Other People's Problems

Other People's Problems

By CBC Podcasts

Real people. Real problems. Real talk. Normally, therapy sessions are totally confidential — but this podcast opens the doors. Hillary McBride and her clients want to help demystify mental health. No ...


S3 - Bonus - A meditation for these uncertain times

A gift to you, our listeners, as we wrap Season 3. We appreciate you so much. Take good care of yourself and each other. (And, hey, if you have feedback or experiences with OPP to share, we’d love to hear from you. Please email producer Jodie Martinson: jodie.martinson@cbc.ca)
08/07/2011m 0s

S3 Episode 9 - Looking back with accepting eyes, forward to more joy

As we know from the earlier episode with Lacey, she grew up with a mother who neglected her. It has left her with a deep sense she is not good enough. In this episode, Hillary and Lacey travel back to Lacey’s childhood home to witness the situation through the eyes of caring responsible adults who see little Lacey’s suffering and take care of her.
06/07/2042m 3s

S3 Episode 8 - BONUS - 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.
03/07/2034m 41s

S3 Episode 7 - Vanessa - “The life I have isn’t working”

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 recognize her own feelings of loneliness?
30/06/2030m 44s

S3 Episode 6 - Andrew - Unlocking memories of childhood sexual abuse

As a teenager, Andrew was sexually abused by someone he trusted. Even though the perpetrator was an adult, and to an outsider it would be a clear case of child sexual abuse, the experience felt more complex to him at the time.
23/06/2029m 48s

S3 Episode 5 - BONUS - Louise - Surviving an eating disorder and COVID-19 (Plus: interview with Hillary)

Louise had to be hospitalized because of anorexia. In the hospital, she contracted COVID-19 and has had to be isolated for weeks. She and Hillary speak compassionately to the eating disorder part of Louise for how it has helped her cope with her suffering, and ask it to move aside so that the real Louise, the parts of her that want to live fully, can begin to take over. Plus, we hear a candid interview with Hillary, who has personal experience with an eating disorder. NOTE: This conversation was recorded over video conferencing software over weak hospital wifi, and the audio quality is hard to understand at times. We’ve done our best to improve it but recommend listening in a quiet space with good headphones.
20/06/2034m 45s

S3 Episode 4 - Emily - Letting yourself be sad

Emily was taught as a kid to avoid some of her emotions, including sadness. Now as an adult, she is learning how to sit with her feelings without pushing them away. She hopes to resolve past traumas and develop new ways of coping with the ups and downs of life.
16/06/2033m 39s

S3 Episode 3 - Tom - Riding big waves of emotion

Tom connects with Hillary over Zoom during a lunch break at work. He's been 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, taking the time to take care of himself, and model for his kids how to express big feelings appropriately when they come up.
08/06/2029m 51s

S3 Episode 2 - Lacey - Healing from a neglectful mother

Growing up, there was a lot of conflict in Lacey’s family. After her parents divorced, the conflict stopped, but Lacey and her sister were often left alone. By connecting with her younger self, Lacey realises what she was missing: being seen and loved just as she is. Now, Lacey is doing her best to let go of the childhood patterns — the shield — that once protected her, in hopes of creating healthier ways of being for herself and her children.
01/06/2029m 7s

S3 Episode 1 - 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 close his restaurant and isolate at home with his family, Andrew must get vulnerable and ask for what he's been longing for — intimacy.
26/05/2026m 30s

Coming soon: new episodes of Other People's Problems

Dr. Hillary McBride is back with a new season of Other People's Problems. Unlike most therapy podcasts that feature sessions between a therapist and a one-off client, Hillary's clients have been working with her for a long time. This is what people sound like when they talk about difficult childhoods, the stress of day-to-day-life and sudden changes to our lives with someone they trust.
26/05/201m 42s

Introducing Food, We Need to Talk

Food, We Need to Talk from WBUR follows one woman's quest to end her war with food. Hosts Juna Gjata and Dr. Eddie Phillips wield solid science, medical knowledge, common sense and an endless supply of dad jokes to teach us how to eat better and feel better about it.
22/01/203m 36s

Introducing First Day Back

First Day Back is a podcast from Stitcher about people facing and trying to overcome life's most challenging moments. Last season followed a woman coming back from her prison sentence. Now the show is back with a new story about a comedian who died on stage and was revived by an audience member. Follow along this season to find out how the man who lives and died for comedy grapples with his death and reignites his career in the aftermath.
25/01/194m 10s

OPP Extra - "Family Inheritance": Other People's Problems live

Recorded in front of a live theatre audience at the HotDocs Podcast Festival, Hillary McBride discusses how our families shape us for better and for worse by digging deeper into Sloane's story and her own. Featuring special expert panellists Kwame McKenzie and Tina Malti.
23/01/1948m 47s

S2 Episode 9 - Maggie - It's okay to feel good

"You don't get rid of shadow, you learn how to use it. There is strength and goodness and power even in the shadow" - Hillary
27/11/1828m 46s

S2 Episode 8 - Dave - Shame blocks connection

Shame keeps Dave from connecting with other people. He finds a way to reach toward Hillary.
27/11/1831m 57s

S2 Episode 7 - 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.
20/11/1827m 37s

S2 Episode 6 - 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.
20/11/1824m 5s

OPP Extra - Lu Ripley on talking about suicide

*Warning: This episode references suicide and may be triggering for some listeners. When someone you love is suicidal, talking about it is daunting. In this podcast extra, host Hillary McBride, producer Jodie Martinson, and expert guest Lu Ripley get real about how to have candid conversations and ask that terrifying question: "Do you want to kill yourself?"
13/11/1822m 6s

S2 Episode 5 - Belle - Suicide and parental guilt

*Warning: This episode references suicide and may be triggering for some listeners. Belle is feeling suicidal and like a bad parent. Hillary talks with her about the idea of a "good enough" mom.
13/11/1831m 35s

S2 Episode 4 - Hannah - Coping with anxiety

Hannah's anxiety is out of control and that's making it hard to get through her day at work.
06/11/1826m 15s

OPP Extra - Hillary's guided meditation

Host Hillary McBride advises her client Hannah to listen to a guided mediation on her commute to help ease her anxiety. Here's one for you to use, with Hillary as your guide.
06/11/1810m 8s

S2 Episode 3 - 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.
06/11/1826m 14s

OPP Extra - Healing from sexual violence - Trisha Baptie's story

Host Hillary McBride and Producer Jodie Martinson sit down with advocate and survivor of sexual violence, Trisha Baptie, to talk about healing.
30/10/1825m 28s

S2 Episode 2 - Layla - Healing from rape

*Warning: This episode details a sexual assault and may be triggering for some listeners. A chance encounter at the pool has triggered Layla to remember a sexual assault. In this session, she begins to heal.
30/10/1841m 9s

S2 Episode 1 - 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?
30/10/1825m 11s

Coming soon: new episodes of Other People's Problems

Producer Jodie Martinson shares some clips from new therapy sessions between Hillary and her clients about healing from sexual assault, escaping domestic violence, and carrying hurt into new love. New episodes will be released in the fall.
29/08/182m 31s

Hillary's podcast pick: Mic Drop

If you liked how Other People's Problems let you into the minds and hearts of ordinary people you'll love Mic Drop. Listen in as teenagers share their mood-swinging, dream-chasing, rule-breaking dramas and adventures.
04/05/1811m 5s

S1 Episode 9 - Patti - Giving until it's gone

Patti strives to be perfect and does so much for her son and husband. Hillary helps her see that giving even more is not the answer.
24/04/1824m 6s

S1 Episode 8 - Sloane - Putting a name on this problem

Hillary introduces Sloane to the idea of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to help her understand why she feels so overwhelmed at times. But will the diagnosis help Sloane feel more or less empowered to change?
23/04/1826m 43s

S1 Episode 7 - Belle - The eating disorder voice inside

Belle has a voice inside her head that torments her with messages of self-hate. She turns to food to feel better. Hillary tries to help her with a therapy called EMDR.
22/04/1824m 22s

OPP Extra - 'Maggie' interview

'Maggie' talks with OPP creator and producer Jodie Martinson about what it was like to be a part of the podcast, and how the microphone in the room affected her.
20/04/1815m 29s

S1 Episode 6 - Franklyn - Heartbreak in a digital world

Franklyn revokes his access to tracking his ex-wife's whereabouts through her phone. It's his last connection to her.
19/04/1823m 0s

S1 Episode 5 - Patti - Birth trauma

The birth of Patti's son still haunts her today. What can she do to overcome those memories that are keeping her stuck in guilt and regret?
18/04/1819m 49s

S1 Episode 4 - Megan and Clark - Learning how to be married all over again

Megan and Clark are going through some major life changes. Clark welcomes the change. Megan is supportive yet can't help but miss what's been lost along the way.
17/04/1832m 17s

OPP Extra - Hillary McBride interview

Creator and producer of Other People's Problems Jodie Martinson sits down with Hillary to explain how OPP was made, and what challenges they faced in putting it together.
13/04/1813m 39s

S1 Episode 3 - Steve - Sex is more than sex

Steve wants to have more sex with his wife. But is his focus on the bedroom obscuring a bigger issue?
12/04/1829m 51s

S1 Episode 2 - Maggie - When good moms need to be bad

Sometimes we use thrills - even illegal ones - to lift our mood when we're feeling down. Maggie is a stay-at-home mom who struggles with the humdrum of raising little ones. But can she find a way to feel proud and powerful without resorting to destructive thrills?
11/04/1825m 7s

S1 Episode 1 - Sloane - Childhood trauma changes everything

Sloane is planning her wedding, but childhood memories make her fearful of what could go horribly wrong. Although she's excited to start a new stage of her life, she's having nightmares of her wedding day. They all revolve around her mother.
10/04/1826m 41s


Normally, therapy sessions are totally confidential. Hillary McBride and her clients want to help demystify mental health. This is what people really sound like when they talk about traumatic births, turbulent divorces, eating disorders and tough childhoods.
02/03/182m 4s
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