Why, despite treatments, do you still suffer?

WE don’t dictate what CAN and CANNOT work… science does that… we just make sufferers aware of the science!

20 years experience, research and over 270,000 patients has taught us exactly what works, what doesn’t work and what you should 100% avoid!

FIRST OF ALL – “This page has received so many amazing comments from psychologists, psychotherapists and other practitioners who support us and refer clients to us daily. We base all of our work on years of experience helping thousands of people to find true recovery and it is the support of referring practitioners from around the world that drives us on to help people to use therapies that work. Thank you.” Charles Linden – Director LTE

Before you read this page… decide whether you want to be anxiety free or to just ‘manage’ it.

Decide also whether you want to stay as you are or, if you want to recover, please keep reading and open your heart to something you have probably never heard before.

If you have been having treatments for your anxiety issues already, you’ll know that nothing has worked.

We know this because that is the predominant experience of the hundreds of thousands of people we have helped, but also… there’s a reason nothing has worked YET… science! The evidence for RECOVERY is not documented… the evidence underpinning therapeutic anxiety disorder treatments is spurious at best. This will be explained further down this page.

Are there really things that can make you feel worse?

Yes there are… and this page contains a list and explanations as to why they can negatively effect you.

PLEASE BARE IN MIND – This list isn’t provided to undermine other ‘practices’.

It is a warning from the only accredited anxiety disorder recovery and educational organisation and is based on over 270,000 case studies, the science of neurology and human evolution PLUS thousands of hours experience, 22 years of practice and deep research and knowledge.

Our philosophy has always been, “if there’s doubt, do and say nothing” but ​some practices are used despite ​not be capable of producing recovery… so why carry on doing what doesn’t work? Is it ignorance or greed?

We will explain all of this below.


​Anxiety disorder treatments have been created out of the necessity to provide a service and NOT ​through the TRUE science.

In fact, proven science has been, mostly, ignored because it confirms that the most utilized practices don’t and can’t work.

That’s pretty embarrassing for those practitioners, but more than that, it is catastrophic for the victims of those practices… people like our clients, who have often had many years of their lives destroyed by misinformed, selfish and dangerous practitioners.

Since we commenced practice in 1996, we have met tens of thousands who have endured horrendous journeys of malpractice and mistreatment.

Do we mean ‘dangerous’… yes we do; knowing what we do ​about the neurology, psychology and psycho-physiology of the disorders… understanding the TRUE cause of all anxiety conditions, we would happily ​tell these folks how massively misguided and selfish they are being… and sometimes we have to because they come to us furious that we have cured their clients. We may not be popular with those people, but we don’t care because we are more than popular with the people whose lives we have changed.

​But why do we address these issues square on?

Because they ​hurt people. Even kids. A girl came to us last week who, aged 12, went to a psychologist for low level anxiety and OCD and this person drove them to self-harm, anorexia and 4 years of hospitalisation… all because of misdiagnosis, ignorance and selfishness. She is now on 2:1 24 hour watch, force fed daily and so high on medication that she can’t ecen speak clearly.

We won’t stand for that… We at LTE were just like that child once and again, all because of misinformed, selfish ignorance.

We CREATE RECOVERY because we know the science and we use it correctly… those practitioners prevent recovery, make money and try to destroy us for showing clients what they can’t… real relief.

Psychology talks of ‘evidence based treatments’, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is ​said to be the ‘gold standard’, evidence based practice; but what is the evidence for its and other therapies’ curative effectiveness?

We all presume that ‘evidence’ means ‘proof of recovery’ but it doesn’t; it actually means that they have found (or not looked for) no evidence of failure; but the reason they haven’t found evidence for failure isn’t because they’ve had success, it’s because they only ask one question in a number of different ways…

The question is “After receiving treatment X, how many people came back for more?”

The truth is that most people don’t come back for more because they either don’t qualify for more or because the first treatment failed them.

The problem is this… not asking for (or taking) more is used as evidence for effectiveness.

In other words… if you don’t want more… you are cured.

Another ‘evidence source’ is this: If, whilst being forced to wait 8-16 weeks to see a practitioner, the patient goes elsewhere or fails to turn up for the first appointment, OR, if they come for one appointment and decide it’s making them feel worse… they are a cured statistic.

All psycholog​ical practices are based on this ​type of statistical nonsense (and not on real evidence) provided by people stating “I am cured”.

Just to recap… psychological practice evidence ISN’T people saying that they are long-term cured of their disorder, it is based on “if you don’t come to the sessions it means you are cured”.

That’s why what we do is so respected… we don’t provide manipulated statistics, we provide happy faces and real people’s stories.

The facts about these, so called, ‘evidence based’ therapies

These practices, like talking therapy, counselling, hypnotherapy, CBT, tapping, NLP, EFT, EMDR etc. have been developed…

a) to provide a service that is seen to be ‘helping’.
b) to pay the people delivering the service.
c) to create profit.
d) to provide a learning basis for degrees and other qualifications.
e) to ensure that the business model associated with that service is sustainable.

Sustainable = Don’t cure everyone/anyone

This works well for healthcare providers because no cure=low results and as long as they can get patients to trust their word… they can, pretty much, perpetuate the business model ad infinitum.

Of course, anxious people are a perfect target audience because they all want reassurance (it is an instinctual response in fight or flight) and to be nurtured and many receive that, either through the NHS, through insurance or through private practice.

What sufferers actually NEED is a fast and simple solution… which is what we provide.


Just like the inherent trust people have for priests, humans are conditioned to trust ‘medical people’.

In the 1800’s, millions of women with post-natal depression died in mental health institutions… they trusted their doctors and yet they were misdiagnosed, mistreated and killed by ignorance. They received ECT and even cyanide and mercury based treatments. It killed them.

Millions of cases of medical negligence are fought each year… those people trusted their doctors.

Doctors don’t know everything, but they also have to have people to ‘treat’… why would they want to cure everyone? To kill their livelihood?

The question is this…
 has anyone cured you yet?

OK, so why do you still trust them to do so?

  • How long has it been?
  • Have you seen others recover and wonder why you haven’t?
  • Are you better or worse than you were when you first seeked help
  • If you are taking medication but still feel unwell… why?

People stay in jobs, sufferers get ‘served’ and the machine works… until NOT curing people results in a massive increase in mental health issues that increases the demand for services; a massive and overwhelming demand that those service providers cannot ever meet. Crisis.

As we see now in healthcare, the ‘business model’ has ‘bitten them in the behind’.

What worked when fewer suffered, no longer works and sufferers are being neglected, misdiagnosed and abused… all because ‘curing people’ didn’t make financial sense previously OR they didn’t know how to do it. Either way, it’s wholly unacceptable.

Now that there’s a mental health crisis service providers can’t handle the pressure they have put themselves under.

They perpetuated an epidemic… and now they can’t handle the numbers.

Too many people have developed these disorders due to so many factors involved with human physical and social evolution.

Patients know they’re not recovering, but there is always that hope that the ‘profession’ will ‘pull the rabbit out of the hat’.

Humans don’t seem to learn from experience when it comes to healthcare.


​​The reasons so many suffer from anxiety disorders are….

a) Incompetence
b) Commercial bias
c) Protection of reputation despite the two above
d) Straining healthcare resources due to poor recovery rates
e) Incorrect training and lack of real knowledge
f) Lack of experience as a sufferer and/or as the curer of sufferers

It certainly isn’t because recovery isn’t impossible, despite what they might tell you.

Ask the practitioners you now see for REAL evidence; testimonials, reviews and statements from their recovered patients.

Bet you won’t get to see any… if you do, it might be a handful.

If you see some, calculate the percentage of people they see to those they have evidence of actually helping. Then look here

(If any psychologists reading this would like a live video debate with one of us on this subject… contact Jo Goodchild at jo@thelindencentre.org and you can spend some time throwing jargon at us and we will see what happens.)

So what CAN’T WORK and what prevents true recovery?

1. Any form of cognitive therapy based practice


It’s simple. Emotional responses have NOTHING to do with conscious thought (cognition).

Neurologically you CANNOT change thoughts in order to influence emotional responses. Suggesting that it is possible is similar to saying that you can lose weight or get fit through thought. It’s utter nonsense.

Just going to the sessions and practising what you are told to do WILL reinforce your anxiety, phobias, obsessions and compulsions. The advice provided in this type of therapy is monumentally counter-productive and damaging to the recovery process. At best it will hold you in anxiety. At worst, it will increase your anxiety. Avoid any process that involves the word ‘cognitive’… in fact, if you suffer from anxiety, avoid ‘talking therapies’ altogether.

2. Any form of ‘talking therapy’ or counselling

As stated above. The very last thing your mind needs is to talk about how you feel. The neurology created by doing so is based on “I am talking about it, therefore I must maintain it”. Reassurance may feel ‘nice’ but it is massively counter-productive and will prevent or damage recovery… it plays directly into the hands of anxious ‘safety seeking’ compulsions. Avoid any therapy that is analytical or involves exercise like rating your anxiety or exposure therapy.

3. Hypnosis or hypnotherapy

We employ people who have qualifications in hypnotherapy. We have met 1000’s over the 22 years we have practised. Indeed, we had hypnotherapy ourselves.

We have spoken to 1000’s of people who have had hypnotherapy and without exception, every client states that they pretended to be hypnotised out of embarassment and were too anxious to admit that they weren’t influenced by it, that it was a waste of time, money and hope. Our own staff who trained in it as part of CPD out of necessity, but refuse to use it because they know it doesn’t work… so here’s a question… why is it considered to be an effective therapeutic technique when the overwhelming REAL evidence is that it’s not!

Hypnosis cannot reach the neurology responsible for creating emotional responses and modify them to correct your anxiety disorder.

Having spoken to countless neurologists, who laugh when we talk about hypnosis used clinically, we understand that hypnosis does not exist.

4. Tapping or EFT

​There is ZERO evidence that tapping works. The concept is complete and utter nonsense. Tapping to relieve anything at all is similar to suggesting that clapping can cure the flu. Any psychophysiologist or neurologist will tell you that tapping is as effective as whistling.

If it has any benefits they are, at best, as a placebo and placebo, when tested, has zero efficacy.

5. NLP – Neurolinguistic Programming

NLP has merits, but not in healthcare or recovery. The process is based on language manipulation in order to produce ​a ‘buy in’. In other words, it’s a persuasion tool. It cannot change your autonomic nervous system’s preset and fix neurological responses. It can work well in business as a sales tool, but other than that, it certainly won’t cure an anxiety disorder.

6. Meditation or mindflulness

DANGER – Mindfulness and meditation has caused, worsened and perpetuated anxiety disorders since the day it became ‘trendy’ and for millenia prior to that. Research shows that it can, in fact, CAUSE the development of mental illnesses and anxiety.

In our experience, the biggest problem in mental health recovery over recent years has been caused by mindfulness. Neurologically the LAST thing needed by anxiety sufferers is being mindful.

Anxiety CAUSES negative mindfulness so adding more mindfulness can only lead to one thing… more anxiety! It’s like practising being anxious.

​7. Medication, alternative therapies and ‘supplements’

Chemical imbalance is not responsible for the creation of anxiety disorders.

You cannot correct an anxiety disorder by taking ANY substance.

Neurologically, it would be akin to taking substances to cure happiness… it’s a nonsense.

a) It cannot work neurologically.
b) It will only give rise to chemical disequilibrium which can bring on other ‘symptoms’.
c) It will inhibit true recovery by protecting your mind from natural recovery.

It doesn’t matter whether you take a vitamin, herb or strong pharmaceutical preparations… even herbal teas… they will not and can not cure your disorder and can, potentially, cause more issues than they can repair.

Also, anxiety is not caused by a leaky gut, Candida or any other diet, gastro-intestinal or nutrient issue. Anxiety is anxiety – the  disorder of fear.

Many people have been told to take potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, thyroxin and other substances… please don’t – UNLESS you have had blood tests and have medical evidence provided by a medical laboratory, that you need to and ONLY DO SO under guidance from an endocrinologist or other suitably qualified medic… DO NOT DO SO if the person is a herbalist, homeopathi, naturopath, dietician or other non-medic. Go to a hospital or see your GP and get referred for REAL tests.

Kinesiology, for example is NOT a test – it is fake… do not use the diagnosis of a non-medical test. Home testing kits cannot be trusted.

DO NOT take any notice of someone who states that you may have Candida overgrowth. Get tested by a hospital laboratory.

DO NOT trust any who is not an endocrinologist that states you have ME, CFS, fibromyalgia, rheumatic patches, allergies, leaky gut for example.

DO NOT trust someone who says you have adrenal exhaustion… it is a fake condition invented by alternative health in order to sell you suppliments and tests, pills and potions.

8. Online or offline groups, charity resources, chat rooms & forums

Some of you will be screaming

“but I feel so alone without it”
“the people are really nice and kind”
“I feel better when I use them”
“it makes me feel less freaky”

… and we GET all that completely BUT, we deal in science and recovery evidence and these are the facts…

a) as stated above, talking about and focusing on your anxiety is practising being anxious
b) these places breed anxiety because all that the members do is talk about how bad they feel
c) many are run by sufferers for sufferers… what can they possibly know about recovery?
d) many are set up to distribute false information in order to manage people and their conditions
e) the people in there are mostly misinformed, uneducated, misguided and anxious, do you really want to be led by other sufferers?

What do chat rooms, groups and charities want? MEMBERS.

What do they NOT want? RECOVERY OF MEMBERS

What do you want? Fast, simple transformation – You want to stop your anxiety and get on with life!

Do you really want to belong to groups that sit around discussing the very thing you want to escape from? No of course not. Reassuring it might be… damaging, it definitely is!

There are a number of organisations that provide ‘resources’ for sufferers… they come in various guises but almost without exception, they are run by sufferers…no hope of recovery or relief from them then… just stock nonsense about the symptoms and videos designed, it’s assumed, to pull your mood even lower… we only assume this because thousands of clients have sign-posted us to the resources that made them feel worse…

… do you want to wallow in self-pity listening to someone crying into a camera, moaning about how ill they feel or harping on about their symptoms? Do you really think that’s condusive to recovery and positivity? Of course not… so why do they do it?

Selfishness. It can be nothing else. It’s like attending a funeral to be happier… utter nonsense.

Here’s a statistic for you…

…we joined an online forum for sufferers in 2005… in 2015 we returned to find that 90% of the same group of people we identified were members and still talking about how ill they feel.

The forum had 21,000 members in 2005 and 150,000 by 2018.

Statistically, if that same group of people had started one of our programmes back then, they would have ALL been anxiety free within 3 weeks.

When fast and permanent recovery is so simple and so possible, why perpetuate suffering by wallowing, with other sufferers, in self-pity, a negative environment, a place where you only feel safe because everyone else is like you, not because you actually feel safe in reality.

Anyone who states “well I am nearly cured, so I can help you” is delusional. It’s like saying “I nearly have a cold”.

You can’t be ‘nearly cured’ of a systemic condition… you either ARE cured or you are not.

The head of an MH charity states openly… “I’m nearly cured” and yet he isn’t at all cured, so how does he help his charity users? He doesn’t.

Because recovery is so fast when you know how… anyone who claims they are ‘nearly cured’, both isn’t, nor do they know how to be… clearly, if they did, they’d be cured! It’s just common sense.

​9. ​Mental Health First Aid

​THE most damaging source of activation of fear disorders and inappropriate referral of sufferers to inappropriate resources.

This cannot end well… the process can activate and exacerbate suffering and the commonly used resources people are referred to cannot remove the core disorder and often give rise to exacerbation of the disorders.

Here’s a real life example (from millions) of true ignorance (or deceit)

Today a client sent us something she found on one ‘official’ website that provides services for OCD

It stated… “OCD causes anxiety. Often, OCD causes the patient to feel anxious.”

What ‘facts’ did you gain from that nugget?

You probably learned that a person who experiences OCD (which THEY say is a chronic mental health ILLNESS) can also experience anxiety…

OK… here’s the science… verified neurological science…. (that these organisations CHOOSE to ignore or lie about)


So, everyone who has read that organisation’s misguided nonsense THINKS they are mentally ill, thinks they get anxious because they are mentally ill and believes that there is no cure… because that is exactly what that website tells them. The website has qualified psychologists working with it and claims to be ‘official’.


You see, perpetuating the lies keeps people anxious and if those lies are backed up by selfish scientists spreading selfish, misguided science on purpose… the business model works. People like us, who actually cure people, are holding a mirror up to their ignorance and/or deceit… and they don’t want that.

It’s so simple!

OCD is a symptom of a FEAR disorder… without anxiety, you CANNOT suffer with OCD (panic, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders, self-harming etc).

Can they be CURED? YES, absolutely… 100%.

Are these mental illnesses? No, of course not, there’s no illness involved.

Don’t be led by the blind, be led by the recovered – only they know the fastest and most effective pathway to recovery.

The facts…

Psychology and medicine have been developed as businesses, carefully balancing the books to create profit from helping people just enough to keep them alive and on the hook, but not quite enough to cure them.

Ask any psychologist or counsellor how many anxiety sufferers they have CURED… then sit back and watch their faces as they squirm and manipulate their way out of the question. If they state that they have, indeed, cured someone… ask for their name a testimonial or referral from them.

That is NOT to say that all people within healthcare are conspiring against you; but businesses rely on demand, so creating demand is part of the process.

At a high level, services are provided and controlled by financial specialists, not clinical ones. This is why people who have the resources turn to private healthcare.

Sometimes it becomes unprofitable to provide services to ‘high cost’ people, so decisions are made around what investment health services are prepared to make in their patients’ health.

Sufferers fall victim to ignorance and decisions based on economic factors and no profit, not health or recovery.

Many doctors call anxiety sufferers ‘heart-sink’ patients. Why?

Because when they walk into their treatment rooms, the doctor’s heart sinks.

Whilst some of them may wish to help their patients, they know that anything they can offer will probably fail. This is why so many people suffer… tens of millions. This is the data from thousands of doctors, psychologists and nurses we have worked with, treated and had referrals from.

They also refer to anxious people as ‘frequent flyers’, which, in a very condescending way, refers to the fact that they visit the doctor massively more than they should and utilise medical resources far too much. They state openly that mental health services can’t ‘cope’ but all they do is plough more money into what isn’t working.

If a house is crumbling at its foundations, why would you keep repainting it over and over again at great expense?


They don’t provide what sufferers want or need

But what they miss is the fact that anxious people don’t want to go to their doctor time after time… they want to go ONCE and be cured.

Because doctors can’t cure them; they have to accept that, as people in a position of medical authority, they will be visited time after time by anxious people desperate for a solution… the last thing the doctor wants to admit to is incompetence.

A doctor or psychologist might say that a patient is incurable to disguise their incompetence. They may state that anxiety disorders cannot be cured because anxiety is a natural and expected emotion, however, whatever their justification for failing to provide relief… it’s wrong.

You can recover.

A young patient told us that she was told by her new psychiatrist, that OCD is incurable and at best, she would be having at least one session of CBT a week for the rest of her life… is that scientific fact?

NO… it’s a lie, a lie created due either to complete incompetence or to financial bias. Shame on that practitioner!

Some clients have recovered completely in under two hours.

How is that possible if recovery is said to be impossible?

So, what does work?

Can we cure every sufferer in two hours? Yes, IF they do exactly as we state and their neurology responds.

Does it always happen in two hours? No. It is all down to the client’s neurology.

We don’t have total control over that. Some people take a little longer than others and this is mostly due to social conditioning, the sufferer’s specific experiences with anxiety, their age and other factors, however, the mind and body will recover quickly if they receive the data they need in order to do so.

In essence, everyone is curable in seconds but recovery can happen effectively in less than a week.

NOT recovering using this process is like eating NOT curing hunger. It’s impossible.

The truth is, there is no other way to reduce your anxiety, so you must listen!

In fact, we sometimes say to clients… “do this and try NOT TO recover; it’s impossible… if you do it, it can’t fail. It’s like putting you on a treadmill for 60 minutes a day… you can’t stop your body and mind becoming fitter.”

So do you need to take medication? No. In fact, doing so often causes symptoms that the sufferer perceives as anxiety related. Medication cannot correct the neurology responsible for anxiety or any of the associated symptoms or conditions


​Since 1996, we have helped people of all ages, from 4 to 96, from homeless people, TV, music & film stars, aristocracy to singers, sports stars and stay at home parents to fully recover


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