THE BRAVERY ACADEMY PODCAST

with Emma Ferris

THE BRAVERY

ACADEMY PODCAST

WITH EMMA FERRIS

From Fear To Courage

Emma Ferris, a renowned expert in stress and resilience coaching and a survivor of her own Conning The Con story, leads The Bravery Academy podcast. This compelling show invites you on a transformative journey to explore stories of courage from around the world. Dive into interviews with thought leaders, researchers, and game-changers who share life-changing tools and recount their personal journeys of bravery and resilience.

EPISODE.01 Emma Ferris

The podcast episode delves into the topics of stress and resilience, offering practical tools for navigating challenging situations in life. Hosted by Emma Ferris, the episode addresses the issue of societal disconnection from our bodies and emotions, which often stems from being too focused on our thoughts.

Emma emphasizes the importance of listening to our bodies and cultivating self-compassion.
Emma makes it clear that the podcast is not a substitute for professional help or mental health services, but rather a platform for empowerment, curiosity, and a catalyst for dealing with life’s difficulties.

Drawing from her own personal experiences, Emma encourages listeners to see that they too can develop their own toolbox of stress and resilience tools.

EPISODE.02 Dr Victoria Thompson

In this episode host Emma Ferris is joined by our resident Psychologist on The Bravery Academy Dr Victoria Thompson. The episode delves into the significance of addressing conflict and difficult conversations in the workplace, highlighting their inevitability while emphasizing the need to approach them in a manner that aligns with one’s needs and values.

It suggests taking a step back to internally observe the situation and then adjusting and realigning one’s approach to work for a more positive experience.

EPISODE.03 Terra Newell

In this episode, Emma sits down with Terra Newell, perhaps the most well-known survivor in modern true crime. Terra opens up about her recovery from the trauma of fighting off her attacker, Dirty John Meehan

At the age of 25, she courageously defended herself against the manipulative and predatory “Dirty” John Meehan, ultimately prevailing in an act of self-defense. Since that fateful moment, she has fearlessly shared her captivating journey on a global scale, tirelessly striving to raise awareness about the critical issue of domestic abuse. Terra’s incredible story takes center stage in episode six of the highly acclaimed ​Dirty John ​podcast, where she emerges as a true heroine

Terra Newell’s unwavering determination and indomitable spirit have cemented her as a true force for change in the realm of true crime. Her ongoing endeavors continue to inspire others and make a lasting impact in the fight against domestic abuse.

EPISODE.04 Dr Debi Silber

In this episode of the Bravery Academy, host Emma Ferris is joined by Dr. Debi Silber, an expert in betrayal and healing. Dr. Silber shares her personal experience with betrayal and how it led her to research and complete her PhD in the field. She has since helped thousands of individuals worldwide understand and heal from betrayal experiences.

The episode explores the unique nature of betrayal, grief and the science behind recovery. Dr. Silber also discusses the founding of her institute, the Post Betrayal Transformation Institute, which has been running for over 30 years. Listeners will gain insights into resilience, bravery, and the transformative power of healing from betrayal.

 

EPISODE.05 Chris Romulo

In this episode, we sit down with Chris Romulo, author of “Champions Uprising”, to discuss the power of resilience and overcoming trauma. Chris won several amateur and professional championships in the United States and Thailand.

Emma and Chris delve into what shaped him into the champion and how his focus now is on giving back to the community.

Chris shares his personal journey and insights on father trauma, and how it has shaped his perspective on life. We also delve into the concept of champion archetypes and how understanding them can help us navigate challenges and become empowered. Join us for an inspiring conversation filled with vulnerability and wisdom. 

Check out Chris’s book Champions Uprising: Fall 7 Times, Stand Up 8

EPISODE.06 Dr Victoria Thompson

In this podcast episode, Dr Vic and Emma discuss how being in a satisfying relationship in your fifties can contribute to better health and activity in your eighties. Dr Vic mentions that there are significant statistics supporting this claim.

She shares that if someone is in a satisfied relationship in their fifties, they are more likely to be healthy and active in their eighties. This suggests that the quality of one’s relationship can have a long-term impact on their overall wellbeing.

EPISODE.07 Dr Stracy Sims

In this episode of the Bravery Academy, Emma welcomes Dr. Stacy Sims, an exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist, to discuss the importance of listening to our bodies and taking care of them. Dr. Sims shares her mission to revolutionize women’s health and provides insights for both men and women on how to better care for their bodies at different stages of life.

The conversation explores the impact of stress on the body, distinguishing between eustress and distress, and the physiological responses they trigger. Tune in to learn how to become your own champion in your body.

EPISODE.08 Dr Jin Ong

In this episode of The Bravery Academy, host Emma Ferris talks to Dr Jin Ong, a world-leading cathartic release therapist, coach, trainer, and osteopath. Dr Ong’s holistic, no-fluff, and life-changing emotional release work is a game-changer for anyone feeling hopelessly stuck.

With an extraordinary understanding of the mind-body connection, Dr Ong teaches practitioners, clients, and anyone how to clear a path to full potential. Tune in to this episode to learn more about Dr Ong’s work and how it can help you overcome adversity and live your best life.

EPISODE.09 Dr Victoria Thompson

In our latest episode of ‘The Bravery Academy’, Dr. Victoria Thompson and I delve deep into the webs of family dynamics. Families, the bedrock of our upbringing, often unknowingly instill patterns and beliefs that shape us. We explore:

  • The influence and weight of family history and its implications on our self-discovery.
  • The intricate balance of empowerment and limitation stemming from family ties.
  • Tools and insights to unpack this emotional baggage, helping you reclaim your story.

Tune in for a heart-to-heart discussion that promises profound insights and tools for self-growth and discovery.

EPISODE.10 Lena Winslow

Imagine being a child in Kiev during the Chernobyl disaster, experiencing the unfathomable and rising through the chaos. Lena Winslow, a cancer survivor, shares her harrowing yet inspiring journey with us. She’s not just any survivor; she’s an autistic mama bear, an open-minded confidant, a connector of dots, and a seeker of emotional fitness.

In our conversation, Lena lays bare her soul, bringing forth a story that needs to be heard—a tale of surviving the odds, embracing self-education, and traveling the world to find healing and connection.

Tune in to this week’s episode for an exploration into Lena’s life, a true testament to the strength of the human spirit.

EPISODE.11 Dr Jim Detert

In this episode of The Bravery Academy, Dr. Jim Deterred shares his wisdom around courage and how to speak truth to power.

He is the author of Choosing Courage: The Everyday Guide to Being Brave at Work, which provides an inspirational, practical, and research-based guide for embracing risk and making a powerful impact in your career.

During the episode, Dr. Detert discusses the following topics:

  • The importance of choosing courage in all aspects of life
  • How to speak truth to power and make a positive impact in your workplace
  • Practical tips for embracing risk and overcoming fear
  • The power of vulnerability and authenticity in leadership

Don’t forget to check out Dr. Jim Detert’s book, Choosing Courage, for even more insights and strategies on how to be brave at work and in life.

EPISODE.12 John Esposito

In this episode of The Bravery Academy podcast, host Emma Ferris sits down with John Esposito, a double-amputee who had a life-changing accident at work just two years ago. 

Despite the challenges he has faced, John’s resilience and acceptance shine through, making him an inspiration to all who hear his story. If you’re having a bad day, this is a must-listen episode that will leave you feeling motivated and inspired.

EPISODE.13 Sharyn Casey

In this episode of The Bravery Academy, Sharyn Casey opens up about her journey to find her voice and follow her passion into radio. 

Sharyn shares their personal journey with mental health and how open conversations about it have made a significant difference in their life. She emphasized that the more they communicate, the less power their struggles have over them. 

This is such an important reminder that communication is not only crucial for mental health but also for relationships and overall well-being. 


EPISODE.14 Surviving Parkland

Elizabeth Stout’s life changed forever when she survived the tragic Parkland school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. Her classroom, room 1213, became a target within the first two minutes of the six-minute shooting spree, resulting in one death and three injuries.

Just six months after the shooting, while battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and anxiety, Elizabeth enrolled at the University of Florida. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in both Political Science and Anthropology in June of 2022.

In this episode, the importance of self-regulation and building resilience after experiencing trauma is emphasized. Elizabeth has now launched her own podcast, Trigger Therapy, to humanise gun violence and trauma so we shift the way we support people recovering after trauma.  It’s about treating these events as deeply personal and human experiences, considering the stories, emotions, and struggles of those affected by them.

EPISODE.15 Dr Victoria Thomson

In this episode, Dr. Vic joins  Emma on The Bravery Academy to discuss managing stress during the holiday season. They explore the dynamics of family gatherings and the importance of finding support during potentially challenging times.

They also discuss the need to take a moment to pause and reflect before diving into the holiday rush. By learning from past experiences, Dr. Vic encourages listeners to consider how they can better manage their stress and create a more enjoyable holiday season.

Dr Kirk Adams shares his story of becoming blind at the age of 5 and how it shaped his life

EPISODE.16 Bravery Beyond Sight

In this episode of the ‘Bravery Academy’, host Emma Ferris invites Dr. Kirk Adams, who lost his vision at the age of five, to share his story of resilience. Dr. Adams shares his personal journey of overcoming the challenges of blindness, highlighting his experiences in school, dating, family influence, and his professional life.

He discusses his determination to create a more inclusive world for people with disabilities, specifically in the workplace through his work at the American Foundation for the Blind. The episode also critically considers the medical model and social model of disability and the concept of ‘microaggressions’.

Dr. Adams ultimately defines bravery as prioritizing the well-being of others, and stepping out of one’s comfort zone to help them thrive.

Dr Kirk Adams shares his story of becoming blind at the age of 5 and how it shaped his life
On this episode of The Bravery Academy hear from Mary Turner Thomson and how she survived her pscyhopathic husband.

EPISODE.17 Unmasking A Psychopath

In this episode of The Bravery Academy, host, Emma Ferris, has an in-depth discussion with Mary Turner Thompson, author of ‘The Bigamist’ and ‘The Psychopath’. Mary shares her experience of being married to a conspired con man and how she overcame the trauma.

A key focus is on raising awareness of psychopaths and their manipulative behaviors, highlighting high-empathy individuals as frequent targets. Along with personal stories, Mary explains scientific behaviors and traits of psychopaths, as well as her quota to help educate others based on her firsthand experiences.

Emma Ferris talks to Jane Guy around life, lessons and the power to transform on her Bravery Academy Podcast

EPISODE.18 Life Unfiltered Jane Guy

Welcome to this episode of the Bravery Academy, where today’s spotlight shines on Jane Guy, a woman whose journey epitomizes the courage to embrace new beginnings. Jane, originally from the UK, shares her compelling story of moving to New Zealand. Her background as a youth worker, dealing with the complexities of sexual health and teenage pregnancy, set the stage for a life that was both rewarding and challenging. Seeking a change, Jane ventured to Queenstown, New Zealand, a move that was initially planned as a brief chapter in her life but unfolded into nearly 18 years of growth, discovery, and transformation.

Throughout the episode, Jane reflects on her experience of adapting to a new environment, her efforts to integrate into the local community, and the profound impact this journey has had on her identity and aspirations. Her tale is not just about geographical relocation but about the inner bravery required to start anew, crafting a life filled with purpose and belonging in a place once foreign.

Emma Ferris talks to Jane Guy around life, lessons and the power to transform on her Bravery Academy Podcast
Emma Ferris talks with Fiona Campbell about the lessons from surviving a hurricane, women in leadership and how she has learned to find balance in life

EPISODE.19 Leadership Wisdom Fiona Campbell

In this insightful episode, we’re joined by Fiona Campbell, an Organizational Psychologist with extensive experience in executive coaching and leadership development. With a 25-year career dedicated to fostering conscious leadership and cultural transformation, Fiona’s work revolves around empowering leaders to navigate the complexities of today’s disruptive world. Beyond her professional pursuits, Fiona is also deeply committed to personal resilience, drawing on her experiences as a certified Pilates instructor to help individuals connect with their physical selves and maintain alignment with their life’s ambitions.

This conversation takes a deep dive into the concept of integration, especially for women striving to balance their professional and personal lives amidst the challenges posed by societal expectations and the recent pandemic. Fiona discusses the pivotal role of technology in facilitating creative solutions for integration and the essential need for space to reflect and heal.

A significant focus of this episode is on bravery—not just in the context of leadership and professional development but also through the personal lens of surviving natural disasters. Fiona shares her harrowing experience of surviving Hurricane Irma, where her family’s resilience was tested after their home was destroyed. This ordeal brought to light the profound courage required not only to rebuild a life from the ruins but also to confront and overcome one’s deepest fears in the face of adversity.

Fiona emphasizes the importance of reconnecting with oneself, others, and the planet as fundamental acts of bravery. She advocates for psychological safety in the workplace, stressing the need for leaders to create environments where individuals feel valued and understood, enabling them to thrive and contribute their best.

Join us as we explore Fiona Campbell’s journey of leadership, resilience, and the extraordinary bravery found in the face of both personal and professional challenges. This episode offers valuable insights into achieving integration, embracing authentic connection, and the transformative power of facing life’s storms with courage.

I’m a mum of two teenage boys, and I’ve been married to my husband for nearly 20 years. Chris is also a doctor - a child psychiatrist - which makes for some interesting after work conversations. I’m a pretty active person with a love of the outdoors - including skiing, mountain biking, trail running, tramping and occasionally surfing. I also love to read, and do so extensively. I’ve been a GP for 18 years, and I work in a medium sized suburban practice with a fairly diverse range of patients in Christchurch. As well as my general practice role, I work in clinical leadership for Te Whatu Ora Waitaha which involves communication, education and advocacy work for general practice, to support community medical teams to provide the best care they can in the primary care setting. I grew up in Auckland, just down the road from the Centrepoint Community and I ended up living at Centrepoint when I was seven when my family fell apart. Centrepoint was a notorious cult run by Bert Potter who was eventually jailed (along with other of the cult’s leaders) for a host of child sexual abuse and drug crimes. I set up the Centrepoint Restoration Project in 2015, a website to support the former children of Centrepoint Community, and to provide information about what happened to the children at the community in the 1980s and 1990s. At its heart, the project asks for honest exploration of the harms which happened to the children, and for the adults who caused the harm to make it right with the children of Centrepoint. In 2020 I was in the TVNZ documentary about Centrepoint “Heaven and Hell; the Centrepoint Story” along with associated tv, radio, and newspaper media to promote the documentary. Earlier this year in 2023 I started Cult Chat, a podcast radio show funded by NZOnAir and airing across NZ on community access radio. Cult Chat is an initiative between three groups - the Centrepoint Restoration Project, the Gloriavale Leavers Support Trust, and the Olive Leaf Network - which aims to educate New Zealanders about cults through input from leavers, experts and discussions. It is the first such podcast/radio show in New Zealand about cults, by people who have skin in the game, and who are in a position to educate the public.

EPISODE.20 Illuminating Trauma Dr Caroline Ansley

In this compelling episode of our podcast, we have the privilege of hosting Dr. Caroline Ansley.

Dr. Caroline’s story is not just one of medical expertise and a love for adventure; it’s a narrative of resilience and advocacy. Growing up near the Centrepoint Community, her life took a dramatic turn when she became a part of what would later be revealed as a notorious cult. The experiences of her childhood within Centrepoint, marked by abuse and trauma, propelled her on a path of healing and justice.

In 2015, she founded the Centrepoint Restoration Project, an initiative aimed at supporting the former children of the Centrepoint Community, providing a platform for the honest exploration of past harms, and seeking reconciliation. Her involvement in the TVNZ documentary “Heaven and Hell; the Centrepoint Story” and subsequent media engagements have brought her story and the stories of many like her into the public eye, fostering awareness and understanding.

Beyond her personal journey, Dr. Caroline has taken a significant step in educating the public about cults through ‘Cult Chat,’ a podcast radio show. This innovative project serves as a testament to her commitment to shedding light on the complex issues surrounding cults, offering insights from survivors, experts, and discussions designed to educate and inform.

In our conversation today, Dr. Caroline shares her personal journey of overcoming trauma, the silence that often shrouds such experiences, and the power of survivor stories. She delves into the challenges of breaking the silence and the profound impact of finding and sharing one’s voice. 

I’m a mum of two teenage boys, and I’ve been married to my husband for nearly 20 years. Chris is also a doctor - a child psychiatrist - which makes for some interesting after work conversations. I’m a pretty active person with a love of the outdoors - including skiing, mountain biking, trail running, tramping and occasionally surfing. I also love to read, and do so extensively. I’ve been a GP for 18 years, and I work in a medium sized suburban practice with a fairly diverse range of patients in Christchurch. As well as my general practice role, I work in clinical leadership for Te Whatu Ora Waitaha which involves communication, education and advocacy work for general practice, to support community medical teams to provide the best care they can in the primary care setting. I grew up in Auckland, just down the road from the Centrepoint Community and I ended up living at Centrepoint when I was seven when my family fell apart. Centrepoint was a notorious cult run by Bert Potter who was eventually jailed (along with other of the cult’s leaders) for a host of child sexual abuse and drug crimes. I set up the Centrepoint Restoration Project in 2015, a website to support the former children of Centrepoint Community, and to provide information about what happened to the children at the community in the 1980s and 1990s. At its heart, the project asks for honest exploration of the harms which happened to the children, and for the adults who caused the harm to make it right with the children of Centrepoint. In 2020 I was in the TVNZ documentary about Centrepoint “Heaven and Hell; the Centrepoint Story” along with associated tv, radio, and newspaper media to promote the documentary. Earlier this year in 2023 I started Cult Chat, a podcast radio show funded by NZOnAir and airing across NZ on community access radio. Cult Chat is an initiative between three groups - the Centrepoint Restoration Project, the Gloriavale Leavers Support Trust, and the Olive Leaf Network - which aims to educate New Zealanders about cults through input from leavers, experts and discussions. It is the first such podcast/radio show in New Zealand about cults, by people who have skin in the game, and who are in a position to educate the public.
New episode of the Bravery Academy Podcast with Emma Ferris and Dr Victoria Thompson on Imposter Syndrome

EPISODE.21 Imposter Syndrome Dr Victoria Thompson

Have you ever felt like you’re faking it and waiting to be found out? In this episode of the Bravery Academy podcast, Dr. Victoria Thompson joins the dialogue on imposter syndrome, a pervasive feeling of self-doubt, insecurity, and perceived incompetence that affects people across varied professions.

It delves deep into the origins, manifestations, and potential ways to manage it. Emma and Dr Vic reveal their personal experiences with imposter syndrome, driving home the reality of its universality.

It’s emphasized that although imposter syndrome can’t be swiftly eradicated, awareness can help foster healthier responses such as self-compassion and resilience.

This episode is ideal for anyone who’s ever struggled with feelings of inadequacy or self-doubt and is eager to understand and overcome it.

Join Emma Ferris as she interviews Eric Carter-Landin about the search for justice for his brother.

EPISODE.22 Justice for Jacob Eric Carter-Landin

In this powerful episode of the Bravery Academy, Emma is joined by Eric Carter-Landin. Eric speaks candidly about his continued fight for justice, following the loss of his brother, Jacob, who was brutally murdered 37 years ago. Eric opens up about his childhood, dealing with domestic abuse, neglect, and violence, and his ongoing struggle to guarantee the safety of others from his brother’s perpetrator. He reveals his painful journey dealing with law enforcement and legal authorities and the challenges he has had to overcome. During the conversation, he highlights the importance of openly discussing domestic abuse and violence, and his determination to give a voice to the voiceless through his true-crime podcast, non-profit work, and advocacy.

Join Emma Ferris as she interviews Eric Carter-Landin about the search for justice for his brother.

EPISODE.23 Beyond The Ballot Hon Nikki Kaye

Welcome to a thought-provoking episode of the Bravery Academy podcast, where we delve into the essence of bravery with our esteemed guest, Hon Nikki Kaye. As a former Member of Parliament for Auckland Central and a passionate advocate for education, the environment, and health, Nikki shares her profound insights on living a life driven by purpose and courage.

In this episode, Nikki explores the concept of bravery, emphasizing the courage required to be honest with oneself and others about one’s life purpose. She introduces the Japanese term “ikigai,” which translates to one’s reason for being, and discusses how being brave involves acknowledging and embracing your ikigai. Nikki highlights the importance of aligning one’s life with their purpose, making intentional choices, and taking actions that contribute to fulfilling that purpose.

Moreover, Nikki delves into the connection between bravery and vulnerability, particularly in love. She shares her perspective on how being brave in love requires vulnerability, openness, and honesty. This vulnerability fosters deeper connections and allows for genuine and meaningful relationships to flourish.

Nikki’s journey is a testament to the power of living intentionally and authentically. From her experiences with illness, including her battle with breast cancer, to her achievements in politics and advocacy, she exemplifies how embracing vulnerability and being true to one’s purpose can lead to a more fulfilling and purpose-driven life.

Join us as Hon Nikki Kaye illuminates the path to bravery, offering valuable insights and inspiration for anyone seeking to live a life of intention, authenticity, and courage.

Join Emma Ferris and Dr Victoria Thompson as they discuss about the stress, challenges of fertility and pregnancy on The Bravery Academy.

EPISODE.24 Fertility: Women's Roman Empire Dr Victoria Thompson

Welcome to this enlightening episode of our podcast, where we delve into the complexities of fertility and early pregnancy. This journey, often likened to a rollercoaster, is filled with a myriad of emotions and challenges. From pre-pregnancy anxieties to the uncertainties of the first trimesters and beyond, we explore the various facets of this life-changing experience.

Key Topics Discussed:

  • The Uncertainty of Fertility: We discuss the stress and anxiety that can accompany the journey to conception, exploring how individuals can manage these emotions.
  • Navigating Relationship Strains: The importance of open communication and mutual support between partners during this time is emphasized.
  • Managing Body Changes: We explore the impact of pregnancy on body image and self-perception, and the importance of embracing these changes with self-love and compassion.
  • The Role of a Supportive Network: The significance of having a nurturing network of friends, family, and professionals to provide emotional support and practical assistance is highlighted.
  • Coping Strategies: Our guests share proactive strategies for managing stress levels, prioritizing self-care, and seeking psychological support during pregnancy.
Join Emma Ferris and Dr Victoria Thompson as they discuss about the stress, challenges of fertility and pregnancy on The Bravery Academy.

EPISODE.25 Purpose From Pain Darryll Stinson

In this episode of the Bravery Academy, host, Emma Ferris speaks to Darryll Stinson, a former division one athlete whose career took a massive turn after a back injury. It plunged him into mental health struggles including depression and suicidal ideations.

We dive deep into the theme of communication and the importance of living your purpose. Darryll shares his incredible journey of self-discovery and how he found his gift for storytelling. 

During our conversation, Darryll opens up about his reluctance to share his personal experiences as an elite athlete. However, after delivering a powerful TEDx talk, he realized the impact of sharing his stories and began receiving requests to speak on these topics. We explore the idea of aligning our passions with our actions and how it can bring a sense of fulfillment and joy to our lives.

Throughout the episode, we also discuss the importance of self-reflection, journaling, and spending time in nature. Darryll shares his insights on being vulnerable and standing in your power, highlighting the different dimensions of vulnerability beyond just voicing pain and challenges.

Additionally, we touch on the significance of fully expressing ourselves as leaders and the impact it can have on the world. Darryll’s life’s work is centered around helping others open up and share their stories, believing that it not only connects us to the divine but also creates a lasting impact.

Darryll’s journey is one of resilience, courage, and finding purpose in the face of pain. He discusses the importance of vulnerability, self-awareness, communication, and standing in your power as part of healing. His story is an inspiring example of turning hardship into a message of hope and empowerment. Today, Darryll seeks to inspire and elevate other voices, helping others in their quest for happiness, purpose and personal fulfillment.

EPISODE.26 What Your Partner is not telling you! Alison Armstrong

In this episode of the Bravery Academy, Emma interviews Alison Armstrong, an acclaimed expert on understanding men, women, and human behaviour. Alison shares insights from her journey, which began in 1991 with a personal revelation about her role in her interactions with men, leading her to decades of study on male behaviour, relationships, and instinctual responses. 

She discusses the significance of communication, awareness, and the choices individuals have in improving their relationships by understanding differences and instincts between genders. Alison highlights how to nurture a state of femininity, the impact of acknowledging and appreciating men properly, and the importance of personal and authentic communication to bring out the best in relationships. 

Through her work and personal stories, including her experiences with late husband Greg and current partner Dan, she emphasizes the power of understanding, patience, and acknowledging each other’s needs to foster more meaningful connections.

EPISODE.27 Parenthood Unveiled Dr Victoria Thompson

Welcome to a transformative episode of “The Bravery Academy,” where our host, Emma Ferris, teams up with clinical psychologist and expectant mother Dr. Victoria Thompson, to explore the profound journey of new parenthood. 

This enlightening discussion is tailored for both expecting and new parents navigating the emotional and physical rollercoaster of welcoming a child into their lives. Dive into crucial topics like overcoming postpartum depression, managing anxiety, maintaining a strong partnership, and adjusting to your evolving identity and relationships after the baby arrives.

 

Emma and Dr. Thompson share invaluable insights and personal experiences on preparing for childbirth, the significance of creating a solid support system, and strategies for keeping the romance alive amidst the chaos of parenting. 

Discover practical tips for managing the mental load of motherhood, the physical challenges during and after pregnancy, and the dynamics of shifting family roles.

 

EPISODE.28 Embracing Grief, Finding Courage Mark Longley

In this profoundly touching episode of the Bravery Academy Podcast, Emma Ferris is joined by Mark Longley, a father whose journey through the deepest valleys of grief has led him to become a beacon of hope for others. Mark’s life took an unexpected and tragic turn with the murder of his beloved daughter, Emily, at the tender age of 17. Her loss, a result of an abusive relationship, became the catalyst for Mark’s mission to raise awareness about domestic violence and the often-missed warning signs.

With raw honesty and vulnerability, Mark shares his journey from the depths of despair to becoming an advocate for change, speaking out on the importance of recognizing and addressing domestic abuse. He also delves into the complex and isolating nature of grief, emphasizing the need for society to better support those in mourning.

Through his work, Mark strives to ensure that Emily’s memory is honored by helping others and promoting the message that we can all be better, more compassionate human beings. This episode is a tribute to Emily’s beautiful spirit and a testament to a father’s enduring love and dedication to making a positive impact in the wake of an unimaginable loss.

Join us as we explore the power of love, the importance of awareness, and the journey of healing through advocacy.

EPISODE.29 Imperfect Revelations Josh Van Cuylenburg

In this special bonus episode of “The Bravery Academy,” Josh from “The Imperfects” podcast shares his transformative journey of overcoming perfectionism and embracing vulnerability through music. Growing up in a high-achieving family, Josh faced intense pressure to excel, leading to self-doubt and a relentless pursuit of perfection. A pivotal moment at a party, where his song lyrics were mocked, pushed him away from music for over a decade.

Rekindled by support from his podcast team and newfound confidence, Josh overcame numerous challenges—including the theft of his guitar and self-criticism—to write and perform a deeply personal song. This process not only brought him emotional release but also profound insights into the power of vulnerability and the importance of imperfect creation. Join us as Josh recounts his inspiring story of personal growth and artistic freedom, reminding us that true artistry comes from the courage to be imperfect.

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