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The Phone Addiction Workbook

By Hilda Burke

A Step-by-step Guide to Stop Your Endless, Useless and Anxiety-Inducing Checking, Swiping, and Liking


Smartphone technology has fundamentally changed the ways humans live, work, and communicate. But being always connected has trained people to constantly check in and instantly respond to messages. Even worse, many smartphone apps are specifically designed to prey on users’ addictive impulses through the use of compulsion loops that work like slot machines, rewarding one with dopamine surges in the brain each time a notification or like pops up.


The result is the recognized disorder of phone addiction, which is closely related to gambling addiction and substance abuse. Its consequences include stress, anxiety, intimacy issues, and more. This interactive workbook, written by an expert counselor and psychotherapist, offers a guide to understanding addictive behavior, its effects on you and your loved ones, and the steps to curtail use and make more time for yourself. Limiting smartphone use is much easier said than done. Luckily, this helpful workbook offers exercises and activities for creating healthy relationships with all devices.


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Hilda Burke

Hilda Burke is an integrated psychotherapist, couples counsellor and life coach. She also holds the position of guest lecturer at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London and is a volunteer counsellor at Wormwood Scrubs prison. Hilda trained as a transpersonal psychotherapist at CCPE, London and holds a post-graduate certificate in dream work and couples counselling from the same institution. Hilda practices from her consulting room in West London, occasionally accompanied by the resident cat, or her dog, Madra. Before qualifying as a psychotherapist, Hilda worked in PR, promoting many technology and telecoms companies. She also trained as an actor.

Hilda’s aim in working with clients is to help clear the obstacles to enable them to be able to listen to themselves, to be true to themselves and to become fully authentic. She believes the ultimate goal of therapy is to facilitate clients to become their own therapist. Hilda is regularly called upon to comment on issues relating to well-being, relationships and the challenges of modern life in the media and has been quoted in The Daily TelegraphThe GuardianThe Sunday TimesThe Financial TimesForbesThe Huffington PostCosmopolitanPsychologiesWomen’s Health and interviewed on the BBC, ITV and London Live. In addition, she has contributed to three books: Lonely Planet’s 100 Ways to Live Well and the best selling The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober and The Unexpected Joy of Being Single. She was a spokesperson for National Unplugged Day in 2016 and 2017.

She can be found online at @hbtherapist or

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Released: June 2019
Price: $15.95

ISBN-10: 1612439039
ISBN-13: 9781612439037

9.25" x 7.5"
144 pages

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