Let's Talk: Meaningful conversations with Merie Burton

Merie Burton

"Let's Talk" dives deep into the human experience and explores the profound connections we share in life, love, and relationships. Join therapist, Merie in exploring the depths of life's most profound questions that inspire, empower, and challenge listeners. read less
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Tricky People (Ft. Crystal Hardstaff)
May 30 2024
Tricky People (Ft. Crystal Hardstaff)
In this episode, Merie sits down with fellow Counsellor and Published Author, Crystal Hardstaff, to delve into the topic of “Tricky People”. In this episode they discuss teaching children about personal safety, challenge the outdated notion of "stranger danger" and advocate for empowering children and teens with the tools to navigate tricky situations confidently. The conversation covers essential topics such as body autonomy, emphasising the importance of teaching children to respect their own boundaries and understand the concept of consent. Merie and Crystal also discuss the role of safe strangers and how children can identify trustworthy individuals in times of need. Furthermore, they highlight the significance of listening to one's instincts, incorporating the perspectives of the brain, heart, and stomach in decision-making. They explore the concept of secrets versus surprises, urging adults to create a culture of open communication where children feel safe to discuss and challenge uncomfortable or tricky situations. Tune in for practical advice and actionable insights on fostering a culture of safety and empowerment with the young ones in your life. Resources Mentioned: The Gentle Counsellor - Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thegentlecounsellor?igsh=MXQyaW1wanFzOGJ3bg== The Gentle Counsellor - Website https://thegentlecounsellor.com/hello/ Tricky People - Book https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0BF37XSHG My Body, My Choice Series https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0C39DYTQ2?binding=paperback&ref=dbs_dp_rwt_sb_pc_tpbk Connect with Us: https://linktr.ee/lets.talk_merieburton Follow us on: Let’s Talk the Podcast - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/merieburtonpsychotherapy?mibextid=LQQJ4d Let’s Talk the Podcast - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lets.talk.thepodcast?igsh=M3ZldGVnaWptbGR5&utm_source=qr Let’s Talk the Podcast - TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@lets.talk.thepodcast?_t=8mlj1iOgp3H&_r=1 Host: Merie Burton Audio Production & Sound Design: Joshua Burton Social Media: Riley Ranilehto Theme Song: Gavin Luke Online Digital Content: Breanah Burton DISCLAIMER: Thank you for tuning in to Merie's podcast. We appreciate your support and interest in exploring mental health and well-being through this platform. However, it's important to acknowledge that this podcast is not a substitute for professional mental health treatment or therapy.
Women's health (ft Leisa Tuite)
May 16 2024
Women's health (ft Leisa Tuite)
In this enlightening episode, we're thrilled to welcome Leisa Tuite, a renowned naturopath and author of the book, Eat your way healthy. Join us asLeisa sits down with our host, Merie, to delve into the intricate world of women's health and hormones, offering her expertise and natural approach to achieving optimal wellness. Leisa shares her extensive knowledge on how hormones impact everything from mood and energy levels to weight and skin health. She provides valuable insights into common hormonal imbalances women face, such as PMS, menopause, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). With her holistic perspective, Leisa explains how lifestyle, nutrition, and natural remedies can play a pivotal role in managing and improving these conditions. Throughout the episode, you'll discover practical tips on how to support your hormonal health, including dietary recommendations, stress management techniques, and the benefits of herbal supplements. Leisa and Merie also address the importance of mental health and hormones and listening to your body's unique signals. Whether you're dealing with hormonal challenges or simply looking to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle, this conversation is packed with actionable advice and inspiration. Tune in to learn how you can harness the power of natural medicine to achieve harmony and vitality in your everyday life. Resources Mentioned: https://www.naturopathtoyou.com.au/ https://www.naturopathtoyou.com/products/eat-your-way-healthy-recipe-book https://www.facebook.com/NaturopathToYou https://www.instagram.com/naturopath.to.you/?hl=en Connect with Us: Follow us on https://www.facebook.com/merieburtonpsychotherapy https://www.instagram.com/lets.talk.thepodcast/?hl=en Host: Merie Burton Audio Production & Sound Design: Joshua Burton Social Media: Riley Ranilehto Theme Song: Gavin Luke Online Digital Content: Breanah Burton DISCLAIMER: Thank you for tuning in to Merie's podcast. We appreciate your support and interest in exploring mental health and well-being through this platform. However, it's important to acknowledge that this podcast is not a substitute for professional mental health treatment or therapy.
The Science of Happiness: Pursuing True Joy
May 2 2024
The Science of Happiness: Pursuing True Joy
In this episode of Let's Talk, Merie dives deep into the fascinating science of happiness. What truly makes us happy? Why do we often chase after things that don't lead to lasting joy? And most importantly, how can we cultivate genuine happiness in our lives? We start by exploring the key elements that contribute to human happiness. Research shows that while external factors like wealth, status, or material possessions can bring temporary pleasure, they don't necessarily lead to sustained happiness. Instead, factors like strong relationships, a sense of purpose, and personal growth play crucial roles in our overall well-being. Next, we unravel common misconceptions about happiness and the pursuit of fulfilment. Often, society encourages us to chase after success or external validations, assuming they will bring us happiness. However, we learn that this pursuit can be misleading, leading us away from the core elements that truly contribute to a joyful life. To offer actionable insights, Merie discusses practical steps and habits that promote happiness based on scientific findings. These include: Cultivating Meaningful Relationships: Investing time and effort in nurturing genuine connections with family, friends, and community members. Practicing Gratitude: Keeping a gratitude journal or regularly reflecting on things we are thankful for can significantly boost happiness levels. Engaging in Acts of Kindness: Acts of kindness, whether big or small, towards others have been shown to increase personal happiness. Focusing on Personal Growth: Setting goals that align with our values and continuously learning and developing new skills. Mindfulness and Meditation: Incorporating mindfulness practices into daily routines can reduce stress and increase overall contentment. Throughout the episode, Merie draws upon insights and scientific studies to emphasise the importance of these practices. By integrating these strategies into our lives, we can shift our focus towards what truly matters, paving the way for a more fulfilling and joyful existence. Join us as we uncover the science behind happiness and discover practical steps to cultivate a happier life. Tune in to Let's Talk: Meaningful conversations with Merie Burton for this enlightening exploration into the pursuit of true joy! Host: Merie Burton Audio Production & Sound Design: Joshua Burton Social Media: Riley Ranilehto Theme Song: Gavin Luke Online Digital Content: Breanah Burton DISCLAIMER: Thank you for tuning in to Merie's podcast. We appreciate your support and interest in exploring mental health and well-being through this platform. However, it's important to acknowledge that this podcast is not a substitute for professional mental health treatment or therapy.
Sexual health principles (ft Rachel Whitton)
Apr 11 2024
Sexual health principles (ft Rachel Whitton)
Title: Exploring Sexual Health: A Conversation with Counsellor Rachel Whitton Description: In this enlightening episode, we delve deep into the intricate landscape of sexual health with our esteemed guest, counsellor Rachel Whitton. Rachel brings a wealth of expertise and insight as we navigate the World Health Organisation's six sexual health principles. Join us as Rachel shares her profound understanding of sexual health, addressing the holistic nature of this vital aspect of human well-being. We explore the WHO's principles, which encompass rights, relationships, pleasure, freedom from discrimination, privacy, and confidentiality. Through engaging dialogue and Rachel's compassionate guidance, we unravel the complexities surrounding sexual health, challenging misconceptions and fostering a deeper understanding of its significance in our lives. Tune in as we embark on a journey of education, empathy, and empowerment, seeking to cultivate a culture of respect and inclusivity in our approach to sexual health. This episode offers invaluable insights and perspectives to enrich your understanding and your relationship. To learn more or for resources: www.merieburton.com.au To learn more about Rachel https://www.terebinthtreecounselling.com/ Host: Merie Burton Audio Production & Sound Design: Joshua Burton Social Media: Riley Ranilehto Theme Song: Gavin Luke Online Digital Content: Breanah Burton DISCLAIMER: Thank you for tuning in to Merie's podcast. We appreciate your support and interest in exploring mental health and well-being through this platform. However, it's important to acknowledge that this podcast is not a substitute for professional mental health treatment or therapy.
Stress and Anxiety
Mar 14 2024
Stress and Anxiety
In this episode, we delve into the intricate world of stress and anxiety, unraveling their impact on our mental and physical well-being. Merie breaks down the definitions of stress and anxiety, shedding light on their similarities, differences, and how they manifest in our daily lives. Merie talks about the crucial role of sleep, mindfulness, self-care, time management, and healthy nutrition in managing stress and anxiety levels. Drawing from scientific research and personal experiences, Merie discusses how inadequate sleep can exacerbate stress and anxiety, and shares practical tips for improving sleep quality. Listeners are guided through mindfulness techniques that help cultivate present-moment awareness and reduce overwhelming thoughts. Merie also underscores the importance of self-care practices tailored to individual needs, emphasising that self-care goes beyond pampering to encompass mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Time management strategies take centre stage as Merie explores effective ways to prioritise tasks, delegate responsibilities, and create a balanced schedule. Coupled with healthy nutrition tips, listeners gain insights into how diet influences mood, energy levels, and overall stress resilience. The episode culminates in actionable steps for crafting a personalised stress-reduction plan. Merie shares practical tips on setting realistic goals, identifying stress triggers, and implementing coping strategies such as deep breathing exercises, journaling, and seeking support from trusted individuals or professionals. Whether you're navigating work pressures, academic challenges, or everyday stressors, this episode equips you with essential tools and insights to lead a more balanced and fulfilling life. Tune in to discover transformative strategies and embark on a journey towards greater resilience and well-being. Host: Merie Burton Audio Production & Sound Design: Joshua Burton Social Media: Riley Ranilehto Theme Song: Gavin Luke Online Digital Content: Breanah Burton DISCLAIMER: Thank you for tuning in to Merie's podcast. We appreciate your support and interest in exploring mental health and well-being through this platform. However, it's important to acknowledge that this podcast is not a substitute for professional mental health treatment or therapy.