Insights and tips

for medical professionals on the frontline

We have created a video channel that is not only dedicated to medical professionals – but is also hosted by medical professionals.

Top counsellors on video

 
 
When you’re standing in the frontline, how do you face the fire with kindness, courage and connection? Top psychologists will share their insights and tips in our new video series.
 

Dr. Khanyile | 3 tips to help you make a critical decision as a medical professional

 
 
How do you make those difficult decisions in a resource-constrained environment? Dr. Nokukhanya Khanyile shares her insight as medical doctor and VP of Mental Matters – first, do no harm, second, call for help and, third, know your limits.

 
 
 
How do you make those difficult decisions in a resource-constrained environment? Dr. Nokukhanya Khanyile shares her insight as medical doctor and VP of Mental Matters – first, do no harm, second, call for help and, third, know your limits.

 

Linda Mthenjane | Practising the 5 key elements of self-care

 
 
Psychologist Linda Mthenjane shares five practical ways you can deal with these difficult and uncertain times – from simple breathing techniques to practising self-compassion.

Dr. Bushkin | The most effective way to manage stress and anxiety

 
 
Are you taking care of your mind? Dr. Hanan Bushkin, clinical psychologist and owner of the Anxiety and Trauma Clinic, explains the nature of stress and anxiety – and why our minds respond with ‘fight or flight’ during unpredictable times. And he shares how to manage these emotions in the most effective way.
 
 
Are you taking care of your mind? Dr. Hanan Bushkin, clinical psychologist and owner of the Anxiety and Trauma Clinic, explains the nature of stress and anxiety – and why our minds respond with ‘fight or flight’ during unpredictable times. And he shares how to manage these emotions in the most effective way.

Dorianne Weil | How to cultivate an optimistic world view during a crisis

What do you do with your own feelings? While you can rely on your skill, wisdom and experience as a doctor to deal with an unpredictable crisis – how you deal with your emotions is not always comfortable or easy.
Clinical psychologist Dorianne Weil explains how to cultivate an optimistic world view and why it is different from simply ‘staying positive’.

Dr. Khanyile | How to resolve conflict in a medical environment

Dr. Nokukhanya Khanyile, Medical Doctor and VP of Mental Matters, shares how different levels of rank, high-stress and emotionally charged scenarios can make conflict resolution a challenge in a medical environment.
She shares a practical framework to help separate fact from emotions, acknowledge feelings and maintain cohesive working relationships.
Dr. Nokukhanya Khanyile, Medical Doctor and VP of Mental Matters, shares how different levels of rank, high-stress and emotionally charged scenarios can make conflict resolution a challenge in a medical environment.
She shares a practical framework to help separate fact from emotions, acknowledge feelings and maintain cohesive working relationships.

Dr. Close | 3 ways to manage bad news as a medical professional

As a medical professional in the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic, you are not immune to distressing news. When receiving bad news, fear, guilt and even shame may be some of the emotions you face. If you are dealing with loss, then grief and mourning can be overwhelming.

Specialist Psychiatrist, Dr. Mirriam Close, looks at how to acknowledge the circumstances, take time to reflect, and seek out support – either from loved ones or professional counsellors.

Linda Mthenjane | 3 ways to improve the quality of your relationships

Family, friends, loved ones and colleagues – we all need a strong support network during these extraordinary times.

How do you prevent breaking your relationships when under severe stress and strain? Linda Mthenjane, a psychologist and Imago relationship therapist, offers three simple but powerful strategies to help you protect your relationships
Family, friends, loved ones and colleagues – we all need a strong support network during these extraordinary times.

How do you prevent breaking your relationships when under severe stress and strain? Linda Mthenjane, a psychologist and Imago relationship therapist, offers three simple but powerful strategies to help you protect your relationships

Dr. Bushkin | 3 ways to look after your physical health

Keeping healthy can be challenging when you have substantial demands on your time. A counselling psychologist, Hanan focuses on the role of diet, exercise and sleep in warding off anxiety and stress.

Watch his practical tips for busy doctors looking to get the most of limited eating, working out and sleeping time

Dorianne Weil | Why we need to recognise and name unwelcome feelings

When we are anxious or suffering from stress, intrusive or unwelcome thoughts are not uncommon.

Clinical psychologist Dorianne Weil advises that we should take a few moments to name these strong emotions, which will create a much-needed gap between stimulus and response and help us to react in healthier ways
When we are anxious or suffering from stress, intrusive or unwelcome thoughts are not uncommon.

Clinical psychologist Dorianne Weil advises that we should take a few moments to name these strong emotions, which will create a much-needed gap between stimulus and response and help us to react in healthier ways

Dr. Khanyile | 4 smarter ways to save and enjoy your money

Sometimes we can make irresponsible or impulsive purchases when we’re stressed or tired.  As a young professional, Dr. Nokukhanya Khanyile shares some simple ways to help us be more aware of our money and save for any eventuality.

It is important to have goals and to save for the future, she believes, but also important that we enjoy our hard-earned money.

Dr. Bushkin | Why investing in relationships makes you stronger

Psychologist Dr. Hanan Buskhin encourages us to surround ourselves with people who make us feel in control. The more we can predict in unpredictable times, he says, the more it becomes a resource to help us deal with any turbulent period.

Hanan also suggests we seek out environments and experiences that make us feel good about ourselves, such as nature and music.
Psychologist Dr. Hanan Buskhin encourages us to surround ourselves with people who make us feel in control. The more we can predict in unpredictable times, he says, the more it becomes a resource to help us deal with any turbulent period.

Hanan also suggests we seek out environments and experiences that make us feel good about ourselves, such as nature and music.

Linda Mthenjane | 3 paths to resilience in the face of trauma

Resilience is a critical skill to develop when facing a crisis or trauma, according to psychologist Linda Mthenjane.

Trauma is our normal response to abnormal situations, she says. It may manifest in minor symptoms or in an extreme way (such as PTSD). She highlights the signs of trauma and shares how we can deal with it.

Dorianne Weil | Why you need to seek support when experiencing grief

When faced with unprecedented and relentless stress, we don’t always have time to deal with grief or loss. Dorianne Weil, a well-known clinical psychologist, explains why seeking support as a medical professional is important – especially from colleagues.

Support is what will galvanise your determination in the fight against Covid-19, she says. As a doctor, you need to treat yourself as you would a patient, with kindness and compassion.
When faced with unprecedented and relentless stress, we don’t always have time to deal with grief or loss. Dorianne Weil, a well-known clinical psychologist, explains why seeking support as a medical professional is important – especially from colleagues.

Support is what will galvanise your determination in the fight against Covid-19, she says. As a doctor, you need to treat yourself as you would a patient, with kindness and compassion.