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. 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.

Ep. 31: Non-violent communication: this is how it works

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 demands and by expressing our position in an authentic, non-threatening manner.

Ep. 30: Mind Dynamix: explore your brain in 3D

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 relationship, etc. Moreover, you can use targeted movements to rewire your brain for a more fulfilled life. This podcast includes an exercise which will help you discover your preferred sensory modality. Sponsored content.

Ep. 29 How BWRT can help manage bipolar disorder

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 it possible to live a fully independent life if this mood disorder is managed efficiently. Sponsored content.

Ep. 28 This is how specialised physiotherapy can ease painful sex

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 – and the results she sees in her specialised physiotherapy practice.
Sensitive content: Please note that this episode contains references to sexual practices and is intended for adult listeners.

Ep. 27 Covid-19: are you experiencing survivor’s guilt?

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 stress disorder. She offers practical strategies for coping and regaining your trust in yourself and the world.

Ep. 26 Resilience: learning how to stand strong

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 skills and making conscious choices. The ability to bounce back can anchor you in an unpredictable world.
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Ep. 25 How to reconnect your mind and your body

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 advantages involved. She outlines the four phases of awakening and explains how to balance rational thought and the creative mind for optimal well-being.

Ep. 24 How to recognise and cope with OCD

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.
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Ep. 23 Emotional challenges accompanying ADHD: how BWRT can help

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 exam anxiety. Case studies illustrate the efficacy of this parallel approach, coupled with medication.
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Ep. 22 Psigiese siektes: so help jy jou geliefde en jouself

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 sy eie pad met angsversteuring, major depressie en ‘n lewensmaat met bipolariteit, en hoe die navorsing en praktiese raad in sy boek uit sy eie dringende behoefte aan hulp gebore is.

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