Metacognitive Therapy

– Free Yourself from Imprisoning Thoughts –

Popular Danish Book: Now available in English


Metacognitive Therapy – Free Yourself from Imprisoning Thoughts” (2023), the English translation of “Fængslende tanker,” provides international readers with access to metacognitive therapy and the opportunity to liberate themselves from constraining thought patterns.

Delve into the transformative world of metacognitive therapy through Linda Burlan Sørensen’s insightful book. Offering a comprehensive understanding and practical guidance, this book empowers readers to explore the depths of thought patterns and emotional reactions influencing their well-being.

Metacognitive therapy is a groundbreaking approach in psychology, emphasizing the identification and challenge of metacognitive processes that individuals employ when dealing with their thoughts and feelings. By understanding and addressing these automatic and potentially harmful thought patterns, individuals can break free from the cycle of anxiety, depression, and stress.


There will always be terms and conditions in our lives that hurt, which we cannot control ourselves. But there is also a lot of unnecessary psychological suffering created through our own thought processes. These thoughts are allowed to imprison us and keep us stuck in an uncomfortable place that is not pleasant to be in. We can minimize unnecessary psychological pain if we begin to focus on how we manage our thoughts instead of solely focusing on what they contain. Therefore, it is so important to disseminate the thinking behind metacognitive therapy along with the awareness that we are not our thoughts, but that thoughts are something we have.” Linda Burlan Sørensen, author

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About the Book

We cannot get better by ruminating and worrying. Nevertheless, these are the strategies for many who suffer from anxiety and depression. But a wound does not heal by continuing to scratch at it. It just becomes bigger and bigger. If we spend several hours each day wondering about our gloomy thoughts, we become even more depressed and anxious, and do not thrive well psychologically.

By using cases as examples, Metacognitive Therapy – Free Yourself from Imprisoning Thoughts shows us how metacognitive therapy can help us manage our thought processes. At the same time, this book is also a critical voice and warning about the evaluation culture we have created. A culture where more and more people are developing anxiety and depressive disorders because we are constantly under surveillance and must fit into certain schemas. We need to learn how to think for ourselves and be aware that we can regain control over our thought processes.

From the Book

” The difference between thought processes and thoughts is crucial because we will always have thoughts. We cannot simply remove them, and it certainly is not the case that we should do so. Some of my clients wish to never have certain thoughts and feelings. But this battle is lost beforehand. We cannot make a list of over 100 thoughts that we never ever want to have again, and then expect that they will never return. We can never become empty of thought. 

Instead, it is obvious to think about what we can do with our thoughts when they pop up. How can we best cope with them, so that they are not running our lives, but rather, we are. Just by understanding that we cannot repress our thoughts and get a beneficial result by doing so, we have removed a large pressure from ourselves. Instead of going into our thoughts all too often to try to analyze and under¬stand them, we can choose another way, which is useful for every¬one, regardless of whether you generally feel healthy and sound, or whether you are weighed down by anxiety or depression. 

Imagine that your telephone rings. How big of an influence do you have on your telephone ringing? None. But you can influence what you do with the call. You can choose to answer it. You can choose to turn off the volume. You can choose to not take the call and turn off the telephone or throw it away from you. This example functions in the same way in relation to your thoughts and feelings. You have no influence on what pops up in your thoughts and feelings. Thoughts are electrochemical impulses in our brains, and these we cannot control. But you do have an influence on what you do with your thoughts when they show up.”

About the Author

Linda Burlan Sørensen is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in metacognitive therapy.    She is a respected member of both the Danish Psychological Association and the Danish Psychotherapist Association, with significant contributions to the field of psychology.

As a skilled writer, Linda has authored insightful books such as “Fængslende tanker – Kontrollér tankemyldret med metakognitiv terapi” (2018) and “Stressbehandling med metakognitiv terapi – En håndbog for terapeuter” (2019), “Gruppeforløb med metakognitiv terapi – En håndbog for terapeuter” (2021), and “Arbejdsark til metakognitiv terapi” (2023). The English translation of her first book was published in 2023 with the title: “Metacognitive Therapy – Free Yourself from Imprisoning Thoughts”. These publications are highly regarded for their practical applications in metacognitive therapy.

Linda’s role as the director of Neokognitivt Institut involves providing a range of services, including psychological treatment, professional courses, educational programs, and supervision. The institute’s primary focus is on identifying effective psychological methods to enhance mental well-being and personal growth.

Metacognitive therapy is central to the institute’s approach, and Linda actively trains professionals in its application, contributing to the institute’s success.

The Neokognitivt Institut houses the Metacognitive Psychological Clinic, where Linda and her team offer psychological treatment to adults, adolescents, and children. This integration of theory and practice ensures high-quality support for patients.

Linda and her team prioritize staying up-to-date with the latest developments in psychotherapeutic approaches, with an emphasis on thought processes. Their dedication to innovative techniques within metacognitive therapy and related disciplines is symbolized by the term “neokognitiv.”

Through her written works and dedication to advancing psychology, Linda Burlan Sørensen has made a meaningful impact, improving the lives of many individuals and earning respect within the psychology community.

A Sample from the Book

Journeys with my Books

Join me on my travels as I journey with the books I’ve authored, sharing insights into the  transformative world of metacognitive therapy. Wherever I go, whether it’s the bustling streets of Tokyo or the serene landscapes of the European countryside, people are eager to engage in discussions about the ideas within my books.

The concept of metacognitive therapy resonates deeply with individuals from all walks of life, sparking conversations about the intricacies of thought patterns, emotional responses, and mental well-being. Whether in the vibrant markets of Bangkok or the cozy cafes of Paris, the universal quest for understanding and personal growth transcends cultural boundaries.

I am humbled by the interest and curiosity shown by others as they seek to explore the principles and practices outlined in my books. Their enthusiasm fuels my passion for spreading awareness about metacognitive therapy and its potential to foster positive change in the lives of individuals worldwide.

As I travel, I find myself immersed not only in the sights and sounds of diverse destinations but also in the exchange of ideas and perspectives that enriches each encounter. Through these interactions, I am reminded of the profound impact that sharing knowledge and experiences can have on fostering connection and promoting mental well-being.

So, as I embark on yet another adventure with my books in hand, I invite you to join me in the exploration of ideas, the exchange of insights, and the celebration of the human spirit’s endless capacity for growth and understanding.


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