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Understanding and Coping with Anxiety, Procrastination & Impostor Syndrome


Anxiety is a normal part of everyday life. However, when people experience frequent, intense or persistent anxiety it can have a negative impact on daily activities, can be difficult to control, and become out of proportion or inappropriate to the situation. This can lead to avoiding places or situations to prevent these feelings.

The objective of this interactive workshop is to build knowledge and awareness of anxiety, to understand why we have it and how we can better manage it to reduce its negative impact on our lives. Using techniques related to cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfulness, participants will start to understand better how anxiety affects them personally and learn how they can manage it better.

The workshop is not a group therapy session, and participants are not expected to share anything with the group that makes them feel uncomfortable. They are however expected to come with a spirit of openness, sensitivity and compassion to the other participants, and to maintain confidentiality by not sharing information or stories about participants outside of the workshop. Please bring a pen and paper.


Speakers: Chris Barratt

Organisers: IRB Student Council

Date and Time: Tuesday 31 May 2022, 16:00 - 18:30

Room: Felix Serratosa , PCB

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  • What is it? 
    • Fight, flight, freeze response
    • Causes
    • CBT view of anxiety

(10-minute break)

  •  What can we do about it?
    • Physical techniques – relaxed breathing, progressive muscle relaxation
    • Sleep hygiene, putting limits
    • Identifying unhelpful thoughts, challenging, practising helpful ones
    • Identifying triggers
    • Exposure to anxiety
    • Grounding exercises, Mindfulness
    • Procrastination and Imposter syndrome applying CBT techniques


Chris Barratt

Chris is a psychotherapist specialised in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with an interest in Mindfulness and am a member of the British Psychological Society. He graduated with an honours degree in psychology in the UK and worked for many years in the UK in the mental health field, helping people with a wide range of mental health issues, as well as their carers. He now lives in Barcelona where he completed a Masters in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. As a therapist he help people with a wide range of difficulties in their lives with a particular interest in mood and anxiety issues.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a practical, evidence-based psychological therapy which is used to help people with a wide range of issues in their lives. CBT helps people identify patterns of thoughts and behaviour that give them difficulties and produce suffering. By working with me to identify negative patterns and seeking alternatives, clients learn to find more adaptive ways of thinking and behaving in different situations that allow them to overcome their difficulties and lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is the most researched and effective psychological intervention for a wide range of mental health issues within developed countries. It is for example a recommended therapy for the treatment of depression by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK.