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How we got here

Companion was created in 2013 by psychologist Dr Robin Hart and product designer Dan Bladon. They met when Dan was struggling with stress and anxiety triggered by work and health-related challenges, and Robin introduced him to the world of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). That helped Dan get back on track.

Dan knew that the techniques Robin had taught him could help other people too, so he set out to create a supportive and effective tool that would use his skills and Robin's expertise to help all kinds of people in all kinds of workplaces. Companion was the result.

Read more about Dan and Robin's story

Key milestones

The first version of Companion was released

2014

Companion was included in the NHS Apps Library

2016

Companion became available for teams as well as individuals

2018

First-round funding enables Companion to think even bigger

2020

Companion v2 is released with more guides and exercises

2021

Our team

Our team of expert advisors are clinicians and psychologists, researchers, designers and developers. Together they enable us to deliver the most effective tools and techniques in the most effective way.

Dan Bladon

CEO, co-founder

Dr Robin Hart

Chief Psychologist, co-founder

Dr Julia Dabrowski

Clinical Psychologist

Flora Dawson

Voice of Companion

Ed Pentelow

Advisor - Product

Amy Maynard

Content Editor

Lauren Brownlow

Advisor - HR

Carrie Marshall

Writer

Get involved

We're always on the lookout for passionate practitioners to help us help people. If you're an expert on any aspect of mental health, we'd love to hear from you.

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