Our story

When you put two people together with different skills and the same values, great things can happen!

Contain Your Brain is a collaboration between clinical psychologist, Dr. Lillian Nejad and Brenton Cannizzaro, digital design consultant (and worrier extraordinaire!).

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We all worry, but there’s a time and a place!
My aim is to help you spend less time worrying about your life, and more time living it!

Dr. Lillian Nejad
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Lillian Nejad

Lillian's side of the story

As a clinical psychologist, I’ve been recommending the Contain Your Brain strategy to worriers for years.
Two years ago, I did a webinar about worry for a community of business owners. Brenton was there.
A month later, Brenton saw me at a business event and told me that he loved the Contain Your Brain strategy and it was helping him manage his worries! Music to my ears.
A few months later, he even posted about it.
How cool is that!?
A year later, I’m talking to a client about Contain Your Brain, and it struck me, this is a great strategy, but it hasn’t kept up with the times.
I mean if you’re prepared to carry around a notepad or notecards all day and pop them in a jar or a box—power to you—but I knew in this moment, most people are not.
How could I make an effective strategy for worry more relevant, more practical, and just easier to do?
That’s when it clicked, “What if it was an app?!”
Apart from using apps, I don’t know anything about apps. Was this a good idea?
Then I thought, call Brenton. Brenton is a digital design guru AND not only does he know the strategy, he uses it!
I called him and our partnership was born.
With Brenton’s design skills and my psychology know-how, we forged ahead.
One year later, here it is!
Brenton Cannizzaro

Brenton's side of the story

Two years ago I attended Lillian’s webinar on effectively dealing with worry and stress and was blown away!
Everyone worries, and some of us worry more than others. I tend to fit into that latter category!
Running a business can be stressful - in the good times and bad. Pressure to succeed, plus delivering on commitments and expectations is constant. As someone that has been in business for over 20 years, I fully appreciate the perpetual stress one can be under.
What really impressed me with the Contain Your Brain strategy is that it allows me to effectively deal better with stress. Worrying is inevitable, so dealing with it better just makes perfect sense.
The lessons I learnt in Lillian's webinar really helped. So a couple months later I did a LinkedIn post about it to share it with others.
Then a year later, I get a call from Lillian, who says...
“Brenton, I know this is a random call, but you’re in the digital design business and you use this strategy yourself, so I think you’re the perfect person to ask — “Is Contain Your Brain a good idea for an app?”
I think it’s fairly obvious what I thought!
Creatively it has been a wonderful challenge to implement the Contain Your Brain strategy into an intuitive app. Professionally it has been amazing to work with someone as talented and inspiring as Lillian. And personally I really hope the app can help others the way the strategy has helped myself.
We can't wait for you to try Contain Your Brain!
Lillian & Brenton
I had a similar app but they collected your data and I didn't like it, so I am glad to know that this app doesn't collect user data.
Alanna R.
I love the idea of blocking out worry time!!
This makes so much more sense than just trying to stop worrying.
Frances G.
I like that the app lets you edit your worries, schedule worry times across days, and also export your worries.
Anna L.
Congratulations and very well done!! I will definitely be recommending this to my clients.
Stephanie L.
Love this concept! I have an 18 year old who suffers from anxiety, and I think this will help.
Karin S.
I’ve just downloaded it and started having a play, looks great! Can’t wait to share it with a few clients! Well done!!
Danielle G.

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