Bloom: Get Through Tough Times and Find Your Mojo

When bad things happen, how do we bloom? How can we get through what life serves up? What can we learn from people who do it well?

Featuring practical advice, reflections, speculation, intelligent chat and silly jokes. Hosts Dr Steve (Clinical Hypnotherapist) and Susie (writer, cake baker, parent, cancer patient) are joined by interesting guests who know their stuff.

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Season 2 - We're back!


Season 2 Trailer – try us out

A sneak preview of what’s coming for season 2, with the medical model vs what goes on above the shoulders, Steve does a little Austin Powers and the inside story on whether Andy really was an arseh*ole before his diagnosis. 



Season 2

1.Divorce: breaking up is hard, and when there are kids involved it can be hell for everyone. Lucy Mannering wished there had been a guide – so, with her sister (going through the same thing at the same time), she wrote it. Top tips on getting through emotionally and legally, and making sure you are the sane parent.

2. It’s Raining Tic Tacs! What goes on inside other people’s heads? Steve’s daughter Rowena has synaesthesia, and describes what it’s like where words and music have colours. Not to be outdone, Steve talks about aphantasia, which is the weird head he lives with! In what order do you put your shoes and socks on?

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10. When We Are Different. The amazing story of a man who at 53 discovered something about himself that changed how he viewed his entire life. Guest Andy Hutchinson tells us about getting a diagnosis of ADHD at age 53, what his undiagnosed childhood was like, and how understanding himself and getting help has changed his life. Susie gives us the parent perspective; what it’s like to have a kid who needs help and her experience of working with the system and schools to get the right intervention and support. PS. We are not medical professionals and Andy’s discussion is not medical advice. PPS. There’s a tiny bit of swearing – don’t listen with little kids around unless you want to be asked why the nice man is calling himself an arsehole.


9. All About the Men! Are men isolated and emotionally straitjacketed? Where are the male role models, and is ‘harden up’ a negative message? Can men find pathways to emotional literacy? And should a feminist care? Susie confesses she finds it difficult to engage in issues of men’s health. Dave Mallard from Melbourne Men’s Group explains why we should all care about men’s issues.


8. Support, Grief and Funerals. How do we offer support during tough times? We talk about flowers, food, thoughts and prayers. Is is better to do the wrong thing or nothing at all? We chat about stages of grief, the benefits of sorting through stuff and why it’s not good to discuss an autopsy in a busy café. Guest Rachael Angus opens a window on death care, supporting families and how she handles the sadness of the grief cycle.

7. The Year of the Breast. Susie tells Steve about her diagnosis and treatment for cancer, including what it was like going through chemotherapy during lockdown and why Bernie Ecclestone was in her fridge. 


6. What Flavour is Your Therapy? and the Anxious Shrink. Worries, significant worries, and being a parent. How is it possible there are more than 150 types of talking therapies?! Why did Steve become a hypnotherapist and does it work? We chat with guest Dr Mark Cross (the Anxious Shrink) about anxiety, connection and families.

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5. Self Love (Not the Fun Kind!) and Empty Nests. Susie and Steve talk about self love (not the fun kind!), maintaining good self esteem and social media as a force for good. And it’s Father’s Day! We riff on empty nesters and how parents become people again. Guest Daniel Bowen (dad of two) talks about the joy of choosing his own music and sadness as kids move on and out.


4. Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? How to get through when you’re not getting along. Steve plays Agony Aunt, and reckons he’s better at it than the real ones. Guest Jackie Wise (dispute and conflict resolution specialist) explains why being nice isn’t enough, and offers some practical tips on talking through difficult issues.


3. What Colour is Your World? Is Steve a racist? Susie is a Woman of Colour! What do our race, ethnicity and family backgrounds bring to how we approach the world? Guest Alice Pung chats about wolf-whistles, writing her family and racist friends.

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2. Lockdown Smackdown! How are you coping with the threat of the ‘rona? When information hurts… and helps. Steve talks about NOT staying up to date with the news… and Susie talks about why that’s such a terrible idea. Guest Nick Staikos MP on the best community support and how he unwinds.


1. Life is Pain, and Why Dogs Make the Best People. Guest Dr Gabrielle Peacock riffs on the surprising things animals can teach humans, and kitten rescue. Why having a pet can help your kids to develop resilience, responsibility and an appreciation of mortality; and why a big fat old dog sitting on you can change your life.