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Cyber Synapse Podcast

Cyber Synapse Podcast

By Catherine Knibbs
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!
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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 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 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.
April 5, 2021
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  Don't forget to find out more from Cath at 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
February 1, 2021
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......!!
December 7, 2020
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
November 2, 2020
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!
October 19, 2020
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!
October 5, 2020
The Pandemic within the pandemic: Nicole Dawson-Cullinan and I discuss systemic trauma, burnout and Wellness International
Today I'm joined by Nicole Dawson-Cullinan. She is a classical homeopath, functional health practitioner, and creator of Wellness Place International.   01:00 - What is a homeopath? Why is there such stigma and why are we the "ahhh" practitioners? 05:00 Burnout. Why this often shows up in functional medicine.  09:30 Turning the tide to integrative models of medicine- the pandemic within the pandemic, systemic issues 14:30 Biodiversity and the loss of species, connection to nature. From egocentrism to world-centric (and beyond) 17:00 polarisation and integration. Why health needs more than crisis medicine 22:00 Wellness, diversity and are there really hacks or magic pills? 27:00 "Real-ationships", healing and being in relationships 30:00 How home cooking became the content for Wellness International 34:00 The overworked person and burnout as a presenting issue of extreme manifestations.  37:00 Motherhood and a 'career'; a marathon, and a juggling act 41:00 The high achiever pushing to the n'th degree how this may be the marker for burnout 45:20 The chaordic system You can find Nicole here: As we head to the end of season 3 you won't be left hanging for long as season 4 has already begun recording. Stay with me and see how far the rabbit hole goes!
September 7, 2020
Functional Medicine as a parent, neighbour and practitioner, why conversations encompass a lot!
This episode I am speaking with another functional medicine practitioner as the lockdown continues. I am joined by Corrina Van Der Erden from Germany, where she is creating one of the biggest networks of functional medicine/health practitioners in Europe! Corrina takes us through her story of noticing when she was 15 that she had an autoimmune disease, and how this has impacted her life, and yet through the process of functional medicine she has created a life of health for herself and others, including her children. Given the lockdown has impacted so many people in so many ways this is an episode for you to really get to grips with how you can take care of your health, for you and your children, and your children's children. 01:30 Corrina's journey into School of Applied Functional Medicine 03:30 Why helping others and altruism drive the health movement 08:00 Noticing Hashimotos 13::00 When help is local 28:00 What you eat is often related to your symptoms 34:00 Health advice "I read it in a book" why books and advice evolve over time 38:00 Power to local people to make a change 43:00 How Functional health in Germany can mean needing to speak German about your poop. When the translation isn't quite enough 49:00 Micro movements and the daily use of your body 54: 00 Women's health, straight-talking, and poop conversations, why Functional Health has to include your digestive motions
August 3, 2020
Ronen Stilman- Attached to Technology: Therapists reflections of relational processes and technology
I'm joined today by a fellow psychotherapist with a passion for understanding technology and how we relate to and with this invention of man. Ronen and I have riffed about this subject matter at conferences for some time, and even in a sauna at the TA conference in Birmingham in 2019, where we were supposed to be taking care of ourselves and relaxing, yet it turned into an animated conversation about the development of the human next to/with and through this (see the chats I've had about the detox properties of saunas in previous episodes) We talk attachment, tough, relationships, gaming, and parenting and, much more, A Fabulous conversation and this must be part one...  See the timestamps below for more details: 05: 30 Covid and Technology, the ambivalence of therapists 07:20 The infancy of understanding 10:50 Relating, what is this, and how does the threat response impact us? 13:50 Touch, Attachment (strokes & strokes) and tech 16:40 Attachment and regulation 20:10 Cars and technology, what's the link? 23:00 Addiction, or replacement. Is this relating? 26:00 How Ronen noticed childhood play and his own experience 30:20 Polyglot and language; are you talking about me? 33:30 The vehicle of socialisation, disconnection, and connection 37:30 Boredom, self-connection, and regulation 42:10 Pack warfare or team cohesion? 45:45 Parenting and gaming, power dynamics!! 48:10 Closing the circle Ronen can be. found on his Facebook page: Ronen Stilman Psychotherapy As always you can stay up to date with my news by heading to my website and signing up for the newsletter. Please subscribe and if you have two minutes rate/comment and share this episode!!
July 6, 2020
Darryl Edwards speaks to me about Blacklivesmatter, Empathy and SES issues.
Darryl Edwards joins me today for one of the most timely and important conversations.  This is not new in terms of the subject matter, however, we have to change the narrative.. its time.   Timestamps:  04:02 Black Lives Matter, an introduction. 05:44 #BrokenLegsMatter 08:40 Empathy for victims, do we have to experience it to 'know' it? 13:01 This is our shared trauma experience as black people. 15:45 "Diplomatic conversations" why this becomes a norm? 20:00 Why are you out running?  26:10 Angry, Bitter, or something else? 29:30 On the fence, what can I do or say to challenge the status quo? 36:35 One eye open, one eye closed, why the "background operating system" is always ON 39:30 Overcompensation to reduce and mitigate racist decisions. 43:15 The district line life expectancy of 20 years difference. Barking to Richmond.. why;  SES and living conditions.  45:30 "Just eat this food & exercise this way" why the privileged narrative is patronising and misses the culture and SES. Class and racism. 47: 50 Clean eating, Why it's not about Olive oil as a dressing! Lifestyle choices versus Elitelsim 49:02 "If you just..." Why this narrative is unhelpful. Listening is key. Why blame helps no-one 53:35 COVID impact on the 'haves vs have nots', how the environment will have an impact on health 57:00 Why you don't need a gym; how you can help yourself in lockdown in less than 2M squared 60:01 The government guidelines approve exercise during the lockdown and why this is so good for everyone 64:40 The civil uprisings of the sixties and the parallel to current responses to George Floyd's death and blacklivesmatter 67:02 That could have been me: Cybertrauma and how black people witness trauma and why this is an issue we need to take into account moving forward. how the news creates much more trauma for people. 73:15 Why metaphor might just be the way to communicate the issues that we need to talk about.   This interview matters so please do share where you can.  You can find Darryl on Insta at @fitnessexplorer  His website is
June 15, 2020
Thomas Olivier- Bio-individuality in health
Thomas Olivier, CEO of joins me today after a bit of a wait to get him on the podcast. I met Thomas in 2017 when I joined him for my Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics training and knew that I had to get this story out to people about how they could get a handle on their health and mitigate some serious health conditions going forward based on their unique 'bio-individuality'' (N=1)  Thomas has developed a stunning platform that allows for a person to take an in-depth dive into their health at the genetic level where the changes (SNP's) matter. This episode is one not to miss if you're treating to avoid the big 4 killer diseases!  Thomas speaks about his journey to the launch of, and what this actually is!     Timestamps: ...  05:48- We are dying of diseases  07:33 DNA, Epigenetics and what we are made of (hint its 37 trillion cells and more)  11:02 Whole genome sequencing, do we need this or specific tests? What's the cost?  14:37 Would veganism suit my genes? How would I know and why is Omega 6 and 3 important?  17:02 Scientifically validated genetic and functional testing. Why does this sound like NASA? 18:30 The four killers. Multifactorial?  21:38 Gamification of health systems, #levelup?  24:  Toxic environments, car fumes what harm can they do?  30:50 Choices in health: will COVID make a difference?  33:00 Our vulnerability, body wisdom and connectedness  36:15 New Health architecture, the new future?  40:00 Health Optimisation events and sharing of knowledge  45:00 The future is faster, why Kotler and Diamandis make their mark in this conversation! (love this bit, but I am biased with tech)  50:00 Are health predictions like meteorology?  52:00 Balancing not boosting your immune system  55:00 Optimsiing: what is this?   You can find Thomas at on Instagram... the platform is    as always to find out more, sign up for free courses around Epigenetic Psychotherapy  & Functional health visit
June 1, 2020
Pain equals purpose: male mental health and the balance of masculinity: All heart, All spine
First of all this episode was put on the back burner whilst a few episodes took centre stage during the outset of covid-19. Thank you to Matt Dipll for being patient as this was recorded some weeks ago!! Danke! So moving to the episode, firstly this is a wonderful, wonderful conversation with some fantastic reflections about culture, the advancement of life, the deep biology of each of us, and the humanness of the life narrative. Matt has a background in Chinese Medicine, Has travelled and lived all over the world practising and then heading into the world of biohacking after losing a friend, and being in and around workers in technology and also his own health. We talk technology, sun=bjectiveness and objectiveness and how this was the seeing towards Matt working around his Male psyche, emotional needs and impact of this on day to day living. Matt brings into the conversation about how mental health presentations also are represented in biological health. Matt talks about how life, early needs and wants are mirrored through interpersonal connection. Pain is most certainly an underlying reason for health issues (See my blogs on ACES and illness). Matt talks about inside out and outside in and how to 'be' a man.. What is a man and what is healthy masculinity? There are layers here and this is THE most wonderful part of the conversation today. THIS is authentic and raw and real. You need to listen deeply here so be in a space where you can absorb this message. It's so good. Like for reals really good! Apologies for coughing in the episode, anyone would think that there was a reason for this. (perhaps?) CONTACT: Matt is on Insta and @MattDippl BOOKS: Iron John by Robert Bly Manhood by Steve Biddulph (book) :   His Facebook group
May 8, 2020
Sex, Relationships and Pornography use during Covid-19
This is an adhoc episode discussing the impact of physical distancing, upon relationships, sexual activity and pornography use, explained through the theories of Polyvagal, interpersonal and relational aspects. Don't worry you don't have to understand these theories in depth, We make it easy to understand. As always to find out more about Cath see
April 13, 2020
HeartMath, Coherence and Self Regulation- In times of Stress (Covid-19)
I'm joined Today by Gavin Andrews from HeartMath UK. This is another podcast recorded pre-lockdown and we briefly mention the impending crisis as we are chatting about regulation and the practice of gratitude, heart coherence and beyond. Whist this originates in how to use biofeedback for practices such as psychotherapy, this is also pertinent to the crisis that has shaken the world recently.  Gavin is offering a 15% discount on the products available from HeartMath UK with the code CATH goto to purchase in the United Kingdom
April 4, 2020
Functional Health- Before, During and After Covid-19
This video was originally recorded before the current health crisis. The introduction sets the scene for why getting to the root cause of an issue is the prefix to good health. Now we are in the light of Covid-19 this approach is likely to be more important than ever. Shania and I discuss why functional, holistic, naturopathic methods can really help you understand your health to the cellular level and how this can help mitigate from issues in the future.  Shania can be contacted at   As always more information about Catherine can be found at
April 2, 2020
Neurohacking- When performance of brain and body synchronise
Today I'm joined by Ben Cote from Neurohacker Collective. (NHC). We get straight into who NHC are and what happens at HQ. How dialling in and stacking your health comes from a place of assistance rather than the phenomena of "hacking'. This really is a natural approach and one hugely supported in science and research.  Ben explains about Qualia and why this is such a great nootropic and not a smart drug meant to "make you smarter". We then go onto cover Eternus and why this is a great stack for longevity, which i am sure many of us want!  What Qualia actually does is literally quite amazing, and Im saying that after almost 6 months of taking it. so cannnot wait to be a long term supporter of my own cellular functioning and health. (which I have been doing but this takes it to the next level) It has to be experienced in order to get where we are coming from in this episode in terms of the phenomenological experience. (One persons deep lived experience) and this has been really hard for me to describe to people and I'm quite a lexical communicator! Ben talks through  the process of how NHC learn and trial the contents of the products and why they make the difference they do to you if you are hoping to achieve that mental performance breakthrough. For me the empathic resonance and attunement and #levelup I get when I take these products has literally moved me into a different domain of human connection, thinking and reasoning.  Ben discuses how he gets to speak with so many people at trade shows and what people reflect and how the narrative reflection of most consumers of these products is pretty similar, and that folks makes a better than a few anecdotal findings. The ingredients of these products are all aimed at creating a naturalist harmony within your own body and mind and looking at them they are all essential ingredients of a well oiled machine cascading in a bottom up and top down manner.  You really DO need to try them, with all of the caveats we speak about. But do head over to and get your orders in! P.S. Eternus has also had a major impact on sleep quality and efficiency as I'm now functioning better since stacking. Wow guys at NHC. Thank you!  For more information and to get in touch with Cath head over to 
March 8, 2020
Broken to beautiful, healing, health and human connection
Todays episode features Shawn Wells MPH, LDN, RD, CISSN, FISSN and is a humdinging top to toe neuronal frazzle of delight. Which may sound like a fangirling overload, however sometimes there are some people who speak in such an eloquent way that all I can say is this is a must listen/watch for you! Shawn is balanced, critical, and speaks about his journey from the deepest places of what he calls his brokenness to his place of beauty which is a genuine well intentioned place of helping others heal. We talk positivity, finding your purpose, passion and tribe for longevity. We look at health indicators and how to sift through the plethora of information relating to diet and nutrition. Most importantly Shawn reiterates purpose and mindset and how happiness might just be the key to fulfilment and those extra few years on your life! Shawn is a Nutritional Biochemist, Registered Dietician, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Chief Clinical Dietician and Worlds Greatest Formulator, ..basically I think he is a wizard of all things from research to the mitochondria, "now thats what I call science!" (which will be the name of the next episode when I get chance to speak with him in the future) Shawn can be found here: and here He is on Insta and Twitter as the same name so go follow him quick sharp! As costs are rising to host this podcast, I made a decision to open the podcast to sponsorship and advertising, so if you are interested get in touch.
February 3, 2020
Top down-Bottom Up? Learning about who you really are, heuristics of Education, Work, Life and Flow.
This episode is a fantastic start to 2020 for anyone who still might not know who they are, thinks they have to have all the qualifications and skills by the age of 21 and who may need a reassuring reflection as we head into the new year new you rhetoric. Im joined by Sagar Doshi today and this is a super jam packed top to bottom episode of zippy one line motivational assurances that you are doing just fine as you are, for example Sagar quotes  "where you study or work is not the sum of your life" (I love this by the way) We talk how tests/exams/assessments are carried out to 'measure your output' and how this is often seen as the reflection of the entire picture and how this affects young people and adults and yet course correction and progress are a part of life. Sagar is a product manager at Imbellus who are a games/assessment studio that seeks to measure abstract skills—and ultimately, human potential—using game-based assessments. So this episode travels over technology and human domains and the conversation is packed with the all important discussion of reaching your potential. I loved this episode so much, I have listened back to it (which is unheard of), its that good, IMHO. See you next time I refer to Daniel Kahneman's book "thinking fast and slow" so this is your check in on the show notes for it.  Sagar's work can be found at :
January 2, 2020
Self- improvements and health, how deep learning about you can improve who you are
Today i'm joined by Tony Wrighton; he is the presenter of the podcast Zestology (link below), Sky sports presenter, author and fairly new Father to a 9 month old. This is an episode that transitions over a number of subjects and is one about being human, having flaws, attempting to rid ourselves of these parts we don't like. A fascinating set of topics for those of you interested in human beingness, self development, and personal growth.  We talk about Tony's journey into health and wellbeing, which takes us into Emotional Freedom technique (EFT) also known as trapping. Tony talks about his self confessed addictive personality and how this ties in with tech, we look at digital hygiene, morning routines and modelling of behaviours to children (whether they are 9 months old or in their 20's).  We even get into therapy, NLP, relationships and what having a baby does to sleep (and more). We talk red wine and resveratrol, oura rings and spreadsheets for tracking health, quite the jam packed episode! Tony's website and link to his podcast are below is his histamine site that he refers to; so go ahead and get some more energy and vitality from his time and effort, its another good recommendation to top up your knowledge! **For those of you who are body trained/aware or perhaps a therapist see if you can hear the moment that the synchrony of attunement occurs between Tony and I and feel the energy shift, its quite remarkable and very lovely and as always, its about heart not head.
December 23, 2019
Light - a therapy all of/in it's own
Todays episode is part one of a conversation I'll be coming back to at a later date with my friend Mads Juhl Christensen, whom I met whilst volunteering at the biohackers Summit that took place in September this year in London and was the most awesome beginning of a new health movement thats going to be the way we all (hopefully) turn towards taking a step to a longer, happier and healthier life! SO I asked Mads to come on the podcast as he is a font on knowledge and similarly like my other guests he also has a story to tell about his health journey. We fill this hour with so much information that you'll likely need to go back and listen to it again. I make no apologies for our enthusiasm and occasional tangents around topics.  We talk light and how your cells rely on this at differing times of the day and what this actually does at a cellular level, we talk hormones and the process of support through light in order to carry out this function and why getting outside is probably the best free hack/gift there is on the planet for mental health and wellbeing. Way too much to describe on the show notes, so go ahead and dive in on this subject, theres so much to know that we wil be back to visit this alongside the EMF issues we allude to in the episode Take care and see you soon
December 16, 2019
Distracted Driving- When smartphones may result in not so smart decisions behind the wheel
Todays episode is aimed at the Christmas season which begins now and beyond. Todays message is based on a podcast episode with Neil from over two years ago; the message still needs to be shared and to create a discussion. What is interesting about this message is it you the listener that we are asking to share and to begin the conversation. Questions such as: Do you really drive safely at all times and do you take phone calls whilst you drive? Listen to Neil and discuss why this is actually an issue and how we are not capable of doing this with the level of concentration that we think we have. (Its neuroscience!!) nCognitive bias on this topic matter si what we address in this episode. Neil reflects "just because you can and its' not 'illegal' doesn't make it safe", so consider whats going on in the cars around you and if the driver, that stranger truly believes that they can multitask and keep other road users safe including you and your family? This may seem like a fact that you are already mentally disputing, I mean not many of us like to think we have flaws and many of us don't want to think our driving may be under par or indeed that we are unable to carry out a task due to a limitation of our brains functioning; surely we are intelligent and what about the fact we have been driving for so long? Listen to Neil and I in this episode and please feed back and share this epsidie to begin this conversation. Let's see this issue as important as Driving Under the Influence. Let's make a difference to our driving and perhaps that will be enough to model the behaviour for another. SMART PEOPLE CAN MAKE SMART CHOICES AND PHONES ARE NOT THAT SMART - UPDATE 3 Dec 19...check this video out and see what you think:.....
December 2, 2019
Why email security? Why?
Today im joined by Donald Allen a cybersecurity writer, cybersecurity evangelist. This means Donald likes to explain how cybercriminals can exploit, hurt and hack. Donald helps you understand how to create passwords that you can remember, why you need to keep your webcam covered when not in use and why you need to protect your emails as a priority. How criminals socially engineer their emails to phish you and why these are getting much more sophisticated. Why public wifi is an issue and what you need to know about these hotspots! Why if you won or run a business you need to ensure your staff are aware of these issues, How emails work, why you need to know about servers,  Here is Donalds website in case you didn't catch it the show so you can get his book. 
November 12, 2019
Child Sexual Abuse Material Online: Part 2, The impact, the issue, the resolution?
This (and last episode) are the most important interviews I have conducted on Cybersynapse to date.  This is one of the two most important issues I feel passionate about and I needed to interview two of the most prominent figures in this area. There is a discussion about the process of the crime and the victims so please do take appropriate care to look after yourself if this topic is one that you may find difficult or may evoke feelings of shame, disgust, sadness or anger. This interview comes with a caveat again for taking care of yourself as we do discuss the imagery of child sexual abuse and what this will mean for children and young people now and in the future. Fred describes who the Internet Watch Foundation are, what they do and why they are so important. The discussion explores the how images are classified by the organisation and what happens to that image once its identified and the process of getting it removed. We discuss the online harms white paper and why we as a population need to address issues such as this. Fred is very articulate around this discussion and posits that we are moving forward and we need to have clarification around what we all need to "do" to protect children and young people. You can find the IWF here: InHope: 
November 1, 2019
Child Sexual Abuse Material Online (Part 1) *edit- Includes the recent news update about Age ID Plan
The title alone may be enough to evoke a feeling of discomfort in you. Some of you may be here because you are curious and some for reasons other than that. This in an information based interview and therefore contains conversations that relate to the title. If you haven't listened to the introduction to Season 3 -Please do so as I explain the format of the first two episodes of this season and the caveat around being cybertraumatisied.  I begin this episode with John Carr,: A Child Online Safety Consultant. We discuss the prevalence of child sexual abuse material online (CSAM) and why as a society we need to be taking as much action as we can to reduce this, educate our parents, professionals and support organisations that deal with this everyday, such as the IWF and INHOPE (Coming next episode!) John takes us through some of his recent blogs (which he does regularly and with passion). We discuss how this material ends up online, how grooming is also related and the online white harms paper and how this can help us understand the duties of care that social media companies can take to assist in reporting and remove much of this material. This is a conversation that can lay dormant and out of our comfort zones no more. John is complimentary about the actions we re taking in the UK in terms of the online harms white paper and age identification plan and how these will assist us in reducing some of these issues/threats and concerns. We didn't get round to talking about Domain Name over HTTPS so please head to Johns blog to see why this is one of a/(my) major worries! Johns blog can be found : And he is on LinkedIn and Twitter EDIT 17 OCT 2019 It was reported in the media on the 18th October 2019 that the Online Identification plan will be scrapped- as you would expect this caused uproar however this is what actually appears in the statement released by Parliament: "The government has concluded that this objective of coherence will be best achieved through our wider online harms proposals and, as a consequence, will not be commencing Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 concerning age verification for online pornography. The Digital Economy Act objectives will therefore be delivered through our proposed online harms regulatory regime. This course of action will give the regulator discretion on the most effective means for companies to meet their duty of care. As currently drafted, the Digital Economy Act does not cover social media platforms. " taken from  This means that there is still much work to be done here and in the meantime the discussion that John and I have about social media, grooming, adult content and yet to be discussed in depth DOH still remain.  Children and Young people will continue to be at risk of seeing this material online and if you would like to know as a parent what to do- head to my youtube channel for the Parents guide to Porn (short video) 
October 17, 2019
Season 3 Intro- Whats in store?
Oh boy . this is going to be the best season so far. The first two episodes I have wanted to bring to you for a long time, however the atmosphere never felt quite right because this is the most uncomfortable of topics. There is a caveat here for you be aware of as the material i episode 1 and 2 relates to children and sexual abuse material online.  It woulds seem I am being asked to speak more on this subject matter and so I felt the time was right to have these conversations. SYNTHESIS of THEORY AND PRACTICE Since beginning this podcast I wanted to synthesise my therapy world with tech and biohacking (functional health) and this seemed haphazard whist I figured out who to talk to and and how to bring them together on the podcast- however during the last year I have been putting theory and practice together as a Functional Psychotherapist outsode of the podcast and voila season 3 will feel more coherent and with actionable tasks and advice for you from the experts ...and there are a number of them to come this next year; helpful tips on Parenting, professional practice and personal hacks just found a way into your ears. I look forward to taking you an an epic journey in season 3!
October 16, 2019
Why VR is the biz, Why is it people are avoidant/fearful or freaked out by it?
This episode was absolutely awesome and one I have been waiting to do for some time. The reason being as a gamer this platform takes gaming to the next level and has been my favourite thing to happen (so far) in gaming tech, this passion is also shared by James and Nathan from Chaos Theory VR Arcade (I had to edit this part in the recording as I kept saying therapy not theory- guess theres a clue about what we talk about!) James and Nathan are those kind of people that are uber cool dudes and this tech has brought together a partnership which they are hoping to bring to the masses. Because its incredibly fun, immersive and really does allow even the most basic of players to have a go. You really should have a go as soon as possible! We talk the games, the tech, the advances and the fun. This is such a fab conversation so dive in and have a listen- it wont be long before you'll be putting on a headset and joining me in the podcast environment in VR... I can feel it! You can find James and Nathan at their new shiny website: and on Instagram at : chaostheoryvrarcade For now, enjoy the last of season 2 whilst I get my head back into my PhD and take a small break before starting season 3 with two amazing episodes.
September 24, 2019
Virtual Sandtray; How digital tech enables us to work in depth and remotely
Today's episode is all about Dr Jessica Stones phenomenal thinking about what clients and people might need in terms of a tool or intervention to help them manage an issue through a format that has never existed- until now.. a digital virtual version of depth psychology and psychotherapy.  Not only is this way ahead of the game in terms of platform and practical functionality for people who may be housebound, hospitalised and even incarcerated this is the technology that is making a difference  to those with somatic (body) and sensory issues. This episode goes into so much depth that we had to call time on how engrossed we were and how we hardly gave enough time to the book she edited on tech in therapy; and how this is already needing so many more practitioners expertise as technology exponentially advances! Dr Stone will be back for more on this! One of my favourite conversations on the podcast because this is tech AND therapy - the best intervention for accessing the Psyche in my personal opinion- you'll have to listen to judge for yourself!! You can find out more about the Virtual Sandtray here: Twitter: @VirtualSandtray
August 23, 2019
Get your #Geek on and find your tribe!
This weeks episode features Dr Megan Connell, the co-founder of whereby the motto here is: "Be unapologetically enthusiastic" (I just LOVE this) Dr Connell, is a board certified licensed psychologist, which by the way is a big deal (if you don't know how these things work) She was another fab person to talk to and we covered (in a shorter than normal episode) getting your geek on and finding your tribe; using this to find a career, the therapeutic connections that can be made with people when you find your commonalities through science, tech, games or otherwise. Celebrations of people having passions. You  might be able to tell that I love this approach to human connection and Megan (and Ryan Kelly) have done a wonderful job of building this community. We talk Table top games such as DND (Dungeons and Dragons) and how Megan has an all female game that runs as well as her many projects/videos which you can find out about on the website above- I would recommend checking it out as Ryan Kelly a previous guest is also the co-founder and contributor to this site. Go check it out!
August 8, 2019
Why young people may not report online activities as illegal, because perhaps they don't know it is?
This weeks guest is Dr Holly Powell Jones. We have a blast discussing her research that was completed for her Doctoral thesis, which looked at how young people make sense of the online world in terms of legalities, criminal aspects, reporting and support. Holly explains how the young people she worked with on this research and those she teaches can often get mixed up in terms of knowing what is and isn't legal online, what constitutes as criminal behaviour and why some young people are less likely to report when they see or are a victim of a crime online.This is a great addition to the previous two episodes, so go ahead and listen to them if you haven't already! Holly highlights how the victim blaming language and biases are still aimed towards behaviours that people could have done differently to change the outcome of an event and we look at young peoples views around pornography use, sexting and the age of consent and why this is such a difficult are a for young people to navigate online when the law seems to be confusing for them; isn't it just though? Holly mentions a play that relates to this and unfortunately i cannot see that it is running elsewhere and was a 2018 production. The play is called Why is the Sky Blue and was run by Tackroom Theatre directed by Abbey Wright.  Holly can be found on LinkedIn As always than you for watching/listening and spreading the word, I am extremely grateful for the feedback I am receiving. If you would spread the word to your friends over the summer we can begin to help people learn about online activities and how to help ourselves as adults and children and young people too!
July 15, 2019
The cyber helpline for the "when" it goes awry!
I'm joined today by Rory from the Cyber helpline THE goto website for the "when" moment(s) that were discussed last episode! Rory and I discuss how he set up the helpline to be a 24/7 site that you can goto when you find yourself a victim of a cyber related attack or mistake that you might have made When you reach the site, type in your cyber issue that you need help with such as being hacked, malware, phishing attacks and hey presto the ingenuity and magical elfs (aka Machine learning bots/AI) that run the site at the front end help you take the next steps in protecting yourself, your data, your money or your life. (apologies to those who now have an earworm) And if you want to parlez with a real human you can do that too. Why does this site offer something that is amazing? Well this is THE reason I interviewed Rory, you see some humans visit sites that perhaps they don't want others to know about, perhaps they were caught out by a brilliantly designed email or clicked a pop up thinking they had won a new iPad! etc...and now in the hands of the shame monster they don't want to report to the police for fear of being laughed at, or are too embarrassed to tell. Next episode you'll find out another reason people don't report issues (its another great in depth analysis of people and cyber!), anyway back to the helpline well immediacy is often the biggest key in resolving cyber related issues and attacks. Those pesky criminals are impatient and your money can make them so. Herein lies the quick solution by heading to the helpline and tapping in what has happened the bot can work out what kind of attack you have been a victim of. The site is fast, very clever and can gives you step by step information as to how you can now resolve the issue, in easily to understand language too! The site is... yep you've guessed it!  Listen in to find out how great this is and please do rate, subscribe, like, share and let people know about this episode and podcast so that we can all learn how to protect ourselves, get help when we need it and share the knowledge.  Thanks for listening/watching I really appreciate this. My inner warm fuzzie is feeling the love! You can head over to patreon to sponsor this podcast on as theres hidden content for subscribers and I am well aware that us podcaster folk are doing this for free and many of us need your help.  Consumers can only consume if producers produce and I am seeing this request more and more on social media. Free is only as good as it costs...
July 4, 2019
Getting Hacked; Emails and more. Why its not a question of if but more about when?
Today Im joined by Jeri a cybercrime analyst at the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, so a person who really knows whats happening to the general public in terms of Cybercrimes, so not a case of Cath telling you and perhaps you thinking yeah right Cath... this is Action Fraud reports about the scale of the issue, from the people themselves and as you'll hear not all cases are reported...This applies to singular users of cyberspace or a business. Why do you need to know about cybercrime? Why should you care? What can happen? and is it true that you're more likely to be a victim of cybercrime  than burglary?  Technology is now, well it always has but more-so now providing a larger arena to exploit, harass and menace users and in some cases destroy lives. There are some real highlights in terms of explaining what kinds of 'attacks' are happening and how this will impact a persons business or life. Theres a really important section in here about why our email systems are the 'hub' of our cybersecurity focus and why I suggest in particular that my profession and those who deal with sensitive categories of data (ie very personal information about their customers) really needs to do more to protect themselves, their devices and their clients because the current level of knowledge around these issues is akin to ostrich/bury your head in the sand syndrome (which is not a real diagnosis by the way) and this is putting people at risk. Of what? Listen to this episode and the next one to get a glimpse into the worlds of what can happen. Sensationalist? Not at all; We're only scratching the surface here in this episode and both Jeri and I know just how deep this rabbit hole goes and we would like for the public to prick up their ears to the information contained herein. For more information please listen to episodes from Season 1 and for the Action fraud Website goto: Next episode is all about what to do when these things happen.... and how you can help yourself so stay tuned!
June 25, 2019
Polyvagal reflections of young people, devices, schools and Mental health
This weeks episode is epic. The content is so, so full to the brim and will also be followed by a video that I will be putting on my YouTube channel to help explain the Polyvagal theory (PVT) discussed in this episode. Using both examples that we give. (everyone likes free resources right?) You see Justin and I are #geeks about this PVT and I brought Justin on because he has his own podcast dedicated to this topic and is the only person I know that I could totally #nerd out with over it, as its the foundational premise of my cybertrauma theory. What does happen though is we get into all forms of applying this theory which I am predicting will hit the big time trends in 2019. There is a new star on the block and he is called Stephen Porges. (Only he has been around since the 90's and I have had the privilege of attending a number of his 2-3 day workshops a few years ago and now I am beginning to see this ripple hitting the media as we speak!) Justin and I talk about how the PVT can assist in giving people a language to narrate what they already know and understand to be true within themselves, a language to converse with others, a language for teachers, staff and professionals to use with each other and young people. Throughout the episode we refer to the Vagal #states and what these mean and how you can begin to understand children, young people and adults in terms of what they have learned to do based on the information that is fed to their brain to make sense of. (Point to note is the Vagal nerves are not responsible for the behaviours- this will be in my video to follow) We talk about devices, computer games, mirror neurons and arousal states, energy levels, social media and how this has an effect on young peoples mental health and wellbeing. Through the lens of Psychotherapy, PVT and Trauma we discuss what is happening for young people today, how this affects their mental health and how we can work with them, understand their digital world and education systems. Around 2/3 of the way into the episode there is a shift into a deep discussion around self aware parenting with raw examples from Justin and I about what this is like and why our profession and PVT has helped inform us  as parents and what this is actually like. This is IMO the best part of todays episode in terms of giving you a real insight into the theory and how it is applied IRL!! Thanks for listening/watching and see you next time. Rate, Subscribe and share on iTunes, YouTube and beyond- lets get this theory out there to the masses and  help build a new lexicon, we deserve to be shame free human beings.
June 3, 2019
Onlinevents the CPD hub for therapists
This episode I turn the table on John and Sandra Wilson of Onlinevents. You see I have been interviewed by John many times going all the way back to 2013 (or earlier I cant quite remember as I wrote this), with Sandra (Saz) at the helm of the technical wizardry in the background helping things run smoothly for each interview they conduct. John and Sandra explain who they are and how Onlinevents runs; and yes just one E in the middle.  The platform of Onlinevents has grown considerably to what is now likely to be the number one CPD hub for therapists in the world. Each week John and Sandra run a day in the week for interviews, which is filled with some of the most knowledgeable specialists in their fields. Topics range from conversations about ethics, interventions to theory and beyond.  Each interview is broadcast free of charge and has more than one chat room which both John and Saz simultaneously monitor and feedback to the guest, it really is a phenomenal skill to watch and I know the struggle of trying to keep on track in the interview and yet John accomplishes this with grace and ease each time. Each interview is handled by he skills of this team, containing the complexities of the topics and lasts approximately an hour, which never quite feels enough and counts towards CPD (continuing professional development, similar to CE points in the US) for anyone who takes the time to watch either live or in the hub, which is a members area that allows access to all of the previous interviews.  Rather like a podcast this is a platform that enable therapists to learn outside of their training schedule and pique their interests in areas and disciplines they may not have encountered otherwise. And a special thanks to Rory for the audio edits who does a marvellous job, where my internet providers are not always as robust! You can find out more about onlinevents here:
May 29, 2019
Geekery in research, do we need to understand gaming research like a Professor X?
Today im joined by Dr Ryan Kelly, a Clinical Psychologist and co-founder of G33KS like us, which we talk about in this episode and how the idea of using self confessed "geekery' can help us as practitioners to connect with our clients and how many of us use computer games and science in order to do this. Ryan speaks with great eloquence about the video game debate, bias in research and how this can be tweaked using certain statistical measures and then how this can be reported. Why research questions can be 'loaded' and how this can be used to reported to the general public. We look at how to disseminate research effectively and with a human touch and how there is a move to do this by a number of professionals. Then we move over to the work of Geek therapy, and around therapeutic live gaming such as Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) and how this helps parents understand the world of their child, also with Aspie young people allows the young people to socialise and build skills with and around each other. How this is not a 'new fact' to table top players of these games. I have to mention Goat Simulator as one of the funniest games that I have ever played and to have Ryan talk about this was a fantastic moment, you really do need ton play it to get it Geeks like us can be found here: Ryan can be found on twitter @DrRKelly  Enjoy
May 22, 2019
Digital Deciders.. is it Authoritarian- What about Culture?
This weeks episode features Tassos, a friend and colleague of Justin Sherman whose episode aired a few weeks ago. However this episode has a counter position on the Digital Authoritarian position and takes into account culture, parenting styles and is much more food for thought. Tassos takes us through Arab Spring and why certain countries operate in the manner that they do and why we can look at the same issue in more than one way. We look at History, Culture, and what is a free internet? How does Article 13 come into play also in accordance with free speech, copyright and intellectual property? Here is a link to the article that Tassos and I discuss and use as a basis for this chat.
May 9, 2019
"Expertise" on the internet. Are the e-safety resources helpful, empowering or aimed at shock/fear?
This weeks episode features a fabulous guest Rebecca Avery, it is a stunningly jam packed conversation encompassing many of the latest trends and e-safety buzzwords that turn many people off. No fear though as we don't actually name any of them,. What we do cover is; The Online Harms white paper (very briefly), Meme's (Article 13 and whether copyright will remove these), "that" viral trend of recent times. We reflect on the e-safety advice and how the Education sector can often get caught up in myths and scare stories, however this can often be driven by fear. We reflect on what often happens in Education and how e-safety can be driven by assembly based 'lessons' and one time interventions and how these may not work effectively as the Education sector relies on the 'expertise' of visitors who may frighten the children, parents and staff. We discuss how critical thinking needs to be applied to those professionals who claim to be 'experts' in their field and how resources in this area need to be evidence based and peer reviewed so that we can do better in our education of children and help them. We reflect on why shock tactics do not work and how we can empower young people, rather than present 'style over substance' (well said Rebecca!). This leans into the 'commercialism' of certain resources and how these can err on the side of 'shock', 'fear' and the 'Just say No' approach...or perhaps an ego boost? In short do you critically think about any resources you use or support? Are we barking up the wrong e-safety trees? Is the e-safety message overlapping and hiding the conversational content that could yield so much more learning for both child and adult? How do you assess anything you read or watch online? Have you ever taken a step back to do so? This episode will be great for Teachers, Professionals and Parents alike. Do share this episode and perhaps share with people who take things at face value online. Challenging our thinking is the way to open our minds to new information and this enables us to create more conversations. As always, thank you for listening, I appreciate all of you who do and thank you to those of you who get in touch to let me know how this helps you and your children. I am really honoured to have your feedback. Please do leave a review on iTunes and let's empower ourselves to do better and help our children!
April 27, 2019
Digital Authoritarianism- parent or nanny state? Regulated to the n’th degree?
When will the internet become regulated to a degree that you will no longer have free will? This weeks episode takes a look into authoritarianism and how this transitions into the digital world. Are you seeing all you can see? Will we become a state where free speech, free searches and access are no longer a thing? Will our choices be determined like a Truman show? This episode looks at choices made by China and Russia and how we could also be privy to a ‘patented’ state. Another deep conversation with Justin Sherman and one that will get you thinking....
April 8, 2019
Parents Guide to video games- an essential conversation about an essential book
This episode I'm joined by Dr Rachel Kowert and this is the last of the trio of gaming related specials. Fear not though as this conversation is a super duper chat about Rachels book which is an easy to read guide with evidence based facts delivered in an easy to read format, taking away the academic 'wordery' that can so often discourage parents from reading large 'clunky' books. Rachel writes a compact book which can be read in one sitting, which is kind of how we like books to be that are aimed at Parents who rarely have time for a hot coffee! We talk 'shop', addiction, violence, unintended learning, misogyny, gaming communities, friendships, communication, male to female ratios, vision, flow, loneliness and discuss new areas of research that need investigating. This was another awesome guest and one I would love to have back as we navigate further research and findings around digital media and parenting. Let me know your thoughts on the last few episodes and content and lets see what else there is missing from your knowledge banks. As always thanks for being a listener and supporting the podcast, please do share this with anyone you think might need to hear about these issues. please take 30 seconds to rate the podcast too to help people discover it. Take care and catch you soon! Rachel’s book is: A parents guide to video games, The essential guide to understanding how video games impact your child's physical, social, and psychological well-being
April 1, 2019
The Psychology of Zelda- your life played out in a game or vice versa?
This extra and special episode comes to you courtesy of the book edited by Dr Anthony Bean, which is called The Psychology of Zelda, Linking our world to the legend of Zelda series. We talk about the books chapters written by some fantastic contributors and bringing topics such as existentialism, projection, grief, feminism and more! This book is now my top ranking therapeutic book based on the contents and one that is essential reading for players of this game (past or present) and for parents and professionals. It really is a delightful read and one I hankered down on upon its arrival, which I have been eagerly anticipating since Tony and I spoke last episode. Tony has some great reflections on the book contents and this is one episode that sits snuggly between two gaming specials bringing you the second of a trio of #gamingforgood and not as 'bad' as is often made out by the media skew...listen in to find out. As always thanks for your support in the podcast downloads and shares that take place. Thank you to those people who feedback and let me know what they like and are enjoying. Please do continue to let me know and support the podcast as this really does hack into my writing time and I am doing my best to bring you as many episodes as I can, as quickly as I can. This is a special trio based on some recent feedback at a conference asking about this topic; and my passion to emphasise the huge amount of research and knowledge in this area that highlights the real benefits of games. (adults and child alike) Enjoy!
March 23, 2019
Getting Gamers- why, when, where, how and what, 10 years of expertise crammed into one episode!
Today I'm joined by Dr Jamie Madigan who is the host of a podcast called The Psychology of GAMES (not gaming as I called it in the chat #fail). He and his podcast will be such a great addition to your podcast library and knowledge bank - all of the questions you have about gaming have likely been answered on his podcast/site or in his book! See below for all links Jamie speaks about his website which has 10 years worth of work behind it so again any answers you are seeking are likely to be found on there, we have a quick tour of some gaming issues which include those biggies that have appeared on previous episodes such as Violence, Addiction and Jamie shares his views around these topics. Overwhelmed/starstruck (& with tech issues on the day) meant lots of questions I wanted to ask fell out of my head as I didn't have my notes with me- I'm still learning on the job, so this episode is the first of a few focusing on games/gaming and I'll hopefully get Jamie back this year to converse about the in depth issues as we hopefully move away from the media driven hype and myths around games.... I hope!!! Jamies website is: His book is Getting gamers and is here for UK peeps: You can also find him on Twitter: @JamieMadigan Let me know if there are any questions you would like answering going forward and SUBSCRIBE!! LIKE!! SHARE!! etc...
March 18, 2019
The real research findings behind the Iphone and emotional wellbeing/MH Debate
Today im joined by Amy Orben DPhil candidate at Oxford University and is a guest I have been waiting to interview for some time and Im so happy to bring this episode to you about her research! You have likely heard me discussing this research in many previous episodes and how I lean on the 'actual' data that is out there, with the focus on what the data really means and how the media and some researchers can skew this data to 'fit their hypothesis' to scaremonger and drive a narrative that demonises the young people of today and their technology use. Amy discusses and explains her research and .does this in a way that should be easy for you to understand why we can be so easily misled by the errors of misrepresentation and why critical thinking is a skill we all need (I think i must say that every episode somewhere) Enjoy the chat and head over to iTunes to rate this podcast, leave some thumbs up on the YouTube video and help provide free therapy for the children I will be seeing in my PhD research by visiting or head to my website and donate!
March 4, 2019
Talking to your child about Sex and Porn in a digital age
This week Im joined by Lael Stone. All the way from Sunny Australia. She is a Mum, education specialist around birth, sexuality and parenting and creates wellness in families through connection, communication and education. On this episode we talk about talking to your children about Sex and Pornography in a compassionate, open and empathic way, with lots of humour. We focus on age appropriate conversations, body image, childbirth, realistic versus pornograhic sexual activity and conversations that might not be suitable for around younger children unless youre ready to answer those questions! This episode really gets in touch with the topic and parenting without shaming language and hopefully will give you confidence to begin these conversations with your children, no matter the age. And yes its likely to be more embarrassing for you rather than them? Lael Stone has a facebook page with the same name find her over there to follow her work. Unfortunately the book referenced is unavailable in the U.K. but hopefully soon!
January 29, 2019
Are young people acting as mini-therapists online?
Today I'm joined by Aylssa Cowell who is working in Brunei in an International school and works with young people as a school counsellor. Aylssa was also previously a Youth worker here in the U.K and we met through the topic of teaching Sex -education for young people. We talk Young people and sexuality, young people and peer pressure and Instagram stories, identity and how young people are seemingly staying on their devices to 'be there' for each other and how this can mimic the job that Aylssa and I do, ie are young people 'Counsel' for their peers? We contemplate that in our roles we are expected to have supervision as vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burn out are a real threat to our profession, yet young people are managing the Mental Health of their peers, who can be almost anywhere in the world at any time. Young people really are doing their best for each other, however this is not a role they can be expected to keep fulfilling at this volume if they are to thrive in their own rights? More adults needed to help them manage this please, adolescents need to concentrate on being adolescents, so get talking to them and see how many peers they feel they need to look out for and you might just be amazed. They are tenacious, caring and supportive and perhaps thats why they are on their smartphones as much as they are? Head over to to learn more about topics like this. Parenting tips and how to speak with your child/young person about issues such as this and more will be added over the coming months. Sign up for as little as a £1 per month.
January 16, 2019
From the mouths of the users: Snapchat and Cyberspace from young people's perspectives
This video sits just before the New year so you have time to tune in and listen to the perspective of two young ladies; Molly and Bella who take you through some of their experiences and views about cyberspace and how they use Snapchat. If you want to know what happens for young people this is the podcast episode for you as they articulate their use and opinions on the platform. This is a great episode in terms of you learning from these young people and finding out how they feel and felt as they grew with this technology and what they think about advertising! Please do share this episode with any adults who have young people using this platform. Both Bella and Molly will be back to discuss other platforms and meanwhile if you know of any young person who would like to talk cyberspace get them to email me via my website. Lets have more young peoples voices out there regarding their world. Don't forget to rate, subscribe and head over to and see you in 2019 for more cyber related issues and chats. Happy New Year!!
December 28, 2018
Influential behaviour on primary school children - 'Challenges/Dares or Peer pressure?'
The first of two festive treats from season 2 and once again I'm back with Alan to discuss the latest trends that he's hearing about in the classrooms. This episode we dare to talk about a normal child behaviours but one that may well be a cautionary tale about knowing what your children are up to. We discuss trends, YouTube and dares or challenges and Alan discusses a great example of needing to know because safety and child protection issues can be influenced by the internet and how children engage with it and each other. Another episode packed to the brim with information and advice and one to definitely be shared with parents and Teachers. MERRY CHRISTMAS and for those who prefer HAPPY HOLIDAYS have a great time wherever you are. Alan can be found at The book I refer to (and give my opinion on) is by Gabor Mate and Gordon Neufeld and its called 'Hold on to your Kids' Dont forget to rate, subscribe and head over to as theres now an audio editor for the podcast version! 2019 might just bring a video editor...(get in touch if you can help)
December 17, 2018
Loot boxes... whats the problem? or is it problem gambling? Is it even gambling?
Season 2 kicks off with a bang and the topic this time is Loot Boxes. Is it gambling? Can we extapolate from adult research to children? Can we as researchers talk about legal issues where we find correlational behaviours that look like those legally defined terms? Moreover what is a loot box and how does it differ from a card pack? Are they the same and what about non monetary gains within games? Listen in for more than just this overview. As is the way with Cybersynapse this topic is only a part of the whole conversation and David and I will take on you on a tangent around other cyber realted issues too discussing a variety of topics including becoming an Australian researcher thanks to the media, computer science, big data and some handy hints from simple wikapedia. (Which I did not know about, so there you go you can learn new stuff everyday). As is discussed in the intro theres a number of edits and whilst watching back through the chat I spent an inordinate time laughing, it was such a fun interview to conduct. Expect David to be back at some point as I had a blast chatting with him. Dont forget to head over to and sign up to hear reflective peices only available to patreons. You can sign up for apprximetely a pound a month! David is on twitter @davidzendle and you can find out more about him from York St John University
December 3, 2018
Technological biohacking and gaming for good health.
Okay so I am beginning to bring a little more of my personal interests inot the podcast based on feedback about the biohacking episode with my friend Pete. This time I bring you Paula Eggers who is a great friend, Yoga teacher and also a fellow biohacker and today she tells her story of (in her words) going from the scrapheap to health and using the internet, technology and the Superbetter game- yes this is another episode with gaming in and this time its for the many facets of health and wellbeing. Paula is a well versed and educated biohacking compliment to this epsisode and as a friend. I really loved this episode as this felt just like we were chatting on the phone. Fasten your seat-belts as we name drop (a lot) to give you the biggest episode on how you can optimise your own health and progress in life, how you can now read/listen and watch all of these fantastic resources and biohack your own way to optimal performance. Come and join us on this cram packed episode where we talk m
September 10, 2018
Gaming for Mental Health, its not quite what you think.
This week I'm joined by Adam Lobel PhD, a games user researcher at Ubisoft. Adam describes what user experience is as games user researcher is possibly just as confusing for those not in the industry. Even I introduced him incorrectly as I was too keen to get started on the discussion. We discuss emotional regulation and how games can be good for children. Yes this is another episode where I have found another games for good approach. Huzzah! Listen to how we discuss the way in which Adam designed; wait for it... card games first before we discuss video games. You might be seeing a trend right now towards gaming for good and theres a good reason why. Adam explains about the research and herein lies another episode where we talk all things good about games. Here are the links to his work, YouTube channel and social media links. Twitter: YouTube: PhD Dissertation:
September 3, 2018
Gaming for good: distraction from distress
When gaming becomes a distraction of life in order to manage illness or distress this might be seen as a helpful way for games to be present in hospitals, hospices and homes. Todays guest is Jonny Miree whose son tragically died earlier this year from an inoperable brain tumour. Jonny explains how the ability to engage in playing games is the distraction his son Reece needed and how the family managed this with him. We discuss gaming for palliative care and how Jonny and his wife Carol have set up a charity to bring gaming consoles to children who are in hospitals, hospice or home where children are ill, disabled, undergoing treatment or incarcerated/immobile. The episode is heartwarming as well as heartbreaking to listen to and really highlights how gaming can be a force for good in a situation that is difficult for families. The RockinR charity can be found here:
August 27, 2018
Adoption and social media’s impact on the family and beyond
Adoptive children and the impact of social media contact: Today I’m joined by Trainer, Coach, Author, Adoptive parent and personal friend Helen Oakwater. We discuss Helens book from 2012 called Bubble Wrapped Children; which is as relevant now if not more so in 2018 than ever before with many more ways for families to connect unexpectedly. This episode is jam packed and will be a great addition to parents, teachers and professionals as the team around the child is paramount in these circumstances! Helens book can be found here: Helen can be found here:
August 20, 2018
Computer games and therapy, what MH workers need to know
This week I'm joined by a clinician and author Dr Anthony Bean. This episode is such a good one in terms of deconstructing games and their use, their benefits and the big WHY people use computer games. We look at Anthony's book "Working with video gamers and games in therapy; a clinicians guide" and look at some of the chapters that I am endlessly telling people about.  This episode is awesome in terms of why the (still ongoing) debate around the W.H.O. classification of gaming disorder is/has been produced by researchers with little or no understanding of WHAT GAMERS DO AND WHY. For those of you who are regular listeners and viewers you'll see this as a great explanation of the difference between the kind of work Anthony and I engage in and the research that is currently pathologising children, young people and adults too regarding this (ahem) "disorder" (I think you know my views on this loud and clear if you've listened to the other episodes, if not go back and listen there is a pl
August 16, 2018
Gaming for Parents, demystifying the science and journalism
Today I'm joined by freelance journalist, gamer and Dad Andy Roberston. He's helping parents understand why their children play games and what is really going on and how parents can become involved with their children and have conversations.
August 6, 2018
Digital Nutrition- Healthy habits for children and parents too!
Todays episode is one where Jocelyn Brewer is my guest and we discuss what healthy habits really mean when it comes to digital devices and children, however there is a slight twist as this episode covers some handy information for parents too. Really want to know whats in your food; you look at the label so what if we could do this with apps and devices? How can we help parents in the 24/7 demands of todays world? Listen here and find out!
July 30, 2018
Online Presentations - Real Self or imagined?
Today I'm joined by Dr Chris Fullwood who is a cyber psychology academic an the University of Wolverhampton. In this packed episode we begin to explore online presentations and the why's and how's of this phenomena and behaviours online. We look at the forms of self, the proteus effect and avatar embodiment. want to know more then you'll have to listen to entire episode and wait for the second as we only just scraped the surface today. Chris can be found at in the department of CRUW where there is now an MSc in Cyberpsycholgy, as I have said before we need more research in the Cyber world so maybe sign up here for this postgrad!
July 23, 2018
Digitally Distracted Parents. Why attachments and play matter
Today Im joined by Joanna Fortune who is an attachment specialist and Psychotherapist. Joanna and I discuss one of our favourite subjects attachment and early development. We delve into the intricacies of how we connect with our children through conversation and play and how this can often be disrupted by our own distractions of technology and not the way that is currently portrayed in the media of 'blaming' young people for being addicted.
July 16, 2018
Restricted development and/or play, Children's brains, beliefs and a why
Todays episode is brought to you by the inspiration of recently meeting Jim Kwik. #fangirling a little today in terms of being inspired by a person and story that mirrors my why of wanting to change the world for children to become superheroes in their own healing and growth.
July 9, 2018
An adult speaks about Doki-Doki shock and using this as a good normalising intervention
After what would have been a very short episode I was contacted by Jan at the weekend about Doki-Doki. We had a conversation about this over messenger and decided to use this for todays episode to talk about sex and death, Mind wealth and how children and young people need us to be responsible in our conversations with them and to talk about 'stuff' before social media does.
July 2, 2018
Revenge Porn- what is it if it’s not a sexual offence?
Today I’m joined by Laura Higgins, Operations manager of the revenge porn helpline.   Laura discusses what revenge porn is and isn’t and why this is such a difficult topic to operationalise. (Sorry a slight academic term there which means to be able to state and test robustly a proposition, it’s one of my favourite words so I’m not really that sorry).   We discuss the varying forms this issue takes and why this is not gender specific, we look at the impact on a victim and what can be done about images/videos shared without consent.   Here is the article Laura refers to   the helpline: 
June 18, 2018
Cyber Warfare, mythology to poetry- a metta perspective?
Tassos and I discuss Greek mythiogly, poetry and philosophy about data warfare
June 11, 2018
The shadow side of human nature - Dark, Hidden or Deep; where the web is spun?
The topic that can create horror, distain or curiosity. Either way we’re going onto the world of full time buisness people who often work in the realms or depths of a world wide market that many of us do not visit.    Our conversation is fluid, candid and matter of fact as Gary and I are colleagues and friends outside of the podcast world so our conversation borders on chit chat around a difficult topic and in light of this listeners/viewers may find our approach less than journalistic,  and it’s meant to be unjournalistic (by the way I’m making that word a thing) , this is a reflection of the world that exists that many people are shocked by, don’t understand and have no experience of so we tell it as it is through our work in this realm. (Those of you listening on iTunes may well enjoy the video as there’s plenty of non verbal reflections on there that get missed by audio..just say
May 28, 2018
GDP Arghhhhh #Don'tbeaGit
Today I'm joined by a self confessed Nerd and Anorak in all things data protection. Yes its that four letter word that you've been seeing in your mailbox for some time. This is another full on say it as it is episode and talks real data and why you need to know this. We discuss the unwanted/unsolicited emails, we talk consent and evidence of consent, overkill in terms of the numbers of emails and marketing ploys, not ticking boxes and looking at the bigger picture
May 21, 2018
When Heart Rate Variability becomes synthesisied as a cyber/tech intervention
Matt and I discuss the polyvagal theory in easy to digest bites and go into the world of burnout, self care, resilience and most importantly breathing and why you need to notice and track this for effective changes. We talk apps, books and practical applications. Biohacking can be as simple as using this most basic life function.
May 6, 2018
Why email security is so much more than GDPR compliance
Today I’m joined by Mike Roberts of Frama RMail. A product that is so much more than an encryption tool. This product is one I personally use and todays discussion reveals why. After many recent contacts and questions about GDPR compliance I thought it was a timely episode. This is based on the back of a number of unsecured and sensitive emails I receive regarding some of my clients and their issues from Organisations and Schools no less.
April 30, 2018
Security, Consent and Online Manipulation
Today I'm joined by Justin Sherman once again. As the podcast was recorded a week before the recent ICO discussion on some of the issues in cyberspace we may be feeling slightly ahead of the game this week and for further information go back to our last episode too! This time we are discussing consent in terms and conditions, privacy and security issues and how would anyone know whether really understand what we are signing up for and much more
April 23, 2018
Onlinesafety for Foster carers, why the unknown past can be in the here and now
Today I'm joined by Lynn Findlay. We go into why foster carers can be presented with some much more complicated issues around online safeguarding compared to families where children are either natural or families who have adoptees. We discuss parenting styles in terms of digital devices and our approach to them and we have quite a bit of discussion about the impact of some of the behaviours of the families with children who are fostered.
April 16, 2018
How sudden fame in Music changes your social media profiles and mental health
Suzzana Dee joins me today to talk about social media and the music industry. We talk about her return to the industry after ten years so Suzanna really has a before and after understanding. We discuss how the sudden rise to fame for young people can bring about challenges from social media and how this can impact on a persons social media profiles, families and mental health.
April 9, 2018
PHSE to Psychosexual therapy why Sex -Ed needs updating
We discuss the influence of poor sex education and how young people have been learning about sexual relationships through Pornography and the internet. We dispel myths about psychosexual therapy and what it looks like. Why people wait until they are in a desperate place to access this therapy. Why current methods of training for child therapists misses out this huge factor and topic and why children may go onto develop fetishes/obscure behaviours and sexual issues.
March 19, 2018
Violent Video games- what's the problem? Maybe not as much as you think?
This week I'm joined by Pat Markey who is one of two authors of the book Moral Combat: Why the war on violent video games is wrong. This episode tries to squeeze the synopsis of the book into 30 minutes and I don't think we do a bad job. With recent media coverage and Presidential 'blaming' of the recent school shooting in the U.S. on VVG Pat quickly runs through the evidence to highlight this is not necessarily the case nor cause.
March 18, 2018
"Cyber, Warfare, and the Future of Ethics"
This weeks episode takes a look into the ethics of machine learning (not AI) and why this is an area for consideration. We discuss how facial recognition software has some great benefits and where it has issues and potential problems and ethics in warfare. This episode is packed full of really interesting stuff and one of my favourite topics
March 12, 2018
Cyber trauma update
A quick update on what's happening! The snow interrupted play over the last episode so I thought I would check in with you and keep you updated. please feel free to feedback about topics you would like me to cover! Here is the link to the Facebook live video where I covered pornography use in CYP Also there is a lecture on this topic available via my website.
March 5, 2018
Biohacking- using a computing term to achieve optimal performance- Light and devices
Today I'm joined by Pita Marroni, He is a friend and student of biohacking and functional medicine. I am very very excited for this and future episodes as I have been aiming to do this very podcast from the outset & bring technology and performance into the realm of cybersynapse and cybertrauma
February 19, 2018
The Violence of Pornography- What children can see
Todays episode may be a difficult topic for some listeners however it is absolutely necessary that this topic is borough to the attention of parents everywhere. Today I'm joined by Suzzan Black who is a Researcher, blogger, artist and a survivor of sexual abuse, trafficking, exploitation and depression. She is a campaigner and educator around the topic of Violence in pornography
February 12, 2018
Gaming disorder?... opinions from a gamers perspective
Today im joined by Bo Pederson. He is an IT manager and has gamed for over 30 years. In this episode he gives his strong opinion about gaming disorder and why he disagrees with the W.H.O. perspective on this issue. Bo brings his perspective to society and parenting alongside this topic so buckle up this one is a lively episode.
February 5, 2018
Parenting & Psychotherapy in an Age of Social Media
Todays episode again crosses the water to the U.S. and im joined by a Psychologist Erick Medina. We take our discussion from parenting to Psychotherapy and how the world of social media has introduced new issues in couples counselling and the phenomenology of their experiences. Erick A. Medina, Psy.D. teaches Psychology at Newbury College in Brookline, MA, USA, and has a private practice of psychotherapy and neuropsychological testing in Wellesley, MA, USA. He can be found on Twitter at @exphen.
January 29, 2018
Lets talk to children about Pornography
Todays talk follows on from last weeks episode about the effects of Porn on the brain. Todays conversation is no less than candid and one that addresses the taboo subject of sexual education around consent and pornography  where young children find themselves viewing this material via apps like YouTube. A subject close to my theory of cybertrauma and a fantastic conversation between us both who are passionate about this topic.
January 22, 2018
NSFW? Your Brain on Porn
Todays episode features Gary Wilson who is the author of the book and website "Your Brain on Porn". This may not be a suitable podcast to listen to with little ones around but lets get the conversation started with adolescents and you'll see why in the conversation This episode contains a serious amount of talk about pornography and the issues associated with it for both men and women, though much of our talk this week centres on the recovery stories of men. Gary's site is
January 15, 2018
Theres nothing wrong with the internet- its society and you're the product
Gary and I discuss many issues in this podcast ranging from the recent blog I produced after the suicide forest video appeared on Youtube, the Children's commissioners report, digital literacy (whatever that means). We discuss how you are the product of the internet and apps, how its monetised, how Cath despises the new gaming disorder diagnosis and why, we cover varying levels of consent, choice, connection, consciousness and veer off - listen for more information!
January 8, 2018
YouTube: Spiderman, Elsa and other non child friendly videos, should I be worried?
This week brings back Alan Mackenzie for a frank discussion about the YouTube videos that are unsuitable for children. This video has been on hold as the media storm has created a pandemic of both accurate and inaccurate news. We dissect this in this podcast We discuss parenting, e-safety and the impact of these videos on children and their wellbeing (emotional, psychological and mental health) and much more
December 18, 2017
Small Businesses: Should I really care about cyber security?
This episode covers what small business owners ought to know about protecting their online data and websites.  From WAF's and firewalls to being hacked this is a really helpful podcast, also getting onto subjects such as the dark web and the C64
December 11, 2017
Online Professionalism
Rory from Counselling Tutor joins me to discuss online professionalism from those of us who work with the public. Roles such as counselling/teaching and social work. This conversation gets to the heart of recent behaviours that have been challenging for me to witness (and contravenes the ethical frameworks we are bound by as psychotherapists) and how data regarding professionals profiles affects their professional reputation. This episode will ruffle some feathers and give you food for thought
December 4, 2017
Oyoty- the personal online safety assistant for children
Oyoty is an online personal safety assistant that helps children learn to navigate social media. This episode discusses how this works and how the AI behind this app helps children. Deepak's idea is one I was personally excited about the I first saw it and I spent much of my time at a conference talking to him about this app. In terms of how we create autonomy, choice and values in children is by using an approach such as this.
November 27, 2017
GDPR and all that jazz!
GDPR what is it? What do I need to know? How does this affect me and my storage of data? When does it come into effect? This episode is slightly longer than usual as theres a whole heap of content to share with you and how this affects you, particularly aimed at professionals and with a slant towards counsellors and psychotherapists as Cath has been commenting on posts on social media for some time so decided to bring this information to you in a handy format. You really need this information
November 20, 2017
Dont Stream and Drive
Don't stream and drive campaigner Neil Dewson-Smyth joins Cath for a discussion about the perils of using your phone whilst driving. Distractions cost lives and it only takes a moment. Neils discusses his work and passion around this topic and highlights why this is so important.
November 13, 2017
Cyber Synapse Podcast Episode 3
This episode discusses how you manage some of your data on social media. A discussion about insurance policies and how social media posts can render these null and void? Want to know more- listen to this episode!
November 4, 2017
Cyber Synapse Episode 2
This weeks guest is Alan Mackenzie; an e-safety specialist. He talks about how he uses his skills to help teach children about e-safety without scaremongering. Using the lessons Alan helps teachers identify possible safeguarding issues. This is a must hear podcast for teachers and parents. Alan can be found here : Web: Twitter: Facebook:
October 27, 2017
Cyber Synapse Podcast Introduction
An introduction into the remit of the podcast.
October 27, 2017