The Soul's Work Podcast

Janice Ho

The Soul's Work Podcast is the show about uncovering our authentic selves through doing both light work and shadow work. Host Janice Ho shares her life experiences and resources on topics such as healing from trauma and addiction, connecting with our intuition, improving our relationships, and more. Janice is a Korean-Canadian from Toronto, Canada. This podcast is not meant to give professional advice, but to share personal experiences and help others feel less alone in their own journeys. read less
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Dancing with Grief: In Personal Loss and Collective Suffering (with Glora Eid)
Dec 21 2023
Dancing with Grief: In Personal Loss and Collective Suffering (with Glora Eid)
Join Gloria Eid (writer, poet, leadership coach, and grief movement guide) and host Janice Ho for a conversation on grieving – whether it's the grief we feel when losing a loved one, doing our trauma-healing work, or being impacted by the collective suffering we see in the world. They discuss how they've each created an intimate relationship with grief, and different types of grief practices/supports that can help carry us through hard times. They also share how learning to be with grief can transform us in positive ways, including increasing our resilience and sustaining activism work. Gloria also gifts us with reading a few poems from her new book Waves: poems on grief. This episode covers:4:57 Introducing Gloria Eid8:12 Poem reading and reflection: Hoping12:13 What sparked Gloria’s writings on grief (her book Waves)15:32 When grief engulfs us vs being in partnership with grief20:05 Why processing grief is important + the many supports we can access for our grief work27:22 Why the wellness industry doesn’t promote grief practices more33:16 Poem reading and reflection: The Greatest TaskAllowing for happiness and joy in times of grief40:27 Finding support from nature (something bigger than us)42:00 Poem reading and reflection: Breath And On protesting and collective action54:11 Returning to “the same” grief – why can’t we just move on?1:00:46 Grief in trauma-healing work1:03:41 Alchemizing grief: the other side1:06:07 Poem reading: Letter From Grief1:07:37 Grieving collective suffering + finding support1:19:20 Poem reading: For You1:20:28 How to connect with GloriaSubscribe on YouTube: @thesoulsworkpodcastRate & review the podcast on:Apple PodcastsPodchasersSpotifywww.TheSoulsWorkPodcast.comConnect with Gloria Eid:Buy Waves: poems on grief on AmazonInstagram: @gloria.unlimitedWebsite: www.gloriaeid.comConnect with Janice:Instagram: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFacebook: @thesoulsworkpodcastListen to all The Soul's Work Podcast episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.com----- Janice is a therapist-in-training and not licensed to work with clients.DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for working with a professional mental health or healing practitioner.
Uncovering Our Authentic Self Through Inner Child Work + the Right Relationships (with Janna Estrada)
May 25 2023
Uncovering Our Authentic Self Through Inner Child Work + the Right Relationships (with Janna Estrada)
Fellow therapist-in-training Janna Estrada shares about her journey uncovering her authentic self, from not being able to speak up for herself and being overwhelmed by big emotions to doing therapy and finding the right relationships that align with her values. Janice and Janna also chat about the transformational work they've done reparenting their inner child and working compassionately with their protective adaptations to trauma.This episode covers:Janna’s life before her healing journeyThe break-up that changed Janna’s pathIsolation, navigating big emotions, and feeling unsupportedReflection: Who really shows up for me?What finally pushed Janna into therapy despite the stigmaJanna’s and Janice’s first experiences trying therapyReparenting our child self/partsWhat supports have helped Janna to heal and growHow not being with the right people impact our self-worthIdentifying our most important values Aligning our values with our relationshipsWhere the fear of speaking up for ourselves came from (hint: childhood)Doing the internal work to make setting boundaries effectiveFinding support for our defense mechanismsSubscribe on YouTube and get episodes 1 day early!: @thesoulsworkpodcastRate & review the podcast on:Apple PodcastsPodchasersSpotifywww.TheSoulsWorkPodcast.comConnect with Janna Estrada:Instagram: @jannabakesTikTok: @jannabakesConnect with Janice:Instagram: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFacebook: @thesoulsworkpodcastEmail: thesoulsworkpodcast@gmail.comListen to all The Soul's Work Podcast episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.com----- Janice is a therapist-in-training and not licensed to work with clients.DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for working with a professional mental health or healing practitioner.
Can You Learn New Relationship Patterns? (with Tim Johnson)
May 11 2023
Can You Learn New Relationship Patterns? (with Tim Johnson)
Tim and Janice talk about how to keep the spark going in our romantic relationships, including what to do when our love languages aren’t aligned, continuing to learn new things about our partners, and doing dates! They also discuss the importance of doing the individual work to bring our best selves into our relationships, navigating anxious and avoidant attachment dynamics, and learning to communicate transparently to deepen intimacy.Bio: Tim Johnson is the CEO and Cofounder of Couply, the app for Couples. Couply helps 300,000 couples build an incredible relationship that lasts forever, through relationship questions, couples quizzes and custom date ideas and relationship advice all based on your partner’s personality.This episode covers:How the Couply app helps couples deepen their relationshipWhat to do when your love languages aren’t alignedLove maps: Continuing to learn about our partners over timeDate ideas to keep the spark aliveThe ups and downs of long-term relationshipsShifting from being right and winning to being in a partnershipCommunicating transparently with each other for deeper intimacyCommunicating with your partner about your communication stylesShifting from an anxious to secure attachment styleLeaving room for messiness in relationshipsLearning to read the red flags early onSubscribe on YouTube and get episodes 1 day early!: @thesoulsworkpodcastRate & review the podcast on:Apple PodcastsPodchasersSpotifywww.TheSoulsWorkPodcast.comConnect with Tim Johnson:https://www.couply.io/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/couplyappTikTok: @couplyConnect with Janice:Instagram: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFacebook: @thesoulsworkpodcastEmail: thesoulsworkpodcast@gmail.comListen to all The Soul's Work Podcast episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.com----- Janice is a therapist-in-training and not licensed to work with clients.DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for working with a professional mental health or healing practitioner.
Sex Work as Healing Work + Exploring Kink and Polyamory (with Sydney)
Apr 27 2023
Sex Work as Healing Work + Exploring Kink and Polyamory (with Sydney)
Sydney and Janice chat about how sex work can be healing and a path to reclaiming one's sensuality. They also dive into unlearning codependency and practicing polyamory, plus exploring kink and disowned parts through dom/sub play.Bio: Sydney is a chef, pleasure curator, and sex worker based in what is colonially known as Philadelphia. Sydney is a proud third generation Chinese-American non-binary human.They graduated from Emerson College in 2019 with a degree in Media Arts Production, but found their passion for food and sensuality. After many career changes, they decided to pursue culinary arts following in their grandparents’ footsteps. This episode covers:Sydney’s journey with being monogamish, non-monogamy + polyamoryBecoming a sex workerReclaiming sensuality through sex workPracticing boundaries in sexual relationships (and life in general!)Communicating boundaries before and during sexSex work as healing workHow sex workers can learn from polyamoryUnlearning monogamous culture + codependencyBeing a sex worker + AsianExploring ourselves through kink + dom/sub playNavigating group play + potential triggersBeing polyamorous + AsianResources mentioned:Mistress Mei: https://www.instagram.com/multiverseofmei/ Jayda: https://www.instagram.com/jayda_kissed/Michelle Hy: https://www.instagram.com/polyamorouswhileasian/Leanna Yau: https://www.instagram.com/polyphiliablog/ Subscribe on YouTube and get episodes 1 day early!: @thesoulsworkpodcastRate & review the podcast on:Apple PodcastsPodchasersSpotifywww.TheSoulsWorkPodcast.comConnect with Sydney:https://sexysoupdumplings.com/https://www.eatwithlydialim.com/https://www.instagram.com/sexysoupdumplings/Connect with Janice:Instagram: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFacebook: @thesoulsworkpodcastEmail: thesoulsworkpodcast@gmail.comListen to all The Soul's Work Podcast episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.com----- Janice is a therapist-in-training and not licensed to work with clients.DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for working with a professional mental health or healing practitioner.
Going Alcohol Free (My 3-Year AF Anniversary)
Apr 19 2023
Going Alcohol Free (My 3-Year AF Anniversary)
Janice shares her process of how she made it to 3 years alcohol free after struggling with alcohol dependency for many years. She and her guest host Janna Estrada discuss the top 5 things that supported Janice in her alcohol-free journey.This episode covers:Drinking culture and talking openly about drinking5 things that helped Janice go alcohol free:1. Learning the neuroscience of addiction2. Unlearning beliefs about the benefits of alcohol3. Removing triggers to drinking4. Turning to community for support5. Doing the trauma-healing workGetting to 1 year alcohol freeWill Janice ever drink again?Resources mentioned:This Naked Mind (Annie Grace): https://thisnakedmind.com/ (Please note that the course This Naked Mind Intensive mentioned in the episode is no longer available. The Path program by This Naked Mind may be the closest alternative.)The Soul’s Work Podcast episodes mentioned:My Drinking Story: https://www.thesoulsworkpodcast.com/s1-ep11-my-drinking-story/ Season 2 Introduction: https://www.thesoulsworkpodcast.com/s2-ep1-season-2-introduction/ Why It’s So Hard to Stop Drinking: https://www.thesoulsworkpodcast.com/s2-e3-why-its-so-hard-to-stop-drinking/ Subscribe on YouTube and get episodes 1 day early!: @thesoulsworkpodcastRate & review the podcast on:Apple PodcastsPodchasersSpotifywww.TheSoulsWorkPodcast.comConnect with Janice:Instagram: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFacebook: @thesoulsworkpodcastConnect with Janna:Instagram: @jannabakesListen to all The Soul's Work Podcast episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.com----- Janice is a therapist-in-training and not licensed to work with clients.DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for working with a professional mental health or healing practitioner.
Asian Representation: Stepping Into Self-Confidence (with Sheena Yap Chan)
Apr 12 2023
Asian Representation: Stepping Into Self-Confidence (with Sheena Yap Chan)
Sheena Yap Chan and Janice discuss why Asian representation and healing intergenerational trauma are important in building self-confidence. They also talk about racism in Canada and how they gave up parts of themselves to assimilate to Western culture. They share ways we can reconnect with our Asian culture and tap into community to nourish our authenticity and need for support.Bio: Sheena Yap Chan is a keynote speaker, podcaster, consultant, and author on building self-confidence. She currently inspires women through her award-winning podcast called The Tao of Self-Confidence where she interviews Asian women about their inner journey to self-confidence. Her mission is to help Asian Women boost their confidence to live their authentic selves, help Asian Women create a voice in the world, and create a stronger representation for Asian women. Sheena has been featured on MindValley, slice.ca, Marketing in Asia, Manila Times and more. She is also the TOP 100 Filipinos to follow on LinkedIn for inspiration and learning in 2020. She is also the co-author of the International bestselling book Asian Women Who Boss Up. Sheena will be releasing a book with Wiley called The Tao of Self-Confidence: A Guide to Moving Beyond Trauma and Awakening the Leader Within in May 2023.This episode covers:Sheena’s journey to self-confidenceWhy Asian representation mattersQuestioning cultural standardsHealing intergenerational + historical traumaRacism in CanadaGiving up parts of ourselves to assimilate to Western cultureReconnecting with Asian cultureGetting support from communityResources mentioned:The Tao of Self-Confidence: A Guide to Moving Beyond Trauma and Awakening the Leader Within (Sheena Yap Chan) https://sheenayapchan.com/thetaoofselfconfidence Noona’s Noonchi: https://noonasnoonchi.com/ Subscribe on YouTube and get episodes 1 day early!: @thesoulsworkpodcastRate & review the podcast on:Apple PodcastsPodchasersSpotifywww.TheSoulsWorkPodcast.comConnect with Sheena Yap Chan:https://taplink.cc/sheena.yap.chan https://taplink.cc/thetaoofselfconfidence https://sheenayapchan.com/thetaoofselfconfidence Connect with Janice:Instagram: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFacebook: @thesoulsworkpodcastEmail: thesoulsworkpodcast@gmail.comListen to all The Soul's Work Podcast episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.com----- Janice is a therapist-in-training and not licensed to work with clients.DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for working with a professional mental health or healing practitioner.
Building Secure Attachment Through Healing Trauma + Solo Polyamory (with denise chang)
Apr 5 2023
Building Secure Attachment Through Healing Trauma + Solo Polyamory (with denise chang)
In this age of insta-everything, it can be tempting to chase the next quick healing fix and spiritual high. But Janice and her guest denise chang discuss a more sustainable approach to healing trauma that involves working with the body; reconnecting with our erotic power; resourcing our ancestors, nature, and animals; and working with our child parts.They also share how practicing solo polyamory and relationship anarchy has helped them both move away from codependent relationships and build secure attachment with themselves and others.Bio: denise is a somatic trauma resolution practitioner, erotic movement arts facilitator, and intuitive energy healer. their work focuses on the cultivation of erotic power and the healing of intergenerational trauma through the body ecology modality. as an immigrant of taoist malaysian chinese descent and solo-polyamorist, denise brings together their wisdom of nervous system attunement and animist perspectives to offer deep healing and collective liberation. CW: Mention of experiencing sexual harmThis episode covers:Working with the body to heal trauma Experiencing shame before embodimentSelf-compassion + resourcing “something bigger”Spirituality + limitations of Western healingErotic power + sexualityErotic power danceSolo polyamory: building secure attachmentUnlearning codependency through relationship anarchyUnlearning mononormativity + “the relationship escalator”The commercialization of healing workAccessing joyResources mentioned:Rachel MaddoxDr. Rocío Rosales MezaAudre Lorde’s essay “Uses of the Erotic”Amber McZeal (Ancestral Lineage Healing)Rooted Global VillageSubscribe on YouTube and get episodes 1 day early!: @thesoulsworkpodcastRate & review the podcast on:Apple PodcastsPodchasersSpotifywww.TheSoulsWorkPodcast.comConnect with denise chang:Instagram: @denisehuimingWebsite: www.denisehuiming.comConnect with me:Instagram: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFacebook: @thesoulsworkpodcastListen to all The Soul's Work Podcast episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.com----- Janice is a therapist-in-training and not licensed to work with clients.DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for working with a professional mental health or healing practitioner.
Healing Trauma (Part 7): Releasing Trauma and Changing Lifelong Patterns with Body-Mind-Relational Therapy (Pt 2)
Aug 20 2022
Healing Trauma (Part 7): Releasing Trauma and Changing Lifelong Patterns with Body-Mind-Relational Therapy (Pt 2)
Janice shares what has been the most transformative approach for her in healing trauma and changing lifelong patterns. In Part 2 of this episode, she discusses: Why we may need our body's participation in healing traumaReconnecting to our body's internal experience to unlearn patternsIncreasing our capacity for self-regulation through co-regulationGetting curious about our protective adaptations to traumaTending to our core wounds and reconnecting with split-off emotions and parts of ourselvesSomatic Internal Family Systems Therapy: healing the anxious-attachment woundThe role of relationship in healingOther pros of body-mind-relational therapiesWhy focusing only on the body may not be enough to healTransformative outcomes of doing the healing work CW: Experiences and impacts of trauma. Please take care as you listen.Rate & review the podcast on: Apple Podcasts | Podchasers | Spotify | WebsiteConnect with me:IG: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFB: @thesoulsworkpodcastEmail: thesoulsworkpodcast@gmail.comListen to all TSWP episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.comResources mentioned:Healing Developmental Trauma (Laurence Heller & Aline LaPierre)The Practical Guide for Healing Developmental Trauma (Laurence Heller & Brad Kammer)Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy (Susan McConnell)"[Ep. 23] Co-Regulation | Luis Mojica & Guests" (Holistic Life Navigation Podcast) "[Ep. 105] Building Capacity For Healing w/ Eileen Knott" (Holistic Life Navigation Podcast)"Healing Trauma (Pt 1): What is Trauma + How My Healing Journey Started” (TSWP)  “Healing Trauma (Pt 3): Getting Triggered (Why Can’t We Just Leave the Past in the Past?)” (TSWP) “Healing Trauma (Pt 4): Doing Therapy” (TSWP)"Letting Anger Come Out of the Corner" (The Soul's Work Blog)"Healing Through Breathwork and Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy" (The Soul's Work Blog)Also see:"The Missing Piece: Healing Trauma through Somatic and Mind-Body Therapies" (The Soul's Work Blog)The Heart of Trauma (Bonnie Badenoch)
Healing Trauma (Part 7): Releasing Trauma and Changing Lifelong Patterns with Body-Mind-Relational Therapy (Pt 1)
Jul 28 2022
Healing Trauma (Part 7): Releasing Trauma and Changing Lifelong Patterns with Body-Mind-Relational Therapy (Pt 1)
Janice shares what has been the most transformative approach for her in healing trauma and changing lifelong patterns. In Part 1 of this episode, she discusses: 5 core needs that, when not met, can result in developmental trauma (+ Janice's personal experiences with early trauma)The distress cycle of trauma: top-down + bottom-up processesHow trauma impacts the mind and bodyThe big missing link in healing: integrating both the mind + body (+ relationship)How our mind can help in healing traumaThought-based approaches in the wellness world that may not be helpful Seeing our trauma patterns as protective vs dysfunctionalWhy focusing only on the mind may not be enough to healCW: Experiences and impacts of trauma (esp. developmental trauma). Please take care as you listen.Rate & review the podcast on: Apple Podcasts | Podchasers | Spotify | www.TheSoulsWorkPodcast.comConnect with me:IG: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFB: @thesoulsworkpodcastthesoulsworkpodcast@gmail.comListen to all TSWP episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.comResources mentioned:Healing Developmental Trauma (Laurence Heller & Aline LaPierre)“From the Abandonment Wound to Connection (Pt 1) (w/Steve LeBlanc)” (TSWP) “From the Abandonment Wound to Connection (Pt 2) (w/Steve LeBlanc)” (TSWP) "Dr. Laurence Heller in Conversation with Dr. Gabor Maté on Complex Trauma and the Future of Trauma-Informed Care" (Transforming Trauma Podcast)"Healing Trauma (Pt 1): What is Trauma + How My Healing Journey Started” (TSWP)  "Healing Trauma (Pt 2): What Causes Trauma + Why Trauma Isn’t Just About Negative Thoughts" (TSWP) “Doing the Work: From Anxious to Secure Attachment in Relationships (w/Melissa Vona)” (TSWP) “Healing Trauma (Pt 3): Getting Triggered (Why Can’t We Just Leave the Past in the Past?)” (TSWP) “Healing Trauma (Pt 4): Doing Therapy” (TSWP)"Body and mind with Hakomi Therapy, a way to self discovery" (Engler og Hormoner Podcast)The Heart of Trauma (Bonnie Badenoch)
From the Abandonment Wound to Connection (Part 2) (with Steve LeBlanc)
May 25 2022
From the Abandonment Wound to Connection (Part 2) (with Steve LeBlanc)
Janice and her guest (also dating partner) Steve LeBlanc get vulnerable chatting about how early abandonment trauma has impacted their later relationships and capacity for connection. In part 2 of their conversation, they dive into:Integrating the inner work into relationshipsHealing from infidelitySteve’s greater self-awareness of his triggers in present-day situationsExperiencing secure attachment and freedom in a consensually non-monogamous relationshipDeveloping a safe container to be present (and just be) in the relationshipHealing sexual trauma and unlearning patterns in relationshipHow Steve’s earlier sexual experiences led to repressing his needs and being performative in later relationshipsThe differences Steve has experienced between having sex with men versus womenA spontaneous, real-time moment of processing between Steve and Janice about Steve’s internalized belief that women don’t want him sexuallyA mutually healing sexual experience between Janice and SteveThe need for both clear communication and an understanding of the nuanced power dynamics in heterosexual relationshipsSteve’s understanding of his privileges and some ways he’s developed empathyWhat Steve hopes for going forward with connection and loveRate & review the podcast on:Apple PodcastsPodchasersSpotifywww.TheSoulsWorkPodcast.comConnect with me:Instagram: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFacebook: @thesoulsworkpodcastEmail: thesoulsworkpodcast@gmail.comListen to all The Soul's Work Podcast episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.comConnect with Steve LeBlanc:Instagram: @steve_leblanc
Healing Trauma (Part 6): Finding Freedom Through Relationships (with Hari Alexandra)
May 5 2022
Healing Trauma (Part 6): Finding Freedom Through Relationships (with Hari Alexandra)
Janice and her guest Hari Alexandra, a coach who helps women heal trauma, share about how their experiences of childhood trauma have impacted their adult relationships, their 4-year healing journeys, and the process of integrating the inner work into relationships in everyday life. The conversation dives into:Hari's and Janice's childhood relationships with their fathers and anger Hari's experience with energy healing (how it helped and why it was limited)How Hari's and Janice's experiences of childhood trauma led to people pleasing and anxious/avoidant tendencies in their adult relationships The spiritual experience in Thailand that started Hari on her 4-year trauma-healing path and led to Hari holding space for others to heal What are the third eye, chakras, and channeling?Hari's coaching work helping women heal trauma and improve their romantic relationshipsHari's and Janice's personal work healing their feminine wounds and cultivating deeper friendships with other womenHealing their relationship to the masculine, including with sexLearning how to work through conflict and be held in relationships Integrating the inner work into the messiness of real-life relationships Rate & review the podcast on:Apple PodcastsPodchasersSpotifywww.TheSoulsWorkPodcast.comConnect with me:Instagram: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFacebook: @thesoulsworkpodcastEmail: thesoulsworkpodcast@gmail.comListen to all The Soul's Work Podcast episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.comConnect with Hari Alexandra:Website: www.sacredflute.orgInstagram: @sacred_flute
Exploring Solo Polyamory
Apr 12 2022
Exploring Solo Polyamory
In this episode, Janice shares about some of her personal experiences exploring polyamory (solo polyamory, more specifically) over the past few months. She defines what consensual non-monogamy, polyamory, and solo polyamory are to get us on the same playing field, then answers the most common questions and/or misperceptions she gets when telling others about her new way of doing relationships, including:Why did you decide to explore polyamory?Solo polyamory sounds like dating with no commitment.How many people would you be seeing at one time?What if you want more (from your already married partner)? Don't you ever get jealous?Maybe you just haven't found the right one yet.You must have gotten really hurt in relationships to be doing this.Wow, it sounds complicated.Is polyamory easier or harder than monogamy?Rate & review the podcast on:Apple PodcastsPodchasersSpotifywww.TheSoulsWorkPodcast.comConnect with me:Instagram: @janicehoimages | @janicehocounsellingFacebook: @thesoulsworkpodcastEmail: thesoulsworkpodcast@gmail.comListen to all The Soul's Work Podcast episodes: www.thesoulsworkpodcast.comResources mentioned in this episode:Polysecure (Jessica Fern)Off the Relationship Escalator: Uncommon Love and Life website (Amy Gahran)  Solo Polyamory Facebook Group“10 Common (But Annoying) Questions About Solo Polyamory” (Roselyn Thomas, Loving Solo) Also check out:@polyamorouswhileasian (Instagram) @polyphiliablog (Instagram)  Happy Polydays PodcastThere are so many more resources I could list here, but just do a search and go down the rabbit hole of education – there's so much out there!