The Trusted Friend

Welcome to ”The Trusted Friend,” the podcast that’s like a group therapy session, but without the awkward silences or the stale pastries. We all know that life can be a wild ride - sometimes it feels like we’re soaring on cloud nine, and other times we’re face-planting into the dirt. But no matter where we are on that rollercoaster, there’s one thing that can help us all feel a little less alone - sharing our stories. So if you’re looking for a podcast that’s equal parts heartwarming and hilarious, tune in to ”The Trusted Friend.” We promise to be the friends you can count on - even if we’re just voices coming out of your headphones.

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Wednesday Jan 31, 2024

In this episode, Kerri opens up about the relentless bullying she endured, facing exclusion from elementary school through college. She candidly explores the profound impact it had on her sense of self-worth and identity. From the depths of isolation, Kerri takes us on a transformative journey, sharing her 'a-ha' moments that became catalysts for change.
Discover how she reclaimed her power, reshaping not only her self-perception but also her perspective on others. Join us as Kerri's story unfolds, a testament to resilience, self-discovery, and the triumph of reclaiming one's narrative.
Now a Reiki Master, a devoted mother of two active boys, and the insightful host of 'The Fire Within' podcast, Kerri has beautifully encapsulated the essence of becoming her true self.
More about Kerri
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Wednesday Jan 24, 2024

Welcome to a compelling episode of the Trusted Friend podcast. In this deeply personal conversation, we sit down with Hannah, a remarkable individual who has not only excelled on the basketball court but has also navigated the challenging terrain of body image and eating disorders.
As a college basketball player, Hannah currently holds the prestigious title of the number 4 top player in all of Alberta for the ACAC (Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference). Her athletic prowess has earned her the title of Athlete of the Week for not just Alberta but all of Canada. Throughout her basketball career at various schools, she has consistently demonstrated excellence, earning multiple Athlete of the Week honors.
Hannah's journey takes us beyond the basketball court, offering a glimpse into the challenges of body image and eating disorders that she's faced as a high-performing athlete. As the daughter of the host of the Trusted Friend, Hannah shares her story with candor and resilience, providing insights into the complexities of balancing athletic excellence with personal struggles.
For those inspired by Hannah's journey, you can follow her ongoing health and fitness exploration on Instagram at @sevenrollsdeep.
If you or someone you know is dealing with issues related to body image or eating disorders, please find helpful resources below:
In Canada:
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC):
In Alberta:
Alberta Health Services Eating Disorder Program:
Alberta Health Services Eating Disorder Program:
Remember, you're not alone, and there is support available. Thank you for joining us on the Trusted Friend podcast, where we share real stories and cultivate understanding.
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA):
Website: National Eating Disorders Association
NEDA Helpline: 1-800-931-2237
Eating Disorders Hope:
Website: Eating Disorders Hope
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD):
Website: ANAD
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness:
Website: The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
Eating Disorders Coalition:
Website: Eating Disorders Coalition
Remember, you're not alone, and there is support available. Thank you for joining us on the Trusted Friend podcast, where we share real stories and cultivate understanding.
#bodypositivity #eatingdisorders #collegebasketball #athlete #mentalhealthmatters #womenempowerment #shareyourstory  #subscribe #impact 

Tuesday Jan 16, 2024

Lynsey shares with us her journey in overcoming her battle with addiction to alcohol and completely changing the course of her life.  She is now a mindset and mental wellness speaker, working mom coach, and licensed therapist, Lynsey Retzlaff, LCSW shares her insights to impact lives near and far. 
She is a mother of two and has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. Through this experience, she has found joy in helping working mothers redefine, renew, and reclaim their personal and professional lives by restoring inner peace, renewing relationships, developing realistic systems, and refining their life roadmap.
As a result of redefining her own life, she partners with companies on mental wellness solutions to address burnout, impacting every working person's bottom line.
Lynsey's most notable features to date have been in the well-known Parade, Authority, and Canvas Rebel magazines and her insights can be heard on multiple podcasts.
More about Lynsey

Tuesday Jan 09, 2024

For about Lena and other guests go to:
Lena shares her powerful story in this impactful episode.  Lena was born and raised in a post-USSR Ukrainian iron mining town. Her parents struggled in their marriage. Became an alcoholic, lost well paying jobs, eventually divorced losing custody of their kids.
She has struggled in poverty trying to survive and was abused and raped numerous times. After the loss of her first child at 15, drug addicted, alcohol dependent, she was twice trafficked to foreign countries, Israel, and Canada. 
More about Lena
If you or someone you know is struggling with addictions, trauma or concerned for their own safety.  Please reach out and get the help you need.   Lena's Resource page has some insightful tip and resources for sex trafficking.
Below are just a small portion of resources available.  Please search for help near you. 
Trauma Informed Care for Substance Abuse Counselling
National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Tuesday Jan 02, 2024

The Trusted Friend Website
Join Avery on a transformative journey as she shares the profound shifts that led her to redefine her identity. From the challenges of medical setbacks and a life-altering diagnosis to the realization that she was no longer the person she once knew, Avery takes viewers through the emotional process of shedding her former self.
Discover the courage it takes to rename and reclaim agency over one's identity, as Avery navigates through PTSD dreams, intrusive thoughts, and anxiety. With the support of loved ones and therapy, witness the beauty of finding solace and feeling at home in her body once more.
"Becoming Avery" is a touching exploration of resilience, self-love, and the transformative power that comes from embracing change. Join Avery in this heartfelt episode and be a part of her ongoing journey with gratitude and love.

Sunday Dec 24, 2023

More about Jen  including some  of Jen's delicious cookie recipes
Jen and I sit down (via zoom) and chat all things Christmas in this special episode.  Jen is the youngest of 9 children and has wealth of Christmas memories and traditions.  We both share our Christmas memories coming from large families.  Our interview is based on a Christmas letter she sent out to her family the year her dad passed away. in 2022.  See website for copy of letter.
Also see bonus episode on Mental Fitness Exercise to feel centered during the chaos often brought on by Christmas. It's only 5 minutes to get you feeling calm and focused.
Jen Uschold website

Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

The Trusted Friend Website for more about this and other episodes
Jami, a mom to seven, courageously shares her battles with getting her son the much needed help with his mental health and overcoming his struggles and the dark cloud looming over his head.  At the young age of 7 he had thoughts of wanting to end his life due to the mental health darkness.  With raw authenticity, she shares the pivotal moments that led her to getting the help he needed.  She's on a mission to help other mothers feel less burdened by their struggling children and bring more awareness as to how we can help those around us with mental health differences.
Jami's Website

Tuesday Dec 12, 2023

The Trusted Friend Website
This episode we meet Alyssa Williamson's as she shares her journey of overcoming her own need to be perfect and the immense pressures, anxiety, and sleepless nights it caused. 
Drawing from her own experiences, she empowers individuals to break free from perfectionism's shackles. And now as she’s about to be a new mother for the first time she shares the strategies in place to avoid the perfection pitfalls.  Alyssa lives by the motto, "What's the best that can happen?"
Alyssa's Website

Monday Dec 11, 2023

For more information on Jen see: The Trusted Friend Website
This is a Mental Health Fitness Exercise.
I'm not one for breathing exercise because my mind wanders and I can't sit still and feel awkward. But when she did this at the end of our interview I felt like having a nap afterwards and so here it is for you as a bonus episode you can listen to any time you need.
Whether your in the middle of trying to get all the presents wrapped, feeling lonely or overwhelmed.  Sit in a comfortable chair and listen as Jen guides you through this exercise to get you back to center and relaxed.  
Merry Christmas, Hope this helps.
Jen is offering our listeners a 20% discount on the 2024 offerings which are on her website. Please use the code  TrustedFriend20

Wednesday Nov 29, 2023

In this short bonus episode, Yvonne Caputo joins us again (see her episode Flying with Dad) and takes us on a personal ride through the heart and soul of Five Wishes. She shares how this game-changing document lets you call the shots on your healthcare – from who's in charge when you can't decide, to the kind of treatment you do or don't want. It's like leaving a note for your family and doctors on how you want to be treated, ensuring your wishes are known and respected. Join Yvonne in this candid chat about the power of Five Wishes and the peace it brings to life's tougher moments.
Five Wishes Website



Welcome to "The Trusted Friend" podcast, hosted by a wife, mom of 5 amazing kids, and creative outside-the-box thinker who truly values friendship – me! Through my own experiences, I've come to understand just how important it is to have a trusted friend by your side. That's why I created this podcast – to help women connect through our stories.

We all have a story to tell, and I believe that sharing those stories is the key to building the connections we long for and need in our female friendships. Whether you're looking for women who have traveled the road before us or can relate to the one we once traveled, "The Trusted Friend" is the place to be.

So come along with me on this journey as we explore the ups and downs of life and build the connections we all crave. Let's share our stories, uplift each other, and become the trusted friends we all need.

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