Cognitive Therapy

... why doesn't it work?

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Can CBT work?

NO... and this page will explain why.

PLEASE BARE IN MIND - This is based on research across over 200,000 cases.

Below are the commonly used CBT techniques explained with our scientific view of these techniques in bold.

The data contained here is the result of 20 years of research, testing and treating over 200,000 people.

Most of our clients have used these techniques.

NONE have benefitted from them curatively.
NOTE: You don't have to listen to my advice. I am just an ex sufferer that recovered and has since helped over 200,000 people to find TRUE recovery. I know that my science is correct and I know from reports from tens of thousands of clients that these comments below are accurate and representative of the majority. I am here to protect you and other sufferers not to 'bad mouth' other practices. There are people who attack me for exposing the CBT lie, even to the point of intimidation, threats and masses of online attacks but we will continue long past the end of my life so all I am focused on is getting you back to 100%.
If you decide to have CBT because your doctor says so, because it's 'all that's on offer', because you get it 'free of charge', that's your choice but it can't work, so why bother? It can actually halt recovery and make you feel far worse.

You see, CBT practice is built on a lie... that cognition (thought) can influence your deep neurological responses.

I'll prove to you why CBT is flawed.

Do this for me... stop producing progesterone or testosterone... OK... done that?
Try something else... stop digesting the food in your digestive tract.... OK... done that?
One more... burn more calories... great... how did you do?

You're thinking "what the hell are you talking about Charles?"

OK, now try this... stop producing adrenalin, remove the neural pathways that activate your anxiety disorders and finally, rewire the specific neurology that causes your anxiety disorder... done. Great. You're cured.

Are you beginning to see why changing your thoughts in order to deactivate bodily systems and processes, neurological programming and human evolution is IMPOSSIBLE.

If a doctor or psychologist tells you that doing what is listed below can, in any way, remove your anxiety disorder, they are talking absolute rubbish. ALL these devices can do is keep you where you are or make you worse.

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Furthermore... these 'well-doers' often bring in their own 'mini-Freud' psycho-babble to try out on clients. They, pretty much, all believe they have some superior psychological knowledge and ability... we have had thousands of clients (including myself) tell us of how the 'analysis' and 'digging' drove them to near suicide. Blaming people, searching for trauma, bringing up the past... honestly, there were times when my mood was on the floor and I felt desperate BECAUSE OF my psychologist and their endless nonsense.

Don't forget, there are two types of CBT practitioner - those who don't know the scientific truth but do it anyway - That's ignorance... and those that DO know the scientific truth and do it anyway for money... that's greed.

CBT isn't even a professional psychological practice! Don't believe me? ... take a look online and you'll see that you can do a 2 day course for under £200 and walk away with a certificate. Groupon did (and maybe still do) offer a CBT cause for £19. Very professional. It's lunacy.

TALKING is the last thing a sufferer needs despite feeling like they need to be nurtured and comforted (that's just the anxiety speaking), they actually need to just 'turn off the anxiety tap'.

Below are the main techniques used in CBT and other talking therapies and my explanation of why they don't and can't work.

1. Journaling

This technique is a way of “gathering data” about our moods and our thoughts. This journal can include the time of the mood or thought, the source of it, the extent or intensity, and how we responded to it, among other factors. This technique can help us to identify our thought patterns and emotional tendencies, describe them, and find out how to change, adapt, or cope with them.

Journaling focuses the mind on the anxiety and not on recovery - It is impossible to create non-anxious neural pathways when journaling constantly focuses the patient on their symptoms and thoughts. Journaling is a way of reinforcing anxiety not removing it. Even if distorted thoughts are identified, thoughts do not control emotional response. Journaling is counter-productive and nonsensical device.

2. Unraveling Cognitive Distortions

This is a main goal of CBT, and can be practiced with or without the help of a therapist. In order to unravel the cognitive distortions you hold, you must first become aware of which distortions you are most vulnerable to. Part of this involves identifying and challenging our harmful automatic thoughts, which frequently fall into one of the categories listed earlier.

Cognitive distortions are 'faulty thoughts'. A sufferer's thoughts aren't faulty. Anxiety is a systemic condition of the core emotion. Regardless of what a sufferer 'thinks', they will feel anxious. Thinking, similarly, will not remove access fat or change hormone levels. Identifying and focusing on faulty thoughts increases anxiety and prevents recovery. The anxiety causes the faulty thoughts, not the other way around.

3. Cognitive Restructuring

Once you identify the distortions or inaccurate views on the world you hold, you can begin to learn about how this distortion took root and why you came to believe it. When you discover a belief that is destructive or harmful, you can begin to challenge it. For example, if you believe that you must have a high paying job to be a respectable person, but you lose your high paying job, you will begin to feel bad about yourself. Instead of accepting this faulty belief that leads you to think unreasonably negative thoughts about yourself, you could take this opportunity to think about what makes a person “respectable,” a belief you may not have explicitly considered before.

This entire section is flawed. People aren't 'anxious' because they believe cognitive distortions, they are anxious because their fear responses are 'misfiring'. This has NOTHING to do with confidence or self-belief, cognitive distortions or any other superficial belief. It is entirely to do with a deep neurological response within the autonomic part of the brain. Changing your 'beliefs' will not change systemic responses. This is absolute neurological nonsense.

4. Exposure and Response Prevention

This technique is specifically effective for those who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). You can practice this technique by exposing yourself to whatever it is that normally elicits a compulsive behavior, but doing your best to refrain from the behavior and writing about it. You can combine journaling with this technique, or use journaling to understand how this technique makes you feel.

We have already stated why journaling fails. Exposure is possibly the most damaging of all these techniques. You cannot reset emotional responses and correct anxiety disorders through exposure; the brain does not work in this way. Any 'reassurance' gained during exposure is quickly reverted back to inappropriate fear responses. Exposure MAY be effective in the treatment of specific phobias, however, these phobias ONLY exist in the absence of an anxiety disorder (spiders, heights etc.) The practice of this technique confirms to the brain that - Catalyst = Anxiety - It CANNOT cure OCD or any other symptom of anxiety.

5. Interoceptive Exposure

This technique is intended to treat panic and anxiety. It involves exposure to feared bodily sensations in order to elicit the response, activate any unhelpful beliefs associated with the sensations, maintain the sensations without distraction or avoidance, and allow new learning about the sensations to take place. It is intended to help the sufferer see that symptoms of panic are not dangerous, although they may be uncomfortable.

This is both cruel and ridiculous in equal measures. This cannot cure anxiety and panic. We have heard of CBT practitioners terrifying clients or making them run on a treadmill, putting their hands in buckets of horse muck and other highly inappropriate catalysts in order to cause a panic attack. This is an idiotic, ignorant and dangerous technique that can only result in heightened anxiety. This technique reinforces the anxious neurology and prevents recovery.

6. Nightmare Exposure and Rescripting

Nightmare exposure and rescripting is intended specifically for those suffering from nightmares. This technique is similar to interoceptive exposure, in that the nightmare is elicited, which brings up the relevant emotion. Once the emotion has arisen, the client and therapist work together to identify the desired emotion and develop a new image to accompany the desired emotion.

This technique is neurological nonsense. It is IMPOSSIBLE to manipulate subconscious neurology in order to change a person's response to a nightmare or dream whilst unconscious. The brain doesn't work this way.

7. Play the Script Until the End

This technique is especially useful for those suffering from fear and anxiety. In this technique, the individual who is vulnerable to crippling fear or anxiety conducts a sort of thought experiment, where they imagine the outcome of the worst case scenario. Letting this scenario play out can help the individual to recognize that even if everything they fear comes to pass, it will likely turn out okay.

This is ludicrous. Anxiety cannot be cured by practising anxious scenarios or attempting to deactivate anxiety by reasoning with it. That's akin to reasoning with your digestion, respiration or endocrine system. Absolute neurological nonsense. This can ONLY lead to heightened anxiety and perpetuation of the disorders.

8. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)

This is a familiar technique to those who practice mindfulness. Similar to the body scan, this technique instructs you to relax one muscle group at a time until your whole body is in a state of relaxation. You can use audio guidance, a YouTube video, or simply your own mind to practice this technique, and it can be especially helpful for calming nerves and soothing a buy and unfocused mind.

VERY SIMPLE - Despite how anxiety makes you feel... a sufferer should NEVER attempt to use PMR to recover - anxiety disorder sufferers do not need relaxation - relaxation will lead to dramatically increased focus on the thoughts and symptoms that fuel and perpetuate anxiety.

9. Relaxed Breathing

This is another technique that is not specific to CBT, but will be familiar to practitioners of mindfulness. There are many ways to relax and bring regularity to your breath, including guided and unguided imagery, audio recordings, YouTube videos, and scripts. Bringing regularity and calm to your breath will allow you to approach your problems from a place of balance, facilitating more effective and rational decision making (Megan, 2016).

Mindfullness has been the largest problem in anxiety recovery for decades. Its increased visibility and use has destroyed recoveries and prevented sufferers from finding a true solution to their disorders. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, calming your breathing is difficult, if not impossible, but can also be traumatic... at very least it's counter-productive. Changing your breathing will not cure or reduce an anxiety disorder. Breathing is not connected to the disorder in any way. Anxiety CAUSES disrupted breathing but it is not caused by it.

CBT is a scam and a waste of money': Popular talking therapy is not a long-term solution, says leading psychologist

Daily Mail - Nov 2014

Leading psychologist, Oliver James, states that research shows it does not have a lasting benefit.

‘Extensive evidence’ shows that two years on, depressed or anxious people who had CBT were no more likely to have recovered than those who had no treatment, said Mr James.

He said: ‘As a treatment, rafts of studies have shown it to be ineffective in delivering long-term therapeutic benefits to patients with anxiety and depression.

Mr James says research shows CBT is no more effective than placebo in treating anxiety or depression. He says proponents have ‘mis-sold’ the treatment to policymakers and the public, who are wasting their time.
Why doesn’t CBT work to cure anxiety disorders?

Psychologist, Martin Jensen, says it so eloquently below and from the scientific perspective of a psychologist.

The science is so simple and yet, medicine and psychology refuse to refer to it! CBT practitioners, it seems, prefer to scoot over the facts to perpetuate treatment and fees or through sheer ignorance. I received CBT for three years… did it help? No, in fact, I got worse! Having helped 150,000 plus people since 1997 it seems that this is the overwhelming experience of most sufferers. There’s a sound reason why CBT doesn’t work.. read on. Charles Linden


Here’s Martin’s explanation of why CBT doesn’t cure anxiety:

One could provide a long-winded answer to that question, but I will try to keep it short. Well, sort of.. CBT or more precisely “the cognitive model” is based on the idea, that our thoughts influence how we feel, our sensations and behaviour.

This is at the core of the “theory”. So, keeping with this theory, if we can change how we THINK, we can change how we FEEL. Makes sense, right? BUT…. is this really the case?

Let me try with an example. Imagine that you are alone in the office late at night. You hear a sound at the door. My question to you is: 1. would you feel panic first and then think “what was that?” or… 2. would you think “what was that?” and then panic.

In CBT the assumption is that you would think first and then panic second, i.e. option no. 2. The Linden Method in contrast supports the first option.

Another question: Would we have survived as a species, if we cognitively had to register a danger, before the activation of the fight or flight response? I think the answer is quite straightforward – NO!

We would be annihilated by “other” predators, were we not able to, in an instant, activate our fight or flight response, and then subsequently register the danger cognitively. Therefore, the activation of the fight or flight response (read more in Charles’ manual) precedes cognition. That’s how we have evolved, and thus treating anxiety by trying to alter the way we think and as a result how we feel, is a meaningless enterprise.

CBT treats our thoughts as the CAUSE of our anxiety, when it in fact these thoughts are the EFFECT.

The CAUSE is a hyperactive amygdala, that relentlessly activates the autonomic nervous system (fight or flight), giving rise to the EFFECT: our COGNITION of anxiety. In conclusion: you can try to change your thoughts about your anxiety or teach yourself how to calm the fight or flight response (by affecting the activity of the amygdala) by applying the Linden Method

Martin Jensen
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Stud. MSc Psychology


“I am all for recommeding anything that works… I’m on the sufferer’s side, believe me… but after 27 years of CBT and medication, hypnosis and anything else I can find and 13 years of assisting people who have had CBT and all these other therapies, myself and my organization have a very sound basis on which to make comment… infallible data; and that data shows that CBT and medications DO NOT CURE high anxiety conditions!” Charles Linden


Comments about CBT from anxiety sufferers

Paul Bryant commented on your status.
Paul wrote: “CBT cant work for anxiety suffers…..Fact! Anxiety is a habit and needs to be broken by TLM which works. All these other therapies are just crap…..I have tried them all and still 10 years on I am anxious. TLM has given me a complete different look on anxiety and now I am travelling, going to shops, walking my dogs…..All this in 4 weeks, anyone else found some rubbish therapy do that, err, no! All the therapist does is gets out of his leather chair and drives home in his Porsche at the end of the day……As for Shrinks….Well they dont give a monkeys apart from throwing out a load of Benzo’s to which I am now addicted to but now on a withdrawal programme. Oh and whilst saying Shrinks they go home in a Ferrari (ok I am being a bit silly here) but you must face it, face life and not behind a mask…..TLM is the only way out if you are anxious….Believe in it, work with it and see the results!” Tami Keator commented on your status.

Tami wrote: “CBT sounds good but doesn’t work! For an anxiety sufferer, it made made it worse for me sometimes…..constantly fighting my thoughts. Thanks to your method after 20+ years of hell, I am 99.9% cured in only 2 months! “

Sally Douglas commented on your status.
Sally wrote: “I would also like to point out that my CBT therapist was private, so i was paying because I was desperate! He spent the majority of his time with me yawning and looking at his watch!! I feel people simply think anxiety is a quick way to make money, but we know it’s not!!” 

Corrina Taylor commented on your status.
Corrina wrote: “yes, definitly agree, i had CBT and it gave me nothing but false hope. i focusses wayyy too much on the ”problem” and you end up thinking about it more. its not a natural cure, and i have never met anyone who has been cured from it either. LM accesses a much deeper part of the brain aswell as a much deeper level of understanding.   ive reccomended the linden method to every anxiety sufferer i know"

Brian Williams commented on your status.
Brian wrote: “Do you mean the NHS clawing back clients, or for half the bogus therapists charging insane amounts of money for something the NHS provides for free? I can’t see the logic in them encouraging people to use the NHS as there is such a big waiting list for CBT etc. Unlike TLM which you can get instantly, along with support !!!” 

Tracy Schrock commented on your status.
Tracy wrote: “I did CBT and got fed up every week going over things that made me anxious in the first place as well as writing it down every day to go over it all again at my next session! X” 

Karen Hayes commented on your status.
Karen wrote: “i did cbt, so why am i doing the linden method !!!!!! only one answer to this.cbt doesnt work,x” Hi Charles,
Martin Jensen commented on your status

Martin wrote: “Hi, I am Martin. I have known Charles Linden since we first got in touch back in 2004. I read the info on the website, and as with 99% of all people reading it, I was sceptical initially. WHY? Because I had tried everything before. CBT, individual counselling, group therapy (where we spent most of the time handing out tissue paper and had a good old cry together – life was awful, right?). BUT, I spoke to Charles, gave the method a go – and within 3 – 6 months I was more or less back to being anxiety free. Apart from the actual techniques that the method is built up around, it’s unique strength is, that it is written by someone who HAD anxiety and HAD BEATEN it – and who convincingly argues that Anxiety can be beaten with the right motivation and attitude. Those who don’t overcome the anxiety are those who don’t apply themselves for whatever reason! And by the way, Charles Linden is one of the most genuine people I have ever come across.”

So, why are we so different? How do we have such enormous curative success?


The organization I founded over 20 years ago is the only psycho-educational facility in the world.

We are an accredited educational institution just like a school, college or university. The difference is, we train Recovery Practitioners to a professional level and we run home access, workshop and residential programs of recovery that have helped nearly 1/4 million people.

The team are all accredited anxiety recovery practitioners, psychologists, counsellors and psychologists.

The therapy we use is based on thousands of test cases, 20 years practice and research and 100% success rates. The therapy is called LAR Therapy and it is the only accredited, dedicated anxiety disorder recovery therapy in the world.

CBT, counselling, NLP, hypnotherapy... all shoe-horned into healthcare but NONE of them were developed for or can help you to overcome your disorder. You can try... feel free... but they will not cure you. Why? Because the science is 'off'. You might as well try to cure your anxiety using talcum powder or aspirin. It cannot and will not work.

So if you want to recover using the simplest, most understandable, common sense, scientific and effective therapy... you've found it!
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