Episodes
Cass talks with fellow psychologist, Ariane Beeston about Ariane's experience of severe postpartum depression and psychosis. They discuss the feelings of failure that can prevent new mothers from asking for help, the lack of support available for mums beyond their babys' infancy, and the added shame of being a mental health professional experiencing mental illness. Ariane speaks candidly about how she was able to fool people into believing she was fine even when she wasn't, what it was like...
Published 07/04/24
Published 07/04/24
In this solo episode, Cass discusses the importance of goal-setting, but understanding why you want the things you want when you're aspiring to achieve or create something in your life. She talks about the trap of attaching your happiness to a goal or outcome, and offers some tips for how you can overcome that. Cass also discusses the concept of "memetic desire", which is when social trends influence your goals, causing you to aspire to things that aren't aligned with your authentic desires...
Published 06/27/24
Cass chats with Monique Mitchelson, a clinical psychologist and host of The Neurodivergent Woman podcast, about neurodiversity in women, specifically autism and ADHD. Monique shares that neurodivergence is often under-diagnosed, especially in girls and that many women are doing life in 'hard mode' when they don't have an accurate diagnosis. Monique shares some of the masking and compensatory strategies that neurodivergent individuals often use to navigate a neurotypical world. The...
Published 06/18/24
In this solo ep, Cass shares her decision to take an extended break from alcohol after quitting drinking for (almost) two years in 2020 and then taking it up again in 2022. She highlights all the best things she experienced during two years of being alcohol-free, as a way to remind herself of the benefits to be gained from staying sober, and as motivation to anyone else who might be toying with the idea of giving up their evening glass of wine, but is worried about how they'd cope without...
Published 06/12/24
Johann Hari began taking Ozempic in 2023, and subsequently spent 12 months traveling the world talking to experts about every aspect of the obesity crisis and the new weight loss medications which offer a solution to the millions of people who struggle to lose weight on their own. In his book, "Magic Pill", he details the extraordinary benefits of these new medications, as well as outlining 12 disturbing risks which we, as individuals and as a society need to be aware of because, like it or...
Published 06/03/24
In this solo episode, Cass discusses the fear of making the wrong decision and the desire for certainty. Cass emphasises the importance of taking action as a way of gaining clarity, as well as the importance of getting comfortable with uncertainty. She also explores the role of the body in decision-making and suggests practicing feeling into what feels right or wrong. Cass encourages listeners to trust themselves and know that they will be okay regardless of the decision they...
Published 05/27/24
This week Cass chats with Samantha Skelly, founder and CEO of Pause Breathwork about the power of the breath to reduce stress and anxiety, heal your body, create clarity in your mind and connect with your intuition. Samantha shares her own story of going from skeptic to devoted student of breathwork, to eventually realising her mission to bring breathwork to a wider community. She's achieving this via the Pause Breathwork App (available for iOS and Android) and the creation of her 6-month...
Published 05/01/24
This week Cass talks with Dr Ann Kelley, licensed psychologist and co-host of the Therapist Uncensored podcast, about the importance of updating our understanding of attachment styles and the limitations of categorising ourselves and others. Ann proposes a more helpful approach of thinking about attachment as a spectrum. She introduces the idea of secure relating (as opposed to secure attachment), which involves understanding our own nervous system and how it impacts our interactions with...
Published 04/15/24
Cass responds to a listener who is experiencing body dissatisfaction during pregnancy. She highlights that while this is relatively common, it can be a concern if it contributes to poor maternal mental or physical health. She shares strategies for managing uncomfortable thoughts and feelings about your changing body and the importance of women feeling free to share their experience of any aspect of pregnancy or parenthood without guilt. Importantly, Cass highlights some of the signs of...
Published 04/08/24
Cass chats with Victoria Vanstone, host of the Sober Awkward Podcast and creator of the Drunk Mummy Sober Mummy blog and website, about her decision to leave behind her partying days in order to be a happier, less anxious, more present parent by giving up alcohol. Vic admits she didn't like sober people and that she feared no-one would want to be around her anymore if she stopped being the life of every party. Vic has recently published her first book, "A Thousand Wasted Sundays" and shares...
Published 04/01/24
Cass answers a listener question about what to do when you feel disappointed by people in your life. She shares ideas about how to manage your expectations, how to take responsibility for your own part in the situation, and how to heal from painful feelings of disappointment. Our social connections are the single most important factor contributing to happiness and wellbeing so it's critical we have strategies for communicating our expectations and what to do when they aren't met. Connect...
Published 03/20/24
Cass talks with Lizzie Williamson, the founder of Two Minute Moves, about the astonishing benefits of building micro-movement breaks into your day. Whether you're at home or in the office, taking tiny opportunities to move your body will reduce your risk of a range of diseases while improving your productivity, creativity, energy and mood. Connect with Lizzie: www.lizziewilliamson.com Connect with Cass: www.cassdunn.com Find me on...
Published 03/07/24
Cass explains why 'mindset' approaches to overcoming self-doubt and imposter syndrome are limited and won't achieve a lasting transformation and what you need to do instead.  She shares how imposter syndrome is an activation of your body's threat response triggered by a fear of judgement and rejection. She also explains that self-criticism can perpetuate imposter syndrome by keeping you stuck in a threat response, and the importance of self-acceptance and forgiveness, allowing you to return...
Published 02/29/24
Cass chats with Jodie Rogers, a counsellor, sexologist and the relationship coach featured in the hit series, "Love on the Spectrum". Jodi shares her journey of working with people with disabilities and the importance of access to sexuality education and relationship counselling. She discusses the challenges faced by autistic individuals in developing relationships particularly around trust and vulnerability. Jodie emphasises the shift in our understanding of neurodiversity, the evolution of...
Published 02/21/24
Cass breaks down some of the key aspects of Buddhist philosophy and practice as they relate to living a happier and more peaceful life.  She shares a little about how modern approaches to therapy have incorporated some of these key ideas to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing.You don't have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the relevance of some of these ideas and apply them to your own life. Connect with...
Published 02/15/24
Dr Sue Johnson is a psychologist, author, a pioneer in the psychology of relationships and the creator of Emotionally Focused therapy, which focuses on creating secure emotional bonds between partners. EFT is widely acknowledged as the gold standard in evidence-based couples therapy. Dr Sue emphasises the importance of vulnerability and emotional safety in relationships, and shares how EFT can help couples navigate their patterns of distress and create positive cycles of interaction. Sue...
Published 02/08/24
If you're trying to break a habit, start a new one or achieve a goal, there are some very predictable stages everyone goes through during the process. In this episode, Cass shares the stages of change to help you identify where you're at, understand what to expect at each stage, and what to do if you have a setback or slip-up so you can get back on track quickly. Connect with Cass: www.cassdunn.com www.instagram.com/cassdunn_xo www.instagram.com/crappytohappypod     See...
Published 02/01/24
In this episode, Cass chats with financial educator and host of the Australian Finance Podcast, Kate Campbell, about how to invest your time and money to build your very best life. Whether you have a lot of money or not much at all, Kate and Cass discuss what the research says about how you can invest your most precious resources to gain maximum meaning and fulfilment in life. Happiness can't be bottled, but taking control of your finances and thinking more deeply about how you allocate...
Published 01/24/24
In this episode, Cass explores the topic of mindfulness meditation and when it might not have positive benefits. She delves into the adverse effects of mindfulness and the importance of trauma-informed meditation training. She highlights the need for research on adverse experiences and clarifying the definition of adverse experiences when it comes to mindfulness. Cass explores the difference between intensive meditation retreats and brief mindfulness interventions, emphasising the need for...
Published 01/18/24
Cass talks to psychologist and author, Dr Amantha Imber about the surprisingly small changes that have the greatest potential to significantly improve your health. Amantha also shares her research into how you can personalise your approach to behaviour change to give you the best chance of making those habits stick. Covering everything from sleep to exercise and nutrition, this is a must-listen for anyone who wants to know the minimum required dose that will yield maximum...
Published 01/04/24
In this episode, Cass discusses the drawbacks of traditional New Year's resolutions and offers alternative approaches to setting goals for the new year. Takeaways: Traditional New Year's resolutions often lead to feelings of failure and self-criticism. Instead of resolutions, focus on setting meaningful goals that align with your values. Consider setting intentions for how you want to show up in the new year. Choose a word for the year that represents your desired qualities or...
Published 12/29/23
Dr. Scott Lyons discusses the concept of drama addiction and how it can negatively impact relationships, causing fights, jealousy, and destructive patterns. People addicted to drama often seek chaos and attention, creating a cycle of drama in their lives. Scott and Cass discuss strategies for dealing with drama addiction, whether you see it in someone else or recognise this pattern in yourself. Buy the book Check out The Embody Lab Connect with...
Published 12/20/23
In this solo episode, Cass reflects on the importance of self-reflection. She shares two exercises for self-reflection and visualisation, guaranteed to inspire you to be your best self and live your best life, as we begin to wind up one year and prepare for the next.  Grab a cup of tea and maybe a journal for this one. Connect with Cass www.cassdunn.com www.instagram.com/cassdunn_xo www.instagram.com/crappytohappypod See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 12/14/23
Larry Kasanoff, legendary Hollywood producer and author of 'A Touch of the Madness,' shares his experiences and insights on creativity and innovation. He discusses the inspiration behind his book and the importance of embracing the madness to unleash your creative potential.  Larry encourages you to embrace your craziest ideas and not be afraid to pursue them. Key Takeaways: Never let go of an idea that you believe in. Persistence and determination are key to success. Trust your...
Published 12/05/23