Benjamin Fry

In episode 7 of Fear Itself with Cressida Bonas, Cressida is joined by psychotherapist and author Benjamin Fry to talk about his fear of loss.

Benjamin shares a lot of his personal experiences as well as his professional knowledge about mental health, particularly involving the nervous system and how it can help us heal unaddressed wounds and “clean out the gunpowder”. ⁠

He is really open about how losing his mother when he was young impacted him, and how losing work, money and his marriage in his late 30s culminated in a mental health breakdown. After trying many treatments, Benjamin found a solution in a clinic which specialised in the nervous system, and looking at how the problems we have with it can affect our mental health. He went on to set up a mental health clinic, a non-profit and a tech company all specialising in the nervous system. He has also written three books including The Invisible Lion - which is all about context, and what threats we can't see, particularly in relation to mental health - which the pair discuss further in this episode.⁠