Help me Sara podcast

By on February 1, 2015

Help Me Sara and Dr Laurie on couples and sex

Here is a link to my latest HelpMeSara complimentary podcast:

In this podcast Sara Dimerman chats with family law lawyer, Dr. Laurie Betito. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • What’s normal? What’s not? in the sex dept of a relationship and who cares anyway?
  • The definition of a “sexless” marriage
  • The difference between a lack of interest and low sexual desire
  • Whether or not women are really not as interested in sex as men
  • The real reasons people avoid having sex with one another
  • How to create an environment that will stimulate desire and enhance sexual experience
  • Whether its possible to re ignite a flame thats gone out and if so, how
  • The importance of foreplay and what it means
  • Physical and physiological changes to our body that affect sex over time and how we can accept and help ourselves rather than fight them
  • The benefits to having regular sex
  • Which relationships are most vulnerable to infidelity

Tips for parents on helping teens open up

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Una Wright. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • How parents can establish a relationship with their children (before they are teens) so that they will feel safe to open up and communicate with them
  • Some of the fundamental building blocks when creating a foundation from which a parent/teen relationship is ideally created
  • The difference between daily communication eg how was your day? versus communication about bigger issues eg bullying, depression and low self esteem
  • Effective tips for helping to empower teens to find their voices and why some teens lose their voices or maybe never find them
  • Some of the biggest concerns/issues that youth are dealing with today

How to assess and manage your child’s food and environmental sensitivities

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Dr. Paul Saunders. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • Whether there has been a change in the kinds of foods (and environmental triggers) that children have shown sensitivity to over the years
  • What signs and symptoms to watch for as indicators of sensitivity
  • Whether these symptoms differ depending on the age, race or cultural background of the child
  • The earliest age at which children show food and environmental sensitivities and what these may be attributed to
  • Whether or not parents can take any preventative measures to minimize these sensitivities from occurring
  • Whether certain children may be predisposed to sensitivity and why
  • Whether it is wise to completely avoid certain foods at different stages of development or if avoidance heightens sensitivity
  • Whether diets that are gluten free or dairy free, for example, are fads or if there is true merit to avoiding foods that contain these ingredients
  • Where a parent can go to more properly assess their child’s food and environmental sensitivities
  • The different roles that a medical and naturopathic doctor play in assessing and helping to manage these sensitivities

How to protect your family when illness or injury prevents you from earning an income

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Joey Dimerman. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • What events or conditions might prevent one from earning an income?
  • Whether or not most people have a rainy day fund set aside in case this occurs?
  • How else one can plan ahead in the event of an accident or catastrophic illness
  • The probability of someone being so ill or disabled that he or she is unable to earn an income
  • The difference between disability and critical illness insurance
  • What ‘return of premium’ means and how an insurance policy can also function as forced savings


How to tell when drinking alcohol has become a problem and what you can do about it

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Samuel Waldner. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • the definition of alcohol addiction
  • some signs to watch out for that social drinking, for example, has become a problem
  • whether alcohol addiction is typically an inherited or learnt behaviour
  • the most common ways to treat this addiction
  • The importance of finding a therapist who has specific training in alcohol addiction when seeking help
  • The consequences of alcohol addiction on other relationships
  • whether alcohol addiction is easily treatable

Where there’s a will  Download Where there’s a Will…

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Les Kotzer. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • At what age or stage of life one should consider creating a Will and why
  • What words such as executor, estate, assets, guardians, probate tax & power of attorney mean
  • Whether do-it-yourself Wills are good enough. Why or why not?
  • Whether or not you need a lawyer with special training to write your Will
  • How often and when Wills should be revised and why
  • What happens to your property and assets if you die without a Will in place
  • What happens to your children if you die without a Will in place

Caring for your aging parent        Download Caring for your aging parent

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Dr. Tiffany Chow. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • The age at which adult children typically find their roles with their parents beginning to reverse
  • Age related factors that influence this change in role
  • Other special circumstances that might accelerate this role reversal (eg alzheimers, dementia, stroke)
  • The difference between dementia and alzheimer’s disease
  • The age at which older adults typically need more care
  • Encouraging geriatric assessments and with whom?
  • What to do when an aging parent is resistant to or in denial about needing extra help
  • Why its best to avoid certain words such as “dementia” when talking to an aging parent
  • Support services for aging parents and their adult children
  • Whether our communities/provinces are well equipped to deal with mental and physical changes for our aging population
  • The importance of getting extended family involved in caring for an aging parent/relative
  • What to look for when exploring options for increased care

For better or worse: how technology has changed families’ lives

Download For better or worse: how technology has changed families lives

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Marc Saltzman.
Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • How technology has evolved over the past decade
  • Gadgets and gizmos that are particularly appealing to children? teens? adults?
  • Whether males or females are more drawn to technology than the other gender
  • Why there is such a fascination with technology today
  • How technology has enhanced our lives and how it has made them more difficult

Whether or not there is a correlation between violent video games and aggressive behaviour  How and why parents should set limits on children and technology  Where technology is headed

How to choose a pet that’s right for your family     Download How to choose a pet that’s right for your family.

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Dr. Tara Sermer
Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • How a family can come together in making the decision to become a pet owning family
  • Some of the key factors to consider when deciding to bring a pet to live in your home
  • Red flags that your home or family may not be pet friendly
  • Making an informed decision about the right breed of dog or cat for your family
  • Whether dogs and cats can co exist.
  • Less commonly owned domestic animals
  • Helping children and adults cope with the loss of a pet.
  • Resources/where to go to to do more research on owning a pet.

About Sara Dimerman (aka HelpMeSara)

Sara Dimerman has been an individual, couple and family therapist for over twenty years. She is one of North America’s most trusted parenting and relationship experts and the author of three books - 'Am I A Normal Parent?', 'Character Is the Key' and a book for couples – ‘How can I be your Lover when I’m too Busy Being your Mother?’ Learn more or listen to advice from Sara and her colleagues by searching for ‘helpmesara’ podcasts on iTunes or by visiting Check out her Facebook page at or follow Sara on Twitter @helpmesara.