42 episodes

When bad things happen, how do people bloom? What can we learn from those who thrive when the going gets tough? Amazing life stories of resilience, practical advice, and quirky, intelligent chat from hosts Dr Steve (clinical hypnotherapist) and Susie (writer, baker, parent, cancer patient).

Bloom: Human Stories of Resilience Susie & Dr Steve

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

When bad things happen, how do people bloom? What can we learn from those who thrive when the going gets tough? Amazing life stories of resilience, practical advice, and quirky, intelligent chat from hosts Dr Steve (clinical hypnotherapist) and Susie (writer, baker, parent, cancer patient).

    We Can No Longer Be Friends

    We Can No Longer Be Friends

    While Dr Steve gallivants around Europe, Susie catches the plague and discovers you can't go back in time.  We talk about the fallibility of memory and whether the world is becoming more tolerant or less, and which of our favourite old TV shows generates side eye from teenagers today.

    • 18 min
    Stand Up and Be Counted

    Stand Up and Be Counted

    Ettie was a soldier, and one day the moment came to take action, whatever the cost. But doing the right thing was both hard and risky. Ettie tells Susie and Dr Stave about bravery, risks and when the other side hold all the cards.  

    • 20 min
    It Takes a Lot of Guts

    It Takes a Lot of Guts

    Your life can change, very fast - as our guest Tim discovered one fateful day.  The moment he knew is a story of emergencies, zero blood pressure, organ transplants, an Australian first - and more than that, a story of how he coped and how it changed him. 

    • 40 min
    You Are Enough

    You Are Enough

    Talking kids and  self-image through the lens of a woman born with cleft lip and palate, whose kid was born with cleft lip and palate. This is our most emotional interview yet, and Susie & Dr Steve (but mostly Dr Steve) make Megan cry, and that's OK because no Megans were harmed in the making of this podcast. Honest.

    • 24 min
    I Get Knocked Down, and I Get Up Again

    I Get Knocked Down, and I Get Up Again

    When life gives you lemons, yeah yeah... What about when life gives you cancer and amputation at seven years old? And you find yourself knocked down so deep and dark a hole you don't know how to get up again? Liam talks about the moment that changed his life...

    • 33 min
    A Terrorist Reading Shakespeare

    A Terrorist Reading Shakespeare

    Found guilty of hoarding 70,000 violent, racist files, a young feller is sentenced to... Shakespeare and Jane Austen?! Susie and Dr Steve ponder the redemptive power of dead white authors on living white terrorists. 

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

nic987533567 ,

Think and feel

Steve and Susie are self effacing and thought provoking in their discussion. Well worth a listen. Nicole

reneeotmar ,

If there’s anything I can do...

Warm, funny, friendly – if you ever want to be a fly on the wall while two friends chat amiably about some of life’s Big Questions, give this one a go! I love it when people express informed opinions without trying to foist them on others. Quality, thoughtful, considered, informed, informative.

Nenketer ,

Give peace a chance

Great tone and vulnerability in these episodes, as well as a nice touch of humour. I loved the whole discussion about how people have many different sides to them, and you can’t be totally judgemental on areas where you disagree. Keep up the good work!

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