29 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).

    When It Rains

    When It Rains

    Is it possible to store up resilience? Susie and Dr Steve talk about building up your reserves for when life throws lemons at you. Today's guest is Paul, who has taken advantage of a terrible period of his life to help others as a Speaker for Beyond Blue. 

    • 32 min
    Be Yourself - Everyone Else Is Taken

    Be Yourself - Everyone Else Is Taken

    You CAN be what you can't see, but it's harder when you have to forge your own path.  Guest Cath describes building a life as a gay single parent and corporate boss.  Susie and Dr Steve talk about confidence and how to find it, and for the rest of us - just what is required to get the doona off your head of a morning...

    • 31 min
    Grace Under Pressure

    Grace Under Pressure

    Hemingway's definition of guts never applied better than to Liz, today's guest. A bitter divorce is one thing, but coping with years of manipulation and emotional abuse quite another. Susie and Dr Steve talk about resilience when things are bleak and how to find it. [CW: discussion of emotional and legal abuse.]

    • 33 min
    Memories Are Made of… What?

    Memories Are Made of… What?

    What’s your earliest memory? Probably never happened – at least, not like that. Susie and Dr Steve talk about memory and how time changes perspectives and getting the view from the other side. In this two guest special you’ll meet Catherine, wife of Andy (who’s not an a******e). Catherine tells us what it is to build a life with someone with ADHD. Then our second guest Brennan shares his memories of growing up in a cult, and his relationship now with his parents. [CW: violence against children, coercive control.]

    • 51 min
    Devils and Angels

    Devils and Angels

    If I exorcise my devils, my angels may leave too. When the life you plan is snatched from you, how to do you get the point of being glad of it? Susie and Dr Steve meet Kenny, a remarkable man who wouldn’t have his sight back even if he could. Plus BONUS Tom Waits reference.

    • 31 min
    Ermagerd!

    Ermagerd!

    Belief in religion is in decline. In this episode we discuss faith, its absence from our lives and what it means to live in a secular world. Joining Susie and Dr Steve is Father Bob, a Roman Catholic priest driven to serve the poor and excluded. Steve talks about the time he very nearly became a priest himself (yes really) and Susie  explains that Faith is her middle name (yes really). 

    • 39 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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