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Dr Robin Bailey
Cognitive behavioural therapist/Metacognitive therapist
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Dr Bailey is a psychological therapist who provides a range of different treatments, with a particular expertise in cognitive behavioural therapy and metacognitive therapy. He is a leading international expert in the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders, in particular health anxiety.

Position at Priory

Dr Bailey has worked at Priory since 2007, as a psychological therapist.


Dr Bailey has been trained in a range of psychological therapies and holds a PHD in clinical psychology.

He has worked with and trained under world experts in cognitive behavioural therapy and metacognitive therapy.

Dr Bailey has also worked in several universities in the UK as a senior lecturer in psychology and psychological therapies. He has trained hundreds of therapists and psychologists nationally and internationally. He currently also holds the position of reader (associate professor) in psychology, psychotherapy and counselling at a university in the north west of England.

Research interests

Dr Bailey is an active researcher into psychological therapies and has published many scientific papers.

Journal Articles

2022:    Bailey, R., & Wells, A. (2018). Metacognitive Therapy for Health Anxiety: A Randomised Control Trial (Ready for Submission)

2018:    Dai, L., Bailey, R., & Deng, Y. (2018). The reliability and validity of the Chinese version of the Metacognitions about Health Questionnaire in college students. Quality of Life Research, 1-10.

2018:    Melli, G., Bailey, R., Carraresi, C., & Poli, A. (2018). Metacognitive beliefs as a predictor of health anxiety in a self‐reporting Italian clinical sample. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy, 25(2), 263-271.

2016:     Melli, G., Carraresi, C., Poli, A., & Bailey, R. (2016). The role of metacognitive beliefs in health anxiety. Personality and Individual Differences, 89, 80-85.

2016:     Bailey, R., & Wells, A. (2016). Is metacognition a causal moderator of the relationship between catastrophic misinterpretation and health anxiety? A prospective study. Behaviour research and therapy, 78, 43-50.

2016:     Bailey, R., & Wells, A. (2016). The contribution of metacognitive beliefs and dysfunctional illness beliefs in predicting health anxiety: An evaluation of the metacognitive versus the cognitive models. Clinical Psychologist. 20, 156-164.

2015:     Bailey, R., & Wells, A. (2015). Metacognitive beliefs moderate the relationship between catastrophic misinterpretation and health anxiety. Journal of anxiety disorders, 34, 8-14.

2015:     Bailey, R., & Wells, A. (2015). Development and initial validation of a measure of metacognitive beliefs in health anxiety: The MCQ-HA. Psychiatry research. 34, 817-829.

2015:     Solem, S., Borgejordet, S., Haseth, S., Hansen, B., Håland, Å., & Bailey, R. (2015). Symptoms of health anxiety in obsessive–compulsive disorder: Relationship with treatment outcome and metacognition. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 5, 76-81.

2014:     Bailey, R., & Wells, A. (2014). Metacognitive Therapy in the Treatment of Hypochondriasis: A Systematic Case Series. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 38(5), 541-550.

2013:     Bailey, R., & Wells, A. (2013). Does Metacognition Make a Unique Contribution to Health Anxiety When Controlling for Neuroticism, Illness Cognition, and Somatosensory Amplification?  Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27(4), 327-337.

Book Chapters

2019:    Bailey, R. (2022) CBT for Panic Disorder. In Todd, G., & Branch, R., (Eds). Evidence-Based Treatment for Anxiety Disorders and Depression: A Cognitive Behavior Therapy Compendium. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.

Links to clinical articles/research papers:

Dr Bailey has written many psychological articles that have been published in media outlets throughout the world.

2023: Robin Bailey (2023). “Why you’re more likely to drink when you’re happy than when you’re sad”: Published in The Conversation (UK)

2018:  Robin Bailey (2018). “Misophonia – when certain sounds drive you crazy”:  Published in: Newsweek (USA), Quartz magazine (USA, Africa, India), The Independent (UK)

2018:    Robin Bailey (2018). “Many men are sexually harassed in the workplace – so why aren’t they speaking out?: Published in: The Star Kenya (Africa), Qrius (India), Sydney Morning Herald (Australia).

2018:    Robin Bailey (2018). “The Dark Side of Day Dreaming”: Published in: World Economic Forum (Switzerland), Epoch Times (China & USA)

2018:    Robin Bailey (2018). “Trying to give up a bad habit? The worst thing you can do is attempt not to think about it”: Published in: New Zealand Herald (New Zealand), Medical Xpress (USA)

2018:    Robin Bailey (2018). “Stop worrying about not getting enough exercise and being too stressed – you may live longer”: Published in: World Economic Forum (Switzerland), The Times (UK), The Independent (UK), Epoch Times (China & USA)

2017:    Robin Bailey (2017). “When it Comes to Mental Health a Problem Shared can be a Problem Doubled”. Published in: The Daily Mail (UK), The Conversation (UK).

2014:, Scientific American: Rethink your Thoughts About Thinking. 

2019: Scientific American: Cyberchondriacs Just Know They Must Be Sick

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  • 2001: Certificate counselling, Salford
  • 2003: PgDiploma counselling, Salford
  • 2004: AdvCert cognitive behavioural therapy, University of Manchester
  • 2006: PgDip cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, University of Liverpool
  • 2007: MSc cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, University of Liverpool
  • 2017: PhD clinical psychology, University of Manchester
  • 2022: Diploma in metacognitive therapist, Metacognitive Institute Manchester
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