BABCP Conference

On July 22nd I am will be speaking at the British CBT conference, which is being held in Birmingham this year. The topic of my symposium is one of my favorite subjects, and a common theme on this blog: safety behaviors. My co-speakers are Brynjar Halldorson, Kate Muse and Clare Mein, and we are very lucky to have two of world’s leading experts on the subject as a discussant and chair: Paul Salkovskis and Freda MacManus.

Real-time audience responses

As part of our talk, we will be asking our audience questions to get their opinions on certain subjects. For example, here is a question that I will pose to the clinicans in the audience:




Our hope was that the audience would vote using their smartphones or tablets, and we would display the results in real-time as the votes are submitted. I spent some time searching for existing solutions, but everything I could find was either too difficult to use, too expensive, or required special software to be installed. Therefore, we decided to build our own polling service the way wanted it. It is simple and easy to use, and without any fancy bells and whistles. It is a great tool so we have decided to make it available to everyone for free.

Polls are a great way to spice up lectures or presentations. You can give it a try here:

Let us know what you think, and feel free to share the link with anyone who is looking for a real-time audience response system.


Fjola  Helgadottir, PhD, CPsychol, is a clinical psychologist, a senior research clinician at the University of Oxford, and is a co-creator of, a developer of online CBT treatment programs.

Just a quick heads up. I’ve written a three part series on computerized therapy that has been published on the PsychCentral website.

1.Computerized Therapy: Will Your Next Therapist Be a Computer?

Despite a conspicuous absence of insightful robots, computerized therapy is more important than ever.

A general introduction to the field of computerized therapy, including how it works and why it is important. Read more.

2. Top 5 Myths about Computerized Therapy

I do not see real-world clinics joining video rental shops in the graveyard of obsolete business models anytime soon.

A look at some of the most common misconceptions about the field. Read more.

3. The Future of Computerized Therapy

The statistical analysis of large data sets is changing the world we live in. … Therapists have been recording clinical information about patients for decades, and it is exciting to consider what a large-scale analysis might reveal.

Some of the exciting technologies that might shape the future of the field. Read more.



Fjola  Helgadottir, PhD, CPsychol, is a clinical psychologist, a senior research clinician at the University of Oxford, and is a co-creator of, an online CBT treatment program for overcoming social anxiety


Happy New Year!


When we launched the AI-Therapy treatment program we never expected to get users from such a wide range of countries. We’ve had users from 22 different countries tackle their social anxiety in the last year. For something a little different, we are going to try to translate our program’s name for each country below (please let us know if we make any mistakes in your language):

  1. Australia: Overcome social anxiety (does anyone know how to say this in an Aboriginal language?)
  2. Canada: Overcome social anxiety, Surmonter l’anxiété sociale
  3. Denmark: Overvind social angst
  4. France: Surmonter l’anxiété sociale
  5. Germany: Überwindung von Social Anxiety
  6. Iceland: Sigrastu á félagskvíða
  7. Ireland: Overcome social anixety, Superar a ansiedade social
  8. Israel: להתגבר על חרדה חברתית and التغلب على القلق الاجتماعي
  9. Luxembourg: Surmonter l’anxiété sociale, Überwindung von Social Anxiety (is there another term in Luxembourgish?)
  10. New Zealand: Overcome social anxiety, Ma te pouri i hinga Social
  11. Norway: Vinne sosial angst
  12. Poland: Przezwyciężyć lęk społeczny
  13. Saudi Arabia: التغلب على القلق الاجتماعي
  14. Slovenia: Premagovanje socialne anksioznosti
  15. Singapore: Overcome social anxiety, Mengatasi kebimbangan sosial, சமூககவலை கடக்க, 克服社交焦虑 or 克服社交焦慮
  16. South Korea:사회 불안을 극복
  17. Spain: Superar la ansiedad social
  18. Sweden: Övervinna social ångest
  19. United Arab Emirates: التغلب على القلق الاجتماعي
  20. United Kingdom: Overcome social anxiety
  21. United States of America: Overcome social anxiety
  22. Vietnam: Khắc phục lo âu xã hội

I hope you decide to Overcome Social anxiety in 2014!

We’ve been very busy at AI-Therapy over the past few months. In this post we will summarize some of the new developments.

Icelandic TV Appearance

I was interviewed for the evening news in Iceland a few weeks ago:

Fjola on the Icelandic news


During the interview I gave a demonstration of AI-Therapy’s social anxiety treatment program, and announced our new program in development called Overcome Fertility Related Stress (see below).


Fertility Survey

I have started working on a new treatment program for people who are struggling with the emotional aspects of conception and fertility problems. I’ve created a survey, and the information I gather will be used to ensure that the program is helpful for a wide range of people:

Those who participate in the survey will be given the opportunity to be beta testers for the program when it is ready.


AI-Therapy Site License for Clinics, Therapists and Other Organizations

Site licenses are now available for our social anxiety treatment program. More information can be found here:


Overcome OCD

Ross Menzies and I are developing a treatment program for people who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If you would like to be kept up to date on this project, please register your interest here:


Fjola  Helgadottir, PhD, MClinPsych, is a clinical psychologist, a senior research clinician at the University of Oxford, and is a co-creator of, an online CBT treatment program for overcoming social anxiety