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A Roadmap to Answer the Existential Questions “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” with Dr. Sara Kuburic

Season 1, Ep. 17

Dr. Sara Kuburic, the existential therapist behind the popular IG account @millennial.therapist, shares how anyone can recover their sense of Self — no matter how long they’ve been feeling lost. We dive deep into some of the darkest places of our shared human experience…and learn tactical tools and strategies to help us heal. The “It’s On Me” author gets real about toxic positivity, self loss, and why self-love shouldn’t necessarily be the end goal. This episode will leave you full of hope, no matter what your relationship to your Self looks like.


In this episode we talk about:

  • The war-torn upbringing that led Sara to her work today
  • What an ‘existential therapist’ is, and how this modality views suffering
  • The leap of faith — and goal — that led Sara to grow her IG following to 1.5M
  • How to build a healthy relationship with social media
  • What ‘self loss’ is, symptoms, and how to start reclaiming your sense of self
  • What to do if you feel like you’re not “exactly where you were meant to be”
  • Exactly how to begin living more intentionally and reclaim your life
  • How to prevent burnout as someone who is highly motivated to work


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