Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anxiety Management for Young People


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“The Anxiety Gremlin” loves one thing – to feed on your anxiety and get bigger and bigger, making you more anxious the fuller he gets! How can you stop him? Starve him of his favourite food – your anxiety – and he’ll shrink and shrivel away. “Starving the Anxiety Gremlin” is a unique resource to help young people understand and manage their anxiety. Based on cognitive behavioural therapy principles that link thoughts, feelings and behaviours, the techniques help young people to understand why they get anxious and how they can ‘starve’ their anxiety gremlin.

Covering different types of anxiety such as social anxiety, general anxiety, phobias and performance anxiety, practical tips and engaging activities will help young people stop themselves becoming anxious and manage their anxiety when it occurs. This engaging workbook can be used by young people aged 10+ on their own or with a parent or practitioner. It is an ideal anxiety management resource for those working with young people, including counsellors, teachers, therapists, social workers and youth workers.


  • About the Author.
  • Acknowledgements. Information for Parents and Practitioners.
  • Introduction.
  • 1. What is Anxiety?
  • 2. You’re Not on Your Own: Anxiety in Other Young People.
  • 3. My Anxiety – The Anxiety Questionnaire.
  • 4. Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: How Anxiety Occurs.
  • 5. Effects of Anxiety.
  • 6. Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approach.
  • 7. Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: Managing Your Thoughts.
  • 8. Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: Managing Your Behaviours.
  • 9. Anxiety Do’s and Don’ts. 1
  •  Summing Up!
  • Appendices.

 Author Bio:

Kate Collins-Donnelly has worked as a therapist, psychologist, criminologist and anger management consultant based in the UK for many years. She presently runs a successful independent consultancy practice which provides cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, coaching and training, and is head of the Psychological and Criminological Research Division. She is the author of several books for children and young people.