5 episodes

Created by the team of expert clinicians at The LightHouse Arabia - Center for Wellbeing in Dubai, UAE, The Casting Light podcast explores important topics for mental health and wellbeing across the age range and life stages. Weekly episodes welcome guest experts from the team of world-class psychologists, psychiatrists and occupational therapist to share insights, practical tips & tools and support along life's journey. Suitable for adults (18 yrs+), parents and couples.

Casting Light by The LightHouse Arabi‪a‬ Juan van Wyk

    • Mental Health

Created by the team of expert clinicians at The LightHouse Arabia - Center for Wellbeing in Dubai, UAE, The Casting Light podcast explores important topics for mental health and wellbeing across the age range and life stages. Weekly episodes welcome guest experts from the team of world-class psychologists, psychiatrists and occupational therapist to share insights, practical tips & tools and support along life's journey. Suitable for adults (18 yrs+), parents and couples.

    Episode 2: ACT: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

    Episode 2: ACT: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

    In this episode, we discuss the concept of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and how it can assist people to be more open to emotions, thoughts and experiences, and thus enabling them to become more present in the moment and not let fear or anxiety debilitate them.
    Special Guest: Dr. Robert Chandler, D.Clin.Psy.

    • 48 min
    Episode 1: Know the Signs: Why Mental Health Matters Now, More than Ever

    Episode 1: Know the Signs: Why Mental Health Matters Now, More than Ever

    Do you know the signs of mental health challenges? Would you know how to respond to a colleague, friend or family member who may be struggling emotionally? In this podcast, we discuss the construct of mental health, and the benefits of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training.


    This podcast is facilitated by Juan van Wyk, a clinical psychologist at The LightHouse
    Arabia - Center for Wellbeing.
    Special Guest: Farah Dahabi, LCSW.

    • 48 min
    Little Lifetimes

    Little Lifetimes

    A discussion on the loss of pregnancy and miscarriage with Dr. Ottilia Brown, clinical
    psychologist at The LightHouse Arabia. In this conversation, the often silent or private
    bereavement of the loss of pregnancy is highlighted, along with the similarities and
    differences from more culturally acknowledged bereavement. Dr. Ottilia elaborates on
    the dynamics and impact of this process on the relationship of the couple who has suffered the loss. She also shares with the listeners about the support group for parents who have lost a pregnancy that she facilitates.


    This podcast is facilitated by Juan van Wyk, a clinical psychologist at The LightHouse
    Arabia - Center for Wellbeing.
    Special Guest: Dr. Ottilia Brown, PhD.

    • 49 min
    Grief During Times of COVID-19

    Grief During Times of COVID-19

    In this podcast Juan van Wyk, a clinical psychologist at The LightHouse Arabia – Center
    for Wellbeing discusses grief and bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic with
    Aisling Prendergast, psychologist and emotional support groups lead at The LightHouse
    Arabia.


    The conversation addresses what the process of grief and bereavement entails. The
    different tasks of this process are explained, along with practical ways to move through -
    specifically given the present challenges of travelling, and social restrictions. Aisling
    then shares about the support group services offered at The LightHouse Arabia through
    our Raymee Grief Center – in the form of free-of-cost individual grief sessions and grief
    support groups offered.
    Special Guest: Aisling Prendergast, MSc .

    • 48 min
    SmartHearts: Why Raising Emotionally Intelligent Kids is More Important Now Than Ever

    SmartHearts: Why Raising Emotionally Intelligent Kids is More Important Now Than Ever

    In this podcast Juan van Wyk, a clinical psychologist at The LightHouse Arabia – Center for Wellbeing, is in conversation with Christine Kritzas, psychologist and Education Director of The LightHouse Arabia.


    The topic of discussion is on raising emotionally intelligent children. Christine Kritzas is the developer of the SmartHeart boardgame, a powerful resource for parents and therapists in crossing the emotional bridge to children, facilitating relational attunement, sharing experiences and enhancing emotional expression. The dynamic use and practices of the game, with practical examples are shared by Christine from her experience in developing and using the boardgame in therapy.
    Special Guest: Christine Kritzas, M.A..

    • 41 min

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