This course stands alone and results in a Certificate in CBT, if you want to further your studies you can progress to our CBT 2 - Diploma in CBT. Please note you must complete part 1 before part 2 as part 2 is a more advanced course.

CBT is a series of strategies specifically targeted at an individual’s disorder.
These can include:

  • cognitive therapy
  • relaxation
  • breathing techniques
  • interceptive exposure

People with specific issues such as panic attacks, depression, anxiety, anger, etc. are helped by teaching them to control their thought patterns instead of their thought patterns controlling them. 
You are introduced to the ABC Model of counselling. This describes the interaction between the clients’ behaviours, feelings and thoughts.

You are also taught to identify errors in thinking and to challenge damaging beliefs your clients may have. The aim is to enhance your effectiveness as a counsellor by teaching you the skills and the techniques of CBT, through providing case studies, illustrations, practical activities and assignments. This Certificate in CBT is fully academically referenced and has been written by thought leaders in the field. The course contains extensive recommended reading materials and links to websites containing the most up to date thinking and research in this important area of counselling. Students completing this course will gain a full understanding of CBT and become equiped with practical tools and techniques that they can instantly put into practice in counselling clients.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the preferred therapeutic intervention in the NHS today. Indeed, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has gradually gained the central stage of psychotherapy in the UK - an arena historically dominated by psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The reason for this is that numerous studies have reported CBT to be effective in treating clients diagnosed with mental health issues or with social and emotional concerns.

As would be expected, there are some differences between CBT and other counselling approaches. For example, if we compare person-centred counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy we will see that CBT is more directive in its approach with clients. Yet there are also important similarities and many key areas of overlap. For example, CBT still advocates that, as a general rule, clients will benefit from working with counsellors who convey the core counsellor qualities (empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard).

With regards to empathy, research indicates that this quality has been a key contributor to the success of CBT. Also, Beck emphasised the importance of being warm, accepting and genuine with clients – that is real and congruent.



CBT[1] is based on the premise that our interpretation of an event is crucial - for it determines how we will feel and react. Where beliefs and thought patterns are unrealistic and negative, this can lead to a variety of problems and to the development of emotional disorders (such as depression or phobias).

CBT aims to alleviate emotional distress through confronting and challenging errors in thinking. It does this throughidentifying and exploring the way the client views and interprets a particular experience or incident. Beck frames these in terms of misconceptions, faulty analyses, self-deceptions, distortions and personal blind spots. These errors in thinking are appraised and challenged, by testing their validity against objective reality. The client can then assess himself and the world more realistically – as maladaptive thinking is often based on hypotheses, not facts.

In summary, CBT is founded on three main assumptions:

Feelings and behaviours are directly affected by the way a person thinks.

Negative and unrealistic patterns of thinking give rise to emotional disorders.

Altering negative, unrealistic thought patterns can reduce emotional disturbance or distress.

Who is this course for?

This course is for existing practitioners who are looking to update their knowledge, individuals who are working in counselling and are looking for ways they can improve their work with clients with and help to guide them through difficult times.

If you are interested in becoming a CBT practitioner then this course is for you, once you have completed the certificate you can take our Diploma course to further your knowledge.

This course will really let you into the details of CBT and help you to understand what it is and how to use it. It will then teach you tools and techniques that you can deploy to reach these people and be someone they can trust and rely on for guidance through difficult times.

CBT 1 Certificate in CBT - Level 3

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