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Romantically Challenged

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After the break up of a long term relationship, Simone Milasas asked herself the tough questions about what she was really looking for on a romantic level.  Simone explains to host Sami Lukis why she's now looking for a 'creationship' rather th
Professional Matchmaker Louanne Ward has identified the 8 people you're likely to meet on dating apps.  Host Sami Lukis chats to Louanne about which ones to avoid and which ones are worth your time.  Louanne also has some great advice for appro
Breakfast radio host Bianca Dye shares her life on air with her listeners, but how does that affect dating, relationships and the men she meets?  In this episode, host Sami Lukis catches up with her old friend Bianca to find out how she's going
Therapist Rachel Voysey chats to host Sami Lukis about the challenges of extended lockdowns for singles and people who live alone. They discuss drinking, binge watching, single parenting and the pros and cons of dating during lockdown.  And Rac
Self-described (former) ‘serial dater’ and ‘dirty man whore’ Phil Brandel shares his thoughts about where women go wrong on the dating scene.  He also explains why men send unsolicited dick pics and why he thinks marriages should come with rene
Are good guys really so hard to find?  In this episode, 'Your Dating Bestie' founder and professional dating mentor Elly Klein tells us where all the good men are.  Elly also shares her secrets for romantic success and explains to host Sami Luk
Michelle is attempting to  ‘consciously uncouple’ with her ex-partner after a long term relationship.  Mish chats to host Sami Lukis about their breakup rules, how she’s managed to fast track her healing and they discuss her experience with usi
56 year old single mum Jane, chats to host Sami Lukis about remaining hopeful of finding love again, despite being divorced three times.  Jane shares her emotional journey through divorce, death, infidelity and Covid loneliness.  Jane also open
There’s plenty of criticism about the gaslighting on display in the current season of “Married At First Sight” and concerns that it's triggering viewers and victims of domestic abuse.  Former MAFS contestant Natasha Spencer joins host Sami Luki
This mini-episode is an extension of a conversation in the previous episode - about the idea of asking your partner if they would like comfort or solutions when they're having a bad time.  Host Sami Lukis explores this 'relationship saver' with
Host Sami Lukis chats to 37 year old Nabil about growing up in a Bangladeshi family where arranged marriage was the expectation, and his parents' reaction when he told them he wanted to pursue a love-connection instead.  Nabil also shares his e
Dating Strategist and Professional Matchmaker Louanne Ward explains to host Sami Lukis why she thinks hook-ups have replaced dating and ‘recreational dating’ has replaced relationships – and where that leaves people who are still looking for a
Host Sami Lukis recently wrote an article about 56 year old single mum Robyn, who believes it’s a ‘gift’ to be single again in middle age.  Now Robyn joins Sami on the podcast to talk about why life after divorce was a great time to reinvent he
Psychologist Rachel Voysey chats to host Sami Lukis about 'Divorce Month' and why so many couples decide to separate in January.  Rachel provides valuable tips about knowing when it’s time to get divorced and how to soften the blow if you know
Divorced dad Doug speaks to host Sami Lukis about the suggestion that divorced men might make better husbands, second time 'round.  They also chat about Doug's experience as a speed-dating coach and they explore the idea that men and women are
Geoff doesn’t believe in the concept of 'The One'.  In fact, he thinks the idea of looking for another person to ‘complete’ you can make you very unhappy.  Geoff and host Sami Lukis discuss whether marriage and monogamy are unrealistic and outd
After overcoming all kinds of challenges with singledom, fertility and marriage, Tiffany Villaluz decided to create her own dating site - "Date My Friend" - to help other singles find their match.  Tiffany chats to host Sami Lukis about her own
We’re re-releasing some of our most popular episodes from Series 1 in an uncut format, so you'll get to hear even more from your favourite guests.We kick off with Therapist Katie Eden Todd, who believes many people fall into toxic “cellmate” re
Host Sami Lukis chats to 54 year old Melbourne firefighter and eternal bachelor Paul, about the common perception that he’s a commitment phobe because he’s never been married or had kids - and whether or not he could ever really settle down. 
After a 17 year relationship, single dad Mark decided to jump straight back into dating, even though he knew he wasn’t emotionally available for any serious, meaningful connections.  In this episode, Mark chats to host Sami Lukis about what he
Author Kerri Sackville tells host Sami Lukis why she thinks women over 40 are at a distinct disadvantage on the dating scene.  They also discuss the idea of being 'lucky in love', the notion of 'compromising' for love and Kerri describes her pr
45 year old single mum Carmel, talks to host Sami Lukis about embracing the single life after the end of her 23 year marriage. Carmel chats about pandemic pashing, online 'hazing' and why she ultimately believes midlife is a great time to be da
Series 2 of "Romantically Challenged" is here!  In episode 1, host Sami Lukis chats to Psychotherapist Ange Barrett about the concept of 'Conscious Uncoupling' ... and how it can help you to date better and smarter.  After years of frustrating
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