The geek therapist
When he was a grad student at the
Albert Ellis Institute in New York City,
Josué Cardona launched a curated
news website called “Geek Therapy:
How Geek Culture is Saving the
World” with articles on the mental
health value hidden in watching
such pop culture stories as “Game
of Thrones” and “Doctor Who.” The
site, which now gets around 8,000
visitors per month and includes a
weekly podcast and blog, helped him
get an internship at a practicum site
where the supervisor required them
all to develop a professional presence
online. “Before he hired me, I saw him
tweet about my website, so I knew my
chances were very good,” he says.
In 2015, he started co-hosting a
weekly podcast series called Psych Tech
on how psychology and technology
interact, with such episodes as “
Antisocial Behavior and Game Design” on
how technology could be designed to
promote social behavior.
Producing his podcasts relaxes him
after seeing clients all day. “It doesn’t
feel like work as much as recharging
my batteries. Doing something
creative feels really good,” he says.
His social media presence has
opened up opportunities to speak
to the public in person. Last fall,
he spoke to parents and children
“Don’t be everywhere,” he says. “The point is to interact
about bullying as part of the family
programming at the New York Comic Con. Last year, he
traveled to Colombia for a Comic Con-like event to speak
to attendees and psychologists about how comic books
can aid psychotherapy.
Lately, he’s challenging himself to streamline his media.
While it can be tempting to promote content on Vine,
Instagram, Snapchat, You Tube, Twitter and Facebook, he
says, it’s best to pick three platforms and manage them well.
with the audience and that’s hard to do if you have too
Therapist Josué Cardona of New
York City hosts two podcasts in his
free time that blend his psychology
training with his love of technology
and pop culture. “It doesn’t feel like
work as much as recharging my
batteries,” he says.