Other People’s Problems


Vanessa: Raising a child with special needs

Vanessa’s daily life is difficult. Between coping with the demands of work and raising a daughter with special needs, Vanessa is falling into old patterns of negative thinking and self-silencing. Can she learn to break old patterns and recognise her own feelings of loneliness?

Emily: Letting yourself be sad

Emily was taught as a kid to avoid some of her emotions, including sadness. Now as an adult, Emily is learning how to sit with her feelings without pushing them away in hopes of resolving past traumas and developing new ways of coping with the ups and downs of life. 

Lacey: Healing from a neglectful mother

Lacey has always had a hard time experiencing joy and other positive emotions, but recently there’s been slight shifts in her thinking. As she learns to create a safe environment where she’s seen and loved, Lacey must also come to terms with the anger, shame and resentment she’s been holding on to.

Tom: Riding big waves of emotion

Tom is working to understand and experience his emotions, connect with his wife and kids, and compassionately factor in his ADHD. Hillary is amazed at how far Tom has come from their first session to where he is today.

Andrew: Opening up during lockdown

Andrew has been working on connecting with others. Although he is making great strides, Andrew is finding it hard to connect with his wife. As the corona virus forces him to isolate at home with his family, Andrew must ask for what he’s been longing for — intimacy.

Why we all feel guilt towards our parents — even if we grew up in a healthy home

Hillary McBride and a panel of experts unpack why familial guilt is universal, and how it affects our mental health.

Maggie: It's okay to feel good

Hillary shares listener feedback from Maggie's session in Other People's Problems season one. Hillary encourages Maggie to feel empowered by the inspiration she has offered others.

Dave: Shame blocks connection

Shame keeps Dave from connecting with other people. He finds a way to reach toward Hillary.

Sloane: Ending it with an abusive mom

As Sloane prepares to welcome her first child, she confronts the painful relationship she has with her own mother and her wish the relationship could end.

Franklyn: Carrying old hurt into new love

Franklyn has begun dating again after his divorce. But hurt and fear from the past are making it hard for him to dive in to new love.

Belle: Suicide and parental guilt

Belle is feeling suicidal and like a bad parent. Hillary talks with her about the idea of a “good enough” mom.

Hannah: Coping with anxiety

Hannah’s anxiety is out of control and that's making it hard to get through her day at work.

Ethan: Space for a new baby

Hillary works with Ethan to imagine playing and connecting with his new baby. He’s worked for years to process the terrifying experience of almost losing his wife during the birth of their first child.

Layla: Healing from rape

A chance encounter at the pool has triggered Layla to remember a sexual assault. In this session, she begins to heal.

Ellie: Abusive with me, but loves our daughter

Ellie’s decision to leave her abusive relationship has restored her sparkle. But how does she foster a good relationship between him and their daughter without getting hurt again?

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Patti: Giving until it's all gone

Patti strives to be perfect. Bumps along the road are overwhelming and stifling her relationships — especially with her husband.

Sloane: Putting a name on this problem

Hillary and Sloane discuss Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to help Sloane understand why she feels the way she feels and thinks the way she thinks.

Belle: The eating disorder voice inside

Belle has a voice inside her head that torments her with messages of self-hate. She turns to food to feel better. Hillary tries to help her with a therapy called EMDR.

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Franklyn: Heartbreak in a digital world

Franklyn revokes his access to tracking his ex-wife’s whereabouts through her phone. It’s his last connection to her.

Patti: We need to talk about birth trauma

The birth of Patti’s son still haunts her today. What can she do to overcome those memories that are keeping her stuck in guilt and regret?

Megan and Clark: Learning how to be married all over again

Megan and Clark are going through some major life changes. Clark welcomes the change. Megan is supportive yet can’t help but miss what’s been lost along the way.

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