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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Emotional Intelligence: The Deciding Factor

As a pioneer, Steph Vermeulen has been Africa's authority on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) since 1996. Steph embraces advances in science that have matured the field of EQ into Personal Intelligence – the subject of her latest book. ‘DrD’ explores the relevance of using EQ to manage the challenges of the COVID crisis and in this podcast she explores:
• What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
• Is EQ something that can be learnt
• How can a healthy level of EQ help during and after COVID-19
• How do we understand the dynamics of gender based violence

Steph’s latest book Personal Intelligence: Future Fit Now (EQ+IQ) is available on Amazon (Kindle too) and there is a wealth of info on Steph’s website:

Enhance your life, improve your sleep

It’s an undisputed fact that the quantity and quality of sleep relates to both physical and mental health.
• How much sleep do we really need?
• How do we improve the quality of our sleep?
• Are you an insomniac? And how do you deal with this?
Listen to sleep expert Dr. Neale Lange* in conversation with 'DrD' as they explode the myths and explore this fundamental human necessity.

*Dr. Lange earned his medical degree at the University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg. He served his residency at St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, MO, and his fellowship at St. Louis’ Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. The father of two is an avid cyclist and traveler.

Building your Relationship (Hedy Schleifer and ‘DrD’)

What is relational maturity? What are the skills in developing it?
Hedy Schleifer is an internationally renowned master relationship builder
and motivational speaker who guides and teachers couples, partners, business associates, therapists and families about relational maturity.
She believes that world peace begins with the human family and can be best achieved by strong committed growing mature partnerships.
Hedy Schleifer has 40 years of professional experience with a BA from UCLA in Psychology and an MA in Clinical and Child Psychology from Tel Aviv University, as well as over 50 years of personal experience in her marriage and “living laboratory” with her husband, Yumi.

Hedy is the subject of the documentary, “Hedy and Yumi Crossing the Bridge,” which won Best Documentary at the 2009 LA Femme Film Festival in Hollywood, California and tells the story of her life’s work through the lens of her relationship with her husband and professional partner, Yumi, Hedy was hand-selected to be one of the featured therapists on the Emmy-nominated Israeli TV show, “Couples Therapy.” Her talk at TEDxTelAviv on The Power of Connection is not to be missed.

In 1996 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, embraced it as an adventure to be lived, and renamed cancer the “cellular challenge.” In 2016, a new diagnosis of breast cancer prompted Hedy to respond by writing the book, “The Diary of an Amazon: Joining the Clan of the One-breasted Woman.”
Hedy was born in Lausanne, Switzerland and was raised in Antwerp, Belgium. She married and lived in Israel, but today, she and Yumi call Washington D.C. home. They have two sons and 13 grandchildren.

Future-proofing your child

Today in these turbulent times and its effect on the education system, we ask the question, can you future-proof your children for the 2020’s and beyond? The world of work is vastly different. Is it possible to understand this changing world and learn a framework to assist parents in ensuring that their children are ready, prepared and future-fit? More important than a good report card, can we identify the X-factors associated with success and how do you help your child develop them? Join 'DrD', and her guests, authors of 'Future-proof Your Child for the 2020s and Beyond' - Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington, as they discuss current necessary strategies, the importance of family and preparing your child for the future.
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Unpacking trauma

In this week's episode, 'DrD' and Clinical Psychologist Hayden Knibbs - who specialises in trauma therapy - unpack what trauma is and how to support those affected by a trauma.
Trauma occurs when we experience a threatening event or period of time, outside of our expectations of reality. In this podcast, we look at:
• What are the psychological and behavioural symptoms of trauma?
• How should we understand and deal with trauma?
• Is professional treatment always necessary?
• How long do the effects of trauma last without intervention?
• What is post-traumatic stress disorder and are there ways of preventing it?
• Do we have to re-confront the traumatic event in order to process it?
• Is it possible to find meaning and to recognise your own coping resources?
Everyone has experienced trauma to some degree. We are living though through a traumatic time in history. *This episode was recorded before the national lockdown.

Benjamin Zander - Practice possibility now

Benjamin Zander, co-author of best selling 'The Art of Possibility'; world renowned teacher of music and life; conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and the globe-trotting Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra; leadership guru and popular TED speaker, describes a powerful way of looking at life that makes you the conductor of your orchestra rather than a passive player.
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Fatherhood (Craig Wilkinson)

This week, 'DrD' Dorianne Weil speaks with author, public speaker and Dad Coach - Craig Wilkinson about equipping men to be great fathers and leaders. Craig has worked extensively in the Non Profit sector in the development of men and fathers. He is the founder of Father a Nation (FAN), an NPO which restores men to true masculinity and authentic fatherhood. He believes that if we can heal men we can heal the world.

Domestic violence

Join 'DrD' Dorianne Weil and her guest, psychologist Sue Hickey, as they discuss Domestic violence. Why do some women remain in an abusive relationship for years? Is there a profile of an abuser or a profile of an abuse victim?
Were abusers abused?
Can abusers be rehabilitated?
How can you support a friend or family member who you know is being abused?

* Sue Hickey is an expert therapist and co-author of “When Loving Him Hurts”.

Cancer: A Love Story (Lauren Segal)

Lauren Segal is a four-time cancer survivor and author of the book 'Cancer: A Love Story'. Through her arduous journey in fighting the disease, Lauren discovers the unexpected opportunities that cancer presents - to confront her unmasked humanity, her fears, strengths and weaknesses. She discovers that a proximity to death brings with it a new proximity to life. In our conversation, Lauren explores some of the challenges, opportunities and gifts of a disease that affects one in nine women. She explores the unexpected love story that comes to light.
Note: this episode was recorded before the national lockdown.

Aim for 'good enough' instead of perfection in lockdown (David Abrahamsohn)

How do you explain this challenging time to your children? How do you respond to "I want to go to school, play with my friends, or where's my Grandpa?" How do you deal with their anxiety, fears and sadness?
How do you keep your children occupied under lockdown?
What do you do about your own feelings that spill out and are contagious?
How do you talk so kids will listen, and listen so they will talk?
Please join 'DrD' and her guest clinical child psychologist David Abrahamsohn* as they discuss lockdown with your children.

*David Abrahamsohn is a Clinical Psychologist who has been in private practise for the past 20 years. He specialises in parenting, child therapy and adolescent therapy. He makes regular contributions on radio and advises schools on issues pertaining to student psychological and emotional well- being.

Showing empathy and courage in this new normal (Julia Kerr Henkel)

We are living in an unimagined time of disruption and uncertainty. While we know that 'this too shall pass' - we don't know how or when or the extent of casualties along the way. 'DrD' Dorianne Weil talks to Julia Kerr Henkel - MD of Lumminos Coaching and Change Consulting - about how to find, and show empathy and courage at this time. They discuss important strategies and tools to deal with this new normal we're facing. Julia - one of Brené Brown's Certified 'Dare to Lead' Facilitators - is usually based in JHB, but was in Bali when lockdown was announced and so we catch up with her there.

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