The Shrink Next Door


Veteran journalist Joe Nocera’s neighbor in the Hamptons was a therapist named Ike. Ike counted celebrities and Manhattan elites as his patients. He’d host star-studded parties at his eccentric vacation house. But one summer, Joe discovered that Ike was gone and everything he’d thought he’d known about his neighbor -- and the house next door -- was wrong. From Wondery, the company behind Dirty John and Dr. Death, and Bloomberg, “The Shrink Next Door” is a story about power, control and turning to the wrong person for help for three decades. Written and hosted by Joe Nocera, a columnist for Bloomberg , “The Shrink Next Door” premieres on May 21st.

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  • PedÁntîc
    I love how Fate put a journalist next door. I’m grateful that he shared this incredible story with us. A real gift for the mind. THANK YOU for giving me a reason to WANT to do the dishes.
  • laursjs
    This story is almost unbelievable. Thirty years of this poor souls’s life disappeared under the abuse of a therapist. I saw this incredible story has been adopted to make into a movie with Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd as the main characters. Hope I catch that when it comes out.
  • Moonflowerkl
    You can’t make this up!
    What a story! I’m hooked and can’t stop listening.
  • poofmonger
    Engaging and thought-provoking
    Wondery never disappoints and this is no exception. Definitely leaves you pondering where the blame lies - Ike the manipulator - Marty the gullible bad decision maker? Really eye opening look at how a smart man falls into a manipulative controlling relationship
  • Danib810
    What a wild story! I was about to switch it off then I was hit with the first bombshell in episode one then binged the rest.
  • Sleeper me
    So crazy
    I started with a quick episode to see if I liked it and ended up cleaning my whole house and got 4 episodes deep before I turned it off. I can’t wait to listen to the rest.
  • LauraGallupNY
    I try to get everyone I know to listen, so we can talk about it!
  • jefergus
    Do No Harm
    We were assigned this podcast as part of an Ethics in Counseling. I was not shocked but hope that the system will take action to prevent other people from being manipulated and hurt by unscrupulous and unethical therapists.
  • Jess3478
    Insane but true
    Thank you very much to all who have had a hand in bringing this into the light. I’m hoping there will be justice and Ike will loose his license and incur other damages!
  • Stealthrat4
    Fascinating and frustrating
    This is a fascinating tale well told. I was left so frustrated that this could happen to a person seeking psychiatric help. It is clearly unethical for a psychiatrist to wrangle his way into a patient’s will to acquire his life savings. Surely it’s illegal as well?
  • Kasiekkkkk
    Well done
    Love this. Worth your time !
  • NJoanneP
    The Shrink next Door
    This was a fascinating look at a psychiatrist who demonstrated his lack of professionalism & abuse of a social relationship. His agenda was nefarious and caused distress to many patients. NJoanneP
  • Ghffjhh
    So real... “ Dr. Isaac “ is everywhere in our life... lol
    So real... “ Dr. Isaac “ is everywhere in our life...
  • J.E.H. 08
    Creepy Truth
    I couldn’t NOT believe what I was hearing. Each episode got weirder, creepier, and scarier. Beware!
  • K.E.L.VA
    Fascinating story, well reported.
    Jaw-dropping story about extraordinary abuse by a psychiatrist. High quality reporting and podcast. Listen, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Bschora
    WONDERY Kills us with PRESENTS...
    The Apple podcast app has a nice feature that notifies us when a new episode is released. So what does WONDERY do? Uses this feature to advertise new podcasts. Which is TOTALLY awful when you are subscribed to 5 or 10 WONDERY podcasts! You get 5 or 10 notifications which APPEAR to be alerts for new episodes... they are a crappy ADVERTISEMENT for the SAME new podcast! So in turn I will use THIS podcast to RATE my displeasure in the practice... ONE STAR. WONDERY PLEASE STOP IT.
  • rosa manzo
    Yeah, I believe Marty.
    A story that lets you know that getting help is a good thing, but there are predators you need to look out for.
  • Got Happiness
    Great podcast!!
  • she who loves animals
    The Shrink Next Door
    Totally riveting. A great and well researched podcast. Keep up the good work and I look forward to future updates
  • pisatowski
    Excellent reporting very very informative and spellbinding
  • CAM904
    The story is fascinating. Great research/interviews pull it all together for the listener. Fun and easy listening.
  • listener 523
    The Perfect Schlemiel
    Hard to feel sorry for Marty who abdicated his life to a manipulative con man-his shrink. Personally found it painful to hear Judaism tossed around in service of swindles and lies. Still it’s a fascinating story .
  • ccdg20
    The Shrink Next Door
    Great story and well told. Enjoyed every episode.
  • Emmmm3416
    I wish I could go back and listen to this for the first time. The premise is just so crazy, and I can’t believe it’s actually real.
  • Quiz Bowl Nerd
    Sickening and Shocking Case of Malpractice
    This podcast is full of moments that would horrify anyone in the medical field. To think that a man so trusted by his community preyed on his most vulnerable patients and gained so much out of it at the cost of his victims is unbelievable yet true. This story is a testament to the gaps in patient protection in the fear to punish powerful figures in the medical community. Hopefully, this vile psychiatrist will face punishment for the damage he has caused and the victims will find the justice they deserve.
  • NateInLA
    Great reporting, well-paced. Not crazy about the narration but nobody’s perfect.
  • New to the dating world
    All I can say is poor poor Marty! I’m so glad to hear things are looking up for him - hope to hear good news soon....
  • belovedlily
    Great Pod - Great Reporting
    First - this is a great podcast with tons of research and cleanly produced. 5 🌟 Second - to the few one star reviews on here, complaining about commercials and not releasing all episodes at once - y’all need to evaluate why you feel you are entitled to consume someone else’s work completely free, on demand, and commercial free. Do you work for free?
    This show is incredible! Everyone should be on therapy and therapists should be held to the highest ethical standard. What a journey. A real life horror story really.
  • Jael's Tent Peg
    If Ike was legally co owner of Marty’s many things, did Marty have problems legally writing out Ike’s authority on things like the will???
  • Dankasarus
    Fan freaking tastic
    Great podcast. This is a story worth listening too. Well worth the $
  • 2xistt
    Parcast Commercialism
    I have enjoyed podcast since it was called Audioblogging, i2Go I believe. A’Blogging used to be about sharing, entertaining, informing and having fun. Produced with love and the desire to share. Even the loony ones. One very rarely had formal commercials. Certainly not Commercial - Commercials like these types of productions. I realize that many of these shows constitute a great deal of research and production. These - PARCAST - Wondery - Earwolf - PodcastOne, Podcast are interesting and have quality production value however the pat commercials are disappointing. It seems to be ALL about making money, crank emm out, sell emm out! Many many many include great segments of time set aside for promotion of - well you name it. It may as well be pancake mix. There are still many wonderful podcast like ‘Monsters Among Us’(totally uncompetitive program to this one) that are dramatically closer in quality to the early Podcast days. That are fabulous and do not set aside ‘Stand by for these messages from our sponsors’ chunks of time. It’s MASSIVELY refreshing. Good thing we can just skip them, but I would not if they were as entertaining as many online & television commercials manage. Hint Hint Hint… & I wholeheartedly agree with reviewer Ribbit6619 as to: Publishing all episodes at once. I feel precisely the same in that I will not taste a show like this one in little bites. Yes, it is akin to Random House releasing a novel one chapter at a time. Get over your Egos & Barum & Bailey Circus - Show Style & Publish. Really now this isn’t ‘Friends’.
  • Maximus Desimus Meridius 1
    You’ll get hooked
    I am obsessed with this podcast!!
  • Slotkin
    Deeply disturbing but so very relatable. Fully and thoroughly absorbing. Host Joe Nocera has a plain, self-effacing, amiable way of story-telling. Highly recommend
  • KM98654
    Spellbinding Podcast!
    Forget Ribbit’s review a few below mine. He/she went on a rant about this podcast being released in episodes. (Hello, you don’t get to choose how Netflix shows are released, why should podcast be any different?) ANYWAY, this is a fantastic binge worthy podcast. Highly recommend! Thanks to the creators of this pod. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Ribbit6619
    Intriguing but.....
    Here’s the thing that most podcasts do but really doesn’t need to- STOP RELEASING THEM EPISODICALLY! Mass distribute and let ME decide if I want to binge or consume in small quantities. I feel like I’m old enough to gage whether I can determine when I’ve had enough. Worth noting, I’m not listening to or recommending anything I like that is released in episodes until everything has been released and you’re free to peruse at your own pace. I don’t care enough to be part of a trend and find out along with everyone that a story is poorly produced, shoddily told, or interesting enough to be angry that I have to be spoon fed like an infant. It would be akin to a publisher releasing a new book but only in chapters, because word of mouth might increase by doing so, or bringing on advertisers by using a ridiculous ratings system will generate more income. Sorry Apple, Wondery & TSND, I’m not following your schedule; you need to catch up to the curve on this one. Spotify is showing you how it’s done, and you can’t unring this bell. Consumers are tired of kowtowing to your nonsense and I’ll be listening to everything on their channel from here on out. I pay for ad-free, and even when a podcast does have ads inserted and I have the option of FF through, I will listen to the ads to support the sponsors if I have the option to listen all at once.
  • Bubba0791
    Another great story wonderfully produced, written, researched and told.
    Nobody does it better than Wondery.
  • Gateaux Girl
    This is a bizarre tale that would make a terrific movie!
  • Skeletor the True Master
    Ike isn’t the only one
    Excellent listen! Reminds me of how Eugene Landy took advantage of Brian Wilson. Part of the reason I am becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to protect a vulnerable population from people like these
  • Davicelli
    Fascinating story well-told
    More interesting than fiction, these episodes were hard to put down. I can’t wait for another update.
  • very men
    For the love of god wondery
    please stop using dead casts to advertise its clogging my feed and just makes me stop listening to anything new you put out. As well as anything anyone puts out because I can’t fine the new episodes when my feed is NOTHING BUT ADS
  • Linchikas
    Binge listened
    The podcast is captivating and I listened to all episodes in one day.
  • NaeaRae
    Good listen
    I really enjoyed this podcast. Very interesting story!
  • Charlie horse Jack
    I must be very sheltered
    I always thought it was halfway worldly but obviously I don’t know half of what’s going on out there. The fact that people do this to one another and allowed to have it done to them is mine boggling to me. That’s the podcast was very interesting and well produced.
  • A_girlfox
    I have found the first episode informative and descriptive. Wondery keep it up your all doing great!!
  • Marymaryhart
    Marty isn’t a victim
    This is such a nothing burger. He’s not a victim. It seems like he found someone who told him what he wanted to hear then took zero accountability for his actions. I listened to all six episodes and never understood Marty’s outrage. He is a consenting adult. And probably a jerk too.
  • StillWater1
    Don’t waste your time
    This is just not interesting and too weird.
  • mdbone00
    No good
    This is more a story of how stupid Marty is. Quit after first episode. Awful
  • Real Red Ginger
    Trying to pace myself
    First episode was good. By second episode I was down the rabbit hole and I’m forcing myself not to listen to the entire thing at once. Fascinating. Sad. Familiar. Infuriating.
  • biggyrl97
    Just WOW
    I’m completely hooked
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