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Hannah: Stop pleasing and start trusting connection

Hannah has found a range of ways to earn love and protect herself from getting hurt. In Dr. Hillary McBride’s words, she “has found a way to stay connected to people by figuring out who they want her to be, and then being that.”

Kristin: Sibling loss in early life

Kristin’s brother died when she was very young and she blamed herself, the way children sometimes do. As the anniversary of his death stirs up difficult feelings, Dr. Hillary helps Kristin begin to heal this deep wound.

Vanessa: Surviving the fear that 'everyone leaves'

Dr. Hillary McBride needs to tell her longtime client Vanessa that she’s pregnant and will soon need to take some time away. This is hard for Vanessa to hear, as she is working through her fear that everyone leaves, as well as her own trauma around motherhood.

Ethan: A deep political rift in the family

Ethan’s parents have become committed to extreme right wing ideologies. After a lot of heartache, he has decided to distance himself from them, despite how much it hurts.

Julia: Hiding away the hard parts

As someone who has struggled with addiction and a bipolar diagnosis, Julia carefully hides away parts of herself. Dr. Hillary McBride helps her embrace her complexity, and reconcile it with her new identity as mom.

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?

Louise: Ready to feel alive

It’s been a few weeks since we released a bonus episode from Louise about being hospitalized for anorexia and contracting COVID-19 in the hospital. Now, she’s home, healing, and determined to take steps toward recovering from her eating disorder and letting her true self shine through.

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?

Listen to Other People's Problems

Normally, therapy sessions are totally confidential — but this podcast opens the doors. No actors. No auditions. No artifice.

What kind of therapy is right for you?

It's a question only you can answer. You can start by getting to know the five general camps of psychotherapy.

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.

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