Pop Culture Therapists

A podcast by two licensed counselors who happen to be friends and pop culture enthusiasts.

Welcome to Pop Culture Therapists! We are talking about how mental health is portrayed in movies and TV shows and why it matters. Think a mashup of pop culture, TV, movies, mental health, humor and character analysis...we are talking about everything from the controversial “Thirteen Reasons Why” to throwbacks like “the Sopranos.”


About Us

Kristen Diou, LPC is a licensed professional counselor with her masters degree in mental health counseling from University of North Texas. Kristen has a variety of experience working in the schools, psychiatric hospitals, and domestic violence agency work. She specializes in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and children who have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, ODD, and children on the spectrum.

Anna Zapata, LPC is a licensed professional counselor with her master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of North Texas, and her background is in working with adult survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse as children. She is experienced in counseling men and women with extensive abuse histories, dissociative symptoms, and PTSD. Anna is an EMDR practitioner and yoga teacher.

Both counselors own private practices in Dallas, TX.


How PCT Started

After becoming close friends in grad school, Anna and Kristen continued to bond over their love for TV shows, movies, brunch food, and counseling...in that order. They spent many a brunch discussing their favorite TV shows and movies and started to think their conversations were fun and a least mildly thought provoking--so they figured, “why not include an audience?!” They married their love for counseling with pop culture, and a podcast was born.