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WellBIST workshop - Anxiety management


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, in person workshop is to build knowledge and awareness of anxiety, to understand why we have it and how we can better manage it to reduce it’s 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.


This workshop is part of the WellBIST, the BIST psychological support programme.


Date: Friday, May 26, 2023, 10:30 - 13:30 h

Place: Room 1 Tower R (Tower building), Parc Científic de Barcelona

Registration: fill in the registration form here

The workshop has limited places. A confirmation email will be sent to all participants.



Anxiety: What is it?

  •     Fight, flight, freeze response
  •     Causes
  •     CBT view of anxiety

What can we do about Anxiety?

  •     Physical techniques – relaxed breathing, progressive muscle relaxation
  •     Identifying unhelpful thoughts, challenging, practising helpful ones
  •     Exposure to anxiety
  •     Sleep hygiene, putting limits
  •     Grounding exercises, Mindfulness
  •     Procrastination and Imposter syndrome applying CBT technique



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.