The Impact Of Online Harms via Technology

Catherine Knibbs is Clinical and Academic Researcher, Author,
Consultant and Trainer helping you understand human behaviours in a
digital world. Child & Adult alike.


Offering: On/Offline Therapy, Consultations, Training and Public


Expert in making the complex easy to understand, through stories,
humour, passion and enthusiasm!

Cybertrauma definition:

“The impact of Online Harms that is; a trauma resulting from self- or, other-
directed interaction with, mediated through or from any electronic
internet/cyberspace ready device or machine learning algorithm, that results in impact now or the future. This event/interaction can be multi modal, multi-
platform and multi-interval, delayed, retrospective or immediate, Singular
or plural, and may include images, sound and text and may or may not be
vitriolic in nature. Events may include covert and overt typology and may be
virtual and corporeal and/or at the same time.”  (Knibbs, 2016-2020)

Over the years I have been called; geek, nerd, swot, n00b, techy, IT weirdo, ‘the IT guy’, cybersecurity woman, cyberlady, and more recently the online harms guru due to my work over the last decade in and around cyber trauma.

Cyber trauma is a passion and seemingly my dharma (role in life) in order to advocate and protect children, young people and adults from the impact of trauma created through, increased by and from the online/digital world.

I have spent many years writing, blogging, training and consulting on cyber trauma and to date I am the only therapist looking at this impact from a cyberpsychology perspective and putting this into clinical practice, further research and now in the process of getting my book out to help parents and professionals understand why we do what we do online and how we can assist and support when things don’t go so great. Which for many of us is likely to happen at some point. Not all incidences will be catastrophic though, however some may well be.

I have worked in and around technology since leaving school (that was some time ago) and this has spanned both sides of building, repairing and software through to gaming and the provision of therapeutic interventions using technology. Something which I am passionate about and currently teaching therapists around the UK to do lawfully and safely.

I write for e-safety companies, am conducting a PhD in cyber trauma, research in clinical practice, educate and often appear in interviews, conferences and now that we are in 2020 online spaces such as webinars. 

My goal is to de-pathologize the current narratives around tech use, young people and educate around cyber trauma. I hope to bring a trauma embodied approach to the world of cybersecurity, e-safety and parenting because we are all doing our best in a world that’s both exponential and speeding up and sometimes we need a guiding hand that supports rather than pushes us forward. 

I can be booked to consult, advise and support anyone from an individual through to large organisations, NGO’s and more. My approach is unique and based in evidence-based research and practice rather than ‘expertise’ of the read and regurgitate variety. I’ve also traversed the world of tech as it has changed and I am both excited and concerned about us as humans, though I am optimistic about our species and our future. Tech is a facilitator of human behaviour and understanding the human is the role I take in order to help you do the same.

I can highly recommend Cath Knibbs as a practitioner and as a trainer. She is a fount of knowledge, always several steps ahead of the curve, both in terms of tech and Cybertrauma and also in functional medicine and holistic approaches to health. She is someone who gets to the heart of matters, carefully evaluates and uses the most current findings and is someone I would turn to for advice without reservation.

Graham Music (PhD), Author, Trainer and  Consultant Psychotherapist, Tavistock Centre, London

I have known Cath for a number of years having first met her when she was leading a training session on cyber trauma. I was really impressed with the range, breadth and depth of knowledge that Cath had for the subject, as well as her ability to discuss complex issues in a way that anyone can understand with plenty of real examples to give impact. Cyber trauma and online harms is a continually developing area and the work I do in child protection relies on clear, up-to-date information from academics working in the field. Cath is always the first person I turn to for advice and guidance. Highly recommended for all your training and information needs.

Alan Mackenzie: E-Safety Adviser and Founding `Member of Association of Adult and Child Online Safety Specialists

I have known Cath for a number of years having first met her when she was leading a training session on cyber trauma. She subsequently helped me build coherent child-facing communications on our trial product Oyoty.  I have been impressed with the hands-on guidance Cath provided for our project as well as her knowledge, passion and pursuit for impact in the domain of online wellbeing of children. Cyber trauma and online harms is a continually developing area and the work I do (in child protection)builds upon up-to-date research and guidance from academics as well as other actors closely working in the field. I highly recommended  Cath for all your training and information needs.

Deepak Tewari: CEO of Privately Founder of Oyoty

“It’s not often you meet someone who has such a depth of knowledge on all matters related to Cyber, Online behaviours and the Psychology of people in this space as Catherine has. 

Catherine’s approach is professional, approachable, and applicable to anyone looking to improve their business and understand cyber-related behaviours in their staff. Her knowledge is second-to-none, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs to improve any aspect of their business in this area.  People like Catherine don’t come along very often. Don’t pass up the opportunity to speak to her.”

Gary Hibberd, The Professor of Communicating Cyber @ The Cyberfort Group

I have attended Cath’s training twice and find her delivery style unique and engaging. She’s a wealth of theory and practical knowledge around social media, gaming, trauma, and the impact and shares this during her training and you always come away feeling informed and enthused.

Denise Wheatman: Health Improvement Specialist- Resilience Strategy and Specialist Support Team Public Health- WMDC

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