The Sensitivity Doctors

Dr. Jeanne Retief, Dr. Amelia Kelley

Welcome to the Sensitivity Doctors Podcast. Here we explore everything from overcoming anxiety to living in a world not always designed for our sensitive wiring. Whether its navigating business, parenthood, overcoming trauma, or getting what you want out of your relationships - we invite you to this empowering journey of self-empowerment and growth. Hosted by fellow highly sensitive persons Drs. Amelia Kelley & Jeanne Retief. Dr. Amelia Kelly is a trauma-informed therapist, author, podcaster and researcher. Her specialties include: Art therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, and Brainspotting. Her work focuses on women’s issues, empowering survivors of abuse and relationship trauma, Highly Sensitive Persons, motivation, healthy living, and adult ADHD. Dr. Jeanne Retief is the CEO & Founder of FIGGI Life & Beauty. She is an anxious overachiever with panic disorder, author of the FIGGI blog, and creator of FIGGI skincare for sensitive souls. read less
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Episodes

Glowing Skin for Sensitives: Navigating Aesthetic Lasers with Dr. Abigail Waldman
Jan 4 2024
Glowing Skin for Sensitives: Navigating Aesthetic Lasers with Dr. Abigail Waldman
Dr. Abby Waldman discusses various aesthetic treatments for sensitive skin, including V-beam Perfecta, fractional laser, and BBL (broadband light). These treatments target redness, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.  In this conversation, Dr. Abby  highlights the need for a comprehensive approach to skincare, comparing it to health and fitness. She explains that just as a good diet and exercise can be improved with weight training or cardio, skincare can benefit from additional procedures. TakeawaysAesthetic treatments such as V-beam Perfecta, fractional laser, and BBL can effectively target redness, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation in sensitive skin.Sun protection is crucial before and after these treatments to prevent complications and ensure optimal results.Pain and downtime vary for each treatment, but they are generally well-tolerated.It is important to choose a qualified and experienced provider for these treatments to ensure safety and effectiveness.The necessity of these treatments depends on individual preferences and goals. Chapters00:00 Introduction01:58 Importance of Sun Protection02:17 V-beam Perfecta06:01 Pain and Downtime of V-beam Perfecta10:20 Fractional Laser13:46 Pain and Downtime of Fractional Laser19:01 Microneedling vs. Laser22:03 BBL (Broadband Light)23:30 How BBL Works25:39 Choosing the Right Treatment Provider31:08 Considerations for Medications and Health Conditions32:46 Safety of IPL/BBL37:46 Do You Need Aesthetic Treatments?39:06 The Basics of Skincare40:17 Skincare Requires a Comprehensive Approach41:12 Where to Find Dr. AbbyEpisode LinksJeanne Retief: Blog | Podcast | Instagram | FIGGI Beauty ShopDr. Abigail Waldman: TikTok | Instagram | YouTube | Website EPISODE LINKSDr. Jeanne Retief: About | FIGGI Life & Beauty | Anxiety Blog | Instagram | LinkedInDr. Amelia Kelley: About | Dr. Kelley's Books | Instagram
Healing Beyond the Trauma: Unraveling the Layers of C-PTSD vs. PTSD
Dec 28 2023
Healing Beyond the Trauma: Unraveling the Layers of C-PTSD vs. PTSD
Dr. Amelia Kelley and Jeanne discuss complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) and its distinction from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They explore the symptoms and prevalence of CPTSD and discuss the concept of neurodiversity in relation to trauma. Finally, they highlight various treatment options for PTSD and CPTSD, emphasizing the importance of psychoeducation and safe relationships in the healing process. In this episode, Dr. Amelia Kelley discusses the importance of finding the right therapist for individuals with PTSD and CPTSD. She emphasizes the need for trust and a trauma-focused approach in therapy. The conversation then shifts to the use of medication in the treatment of PTSD and CPTSD, highlighting that while medication may be used to manage symptoms, it does not directly treat the conditions. The episode explores various treatment options for PTSD and CPTSD, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, and brain spotting. The importance of finding the right treatment that suits an individual's needs is emphasized. Finally, Dr. Kelley emphasizes that while PTSD and CPTSD can be managed, it is important to understand that triggers and symptoms may still arise, and self-compassion and the use of coping tools are essential in navigating these challenges.TakeawaysCPTSD is a form of trauma that arises from repeated interpersonal trauma.Recognize the symptoms of CPTSD in yourself and others, such as hypervigilance, avoidance, and mistrust.Neurodiversity encompasses a range of brain functioning differences, including those related to trauma.Treatment options for PTSD and CPTSD include EMDR, brain spotting, and trauma-focused CBT.Psychoeducation and safe relationships are crucial in the treatment of trauma. Dr. Amelia Kelley LinksWebsite / Book - Gaslighting Recovery for Women / InstagramJeanne RetiefShop FIGGI Beauty / Blog / Instagram  EPISODE LINKSDr. Jeanne Retief: About | FIGGI Life & Beauty | Anxiety Blog | Instagram | LinkedInDr. Amelia Kelley: About | Dr. Kelley's Books | Instagram
Silence the Gremlin: Unleashing Your Potential by Confronting Limiting Beliefs
Dec 21 2023
Silence the Gremlin: Unleashing Your Potential by Confronting Limiting Beliefs
In this episode, Jeanne and Laura Mack discuss the impact of limiting beliefs and how they can hold us back in various aspects of our lives. They explore the origins of limiting beliefs and the role of societal and personal experiences in shaping them. The conversation delves into the specific limiting belief about money and the challenges it presents in pursuing financial success. Laura provides insights on how to overcome these beliefs and develop a positive mindset. They also discuss the importance of setting boundaries, identifying the voice of limiting beliefs, and taking small steps towards achieving goals. The episode concludes with information on how to connect with Laura Mack for further guidance and support.TakeawaysLimiting beliefs can have a significant impact on our personal and professional lives, holding us back from reaching our full potential.Limiting beliefs are often shaped by our experiences, upbringing, and societal influences.Overcoming limiting beliefs requires recognizing and challenging the negative self-talk, reframing our mindset, and setting goals to achieve a desired future.Taking small steps and celebrating past successes can help build confidence and strength in overcoming limiting beliefs.Chapters00:00 Introduction00:33 The Impact of Limiting Beliefs02:17 Understanding Limiting Beliefs04:22 The Origins of Limiting Beliefs05:59 The Limiting Belief About Money07:24 Overcoming the Money Limiting Belief09:24 The Conflict Between Desire and Limiting Beliefs10:37 Identifying the Voice of Limiting Beliefs11:38 Taming the Gremlin12:30 Visualizing the Desired Future14:51 Achieving Peace and Security16:12 Overcoming Fear and Worry17:30 Giving Back and Setting Boundaries18:48 Responding to the Gremlin20:15 Building Confidence and Strength21:56 Taking Small Steps Towards Goals26:48 Identifying and Overcoming Limiting Beliefs31:00 Reflecting on Past Successes32:06 Breaking Goals into Actionable Steps33:01 The Importance of Small Changes34:26 Finding Laura Mack35:29 Closing RemarksEpisode LinksJeanne Retief: Blog | Instagram | FIGGI Beauty Shop | PinterestLaura Mack: Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram EPISODE LINKSDr. Jeanne Retief: About | FIGGI Life & Beauty | Anxiety Blog | Instagram | LinkedInDr. Amelia Kelley: About | Dr. Kelley's Books | Instagram
Success Born From The Most Unlikely Circumstances: The Story of Katie Godfrey
Nov 30 2023
Success Born From The Most Unlikely Circumstances: The Story of Katie Godfrey
[DISCLAIMER: This may not be for sensitive listeners and there may be trigger points for certain listeners dealing. Please listen responsibly.]Katie Godfrey, left school at the age of 13 without any qualifications due to being severely bullied. So much so, she tried to end her life. Today she is the owner of multiple successful business, a franchise and the recipient of over 18 awards in her business category. She is here to tell us her story and how she found strength in the most unlikeliest of ways.Episode Key Moments:00:00 Introduction03:30  Why Katie left school at 13 and the background to her history with severe bullying.06:24  Katie's relationship with education.09:12  Katie's attempts on her life and how she rose from the ashes.11:41  How did modelling serve to build up Katie's confidence and put her on the path to building her career?14:35  How did Katie get started with her first business at the age of 15?16:56  Anxieties Katie had to deal with in opening her first business and navigating the business team environment.18:00  How did Katie teach herself to be more comfortable amongst a group of women despite her bullying history?19:39  The smartest business decision Katie ever made.20:41  How did Katie finance her businesses? What financial start-up advice does she have for other prospective business owners?26:03  Where to find Katie.27:00  ConclusionEpisode LinksJeanne Retief: Blog | Podcast | Instagram | FIGGI Beauty ShopKatie Godfrey:  Instagram | Podcast | Website | Katie Goal Planner EPISODE LINKSDr. Jeanne Retief: About | FIGGI Life & Beauty | Anxiety Blog | Instagram | LinkedInDr. Amelia Kelley: About | Dr. Kelley's Books | Instagram
This Is Not Yours: Navigating Your Healing Journey After Being Raised By A Narcissistic Mother
Nov 16 2023
This Is Not Yours: Navigating Your Healing Journey After Being Raised By A Narcissistic Mother
[DISCLAIMER: This episode may contain some triggers for certain listeners. Please reach out for help if needed. Follow the guidelines in the episode or reach out to your local help centres.]Tanya-Mari Dube (show host, motivational speaker, published author, and online educator), joins Jeanne today to talk about the challenges of being raised by a narcissistic mother. She details her experiences in the foster care system, how the narcissistic abuse shaped her romantic relationships and the healing programme she offers to others like her. An episode not to miss!Episode Key Moments:00:00  Introduction03:30  Background to Tanya-Marie's early childhood and journey in the Foster care system.06:42  How did Tanya-Marie realize that she had been raised by a narcissistic mother and had suffered narcissistic abuse?10:22  Gaslighting, rewriting history and harsh criticisms from the narcissistic abuser.13:00  Where did the anger go once Tanya-Marie's mother passed away?17:26  How did her experiences with a narcissistic mother impact Tanya-Marie's parenting?20:18  Controlling your anger issues as a survivor of narcissistic abuse.23:30  The fear of having kids and not being able to be a good mother.28:04  What is RISE and how does it help survivors of narcissistic abuse?35:00  How to know if you are dealing with a narcissist or narcissistic abuse?40:00  Where to find Tanya-Marie.41:00  ConclusionEpisode LinksJeanne Retief: Blog | Podcast | Instagram | FIGGI Beauty ShopTanya-Marie Dube: Linktree | Facebook | Instagram  EPISODE LINKSDr. Jeanne Retief: About | FIGGI Life & Beauty | Anxiety Blog | Instagram | LinkedInDr. Amelia Kelley: About | Dr. Kelley's Books | Instagram
Petroleum Jelly: Not The Devil We Believe It Is!
Oct 12 2023
Petroleum Jelly: Not The Devil We Believe It Is!
Dr. Natalia Spierings, UK trained, GMC registered Consultant Dermatologist & fellowship-trained skin cancer surgeon, joins the podcast to talk about the fear mongering behind Petroleum Jelly. Jeanne and Dr. Spierings do a deep dive into the origins of petroleum jelly, the common myths surrounding it and answer the ultimate question: Is it safe to use?Key Moments00:00 Is petrolatum, Vaseline, petroleum jelly and mineral oil all the same?04:30 How does petroleum jelly work? Why is it so good for the skin?06:00 Scientific evidence supporting the benefits of petroleum jelly as a moisturizer.07:27 Issues caused with the name, petroleum jelly, and why this scares us.09:50 Why do we believe that we are actually putting pure crude oil on your skin?10:37 Are we putting crude oil on our skin if we use petroleum jelly?13:00 Safety regulations and precautions to ensure the safety of petroleum jelly.15:15 The high likelihood that we are using petroleum jelly in some form through our skincare.16:18 Why the replacement options to petroleum jelly are less effective and other issues associated with alternatives.19:20 What is a carcinogen? Is petroleum jelly a carcinogen?21:48 Does petroleum jelly cause breakouts and is it comedogenic?26:00 What is Milia and does petroleum jelly cause it?28:07 Is it safe to use petroleum jelly?29:00 Dr. Spierings' book.29:17 ConclusionEpisode LinksDr. Natalia Spierings: Website | Book | Instagram Dr. Jeanne Retief:  Blog | Podcast | Instagram | FIGGI Beauty Shop  EPISODE LINKSDr. Jeanne Retief: About | FIGGI Life & Beauty | Anxiety Blog | Instagram | LinkedInDr. Amelia Kelley: About | Dr. Kelley's Books | Instagram