Thrive with ‘DrD’

JACPOD  |  Podcast , ±33 min episodes every 2 weeks  | 
Each week, clinical psychologist ‘DrD’, Dorianne Weil, interviews an inspiring guest who'll help provide us with guidance and tools for not only understanding and coping with life, but for thriving in it! 'DrD' hopes this podcast will inspire people to live their lives with understanding and intention. 'DrD' served as an expert psychologist during the Oscar Pistorius trial and has interviewed the likes of Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama.

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It’s not a Big Thing in Life (Arni Witkin)

Through this time of uncertainty and unpredictability there has been a priority shift and re-evaluation of new direction. How do you navigate life’s challenges.
Move from anxiety to action; from procrastinating to progress; from fear of failure to taking risks; from blaming others to self-responsibility; from criticism to kindness and from self-doubt to self-esteem.
Join ‘DrD’ in conversation with Arni Witkin as they discuss his book ‘It’s not a Big Thing in Life”, on Thrive with ‘DrD’.

Post-Traumatic Growth: Lessons for the New Year

2020 has been a year filled with personal, relationship, family, business and global challenges. We have experienced uncertainty, lack of predictability, loss of jobs, money, physical contact and huge mental health issues. How do we not let suffering go to waste? Are there lessons that can be learned and sustained to improve our present and our future?
What can we take into 2021 that will generate new possibilities and greater fulfillment?

In this podcast, the final one for 2020, ‘DrD’ discusses:
• Priority Shift
• Gratitude
• Resilience
• The healing power of support
• Balance between taking control and trusting the process
• Being a more integrated member of the human race
• Self-compassion and kindness

Make the rest of your life the best of your life on Thrive with ‘DrD’. Happy Holidays and happy 2021!

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Have you ever been stuck in a moment that you cannot forget or move on from? In this week's Thrive with 'DrD' podcast, we explore forgiveness and reconciliation. "People think forgiveness is redeeming other people's behaviour. That's not the case at all. What's wrong is wrong. But, we want to be free [which is where forgiveness comes in]," says our guest, John Edmonson.

We explore:
* Why forgiveness is necessary
* If reconciliation is always possible
* How to deal with betrayal and pain
* We look at the unresolved conflict that can be passed on through generations

Join ‘DrD’ in conversation with John Edmonson, CEO of Life Works Foundation in Texas, USA. John is a Mindfulness, Health, Wellness and Recovery expert.

Resilience - and how to develop it

In this week's podcast, we meet Istanbul-based Şule Kutlay Gandur - an international leadership coach, TEDx Speaker and resilience expert. She and 'DrD' unpack and discuss resilience and how to develop it.
They examine:
• Why resilience is so fundamental to our lives, especially during challenging times?
• They look at whether we are born with resilience or if it can be developed
• How resilience manifests in our lives
• If it's possible to engender resilience in our children

*Şule Kutlay's website:
Şule Kutlay's website

Rock star Steve Vai in conversation with ‘DrD’

Three-time Grammy Award winner, fifteen-time Grammy nominee; Frank Zappa, Van Halen and Whitesnake lead guitarist; composer, singer, songwriter, and producer Steve Vai unpacks his life experiences and shares his ideas in this week's Thrive with 'DrD' podcast.
Steve Vai talks about his career in music and how it's helped teach him his most valuable lessons, including:

• Understanding the power of desire
• Dealing with fear through influencing your thoughts
• Knowing that you are in control of your life
• Being aware and expressing gratitude and appreciation
• Experiencing joy, creativity, abundance and love.

Join Steve Vai and ‘DrD’ Dorianne Weil as they recognise that America and the world are on the brink of possibility and integrative change.

*Music courtesy of Steve Vai.

You and your future: Seeing the light in 2021 with David Shapiro

You and your future: Seeing the light in 2021 with David Shapiro

In this podcast, we look at:
• Understanding the global impact of the USA elections
• Experiencing renewed optimism and collective relief
• Receiving expert investment tips. David asks, and answers: "Will those companies that got us through the pandemic, continue to thrive? Will they still dominate and also what other permanent changes will we see?"
• Understanding the sustainable impact of the pandemic -- what have been the losses and what have been the gains?

Join ‘DrD’ Dorianne Weil and well-known financial adviser, equity market expert and radio commentator David Shapiro - to look at where we’ve been, where we are, and where we're going.

Acclaimed Music Director Bryan Schimmel on beating the odds

Bryan Schimmel* is widely regarded as one of the leading and most diverse Music Directors, Arrangers and Orchestrators in South Africa.
Aside from a story of success as a musician, his story is one of facing, overcoming and living with challenges, and beating the odds.
Bryan has succeeded as a musician despite being a stutterer his entire life, as well as a victim of bullying, homophobia and a very difficult relationship with his late father. He is a recovered crystal meth addict and he's been HIV+ for around two decades.
Bryan lived in the US from 1995 – 2002. When his life was at its most dire and desperate, he made a choice to return to South Africa to reclaim his life, reboot his career and became one of the most successful musicians in South Africa. Bryan talks to 'DrD' Dorianne Weil about that journey.

* With a career of more than thirty years, Bryan Schimmel has worked in theatre, special events, recording and television across a full spectrum of music from rock bands to Big Bands, string quartets to symphony orchestras. pop to hip-hop. His theatre credits include music direction of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, ANNIE, JERSEY BOYS, DREAMGIRLS, CHICAGO, WE WILL ROCK YOU, RENT and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE working alongside international creative teams. He co-created the original A HANDFUL OF KEYS in 1994 and played the first 350 performances. Most recently, Bryan arranged and conducted a 45-piece orchestra for five sold-out performances of JONATHAN ROXMOUTH: The Musicals in Concert.

Ways to make sure your year-end holidays bring you more joy than stress

The end-of-year holidays are fast-approaching, and while this is a time of joy and connection for many, it can also be a stressful time for various reasons, including strained family dynamics and financial pressures. In this week's Thrive with 'DrD' podcast, Dorianne Weil gives some practical advice for how to approach the holiday season, especially in the light of what's been an already stressful year. She mentions some ways to ensure they bring you more joy than stress.

Social Media: Enhancer or Disaster?

Social media is here to stay. As parents we try and find some balance for our kids in this digital age of devices and screens. What advice can we offer parents to help avoid and deal with the potentially harmful effects of social media on our children? Can social media benefit rather than cost us? Digital parenting expert, Josh Ramsey, co-founder of - joins 'DrD' today to discuss the explosive new Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, which looks at the reality of mass systematic manipulation of human vulnerability by the biggest tech companies in the world.

Dealing with Depression: A personal story from Daryl Brown

Join ‘DrD’ Dorianne Weil in conversation with Daryl Brown as he shares his very personal story of deep depression, failed suicide in the London Underground, losing both legs and his subsequent journey from survival to thrival.
This story comes in World Mental Health Awareness Month*, and Daryl's message is one of challenging the stigma of mental illness and mental health; finding your voice and experiencing the healing power of support.

He and Dorianne also talk about the importance of authentic vulnerability; of questioning assumptions and being kind and compassionate to yourself.

*The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Couples who thrive

These days we aim simply for survival .. getting through another day. What can we learn from couples who Thrive? Do they have less challenges or fewer problems? Of course not! It’s not whether there are difficulties .. it’s how they deal with them that determines Thrival.
Join ‘ DrD ‘ as she answers your questions and discusses 3 characteristics of healthy couples:

1. Space but not distance. Closeness but not intrusion
2. Task Negotiation - who does what around here?
3. Communication: how to talk so your partner listens. And how to listen so your partner talks.

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