Calm, Clear & Helpful

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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Ep. 44 Jawaahier Petersen: Holding my own pen

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 therapy. She urges all who need help to seek it, since the bravest way to create your life script is by “holding your own pen.”

Ep. 42 Women and sexually transmitted infections: dealing with stigma and shame

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: contains a candid discussion of sexual practices and is intended for adult listeners.

Ep. 41 Teenagers: understanding who they are and what they need

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 ensure a better outcome for all.

Ep. 40 Cancer and other illnesses: 6 ways to optimise your healing journey

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 mindfulness can enhance healing and play a preventative role.

Ep. 39 My kind is gay: 12 vrae wat ouers vra

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.
Sensitiewe inhoud: bespreking van onder meer seksuele oriëntasie. Dié gesprek is vir volwassenes bedoel.

Ep. 38 The impact of trauma and chronic stress on the body

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 through body-based therapies such as SE, TRE, EMDR, EMI, BWRT and hypnotherapy.
Sensitive content: rape is mentioned, but not discussed.

Ep. 37 Balancing family relationships when a parent has a limiting condition

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, bonuses and what keeps her going on her journey with vision loss.

Ep. 36 What would you like to tell your 16-year-old self?

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.

Ep. 35 Covid grief and grieving: how BWRT can help

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 readjustment phase. He explains how BrainWorking® Recursive Therapy can relieve intense pain in the case of normal as well as complicated grief.
Sensitive content: suicide is mentioned. Sponsored content.

Ep. 34 Independence in love relationships: the key to intimacy

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 overcoming gridlock.

Ep. 33 Premature ejaculation: causes, solutions, and how to talk about it

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 possible causes, diagnosis and treatment, and offers advice to loving partners.
Sensitive content: this episode contains a candid discussion of sexual practices and is intended for adult listeners.

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