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If worry, heartache, a difficult relationship or other issues are keeping you awake, listening to "Calm, Clear & Helpful" can help you find comfort and clarity. Ever-curious journalist Mariette Snyman interviews an array of experts on emotional health, love relationships, sexual matters, parenting, and other challenges. Join us for fresh insights, practical know-how, and for conversations from the heart.
 
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What is life coaching and when is it the right choice? What are the benefits and how do you find a suitable coach? Maryke Groenewald talks about the costs, whether it is worth your while, and how the Covid-19 pandemic led to the founding of Coaches Network SA, a platform designed to inform and support. www.mariettesnyman.co.za · www.lifepurposecoac…
 
Can one learn to be happy? Absolutely, says personal transformation specialist Angela Hardy. The key lies in understanding how our minds create our feelings. Along with clarifying the working of the brain, the importance of being aware of our thoughts and of relaxing the body, Angela offers practical tips to help us live a more joyful life. www.mar…
 
Pastorale narratiewe terapeut dr. Marietjie van Loggerenberg praat oor die hantering van ‘n kind wat uit die kas kom, skok en skaamte, wanpersepsies rakende gay-wees, en die vrees vir verwerping en seksueel oordraagbare siektes. Sy gee raad - ook vir ouers wat ‘n geloofstryd beleef - en omlyn 7 stappe na die uiteindelike aanvaarding van ‘n kind se …
 
Do you have a complex, guilt-ridden relationship with food? Would you like to get to a place of healing and freedom around eating? Health coach Zena le Roux discusses factors shaping our eating habits and practical ways to tune into our bodies. Restoring our physiological balance, addressing emotional issues, and removing dietary restrictions can h…
 
When we want to lose weight, we often overlook the symbolic messages our subconscious sends us via the body. Dr. Hannetjie van Zyl-Edeling explains how excess weight can function as protection, have hidden advantages, and relate to our family context. She discusses ways in which emotional eating can be addressed and the effectiveness of hypnotherap…
 
Does creating a healthy lifestyle seem like a daunting prospect? Getting rid of guilt makes it much easier. Health coach Zena le Roux discusses self-reproach around eating and exercising, explains which “external voices” should be disregarded, and advocates understanding of the gut-brain connection and other aspects of holistic well-being. www.mari…
 
Clinical psychologist Jeffrey Rink’s love of psychotherapy, nature, traditional African culture, symbolism and meditation come together in his intimate wilderness retreats. Don’t miss his stories about the mopani trees, elephant dung and termitaria – they inform and delight! Jeffrey explains what Ecopsychology is, how a sense of humour features on …
 
Personal transformation specialist Angela Hardy demonstrates that unconditional self-love is, in fact, possible. She explains why striving to be a better person is counter-productive, how knowing the nature of the mind can change one’s approach, and that clearing self-sabotage programs can lead to genuine and lasting acceptance of oneself. www.mari…
 
Dr. Helene van Diemen discusses the advantages of effective communication between body, mind and soul, what gets in the way of understanding our inner workings, and how unresolved emotional issues can relate to disease. She offers practical tips on listening to our body and trusting our intuition, and clarifies the Core Regeneration healing method.…
 
With heart-wrenching honesty Jawaahier Petersen recalls the murder of her father, the music icon Taliep Petersen. She describes how the trauma started with an earlier attempt on his life, the loss and betrayal she and her siblings experienced, and how she suffered from depression and panic attacks. At the age of 35, Jawaahier finds herself back in …
 
Dr. Carel-Piet van Eeden, integrative practitioner, priest and independent Reiki Master from Johannesburg, explains what Reiki is, where it originated, how it works, what it feels like, and how it relates to the laying on of hands. www.mariettesnyman.co.za · doctorcarel.com · spiritseeker.co.za · drcgolding.co.za…
 
Being sexually active can lead to contracting an STI. Dr. Jireh Serfontein, medical doctor and sexologist, tells podcast host Mariette Snyman about common sexually transmitted infections, their symptoms, testing, treatment and the effect on one’s health and partner. She discusses the management of shame, stigma and “STI phobia”. Sensitive content: …
 
Do you need a manual for your teen? A book written by a psychiatrist for teens and their parents clarifies the changes in teenagers’ brains and bodies; the challenges they face; and the support they require to form a healthy identity. Dr. Terri Henderson explains how knowledge and informed choices can lessen anxiety, strengthen relationships, and e…
 
Dr. Carel-Piet van Eeden’s experience of cancer inspired him to leave his corporate position and become an integrative practitioner. He supports others on similar journeys, honouring the fact that this process sometimes excludes physical recovery. Carel-Piet explains how nutrition, supplements, exploring emotional links to disease, NLP, Reiki and m…
 
Wanneer jy hoor jou dogter is lesbies of jou seun is gay, het jy sinvolle inligting nodig. Dr. Marietjie van Loggerenberg, pastorale narratiewe terapeut, bespreek navorsing oor die oorsake van homoseksualiteit, wanopvattings, die vrees vir verwerping, opbouende kommunikasie, en die geloofstryd wat gelowige ouers (en hul gay kind) kan beleef. Sensit…
 
Clinical psychologist Heleen Loubser explains how trauma and chronic stress affect the body, contributing to emotional problems and physical health conditions. She discusses the fight/flight/freeze response, what happens when a survival response is not completed and which symptoms may follow. Heleen shows how these adverse effects can be addressed …
 
A parent’s loss of capacity can be temporary or long-term and may include physical disability, mental health issues, ageing - even stress. Low vision consultant Jenny Webster describes how changing your thinking around limitation can help you find practical solutions, foster independence, and ease relationships. She talks about the challenges, bonu…
 
What happened when you were sixteen? Were you dealing with challenges, triumphs, or a monotonous existence? Counselling psychologist Eleen Polson invites us to reflect on our own, inner 16-year-old self in ways that help us reconnect with our body, creativity, and free-flowing feminine energy, and explains how sisterhood can nourish this experience…
 
Losing a loved one has always been hard, but the pandemic has led to people dying alone in hospital, impacted on funerals, and contributed to a lack of closure in those left behind. Clinical psychologist Rafiq Lockhat describes how bereavement entails shock, functioning on autopilot, grappling with anger, sadness and guilt, and negotiating the read…
 
We all have the need to love and be loved, but sometimes we seem to grow apart instead of closer. Surprisingly, developing our individuality can strengthen intimacy. Sexuality counsellor André Webster explains different aspects of intimacy and offers tools for uncovering our own and our partners’ “back stories”, facilitating our individuation, and …
 
Premature ejaculation may affect up to one in three men, causing emotional distress and complicating intimate relationships. This is unnecessary since the condition is easy to treat. Dr. Jireh Serfontein - medical doctor, sexologist and clinical head of MySexualHealth Pretoria – responds to podcast host Mariette Snyman’s questions regarding PE, its…
 
Neurofeedback practitioner Lize Maritz explains how EEG biofeedback rewires imbalances in clients’ brain waves for optimal functioning. She describes examples of health issues that can be addressed, how performance can be optimised, why Brain Harmonics is completely safe, and what clients can expect from assessment and brain training. www.mariettes…
 
Non-violent communication, pioneered by Marshall Rosenberg, involves a paradigm shift that makes us more aware of our feelings, fosters respect for ourselves and others, and deepens connection. Counselling psychologist Eleen Polson tells podcast host Mariette Snyman how we can get our needs met by moving away from judgement, blame, expectations and…
 
No-one enters the world with an operating manual for their brain - but developmental specialist Dr. Melodie de Jager’s neuroscience-based programme, Mind Dynamix, comes close. Understanding your integrated profile, your strengths, and how your brain functions under stress sheds light on the extent to which you fit into your work context, intimate r…
 
Clinical psychologist Dr. Elisa Mecco explains to podcast host Mariette Snyman the definition of bipolar disorder, its subtypes, possible causes, symptoms and treatment. She describes the success she sees in her practice applying BrainWorking Recursive Therapy and offers advice to the loved ones of individuals with bipolar disorder. Elisa considers…
 
Are you familiar with pelvic floor physiotherapy? Hester van Aswegen introduces us to her work with male and female patients who experience pelvic floor dysfunction. Regarding women who find sexual intercourse painful she talks about the causes, symptoms, and treatment – including breathing and manual release techniques, and the use of dilators – a…
 
When you survive a life-threatening situation, pandemic or other trauma during which someone else suffered or died, you may be overcome by guilt. This is commonly known as “survivor’s guilt”. Specialist psychiatrist Dr Kerryn Armstrong talks about “Covid-19 survivor’s guilt”, possible causes, signs, treatment, and its relationship to post-traumatic…
 
Resilience helps us cope with change, adversity and setbacks. Learning and development specialist Dr Rina de Klerk-Weyer tells podcast host Mariette Snyman how to use your inner strength to become the best you, despite your circumstances. This doesn’t involve being strong all the time; it’s more about changing your perspective, developing certain s…
 
In these times, as we are looking for more ways to stay healthy or to recuperate, strengthening our connection with our bodies is crucial. Educational psychologist Dr. Elsi Meyer tells podcast host Mariette Snyman how the various layers of the mind can be used to awaken the “felt sense” of the body, about the tools at our disposal, and the advantag…
 
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a stressful condition that can become chronic if left untreated. Prof. Christine Lochner talks about the symptoms and causes of OCD, and how it is diagnosed and treated. She invites South Africans to participate in a voluntary, cost-free international study conducted in Cape Town and explains who may be included. Sp…
 
Educational psychologist Hannelie Spies explains how she supports teenagers and university students with ADHD by helping them improve their Executive Functioning, and by using BWRT® to address the emotional challenges caused by living with ADHD. These traumas include being misunderstood, bullying, low self-worth, depression, and general, social or …
 
Het jy of iemand ná aan jou ‘n psigiese siekte? Joernalis Pieter van Zyl praat oor sy boek, “Verhale van hoop: só help jy jou geliefde en jouself”, geskryf vir mense wat met ‘n uitdaging soos depressie, angsversteuring, opgaarsindroom of obsessief-kompulsiewe versteuring saamleef. Hy vertel waar die aangrypende verhale in sy boek vandaan kom, van s…
 
Reading with comprehension is the foundation of academic achievement, yet many children have reading difficulties. For South Africans, the PIRLS study was an unsettling wake-up call. Developmental specialist Dr. Melodie de Jager explains why the brain and the body must be ready to learn to read, and how the force of gravity is involved. She introdu…
 
Does ageing inevitably lead to physical and mental decline, loneliness, and becoming “useless”? It needn’t. Dr. Hannetjie van Zyl-Edeling discusses scientific studies proving that we have control over several ageing processes – provided we know what to do and make the effort. Learn how to examine and edit your beliefs, develop your social portfolio…
 
Social worker Annette de la Porte shares the heart-rending story of her husband’s chronic depression, lasting for 35 years and ending in self-death. She freely speaks about living with André’s depression and the possibility of self-death, finally losing him in May 2020. Annette shares the depth of her grief and explains how faith and Emotional Logi…
 
Die binnewonde wat mense opdoen kan nie met die blote oog gesien word nie; tog ly minstens 10% van die bevolking aan posttraumatiese stressindroom. Voorligtingsielkundige Heinrich Benjamin verduidelik wat PTSD is, wat dit kan veroorsaak, hoe ons dit herken en hoe dit gediagnoseer word. Hy belig die sukses en voordele van BrainWorking Recursive Ther…
 
Many couples struggle to fall pregnant. Counselling psychologist and hypnotherapist Karin Steyn clarifies the Fertile Body Method, a holistic approach to external and internal aspects of male and female infertility, including psycho-education, lifestyle considerations, hypnosis, visualisation and other forms of support. A couple’s relationship is s…
 
Daryl Brown survived a suicide attempt but lost his legs. In spite of this, he now has a fulfilled life. Daryl shares his struggle with depression, the conflict between his spirituality and sexuality, bullying, and isolation with podcast host Mariette Snyman. Although he knows what it’s like to have no hope left, he has found ways to overcome physi…
 
Although one in five women will experience painful intercourse at some stage, this remains a taboo topic. Dr. Jireh Serfontein explains to podcast host Mariette Snyman why making love may hurt, including the role of oral contraceptives and vaginismus. Treatment may incorporate specialised physiotherapy, dilators, and counselling. This problem also …
 
During childbirth, the well-being of Mom and Baby remains the foremost concern. These days, however, parents have many choices: where their child should be born, who to include in their birth team, and what type of birth they prefer. Counselling psychologist Karin Steyn tells podcast host Mariette Snyman about the advantages of HypnoBirthing®, an a…
 
Een ding wat vasstaan, is dat niks bly soos dit is nie – veral wanneer ‘n pandemie die wêreld tref. Die meeste van ons moes emosionele, finansiële, gesondheidsverwante of ander krisisse die hoof bied. Baie van ons probeer steeds die mas opkom. Wat bepaal of ons onder die omstandighede opstaan of bly lê? Ilse Salzwedel gesels met Mariette Snyman oor…
 
We are all affected by the death of a loved one, but children can be particularly vulnerable. Clinical psychologist Shelley Hall explains how to support a grieving child and which signs could indicate that professional help is required. Recounting the case of an 8-year-old who witnessed her father shoot her mother and grandparents, Shelley illustra…
 
Studies show up to 80% of all cases of erectile dysfunction are caused by an underlying medical problem. This means that getting help for erectile dysfunction - sooner rather than later - can save a man’s life. Dr. Jireh Serfontein tells podcast host Mariette Snyman about the causes, treatment, and how a concerned partner can start the conversation…
 
The unprecedented challenges of the past year have forced many of us to take on new roles and develop new behaviours, in our work as well as our personal lives. Brand-building coach Dawn Klatzko gives sound advice on noting our talents, skills, and even our failures in order to reinvent ourselves. She introduces concepts like "the six pack for the …
 
Developmental specialist dr. Melodie de Jager introduces a free, weekly blog for the woman who wants to be a mother but doesn’t know where to start. “The Art of Co-creating” will also interest dads, grandparents, and anyone fascinated by the science behind the shaping of a baby. Melodie tells Mariette about fictional characters Zani and Jake’s comp…
 
Meer as 60% van die kinders in Suid-Afrika word sonder ‘n pa groot. Dan is daar seuns met pa’s wat fisiek teenwoordig is, maar op ander vlakke afwesig. In sy boek "Seuns sonder pa’s" ondersoek joernalis Julian Jansen die oorsake en gevolge van hierdie diep verwonding en vertel hy die verhaal van sy eie pa: die held, maar ook die skurk van hulle ges…
 
The Corona pandemic has increased the incidence of anxiety, whether generalised or more specific - such as performance anxiety. Clinical social worker Morag Scordilis tells podcast host Mariette Snyman how children, teenagers and adults can benefit from BWRT® and why it is fast-working and cost-effective. Sponsored content. www.moragscordilis.co.za…
 
Even before the worldwide pandemic, burnout took on epidemic proportions. Now – on top of that – we are experiencing Covid fatigue. Master coach Judy Klipin tells podcast host Mariette Snyman how to identify Covid fatigue. She offers everyday tools and self-care strategies to help our bodies and minds rest and recharge, benefit our relationships an…
 
Face profiling is a startlingly accurate assessment tool that tells us a lot about our true self. Now add brain profiling which sheds light on our brain preferences, and the road to goals such as working more efficiently or attaining a healthy weight suddenly opens up. Face profiler and personal development coach Marthie Maré tells podcast host Mar…
 
Can face profiling reveal your talents, challenges - and who you really are? Absolutely, says face profiler and personal development coach Marthie Maré. Marthie tells podcast host Mariette Snyman what physiognomy is, how it works, and how the self-knowledge you gain can benefit you and your relationships, at home and at work. profileworx.com · www.…
 
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