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Sophie's Real Relationships Podcast

99 EpisodesProduced by Sophie PersonneWebsite

We live in a world that portrays relationships in such a way that people have started to have warped expectations of what they should be.My podcast will talk about what happens in the real world, to real people, with real stories (good as well as bad) and topics to help you understand relationships … read more

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The Secrets to a Happy Marriage

December 24th, 2020


Today I interview Tod Jacobs & Peter Lynn from Not A Partnership and we discuss the secrets to having a happy marriage. Let's be honest, the divorce stats really highlight that something isn't working out as it …

Creating Healthy Relationships with Customers

December 17th, 2020


Today I interview Sue Farrance and we talk about the importance of creating healthy business relationships with customers. The foundations should be …

Positive Emotions Happiness

December 10th, 2020


Today I interview Nic Marks from Friday Pulse and we talk about positive emotions & happiness. Feelings and emotions - good and bad - can control …

Dealing with an Abusive Relationship

December 3rd, 2020


Today, I interview Amanda Relyea-Voss who experienced being in an emotionally abusive relationship. We discuss how it happened, the trigger points and common red flags to look out for.

Join us to hear more...

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Parents Children's Mental Health

November 26th, 2020


Today, I interview Stacey Miller and we talk about how parents can help with their kids' mental health.

Childhood defines us so it's important to …

A Life without Kids...

November 19th, 2020


Today I interview Mary Lunnen and we talk about what it's like to have a life without children. Whether it is by choice or not, there is still some …

Relationships in the Workplace Understanding the Importance of Employee Engagement

November 12th, 2020


Today, I interview Lex McKee - The Cheerful Leader and we talk about relationships in the workplace and the importance of employee engagement. It can …

Understanding Conflict Resolution

August 6th, 2020


Today, I interview Emma Jenkins from Mosaic Mediation and we talk about conflicts, in relationships as well as in the work environment, and what can …

Understanding How Your Voice Influences Your Relationships...

July 23rd, 2020


Today, I interview Meta Killick from Living With Harmony Music Therapy and we discuss the importance of our voices in communication.  Voices are extremely complex things, which is why there are some we like and some we …

Resilience Dealing with Adversity

July 16th, 2020


Today I interview Annabel Stewart and we talk about resilience & dealing with adversity. Different people react to different things differently …

The Relationship We Have With Money...

July 9th, 2020


Today, I interview Sam Sharma and we discuss one of the subjects a lot of people actually don't really like talking about... Money. Whether we like it or not, we have a relationship with money, good or bad.

If you want …

Long-Distance Relationships

July 3rd, 2020


Today, I speak to Amanda Relyea-Voss and we talk about what it's like to be in a long-distance relationship, how to get through challenging times and exploring how to move forward in the future.

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Dealing with Addiction

June 18th, 2020


Today, I interview Stacey Miller and we talk about the relationship we have with addictive substances. Dealing with addiction often means that you …

Relationships Ancient Wisdom

June 11th, 2020


Today, I interview Tod Jacobs & Peter Lynn, co-authors of 'Not A Partnership' and we discuss how ancient wisdom could be applied to modern …

Introverts, Extroverts Relationships...

May 28th, 2020


Today, I interview Mary Lunnen and we talk about how being an introvert or an extrovert can affect your relationships. Not quite like opposites attract but is it better to be the same or not? And how do you handle the …

Improving Self Worth Self Esteem

May 21st, 2020


Today, I interview Carrie Brooks and we talk about self esteem, self worth, self confidence as well as positive psychology. There are ways and means …

The Importance of the Parent/ Child Relationship

May 8th, 2020


Today I interview Sophia Giblin from Treasure Time & the Clear Sky Children's charity about the importance of the relationship between parent and child. It might sound obvious but it is key to get it right and isn't …

A Twist in the Journey...

April 30th, 2020


Today, I talk to Ethan Willis who shares with us how his life was turned around after finding his girlfriend dead. His journey through grief however, was far from the norm and profoundly changed his life, setting him on …

The Relationship with Our Own Body

April 23rd, 2020


Today, I interview Amanda Relyea-Voss and we talk about the relationship we all have with our own bodies. Whilst some people feel perfectly fine as they are, a number of others will struggle with diets or the way they …

Handling Mental health Issues

April 16th, 2020


Today, I interview Stacey Miller and we talk about the best way to handle mental health issues. Many of us will experience a mental health problem at …

The Meaning of Purpose

April 12th, 2020


Today, I interview Mary Lunnen from Dare to Blossom and we talk about the meaning of purpose. 

At the time of recording, we find ourselves in …

Dealing with Loss Grief

March 26th, 2020


Today, I interview Jonathon Aslay who lost his son suddenly and we talk about his journey through loss and grief, as well as how he got to a place a …

The Importance of Listening...

January 23rd, 2020


Today I interview Sheryl Andrews from Step By Step Listening and we discuss the importance of listening, properly... It might sound obvious but very few people actually listen to what others are saying. Yet, listening …

The Relationship Between Engagement in the Workplace Personal Development

January 16th, 2020


Today, I interview Matt Brown from Develop Your People, and we talk about the importance of self-improvement in general, but particularly in the …

The Process of Change

January 9th, 2020


Today, I interview Emma James from Em-Powering Change, and funnily enough, we discuss change... From explaining why we sometimes fear change, to breaking habits, feeling in limbo and the impact it has on our lives if we …

Being True to Yourself Leaving Expectations Behind

January 2nd, 2020


Today, I interview Donna Neseyif from Baobab Growth, who lets us into her life journey which took a different turn after a random encounter on a train. We talk about being true to ourselves and what really matters, …

Love Making the Most of Life

December 19th, 2019


Today, I interview Lesley, who shares with us how she got to meet her now husband at work, after spending a considerable time abroad. She shares her …

Leaders Relationships

December 12th, 2019


Today, I interview Simon Childs and we talk about the importance of true leadership in the workplace.

Relationships are at the core of everything we do and a real business leader will be able to increase the performance …

Difficult Conversations - Money, Death Wills

December 5th, 2019


Today, I interview Caroline Rupik, a Wills & Probate Associate, about the difficult conversations surrounding money & death. The importance …

The Science of Love

November 28th, 2019


Today, I interview Linda Runstein from Connection Dating Academy, and we talk about the science of love... We discuss how neurobiology and research …

Understanding the Importance of Well-Being

November 21st, 2019


Today, I interview Annie Corder-Mills from New Forest Mind, Body & Spirit and we talk about the importance of well-being. Feeling good in yourself is essential to a happy balanced life and the way to tackle a lot of …

Dealing with Loss Moving Forward

October 31st, 2019


Today, I interview Mark Flanders who shares with us his story of loss. Losing a life partner is extremely difficult, especially at a young age, and …

Clinical Depression Mental Resilience

October 26th, 2019


In today's episode, I interview Sam Griffiths - Health & Wellness Coach, about his experience of dealing with clinical depression. Whilst mental health issues in men are currently very prominent in the media, I feel …

What Makes For A Great Relationship...

October 17th, 2019


Today, I interview Rick Soetebier, Dating & Relationship Coach, and we talk about what makes for a great relationship... It's important to realise that the foundations are just as important as the rest so it really …

Finding Love After 40

October 10th, 2019


Today, I talk to Sue who shares how she found love and got married later on in life. Things don't always happen as planned (or as it does in movies...) so it's important to remember that finding the right partner is a …

Living Supporting Your Partner Through Depression

October 3rd, 2019


Today, I interview Karen, whose husband Keith has been battling depression for a number of years. We talk about the impact this has had on the relationship but also on Karen herself, as well as discussing how mental …

And When You Least Expect It... It Shows Up!

September 26th, 2019


Today, I talk to Jewels Carter who tells us of her own relationship journey, which has really been full of surprises... And quite a few things really …

Men Dealing with Depression

September 19th, 2019


Today, I interview John V. Denley from Unscramble Your Mind, discussing his own experience of dealing with depression as a man. He talks about his …

Dating Emotional Triggers

September 12th, 2019


Today, I interview Jonathon Aslay - Dating Coach, and we talk about the emotional triggers associated with the rollercoaster of dating, the main …

Escaping the Twin Towers Attacks TWICE - A Survivor's Tale

September 5th, 2019


Today, I interview RJ Harper from New York City, who escaped the terrorist attacks of the World Trade Center not once but twice. He shares with us his story and the emotions associated with what happened to him not only …

Creating A Strong Relationship...

August 29th, 2019


Today, I interview Sean & Coralie, who found love and each other when they weren't looking... Having both been married previously, they met later …

What is Love Anyway?

August 22nd, 2019


Today, I interview Rabbi Manis Friedman, who shares with us his views on love, intimacy and marriage. He explains why he believes relationships are struggling to work out in the modern age and how the rise in divorces …

Our Relationship with Learning - A Personal Development Journey

August 15th, 2019


Today, I interview Nikie Forster from Curious Lighthouse and this week's episode focuses on our relationship with learning. We start learning the minute we are born and don't really ever stop but the way we look at our …

Understanding Violent Unhealthy Relationships

August 8th, 2019


Today, I interview Collette Gee from Finding Happily about domestic abuse and how to deal with an unhealthy relationships. Having experienced …

Kissing Frogs Finding True Love

July 31st, 2019


In today's episode, I interview Mick Collins (Raconteur Extraordinaire but also Chocolatier...) about his own love journey. He shares with us in his …

Happy Relationships Step Kids

July 25th, 2019


Today, I interview Kari Roberts, a Parenting Specialist & Emotional Resilience Coach, about the importance of maintaining good relationships when …

Body Image, Dysmorphia Perception

July 18th, 2019


Today, I interview Sophie Gibson from Acacia Dreams about BDD - Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

We talk about body image, understanding eating disorders and also our perception, not just to others but within ourselves. 

Join …

Dealing with Anxiety

July 11th, 2019


Today's episode focuses on mental health and anxiety. I speak to Cathy, who has been suffering for a number of years and we discuss how it affects her on a daily basis as well as her thoughts on how to deal with it.

The Journey to True Love

June 20th, 2019


Today, I interview Helen, who tells us how in her case, the journey to true love indeed did not run smooth. Helen shares with us how she learnt from the past, experiencing personal growth in the process and eventually …

Homosexuality Prejudice

June 13th, 2019


Today, I interview Lucy and we talk about the challenges she had to face when she came out as being gay. Lucy has a faith but found that herself …

The Effects of Hormones on Relationships

May 30th, 2019


Today, I interview Dr Katie Hodgkinson from Hampshire Health & Hormones and we discuss how relationships can be affected by hormones by both men & women. Most people will know the effects of the menopause but …

Dating as a Single Dad

May 23rd, 2019


Today, I interview Mark Bradford, a single dad of 2 who lives in the Midwest in the US. We discuss the difficulties of dating in general, online …

Managing Relationships in the Workplace

May 16th, 2019


Today, I interview Tracy Jordan, a HR Professional, about the sometime difficult nature of managing relationships in the workplace. Whether it's …

When Work Love Collide...

May 8th, 2019


Today, I interview Lucy and we talk about what it's like to fall in love with someone in a work environment. Our musings take us discussing marriage …

Understanding the Impact of Divorce

May 1st, 2019


Today, I interview Emilie Holland, a Family Law Solicitor from Trethowans, and we discuss the impact of divorce on a couple, their children and even …

The Importance of Intimacy in Relationships

April 25th, 2019


Today, I interview Priya Tourkow, a Relationship Counsellor, and we discuss how intimacy is essential to relationships, from forming to deepening the bond between two people. We also talk about what to do if it starts …

Understanding Our Relationship With Food

April 18th, 2019


Today, I interview Susannah Alexander, a Nutritional Therapist from London, and we discuss the importance of having a healthy relationship with food. It is however easier said than done so amongst other things, we talk …

Social Anxiety Dating

April 11th, 2019


Today I interview John V. Denley about what it's like to be going through the dating process when you suffer from social anxiety. John shares with us how he has recovered from depression, his journey to love and how his …

The Twists Turns of the Journey

April 5th, 2019


Today,  I interview Holly, who tells us about the twists and turns of her love journey. Relationships can be very complicated indeed and what started …

Personal Development - A Journey of Growth Self-Acceptance

March 28th, 2019


Today I interview Michael Birchmore, who tells us about his own personal development journey. We sometimes forget that the most important relationship of all is the one that we have with ourselves, so it is important to …

Going Through a Midlife Crisis

March 21st, 2019


Today, I interview Kim Searle about what it's like to go through a midlife crisis and what can be done about it, as well as various musings about life changes.

Join us to hear more! 

A Difficult Childhood...

February 25th, 2019


Today, I interview Charlie Parker-Quaife about her difficult start in life and the relationship with her mother. Dealing with abuse as a young child …

Finding The Right Partner Working Together

February 22nd, 2019


Today, I interview Benedita Sousa, who tells us about her journey to love and how she met her partner Ian. As well as being in a relationship, they …

Changing Gender - A Journey of Acceptance

February 19th, 2019


Today, I interview Joanne Lockwood about her transgender journey. Acceptance had to come not only from herself but also from her family and friends, as her decision didn't just affect her, but also those who knew and …

Our Relationship with Food...

February 11th, 2019


Today, I interview Sam Griffiths, a Health Performance Coach, about the relationship that we have with food. It isn't always as straight forward as 'going on a diet' or eating healthily and success will be dependant on …

The Benefits of Matchmaking

February 7th, 2019


Today, I interview Liz Hickey from Cupio, and we discuss the benefits of matchmaking for single professionals who may otherwise struggle to meet their perfect match and relationship. We talk about issues and …

Dating Being Single - A Man's Perspective

February 4th, 2019


Today, i interview RJ Harper, a model from NYC, about his views on being single and dating. 

Join me to listen to his story and why sometimes, it's best to be on your own.

To find out more about …

A Relationship Journey

February 4th, 2019


Today, I interview Trisha Lewis about her relationship journey. We can sometimes forget that life isn't a Disney movie and that Prince Charming doesn't always show up on his white horse at a convenient time.

Join us to …

Dating Using a Coach

January 29th, 2019


Today, I interview Collette Gee, a fellow Relationship Expert, about what it's like to use a Dating Coach, as well as the benefits of doing so. We …

Introduction to Matchmaking

January 25th, 2019


Today, I interview Holly McKusker, a Matchmaker from Florida, who reveals what single people should really know about matchmaking and why they …

Coming Out as a Gay Man the Relationship Journey

January 15th, 2019


Today I interview Jonathan Hines about his relationship journey and coming out as a gay man.

Join us and listen to his story, as it is sometimes easier than you think for people to accept you as you are...

Dating in the 21st Century

December 31st, 2018


Today, I interview Mark Bradford, Author of the book 'The Status Game' and we cover various aspects of dating, as well as what single people going …

Relationship Breakdowns Legal Advice

December 27th, 2018


Today, I interview Mike Dyer, a Family Law Solicitor based in the UK, and we discuss seeking legal advice when a relationship breaks down. It is a …

A Journey of Self-Acceptance

December 24th, 2018


Today, I interview Vie Portland who tells us her story of self-acceptance. We discuss how we can be impacted by the judgement of other people and the importance of being true to yourself.

Join us to hear more...

Menopause Relationships

December 21st, 2018


Today, I interview Louise Bowditch and we discuss the impact of the menopause on relationships. It is a far more difficult period to go through than …

The Importance of Real Communication

December 17th, 2018


Today, I interview Trisha Lewis, a Communication Coach, about the importance of communicating properly not only with others but also with ourselves, as our very own self-talk can sometimes be quite damaging.

Join us to …

Secrets to a Successful Marriage

December 16th, 2018


Today, I interview Nikki who shares her story with us and her tips to a very successful marriage. 

Join us to hear what she believes to be key to …

Self-Acceptance Coming Out

December 11th, 2018


Today, I interview Kevin who tells us about his journey of self-acceptance and being gay. 

Join us to hear the whole story...

Unconventional Relationships

December 6th, 2018


After being married for nearly 30 years, Gabriele left her husband and started a completely new life abroad, leaving everything for a man she had met when she was younger. Their relationship is very different from …

Relationships Step-Children

December 3rd, 2018


It is becoming more and more common to have reconstituted families so today I interview Kari Roberts about how to handle children, step-children and new relationships.

Join us to hear more about this intricate subject...

Dealing with Depression - Men Speaking Out

November 29th, 2018


Today, I interview Tim, a professional in his thirties, who suffered from depression after he encountered a few personal difficulties. Mental health …

Walking Away From Domestic Violence

November 26th, 2018


In today's episode, I interview Lisa Johnson about how she walked away from domestic violence and rebuilt her life.

Join us to listen to her amazing …

Finding Love When ( Where) You Least Expect It

November 22nd, 2018


Today I interview Gemma, who met her husband the other side of the world (but who turned out to live down the road). It certainly wasn't love at first sight as he actually wasn't her type but then things developed...

Finding the Right Partner

November 20th, 2018


Today's episode is about finding the right partner. For most people, it's often a bit of a journey and Charlie shares hers with us, explaining how the path to true love doesn't always run smoothly...

Join us to hear all …

Dealing with Grief

November 16th, 2018


Today, I interview Hannah Walton about grief and how she dealt with the unexpected death of her father. Grieving is a very personal process that takes time but there are certain things that can help us go through it.

Age Gap in a Relationship

November 12th, 2018


Today I interview Fiona, who has been in a relationship with an older man for the past 10 years. We discuss some of the perks and challenges, as well …

Self-Acceptance Eating Disorders

November 8th, 2018


Today, I interview Sophie Gibson, who runs Acacia Dreams, a support group for people struggling with eating and body image. We talk about her own journey and the struggles she's had to face.

Join us to hear all about …

How Personal Relationships Affect Performance Productivity in the Workplace

November 5th, 2018


Today, I interview Tracy Jordan of Northwood HR and we discuss how personal relationships have an impact on performance and productivity. Some …

Interracial Marriages

November 1st, 2018


Today, I interview Collette Gee, a Dating & Relationship Coach from L.A. about what it's like to be in an interracial marriage and the issues …

Men Domestic Violence

October 29th, 2018


Today, I interview RJ Harper, a model from New York City, who has taken part in the Hunks4Hope initiative against domestic violence. We talk about …

Dealing with Extreme Anxiety

October 25th, 2018


Today, I interview Cathy who talks about her son's extreme anxiety, and how his life has been changed thanks to NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

Join us to hear more...

To find out more about …

Family Law Relationship Breakdowns

October 23rd, 2018


In this episode, I interview Samantha Collins from Eric Robinson Solicitors. We discuss what needs to be taken into consideration when a relationship …

Secrets of Happy Relationships

October 18th, 2018


Today's episode focuses on what makes for happy and healthy relationships. My guest Darren tells us what he has found forms the basis of a good partnership and how his couple has grown from strength to strength.

Join us …


October 15th, 2018


In this episode, I interview Helen Llewellyn about her own journey towards self-acceptance. We also discuss the pressures of society and that other people can put on us.

Join us to hear all about it...

Trials Tribulations of Online Dating

October 12th, 2018


The emotional roller coaster of dating should not be underestimated, and that is especially true if you decide to try online dating.

In this episode, …

Understanding Business Relationships

October 8th, 2018


Today, I interview Benjamin Dennehy, The UK's Most Hated Sales Trainer, about building better business relationships. It is all about communication …

Tackling Domestic Abuse

October 4th, 2018


Domestic abuse is more widespread than we realise. Today, I interview Lila Green, who tells us about her own story and how it has affected her life, but also what she is doing now to raise awareness of the problem. 

Getting Through Tough Situations in a Marriage

October 1st, 2018


Getting married isn't just about the good times, it is also pulling through when things get difficult. Today, I interview Kram, who will share how he …

Navigating Through the World of Dating

September 27th, 2018


It isn't easy to find love but it is also important to take the time to find the right person. In this first episode, I interview Sarah Duggan, who has been single for 3 years and navigating through the world of online …

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