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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  • mills007
    Struggling with remaining engaged
    The concept is pretty mind-blowing, and the reveal at the RnD of episode one was thrilling. However, I’m near the end of episode 3 and it’s going nowhere. The psychiatrist clearly went way past the line on an unassuming, easily manipulated person with money. Seen that movie before. The writer would benefit from hinting at direction or a change in the story for the listener to remain engaged for another 4 or 5 episodes. I’m not interested in foundation or Swiss bank account manipulation after manipulation. Will try to consume more of the content before moving on. Moderate to low recommendation.
  • Fallon Strohl
    This was a good story but I dunno, maybe I was kinda bored with the host? Or just listening to his wife and him? I dunno... decent story. Didn’t hate it.
  • Crimegeek
    I’m not sure I’ll even be able to finish this. As interesting as it is, for me it’s extremely painful. So hard to believe that someone could be so ???
  • Kudzuacura
    Mind Blowing!
    It's hard to believe people can be so gullible. But life experience has shown us this is reality. I'm not sure Talk Space (virtual therapy) is the best sponsor for this LOL! GREAT story. Extremely well-told. I'm recommending to everyone!!
  • Aliecat317
    Great Help In Moving Forward!
    This is the second time I have listened to this podcast. My boyfriend is just like “Ike”, if there is a clone it is him. Now, I’m better equipped to handle him when he wants to take control over my life. I would love to find therapist who would direct me in a good way to move forward. I have also share this podcast with other girlfriends of mine.
  • Emmiecarrot
    A great listen! True crime meets dark comedy!
  • meeeeeeeeeeeeeewwweeeeeeeeooo
    Britney Spears
    Can you do a podcast about Britney Spears? Her current situation sounds like a shrink took over her life.
  • fuvdtvh
    Great reporting
    A really interesting and well reported podcast. Highly recommend!
  • mamabellFlorida
    A ‘Page Turner’ for the Ears
    Quality production. Highly Binge-able. What a compelling story!!! 💕 (I hear there’ll be a movie!)
  • dadacatfish
    One of my favorites!
    Very well done.
  • P.S.III
    A sad story about a broken man who was taken advantage of by an apparently appallingly unscrupulous psychiatrist. What cold have been a very strong story, unfortunately just never quite pulls it off. I would recommend listening to American Scandal, or Cults, or Imbedded, or Radio Lab, or Criminal, or over a dozen other podcasts to learn how to “hook” the listener.
  • Cmmnyc
    Great podcast - addictive!
    Listen to it in one day - great journalism and insight - now I hope that the “shrink” will get the verdict he deserves.
  • Katco95
    Can’t stop
    I couldn’t stop listening! I listened to the entire series in one day!
  • violetblac
    Unpredictable and engrossing
    This story is unique and full of unexpected turns. It's very well presented and so listenable. One of my favorite podcasts. Highly recommended.
  • suzieq352
    If you listen to the first episode you will be hooked. This makes me believe in the phrase that “truth is stranger than fiction.” The good news is that it has a hopeful ending well maybe even a happy ending, except I think Marty should start dating. It’s not over until it’s over.
  • Gymratsue
    This is totally addictive
    I listen when I am cooking dinner, cleaning the house and organizing my papers, exercising. I can’t turn it off!! It’s too good.
  • P Minns
    Long haul drivers will love this one!!
    Very interesting story, well narrated, guaranteed for miles and hours of intense mind stimulating entertainment!
  • Женя Жданова
    Great story, very well done podcast
    This psychiatrist is a genius! Hands down! He was fooling and robbing the rich NYC Jewish communality for decades, and he is getting away with it, even after this podcast was released. Marty is such a jerk, so are people that were partied on his dime for years, and no one told him the truth. Dr Hershkopf is a modern Robin Hood. He took the money from the stupid rich people and donate it to charity. 😂 This podcast such a great satire on our society norms.
  • alice in wibderland
    Cracking Good Tale, Well Told
    What an unbelievable story of deceit and manipulation. Mesmerizing from start to finish. This series is worth listening to just for the vintage Nee York accents alone. Hope this author produces more great podcasts.
  • ittybittyhomestead
    This story had me from episode one.....following the twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. Excellent podcast that proves the old adage, ‘truth is stranger than fiction.’
  • 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???
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