What Is The Linden Method & Is It As Effective As They Claim?

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What Is The Linden Method
September 21, 2016

What is the Linden Method? Most people who suffer from anxiety disorders have probably come across this anxiety treatment, created by Charles Linden, a former anxiety sufferer who managed to overcome anxiety and shares the method in his book. On the internet, you can find different opinions, varying from “complete scam” to “extremely effective”, especially on Amazon, which makes it even more intriguing. Is the Linden method a scam, or will it actually help you overcome anxiety? I was skeptical and had to find it out myself.

I never recommend you anything I wouldn’t use myself just to earn an affiliate commission. It’s tempting, but completely against my values. So before I could write a review, I had to see it with my own eyes. But paying $47 for an ebook of dubious value is quite a risk, to be honest. Luckily, I have a friend who’s got a digital copy and allowed me to take a closer look at it without purchasing one myself.

 

Who is Charles Linden?Who is Charles Linden

Charles is a stress and anxiety recovery coach that works with actors, film companies, football and other sports clubs, TV companies and corporates.

Apparently, he is a real person. There are photos of him with celebrities all around the web, but he’s neither a psychotherapist or a psychologist.

He is an ex-sufferer who developed a method of his own which worked for him. And an expert in self-marketing with a big ego.

 

What Is the Linden Method?

Charles Linden claims his method to be

the most successful, supportive and simple treatment for anxiety conditions. (…) Tens of thousands of sufferers worldwide have used this method to become completely anxiety free.

Sounds really promising, even though we are unable to verify it in any way. But how does the Linden Method work? That, my dear, remains a secret until you buy the product, so let me tell you briefly what you will find inside.

 

The manual includes a book or pdf, CDs, a DVD, 12 months free unlimited counseling support from qualified counselors and psychologists and a 365 Day money back guarantee. The whole system was designed to ease anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, OCD and PTSD. I’m no mental health professional, but as far as I know, these are quite different conditions and I don’t believe that one method can cure them all.

 

 

From the Linden Method manual you will learn about:

  • Different kinds of anxiety disorders and its symptoms,
  • Diet tips for reducing your anxiety (which are nothing revolutionary, to be quite honest),
  • Smoking and alcohol as a harmful way of dealing with anxiety,
  • Tips for dealing with insomnia,
  • Distraction tricks and breathing techniques that let you control panic,
  • The symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome and how to deal with it,

and some other tips.

What seems quite suspicious though is the 9 Pillars of the Linden Method. Basically, points 1 to 7 tell you not to look for any other methods but the Linden Method, because reassurance is one of the habits that makes you feel more anxious. Well, that’s true, but Linden uses it to his advantage and with that he wants to convince you that his method is the only one that works. Quite arrogant 😉

 

 

Pros

Essentially, it’s like cognitive-behavioral therapy with healthy diet and breathing techniques. And CBT is a scientifically proven method for overcoming anxiety that works, so no surprise here.

There are some useful strategies and breathing exercises that will allow you control panic.

As for the audio, Charles Linden has a nice British accent pleasant to the ear.

I agree that benzodiazepines don’t solve the problem, they make you feel better for a short time. That’s why I was told to take it only for a week to avoid addiction.

There is a 365-days satisfaction guarantee and they give the money back if it is not working for you.

 

Cons

Whenever someone claims his method is the one and only and tells me to stop seeing my psychiatrist whom I trust, a red light switches on. Especially that he refuses to back his theories with serious scientific research or at least provide bibliographic references.

And if he’s so convinced about it, why would he put a disclaimer that completely contradicts the 9 pillars telling you not to do anything without consulting your doctor first? A-ha! I got you, Charles! Doctors at least take responsibility for what they do.

Distraction may work as a short-term solution to drive your attention away from the stimuli that cause anxiety or panic, but it doesn’t solve the problem underlying it. It’s about suppressing your feelings more than anything else.

The guy goes on telling you his story on several dozens of pages, which is, frankly, not as exciting as he believes. I only read the beginning and had to skip it.

They claim it’s the only think that works, so if you try it and it doesn’t work out for you, it’s probably your fault, because you didn’t stick to the 9 Pillars. Very clever indeed.

According to what people on Amazon report, to claim your money back you need to mail the product to the UK, and not to where it was shipped from. So you basically lose half of your refund on that.

I can say nothing about their support team because I had no contact with them, but you can read a real customer’s account here.

Last but not least – his writing style… He tries to give himself more authority writing in ALL CAPS and overusing imperative. Pretty annoying. There is too much of rhetoric and little scientific data. Whenever he writes: “This works, trust me!”, “take it as truth”, or “this is the only resource you need”, I feel manipulated.

 

Does The Linden Method Work? My Final Word

Charles Linden didn’t invent anything revolutionary, he just took the principles of CBT therapy and sells it in a new package. What is the Linden Method? It looks pretty much like guided self-help based on CBT principles. For those of you suffering from panic disorder, it may even be helpful. For GAD it seems pretty useless, though. Does it work? If it cost $5, I would say go ahead and try it yourself. But $47  is, in my judgment, a lot of money for the kind of advice you can hear from a friend for free (there are different prices on Amazon and their website, which sells it as an app for as little as $159) . The secret that Linden discovered after 24 years of battling anxiety is that it’s only in your head. Sorry for the spoiler. I wouldn’t waste my time and money on that.

Here’s a complaint presented to ASA, the UK’s independent regulator for advertising across all social media. Notice that all the statements contained in their advertising that the customer questioned were regarded as “misleading”. Linden (or whoever is employed to promote his method) is a masterful internet marketer who writes really good copy that sells, but the product itself is nothing I would recommend. If you are looking for a way to overcome your anxiety, try real CBT with a guidance of a mental health professional, together with meditation.

If you are prepared to spend this money on something to help you, then perhaps it’s better to meet with a psychotherapist, who will explore with you the causes of your anxiety, behavior patterns and find an individual solution. Many therapists offer a free consultation before you decide to commit to therapy, so it’s a good idea to meet with a couple of them and chose the one that seems most trustworthy to you.

Those who want to buy a self-help book on anxiety can choose from plethora cheaper and – in my opinion – better options, such as The Anxiety Toolkit: Strategies for Fine-Tuning Your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck Points.

 

Have you tried the Linden Method yourself? What do you think about it? Feel free to share your thoughts, you don’t have to agree with me to get published, but please explain your reasons. Apparently, they sometimes sue people for not being able to publicly acknowledge the value of their wonderful method. Keep that in mind!

 

Take care,

Marta

PS. Read also: 12 Coping Strategies For Anxiety That Not Only Don’t Work, But Also Make You Feel More Anxious

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10 Comments

  1. Andrew G says:

    That is a very enlightening topic. I commend you for supporting a niche that is richly needed to today’s world full of anxiety. I’m glad that you honestly reviewed the Linden Method. It’s hard to find on the Internet a written by someone who is not promoting it. Thanks for your insight!

  2. Kelara says:

    Great review of the Linden Method. Maybe he should have titled the book, a beginners guide. It sounds like people who are new to experiencing anxiety symptoms could benefit from his method. However, someone who has been coping for a while, would find it useless since it’s all the same stuff repackaged. I’m sure people will appreciate your review since it will save them from spending money on the book only to find out what they already know.

  3. Liz says:

    This was a really great review which was informative for people looking for info on the Linden Method. Sounds like it is not worth spending the money on and there are better solutions out there. I fully agree that meditation should be a daily exercise for people in general, but especially for anxiety sufferers.

    Are there any particular programs you would recommend for anxiety? One’s that are your ‘go to’ on a regular basis?

  4. Al says:

    It’s good to see an honest review- not one of the many that are either written by Linden himself or one of the affiliates trying to earn off sales of his product!

    After seeing an advert for the “Linden method” on facebook I wrote in reply to someone who posted on the facebook page that CBT can help with anxiety- immediately Charles Linden said it was useless and when I questioned his easy dismissal of an evidence based therapy he deleted my comments!

    Not the behaviour of a qualified therapist- more the of an arrogant narcissist!

    • Marta says:

      I completely agree with you…. The guy is a kind of a self-proclaimed guru, and his whole website is pure manipulation aimed at tricking you to buy something of little value.

  5. Tony Horan says:

    Fantastic article Marta, I echo all of the positive comments above. I have been looking for the low-down on Linden and his method and this is it. I commend your decision to follow the mindful way. Like you I have learned to take with a pinch of salt anyone or method that tries to proclaim “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” I have spent approx. £20k over thirty years trying to heal and change my life and latterly with depression and “the dark night of the soul”

    My life REALLY started to change and my pain began to heal when I STOPPED trying to heal my pain or change my life. I discovered mindfulness, meditation and Eckhart Tolle’s Power of Now (free pdf or great investment in paperback) I commend you for the mindful way because in my humble opinion after 30 yrs.’ of pain, suffering and searching I believe that mindfulness CAN BE the one true way for EVERYONE.

    Mindfulness/meditation actually IS imho the one true way that Linden claims for himself. Practicing various mindfulness and meditation techniques will ALWAYS work for EVERYONE, EVERYTIME, no matter what their situation, problem or circumstance. BUT IT MUST BE PRACTICED! As you said above it can also be useful to marry this up with traditional counselling/psychotherapy particularly if one has a lot of heavy stress and or past trauma. (find a highly recommended counsellor/psychotherapist who you can check up on reviews etc. there are some terrible “therapists” out there who will do you more harm than good!!) Counselling and psychotherapy can help us understand and process life experience as well as help us focus on the stuff we need to focus on but go for someone with strong reviews.. That said mindfulness/meditation will help regardless of outside help and all by itself. Eckhart Tolle’s books and videos are relatively cheap or free as pdfs and there are tonnes of free videos online. Taking slow deep mindful breaths can simply change your life. PEACE!

  6. Farzin Patrick Fakouri says:

    A great article that will inform people on their possible options in regards to suffering from anxiety,

    Well done !!

  7. Mim says:

    I’ve just bought this and after listening to the same thing in every part of this online subject, I’ve realised that its the same as telling someone, mind over matter, and this simply doesn’t help. You can’t push this to the back of your mind cos the mind is a powerful tool and can and does resist what really is commonsense. I feel duped and out of pocket by £179. I’ve read everything and listened to everything on the online portal that I’ve bought and it hasn’t helped me at all, in fact I feel worse. I asked for my money back and was told they don’t do refunds so I’ve totally wasted my money as well as time. Ive suffered with depression, bi polar 2, for over 27 years and started having anxiety for last nine years, but that’s due to my life circumstances and the awful situations I’ve had to overcome since a teenager so I thought I’d give the Linden method a shot. I really don’t think this is for everyone. We are all individuals so how can it.

  8. MARY says:

    Think he is just taking advantage of vulnerable people.

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