85 episodes

Creating connections and conversations about people, technology and the intersection of health and wellbeing.
Recorded through the "cyber synaptic space." Catherine speaks to people who are considered experts in their fields.
Important information for parents, teachers, professionals and anyone who wants to learn about cyberspace, digital parenting, security, data protection, counselling, health, wellbeing, personal growth and development.

This is your acoustic & neuroplastic ride that will synthesise areas of information you never knew could be!

Cyber Synapse Podcast Catherine Knibbs

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Creating connections and conversations about people, technology and the intersection of health and wellbeing.
Recorded through the "cyber synaptic space." Catherine speaks to people who are considered experts in their fields.
Important information for parents, teachers, professionals and anyone who wants to learn about cyberspace, digital parenting, security, data protection, counselling, health, wellbeing, personal growth and development.

This is your acoustic & neuroplastic ride that will synthesise areas of information you never knew could be!

    Security Awareness 101

    Security Awareness 101

    With Perry Carpenter: Chief Evangelist!  Author of: Transformational Security Awareness. I know many therapists are scared of tech, many can find it overwhelming and so I decided to speak with one of the most comprehensive communicators in the field of security awareness. One who shares my passion for the overlap between human and tech, human behaviour and those darn errors of judgment and mistakes we make with tech.  



    In this episode, we tackle why sole traders are often out of the loop of cybersecurity and why this large topic area can be easily accessible and how to tame the monster!  Perry is eloquent in his approach and we have many themes that overlap in terms of why we do what we do, and Perry brings lots of overarching models and theories to the table. This is quite the episode!  Do take a look at Perry's book, and the company he reefers to; KnowB4 https://www.knowbe4.com and see why I was soooo stoked to speak with him.. I reckon there are another 40+ conversations I could have with him!  







    For therapists and counsellors listening: Welcome back to the cyber-based conversations; we have a long way to go. Head over to www.privacy4.co.uk if you want to get great, accurate and up to date advice on matters like the ones discussed here today. Get the right advice from someone in the field.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Gamers Beat Cancer: Let's have more game on than game over!

    Gamers Beat Cancer: Let's have more game on than game over!

    Welcome to season 4 of Cyber Synapse and I am back with technology-related material!!   

    Season 4 started in 2020, however, this is the first video of season 4 as I was spending time with the audio versions on other platforms for ease and for time. This, however, was such an important conversation that we decided between us to add the video to my channel. This content today dives into the stories of people with Cancer, therefore please do look after yourself if you take the time to listen/watch.   

    Gamers Beat Cancer is a CIC based in the UK which began in the headspace of Steve Bracewell who finds himself fighting AML for the second time when we record this episode. I am joined by one of the other members of GBC; Ben Nicholls.  



    The episode may be hard to hear for some, inspiring for others and exciting for those who can see what we aim to do to support Cancer patients, families and staff using.....Gaming..Huzzah!!  Enjoy this episode, its raw and GBC means business.  



    Timestamps (approx) 

    02:00 Steve explains what AML is and why he came to create GBC and what he sees for the vision of the work  

    12:00 Ben introduces himself, his story  

    25:00 The trauma of Cancer, the financial cost of Cancer and how the UK benefits system really needs a change here in the UK

    30:00 What hospitals look like to the patients, why lack of stimuli is unhelpful. Why gaming tablets may just be an answer  

    34:00 A call to action for Developers, Gaming, VR and Technology organisations!  

    36:00 why tech can provide patients a lifeline, agency and help where helplessness exists  

    41:00 Where the focus tends to be on heterosexual patients and families and why the LGBQTI+ community seemed to be missing groups, what GBC intends to do about this  

    50:00 Online gaming therapy with patients, (practised safely and ethically via specialist training of course!!)  



    To learn more about the gift of gaming, how you can help and how gaming can be the space for healing see www.gamersbeatcancer.co.uk  Don't forget to find out more from Cath at www.catherineknibbs.co.uk and sign up for my newsletter to stay up to date with news and more.  

    I'll be back here soon when the Rona is gone and I can get back to working face to face and gaming with my clients in the clinic!  



    #gameonnotgameover #giftofgaming #cancerdoesntdiscriminatepeopledo

    • 54 min
    Synthesising and personal growth: Mental Health, Biohacking, Trauma and beyond.

    Synthesising and personal growth: Mental Health, Biohacking, Trauma and beyond.

    Today I'm joined by another Instagram buddy who is in the health and wellbeing sector.  Today we talk all things Mental health, Diagnoses, Wellbeing, Trauma, Childhood Trauma and Functional Health

    The second half of this conversation is superb tying in so many domains and paradigms. 





    0:30 Intro to Sara Chaves and the Insta post that got this episode recorded

    03:00 OCD what is that?

    07: 45 How thoughts can become obsessive. 

    08:30 Inflammation pathways.. of thoughts?

    11:00 Children, epigenetics and the passing on of behaviours?

    15:00 Role modelling on social media

    18:00 Everyone has Mental health Issues

    23:00 What about those who don't get help? What kind of boss do they make?

    26:00 Why SSRI's are not always the universal answer, why they could be a panacea.

    28:00 Jordan Peterson and Benzo's

    31:00 Trauma, Crime, Diabetes, and Physical Health; how this is related to Mental Health

    33:00 ACES, Trauma and CV-19 where censorship could end up stopping the spread of health advice

    36:00 be responsible for your own health and wellbeing

    38:00 Crap meditation IS the meditation

    41:00 Neuro-Nerding! Why we know very little but we know a lot about the brain. 

    48:00 CPD for growth; personal and professional. Do your own work first.

    51:00 Middle of the road, be the expert of yourself. Eat, Drink, Sleep, Take notice

    53:00 The wave of integration between mental health and functional health

    55:00 Biohacking without breaking the bank

    58:00 Proactive rather than reactive. Choose whats costs 'nowt'

    60:00 Marie Condo and minimalistic living. (I own my personal book collection here and ask please don't judge LOL)

    Conversations that matter.



    A big thank you to Sara for a fantastic conversation. TBC......!!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Season 4 kicks off with Endocannabinoids; say what?

    Season 4 kicks off with Endocannabinoids; say what?

    Season 4 kicks off without the long intro: This about getting to the talk immediately! 

    Its an episode taking an amazing dive into a subject that is going to create a double-take for some people.  I'm joined today my Michelle Ching, whom I met on Instagram where she was discussing the Endocannabinoid system with another podcaster. It's one of my favourite topics to discuss in terms of the wisdom of the body and the capabilities our cells have to regulate us in trauma and threat responses and flow!

    Its a widely misunderstood system and one that often gets a bad wrap when you discover that its the same biological process associated with  CBD, and THC.  If you don't know what these are? Then listen in!! 

    Hint this is not a chat about cannabis.

    Firstly we begin with a look at the western medical system and why we both now work, speak and exist in the world of holistic and co-operative healthcare, from there 



    00:05 We begin!

    06:00 Mental health and coaching, self and purpose.

    09:00 Wonderfull products and why they are CBD based

    12:00 Endogenous cannabinoid systems and how these work with CBD

    18:00 Safety and threat

    27:00 Mitochondria and Endocannabinoid systems

    33:00 Anandamide- an amazing molecule

    41:00 Physician/Therapist overseeing, why we really need someone to watch and care along with us. 

    50:00 The ECS - an extraordinary system. 

    58:00 Cannabis and "insert named disease", what's the connection?

    1 hour onwards : side effects, delivery methods, dosages

    Trauma-informed holistic healing and an ECS approach

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Bonus episode to season 3 finale with Olivia James

    Bonus episode to season 3 finale with Olivia James

    2:30 - Polvagal theory and associative memory in trauma

    7:00 - its excitement not nerves, does this reframe really work?

    20:00 why public speaking is a big issue for some

    26:00 The Q&A section of presenting. Why this can be an issue for speakers

    32:00 - why the mainstream media demonise technology and create a dysregulation in the social engagement system

    36:00 - gaming, fun and biases of the public (and some academics)

    47:00 - Neil Strauss (and others) and the PUA community and why this is trauma not sex addiction. 

    54:00 - Why Daz adverts are the same technique used by the social dilemma narrative

    1:07 - VR and how this is a fab intervention. (IMHO)



    1:10- E-motions, health and wellbeing



    See you in season 4!

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Season 3 finale - trauma with no BS

    Season 3 finale - trauma with no BS

    Todays end episode is completed with a colleague of, and in the world of trauma. Oliva James and I chat about public speaking, trauma, twitter hassle, calling out the BS, the trauma Olympics and how this is a framework for something I called traumatology identity. Why do some people need their label, their victimhood and repetitive nature of story telling, We look to the palatable reframe of awful human behaviour and why we do this?

    How the current climate is causing children to mistrust, cybertrauma, attachment trauma and more. Why sandals and candles might be the best phrasing from Oliva about the approaches of cliche, practice to help you heal from your trauma. 

    Rapport and the story of trauma and how relational safety can be the regulator for the client and or patient. 

    Why being a people person is the most important aspect in trauma healing. 

    We end on a chat about IEMT (Integrative Eye Movement Technique) and what this is and why we both like this intervention.

    To follow is a bonus edition because we didn't get everything covered in this episode!

    • 1 hr 38 min

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