12 episodes

Are you surviving or thriving? Join me, Rebecca Kase, licensed psychotherapist, author, trauma expert, yoga instructor, and learn how to thrive in your life. I bring you expert knowledge along with my own lived experience of what it means to go from surviving to thriving. We’ll explore what it means to thrive in the face of challenges, how to apply psychology and neuroscience to building a resilient nervous system, and how to use the Thrive 5 to create your best life.

Thrive the Podcast Rebecca Kase

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Are you surviving or thriving? Join me, Rebecca Kase, licensed psychotherapist, author, trauma expert, yoga instructor, and learn how to thrive in your life. I bring you expert knowledge along with my own lived experience of what it means to go from surviving to thriving. We’ll explore what it means to thrive in the face of challenges, how to apply psychology and neuroscience to building a resilient nervous system, and how to use the Thrive 5 to create your best life.

    Healing through Sound

    Healing through Sound

    Links to free resources: 


    Thriveology Quiz



    https://tr2vhgt9f7y.typeform.com/to/QLSljJaV



    Why Mindset Matters: 



    https://rebecca-kase-3d4c.mykajabi.com/mindset-free-resource-3ae938dd-25cb-4b28-b1ed-6ec489ad5fd6






    Here is what was covered in this episode: 


    Podcast intro: focusing on combining neuroscience, psychology, spirituality, and personal experience to help listeners thrive.


    Special guest Leah Dawang discusses the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) from Unite, explaining its benefits for the nervous system.


    Leah explains the SSP, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, which uses specially filtered music to aid in nervous system regulation.


    Both Rebecca and Leah share personal experiences with SSP, noting improvements in eye contact and emotional regulation.


    The discussion covers how SSP can be integrated with various therapeutic practices like EMDR, CBT, and more.


    Leah highlights research backing SSP, initially focused on autism spectrum disorders, with broad applications for various conditions.


    Information on SSP training for mental health professionals, featuring an 8-hour online course that includes theoretical and practical aspects.


    Guidance on finding qualified SSP practitioners through Unite's website for those interested in experiencing SSP.


    The episode concludes with a discussion on the human need for connection and how SSP facilitates this, encouraging listeners to consider both experiencing and training in SSP.




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    • 39 min
    How to be with big feels

    How to be with big feels

    Links to free resources: 


    Thriveology Quiz



    https://tr2vhgt9f7y.typeform.com/to/QLSljJaV



    Why Mindset Matters: 



    https://rebecca-kase-3d4c.mykajabi.com/mindset-free-resource-3ae938dd-25cb-4b28-b1ed-6ec489ad5fd6






    Here is what was covered in this episode: 


    Rebecca discusses managing overwhelming emotions like anxiety, panic, depression, and loneliness.


    Shares her personal struggles with depressive episodes and toxic relationships from her teenage years and how these experiences led her to therapy and eventually to become a counselor.


    Emphasizes emotions as neurophysiological processes that are natural and necessary for making informed decisions and enriching life experiences.


    Introduces the concept of interoception—the ability to notice and make sense of what's happening inside one's body—as a key skill for emotional intelligence and managing feelings.


    Suggests practices to develop interoception, such as body scans, breath work, and mindful yoga or working out, focusing on staying present with the body's sensations.


    Encourages viewing emotions and sensations as valuable information and messages from the nervous system, aiding in decision-making and identifying needs like connection, rest, or safety.


    Discusses reframing the relationship with uncomfortable emotions by recognizing them as temporary states that will naturally rise, fall, and change.


    Highlights how recurring uncomfortable emotions can serve as trailheads for personal growth and discovery, leading to valuable insights.


    Debunks the myth that suppressing emotions is a sign of strength, advocating instead for acknowledging and working through emotions as a true display of courage and a pathway to thriving.


    Encourages seeking therapy and confronting emotional challenges as brave steps towards personal growth and wellness.




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    • 33 min
    The Human Animal Connection

    The Human Animal Connection

    Links to free resources: 


    Thriveology Quiz



    https://tr2vhgt9f7y.typeform.com/to/QLSljJaV



    Why Mindset Matters: 



    https://rebecca-kase-3d4c.mykajabi.com/mindset-free-resource-3ae938dd-25cb-4b28-b1ed-6ec489ad5fd6






    Here is what was covered in this episode: 


    Introduction to thriving beyond survival mode, combining neuroscience, psychology, spirituality, and personal experience.


    Discussion with Alison Leslie on the human-animal bond, highlighting the importance of pets in our lives for emotional and neurobiological support.


    Exploration of how pets, particularly dogs and cats, contribute to our well-being by offering unconditional love, constant engagement, and co-regulation.


    Insight into the neurobiology behind our connection with pets and how they help us feel safe, calm, and connected.


    The emotional impact and process of grieving the loss of a pet, acknowledging the depth of these relationships, and the intense grief that can accompany such a loss.


    Practical advice on how to consciously engage with and appreciate our pets to enhance our emotional and psychological well-being.


    Closing thoughts on the significance of pets in our lives, and an invitation to listeners to reflect on and deepen their relationships with their animals.




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    • 31 min
    Meet your vagus nerve

    Meet your vagus nerve

    Have you heard the buzz about the vagus nerve? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t but just know this…your vagus nerve has a WHOLE lot to do with your health and wellness. 

    This often overlooked nerve is responsible for regulating our physical and emotional well-being, making it a key player in our ability to thrive. By understanding how the vagus nerve works, we can tap into its potential to improve various aspects of our mind and body.

    In this podcast episode, we delve deep into the world of the vagus nerve and explore its functions, connections, and ways to optimize its performance. 



    Here is what was covered in this episode: 


    The importance of the vagus nerve and what the heck polyvagal theory is.


    The anatomy and function of the vagus nerve, describing its extensive reach in the body.


    The impact of the vagus nerve on physical and emotional health.


    The concept of fight, flight, and freeze responses which are regulated by the vagus nerve!


    The benefits of having a "toned" vagus nerve for managing stress and achieving emotional and physical well-being.


    Practical tips for toning the vagus nerve, including cold water therapy, exercise, mindfulness, nature exposure, relationships, prayer, and other wellness activities.





    Helpful Links: 

    https://www.webmd.com/brain/vagus-nerve-what-to-know

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0149763422002007


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    • 25 min
    My go-to physical health habits

    My go-to physical health habits

    Learn my go to physical health habits that I practice almost every day. These are tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years that help me thrive within the physical domain of the Thrive 5. Learn what I prioritize, the daily habits that are part of my routine, and easy but effective strategies to support your physical health and wellness.



    Here is what was covered in this episode: 


    Sleep is #1! I share how I prioritize my sleep and what my sleep hygiene looks like.


    Work out those issues in your tissues with daily stretching. Learn how I get a few minutes in every day to stretch and move.


    I LOVE lifting weights. Learn why I love it so much and why it can be so, so good for your body.


    Rebecca’s morning routine which includes electrolytes and quick dose of cold water therapy.


    Learn why drinking caffeine right when you get up can increase your stress levels.


    Get my tips for maximizing your sleep hygiene practices to get a restful night’s sleep.


    Self-reflection for your physical health habits. 





    Helpful Links: 

    https://www.uclahealth.org/news/6-cold-shower-benefits-consider

    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/best-time-to-drink-coffee#cortisol-coffee


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    • 31 min
    Why Mindset Matters

    Why Mindset Matters

    Link to free resource: 

    Mindset Free Resource



    Mindset is perhaps one of the most important factors for thriving and transforming your life. Why is that? Because your mind is incredibly powerful and can be your biggest ally or your greatest adversary. In this podcast, we will explore the impact of mindset on our daily lives and how mindset interacts with your neurobiology. Learn how your nervous system responds to your thinking styles and how the saying “thoughts have a vibration” relates to your neurobiology.



    Here is what was covered in this episode: 


    Learn what mindset is and how it relates to your well being..


    Explore what "monkey mind" is and strategies to manage it.


    Get to know how your mindset can influence your perception of others, the world, and yourself!


    Dive into the metabolic effects of negative versus positive thinking styles on your neurobiology.


    Get in touch with your thinking through reflection and introspection! A few tips for assessing your mindset and identifying areas for growth.





    Helpful Links: 


    https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0238457






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    • 29 min

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