Uncomfortable

Uncomfortable

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Comfortable conversations around uncomfortable topics.


Sexual Abuse Prevention through Sex Education
May 22 • 39 min
How can parents help prevent sexual abuse happening to their kids? In this episode, Deb chats with Sexual Health Educator, Amy Lang. Amy helps educate parents and professionals about sexual abuse prevention by preparing them to have conversations about…
Overcoming Bullying
May 8 • 46 min
The trauma of racial bullying can continue affecting people of colour for a long time. Jade Pattenden, who was born in Scotland and then moved to Canada at a young age, has used advice and techniques that she read in self-help books to overcome the trauma…
Sex With Younger Men
Apr 24 • 45 min
Stevie never expected to have a sexual awakening in her mid-forties, especially one that involved men in their 20’s. After coming out of a passionless marriage, she decided to try online dating in hopes for a conventional relationship with someone around…
Overcoming Bulimia and Self-doubt
Apr 10 • 47 min
In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Wellness & Nutrition Coach and Personal Trainer Jetty Nieuwenhuis about overcoming bulimia and self-doubt. About Jetty Jetty Nieuwenhuis is a wellness + nutrition coach and personal trainer who helps her…
Social Distancing + Isolation
Mar 27 • 83 min
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most of us find ourselves stuck at home in self-isolation and practicing social distancing. For some, working from home is normal, for others they’ve lost their jobs and are having to find ways of coping. In this episode of…
When to Divorce Your Spouse
Mar 13 • 57 min
Are you in a relationship that is “comfortable” but deep down something doesn’t feel right? Do you want to leave your spouse but have been terrified to have the “conversation”? Then this episode is for you. In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats…
Cripping Up Sex with Eva
Feb 27 • 40 min
In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Eva Sweeney, creator of Cripping Up Sex with Eva. Eva is a genderqueer disabled female who works primarily as a sex educator and freelance writer. Eva started doing this work when she was a teen and…
Imposter Syndrome
Feb 13 • 57 min
Imposter Syndrome is something that so many of us deal with. Not feeling “good enough” can stop us from pursuing a certain career, standing up for what we believe in, or even doing something fun like erotic dancing! In this episode, Debbie chats with…
Homesickness + Searching For Identity
Jan 31 • 63 min
Do you consider your birthplace to be part of your identity? What happens when you move away from that place? Do you lose part of who you are? Or are you recreating your identity? What does it mean to be a settler in Canada? In this episode, Debbie chats…
Sex Education for Parents & Kids
Jan 17 • 54 min
We all learned about the birds and the bees at some point – at school, on YouTube, from our friends, or *cringe* from THAT TALK with our parents. But maybe talking sex with your parents or kids doesn’t have to be that weird? In this episode, Debbie chats…
Trans Death Care
Dec 19, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Toni King-Rose, an advocator for Transgender Rights within funeral and death care services and offers peer support for Trans people working in the death care industry. About Toni: Toni is a 20-year-old,…
Money 101 for Entrepreneurs
Dec 5, 2019 • 57 min
In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Merideth Bisiker, a Certified Money Coach. We talk about money, taxes, and what to think about when you are an entrepreneur. About Meredith For the past 25 years, Merideth Bisiker has been working in…
Absent Parents
Nov 22, 2019 • 59 min
In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Erica and Sana from the Systers With A Why podcast. The sisters share their experience growing up in a single-parent household and why they don’t feel the need to look for their father. Systers With A…
Reconciliation
Nov 7, 2019 • 76 min
In this episode of Uncomfortable, Debbie chats with Chastity Davis, a mixed heritage woman of First Nations and European descent. We chat about reconciliation and what it means both politically and individually. About Chastity Chastity Davis is a mixed…
Periods Part 2: Menstrual Products, Poverty, & Power
Oct 25, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode of Uncomfortable, we chat with Madeleine Shaw, co-founder of Lunapads. Lunapads is a Vancouver based business that manufactures reusable menstrual products. We discuss period products, myths, shame, period poverty and, so much more! About…
Periods Part 1: Period Bypassing
Oct 10, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode of Uncomfortable, we talk to De’Nicea Hilton, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Holistic Period & Fertility Strategist. We chat about “Period Bypassing” a term coined by De’Nicea during her work with women around menstrual cycles. About…
Giving a F*ck About Climate Change
Sep 29, 2019 • 27 min
This episode comes to you live from the Climate Strike in Vancouver. Debbie is joined by marching buddies Jessica Roberts-Farina and Peggy Liu as well as over 100,000 others from Vancouver as they strike and march for Climate Action. About Peggy: Peggy…
Masturbation
Sep 16, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode we chat with Cate from the Swinging Down Under podcast! Cate, and her partner Darrell are the hosts of the non-monogamous podcast Swinging Down Under. They started their journey in 2014 and wanted to pay it forward by chronicling our…
Being a Traditional Wife
Aug 30, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode we chat to Nadia La Russa. Nadia describes herself as a “spiritually traditional” wife, meaning that she lives by the bible’s definition of being a wife: ” Wives must submit to their husbands as is fitting in the Lord”. (Colossians 3:18).…
Entrepreneurship & Mental Health
Aug 16, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode we talk to Jason Van Orden. Jason is a successful entrepreneur who openly talks about his struggles with ADHD & anxiety. Jason speaks to how these mental health disorders affect his business and the tools that he uses to cope. About Our…
Igniting Your Sensuality
Aug 2, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode we chat with Lisa & Paula from TrufElle about igniting your sensuality. TrufElle is a movement that provides the tools through chocolates, resources, network connections and events to facilitate the awakening of your inner desires and…
The Millennial Career Struggle
Jul 18, 2019 • 79 min
In this episode we chat to four millennials who currently struggle or who have struggled with their career. Millennials get a bad rap for not settling in one career or trying to do too many things at once. Is it a millennial thing? Are we just indecisive?…
Shame & Vulnerability
Jul 5, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode we talk to Rebecca Ching about shame & vulnerability. Rebecca is a therapist, speaker, writer, leadership consultant and workshop facilitator. We chat about how shame is ground zero to most uncomfortable topics and what we can do to move…
Feeling Lost & Uncertain About My Future
Jun 21, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode we talk to content writer and blogger Philip Volna who at a very young age, felt lost and uncertain about his future. When Philip was just 14 years old, he struggled with depression as he felt that he needed to have his career path all…
Calling Off Your Wedding
Jun 7, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode we talk to Lorie Corcuera who back in 2012 called off her wedding. It wasn’t until her partner asked her to marry him, she realized that the relationship wasn’t right for her. Calling off her wedding, and choosing herself over pleasing…
Tantric Sex
May 24, 2019 • 75 min
In this episode we talk to Julia Kovacs who explains the history and intentions behind Tantra and Tantric Sex. Julia is an intimacy coach who’s mission is to change the paradigms of the public’s perception of sex. About Julia Julia is dedicated to…
Sex Work
May 10, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode of Uncomfortable, we chat to Heidi who has been a sex worker for 10 years. Heidi shares details of her life as a sex worker and sugar baby and explains how she has found empowerment, boundary setting and financial independence through the…
Living with Chronic Illness
Apr 26, 2019 • 55 min
In this episode I talk to Shannon MacFarlane. Shannon remembers suffering from endometriosis from as young as 12 years old. Since then she has been diagnosed with three other chronic illnesses. Shannon is also a mother who’s son also suffers from a…
Ethical Non-Monogamous Lifestyle
Apr 12, 2019 • 72 min
In this episode we explore ethical non-monogamy. I was lucky enough to chat with Tori and Soul of the Torrid Souls podcast. Tori and Soul are a same sex, bi-sexual, ethical non-monogamous couple. They have been together for many years but just recently…
Moving past the feeling of shame after having an abortion
Apr 5, 2019 • 53 min
Gail was 24 when she unexpectedly fell pregnant. She was in the middle of university, wasn’t in a great financial position, therefore decided to have an abortion. Over 10 years later, she still feels regret over her decision. In this episode Gail shares…
Trauma and Intimacy
Mar 29, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode of Uncomfortable, I chat with Vancouver writer Peggy Liu. Peggy and I discuss how childhood trauma and learned behaviours can affect intimacy and vulnerability in relationships. About Peggy: Peggy is a writer, story-teller, self-proclaimed…
Death, Money and Shame
Mar 22, 2019 • 35 min
Andrina Tisi, owner of www.wholelicious.com, is a health & lifestyle coach, yoga teacher & Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner based in Zurich, Switzerland. In this episode We chat with Andrina Tisi about the shame around money and the emotional toll…
Cervical Fluid
Mar 15, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode we explore Cervical Fluids. I love this topic and am so happy that I found Jessica Roberts-Farina who is an avid fan of tracking her cervical fluids! We chat about the stigma around this topic and go into detail on the types of fluids and…
Anal Health
Mar 8, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode we explore Anal Health. Thanks to Kerin “KB” Berger Founder of Queer MEDucation who answers our questions specifically around Anal Sex, the risks involved, and how to do it safely. Kerin “KB” Berger is the founder of Queer MEDucation, a…
The Birthing Story
Mar 1, 2019 • 48 min
Every parent has their own birthing story. Jackie Chemelli shares her experience birthing her beautiful twin boys Sawyer & Miller and the decisions she had to make during and after the birth. “It’s not like in the movies” Jackie assures us. Jackie…
Loss & Grief
Feb 22, 2019 • 42 min
Megan is a Vancouver based graphic designer and creative. She is passionately driven and continuously inspired by the power of story-telling and ability to connect with others through shared experiences. At her final year at Emily Carr University + Design…
Body Positivity
Feb 15, 2019 • 54 min
Caroline MacGillivray is the founder of Beauty Night Society, a Vancouver based organization that helps build self esteem & change the lives of impoverished women. At the tender age of 3, Caroline began to explore a relationship with movement. Ballet,…
Anxiety vs Depression
Feb 8, 2019 • 44 min
It can be difficult enough navigating through life living with one mental health diagnosis. Kirsten Barkved shares her story of living with two. Kirsten suffers from both anxiety and depression. In this episode she explains how one can trigger the other…
Good Girls Talk Sex
Jan 31, 2019 • 48 min
Leah Carey is a sexual communication coach who helps women learn to communicate about sex so they can get what they really want in the bedroom. She is the creator and host of the podcast “Good Girls Talk About Sex.” Sexual freedom is a subject that is…
What to expect at a sex party
Jan 24, 2019 • 45 min
Christine Wild, author of Just Bad Timing, is a passionate writer, on paper and in life. She’s the host of Running Wild With Christine: Sex, Success and Other Slippery Rabbit Holes, an Anchor podcast. Christine is a world-travelled, fiercely independent…
Overcoming Self-loathing & Depression
Jan 17, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode I chat with Andrea Loewen. Andrea is a writer, theatre-maker, and choreographer in Vancouver, BC. However our topic today has nothing to do with any of Andrea’s amazing skills. Despite Andrea being an incredibly talented and seemingly…
Sex and Disability
Jan 10, 2019 • 48 min
In this week’s episode, my guest is Spencer Williams, a 27 year old man who has cerebral palsy but he doesn’t let that stop him. Spencer and I talk about his love life, how dating can be tough as someone with a disability; and his decision to use a sex…
The Male Vulnerability Issue
Jan 3, 2019 • 36 min
In this week’s episode, we talk about The Male Vulnerability Issue with Connor Aylwin. After running a summer contracting business in university that employed 12 full-time people and did over $600,000 in revenue, Connor became the founding president of…
Money & Relationships
Dec 23, 2018 • 33 min
In this week’s episode, we talk Money & Relationships with Financial Advisor, Tracy Theemes. Prior to co-founding Sophia Financial Group, Raymond James in 2009, Tracy worked as a financial consultant with Smith Barney, a US brokerage firm and after…
Update Episode - Debtalks is now Uncomfortable.
Dec 6, 2018 • 6 min
Debbie here, host of our new rebranded podcast: Uncomfortable. Comfortable conversations around uncomfortable topics. This little 5-minute episode that you are listening to right now is just a quick update on the new rebranded podcast and what you can…
The Reality of Your Mortality
Nov 25, 2017 • 55 min
The Reality of Your Mortality Why are we so scared to talk about death? This is one of the questions I asked my guests Michelle Pante and Reena Lazar. Michelle and Reena co-founded WillowEoL about 1.5 years ago and are changing the conversation around…
A-sexuality
Sep 23, 2017 • 68 min
I’m incredibly excited for this episode, mostly because I had the pleasure of interviewing two very open and opinionated people about a very personal topic. A huge thanks to Christof and Sarah for being open to chatting with me on the subject of…
Arranging Love & Marriage
Aug 20, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode, I wanted to continue our LOVE theme and explore dating even more. This time with a focus on dating in the more traditional sense (i.e. off-line), and marriage. I spoke with Priya Bangar, Founder of www.vintagematchmaking.com. Priya LOVES…
Love, Sex, Relationships and Rabbit Killers
Jun 4, 2017 • 75 min
*Revision* This episode was originally the first DebTalks podcast episode (prior to our rebrand). We love it so much that we want it to continue to be part of Uncomfortable. A big thanks to Jill Prescott & Andrea Hill for stepping up and being the first…