Cate Mackenzie delves into the lives of extraordinary people to discover what brings them love, pleasure and joy. She finds out where they have come from in their lives and what makes them tick.
When working with couples and individuals as Psychosexual Therapist and Couples Counsellor, Cate has noticed that a big factor in their happiness is how resourced they are in their lives with people, hobbies, fun and relaxation. If people feel good, this helps with their relationships and in all other areas of life. This concept inspired the podcast.
Esther Freud on love through three generations
Esther Freud is the author of nine novels, including Hideous Kinky, her semi-autobiographical debut, which tells of her unconventional childhood in Morocco. In this podcast episode, she speaks about I Couldn’t Love You More, the story of three generations of Irish women and their intertwining lives. The book speaks to relationship, love and expectation, as well as managing desperation, fear and hopelessness.
Esther is a wonderfully in-depth person to listen to and speak to. Enjoy!
Get the book I Couldn’t Love You More on Amazon.
Cleo Sylvestre on being a pioneering black actor
In this podcast episode, we hear all about the life and career of Cleo Sylvestre, the incredible pioneering black actor who broke down the doors of racism in theatre, film and television in the UK.
Cleo was the first black actor in a major role at The National Theatre, the first main black character in Crossroads, broke ground in Ken Loache’s Up the Junction and Cathy Come Home, played amazing parts alongside Anthony Sher, and sang To Know Him Is to Love Him with the Rolling Stones.
There was a significant moment in history when Cleo was cast as Noelle Gordon’s adopted daughter Melanie in Crossroads after Enoch Powell’s 'rivers of blood speech' that ignited swathes of racism in the UK. She speaks of a time that was extremely tough as a black woman and yet her incredible passion was her constant guide to keep going.
Cate would love to see Cleo be given a part in Bridgerton and a lifetime award from BAFTA. If anyone has any links, please do put her forward as she really is the best.
Cece Sykes on compassion for addictive processes
Cece Sykes is a psychotherapist with over thirty years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples and families, specialising in work with the effects of trauma and addiction. She is a Senior Trainer for the Internal Family Systems Institute and her chapter on compassionate approaches to addictive process appears in the book IFS: Innovations and Elaborations, 2016, Routledge. Cece also has special interests in spiritual practices intersecting with therapy and in the impact of psychotherapy upon the life of the therapist.
In this powerful and compassionate interview, Cece speaks about her way of working therapeutically with addictive processes. She also shares her ways of supporting therapists to tell their stories in a safe container.
Michelle de Swarte on flowing with your creativity
Michelle de Swarte is a stand up comic, actor and ex catwalk model. She is the best friend in the Netflix comedy The Duchess and stars in the HBO series The Baby.
In this podcast episode, Michelle speaks about what it’s like to ride the wave of life when a lot is happening that you may have always wished for and how she is learning to manage it. She shares from her heart about all kinds of issues, from how to stand up for yourself as a woman, how racial and gender diversity is addressed in TV casting, to how to handle success when you are really busy.
This was a beautiful and enlightening interview. Enjoy!
Laura Vowels on navigating differences in desire
Laura Vowels is an Emotionally Focussed Sex and Relationship therapist who specialises in desire discrepancy. She shares about what to do when it seems like you do not match sexually with your partner and how to integrate fantasy and different desires in a stage-by-stage plan. She also works as a researcher for an app to help couples navigate issues around sexual desire discrepancy — www.blueheart.io.
Paul McGann on the craft of being an actor
Paul John McGann is an English actor. He came to prominence for portraying Percy Toplis in the television serial The Monocled Mutineer, then starred in the dark comedy Withnail and I, which was a critical success and developed a cult following. He is now the eighth and very popular Doctor Who. He also narrates the podcast Real Dictators.
Cate went to the Hampstead Theatre to see The Forest, a play about a powerful man having an affair, with an all-star cast including Paul McGann. She talked to Paul afterwards about the play and asked him if he might consider being interviewed... and so here they are having a chat!