you choose to discuss.
Great content - too verbose
Loving the material but too much time spent advertising the book and repeating general ideas 5x plus.
ADHD “hoax?” 98% of cancers stem from our thoughts?
I was excited based on the episode titles to dive into this podcast and learn more about neuroscience and the way it impacts us, but only made it through 3. If only I could have told my best friend to have more positive thinking to prevent cancer and have better treatment outcomes, perhaps it wouldn’t have killed her. And I suppose my son’s adhd is a hoax, best toss his life-altering medicine down the toilet, since one of his disabilities with a label probably isn’t real. I worry about the harm this podcast may cause others who do not have better knowledge of these subjects, and are presented with her stigmatizing claims about learning disabilities and oncology.
Very thought provoking and well researched!
I love Dr. Leaf’s work and all the guests she has brought on have been fantastic. I am always challenged every episode and excited to learn more. My only critic is the length of episodes. I often put off listening since they are so long. I know Dr. Leaf is very excited by all her guests but I think if her questions were more precise and to the point it would help. Many of her questions are long run on’s and there’s a lot of excited interrupting and back and forth I think it’s audibly a little ‘messy’ for a podcast. Overall though love the show and thankful for Dr. Leaf doing this amazing work!
Thank you Caroline. I absolutely love your podcasts and both you and your amazing guests have taught me so much. Love how you calmly talk about matters that can and do change our lives. Highly recommend all to take a listen.
So full of good educated holistic information
I can’t say enough good things about this podcast. The world, especially the west, needs to hear these things. This is like a goldmine of information and brings practical solutions to huge needs.
This very informative discussion was just the sort of thing missing completely in modern medical training. I went to med school in the eighties and am a pediatrician. Nutrition was rarely ever addressed and certainly nothing on the brain/ gut connection. We could help our patients so much more with this type of information instead of stomping out fires with medicine over and over! Thank you so much.
Great info but...
The information shared was definitely valuable, but it was frustrating that Dr. Avery kept on being interrupted , and a couple of times would not complete that that. It even seemed that sometimes he would have to talk over her interruption when he was trying to complete his thoughts.
I love Dr. Leaf so much. Her podcasts are life changing if you really want to understand your mind, brain, and the science that goes right along with every spiritual belief I have ever had. Listen and find freedom!!!!!
Great Content, Not So Great Communication
I love the topics discussed. It’s all so enlightening and interesting. However, Dr. Leaf seems to constantly interrupt her guests and speak in extremely long, run-on sentences at super sonic speed. Then she has to remind the guest what they were saying and where they left off. It’s just a bit frustrating. But I try to endure it for the wonderful content.
I’m surprised you would endorse Dr. Grundy when he has no legitimate science to back up what he sells. Your interview with him was very different from most of your interviews. I’ve never heard you so quiet. I wondered why?
Her books and projects are admirable so I only expected the podcast to be the same! I learn so much from each episode and feel empowered at the end. ThNk you Dr. Caroline leaf!
Thank you, I feel good and downright hopeful!
Thank you Dr. Leaf. I’ve been going through a tough time (like most people during Covid 19). I’m a self employed real estate agent with my sister as my business partner. I’m married (my husbands employer is essential so he’s been going to work this entire time) with two children (who are attending school from home). Your Sept 23 episode spoke right to me. It’s been about a week since I’ve heard it and my relationship with my husband is already getting better. I’ve also decided to go back to working for someone, a tough decision after 3.5 years of self employment. I’ve cried so much less these last few days. I can now say I feel good and downright hopeful, some feelings I haven’t felt in way too long. Thank you for the work you do and please continue your podcast it’s changed my life and my family’s.
Mark Groves-Please bring him back!
I just listened to your podcast with Mark Grove about Vulnerability vs over sharing and what an amazing interview that was.. Thank you for considering him to teach us about healthy relationships. He does an incredible job suggesting ways to get to know, and honor ourselves (self-awareness), to value painful breakups if in fact thought us something about us we didn’t yet know.. what an opportunity for growth and development. I hope you bring him back to talk about the feminine and masculine roles we play in society and in relationships. Look forward to this treat.
Love this podcast
Every episode I’ve listened to resonates with me in some way.
Great variety of helpful episodes
I enjoy how Dr. Leaf finds interesting and relevant people to interview to help her listeners.
I’m listening. This is the 2nd attempt to love this podcast. Dr. Leaf is super smart and I love her book Switch on your brain. I wish she would talk slower and take some breaks in between sentences. she talks way too fast and it went on and on so then it just became noise. I’m sure it’s because she is excited to share information with her audience.
Wisdom + Science
Dr Leaf is an absolute gift to this world. Her work is so insightful and I love knowing the science behind the methods, because it clearly shows how effective they are on the human body. I personally would love more podcasts on her speaking on her research, and less interviews! I think you can parse down your information into really bite sized pieced podcasts to create an even bigger following!! Thanks for all you do!!!
Amazing content! Dr. Leaf speaks so fast...
This is such great content, I only gave you 4 starts because I want to beg you to please don’t speak so fast. Other than that, thank you for this amazing podcast and for helping us understand ourselves better and detangle our brains!
I used to enjoy her but she’s gone off track. Getting strange.
Bren Smith 251
Best podcast for mental health
I love to listen to Dr. Leaf. So much knowledge and wisdom. Reading her book as well as these podcasts have helped me refocus my emotions as well as helping my child with his. Thank you Dr. Leaf!
ANGST is the way I’m feeling-Thank You!
Just listened to the August 19 podcast entitled “how to subscribe from toxic thinking” This is one of my favorite podcasts by Dr. Leaf. Thank you for helping to define how many of us are feeling during these challenging days and an unsettled mind. I have been struggling to get back into “flow” with my work and now I have practical tools on how to approach this and unsubscribe from my toxic thoughts. Keep up the great work and conversations, you’re helping people more than you could possibly imagine, God bless you Dr. Leaf!