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How to Become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recognised as a valuable tool in the fight against addiction, depression and countless other disorders.
CBT coaches are also successful in helping people develop their full potential and have been used by leaders across the globe, including Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google.
First Steps
Whether you want to become a life coach or an accredited therapist you should receive specialist training from a college or as part of a recognised university course. It’s up to you whether you select a short intensive diploma course, or a longer period of training that will result in a degree or British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited diploma. You must possess excellent communication skills as well as demonstrate an ability to listen.
Key Points
You may select CBT as an addition to your life coaching skills, or you may wish to specialise in this area to complement your psychotherapy training. To achieve accreditation as a recognised CBT therapist, you should have a first degree or equivalent diploma. There is, however, no regulation in the field of psychological therapies in the UK at present. (1.)
Coaching for Life
Those looking to add CBT to their life coaching skill set, will normally, though not exclusively, be working within a corporate setting. Life coaches are also unregulated, though the UK government’s National Career’s Service suggests that clients and employers will favour those who have received some form of accredited training.
Carry out your research, find a course that will suit your needs and earn that vital CBT qualification.

How CBT can help you cope with insomnia

The Mental Health Foundation in a recent study found that nearly a third of the British population suffered from various forms of insomnia. Non drug therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can aid the re-establishment of a natural sleep pattern. CBT focuses primarily on how you think about the areas of your life. It focuses on your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes and how these impact on your emotional behaviour. By changing negative patterns of thinking, in this case, issues related to sleep, CBT is a method that can be used without the need for reaching for sleeping pills.

Insomnia causes an array of side effects that can be harmful to day to day life. Symptoms may vary but can include the following:

Difficulty in falling asleep at night
Awakening during the night
Waking up too early
Never feeling rested after a night’s sleep
Feeling tired during the day
Anxiety, irritability and depression
Difficulty in paying attention, remembering or being able to focus on tasks
Tension headaches


How to beat insomnia using CBT methods.

By keeping regular hours such as going to bed and getting up at similar times of the day will, along with other CBT practices help to alter sleep behavioural patterns.
Exercising helps to reduce stress, leave three hours between exercise and sleep so that your body has time to wind down. Have a warm bath to relax your mind and body.
It is important to create a restful environment for sleep. A comfortable bed is essential.
Spend 10 minutes before bed writing down anything that is on your mind. By making a to-do list and ‘brain dumping’ you can start to eliminate any worries that may stop you sleeping or wake you up [...]

How CBT can help your children become confident and happy

Helping your children to develop their confidence and self-esteem is an important part of being a good parent. Teaching your child to have a positive body image and to be happy and content with themselves is paramount in building good, solid relationships throughout their school years and then adulthood. This image is often affected by family, friends, social pressure and the media. Low confidence, anxiety and poor self-image lead to under performance, un-popularity and unsatisfied adults.

CBT training will be able to help your children grow in confidence by giving them the basic tools and psychological structure to do so. These are ways in which it could help.

Learn to let go of anxiety, doubt and fear more easily.
Be able to relax amongst your peer group enabling the development of long lasting friendships and relationships.
Help to gain inner strength and self-belief.
Help develop optimism and determination. This is particularly useful with exam stress.
Learn to speak positively about yourself and to yourself.
Low self-esteem in adolescents can lead to destructive behaviour such as eating disorders. Use CBT to create a positive self-image and be happy in your own skin.

The psychology of child confidence is not related to luck or a combination of good genes but is developed through praise, encouragement and love as a developing child. By using psychological strategies and techniques the thought process of a child can be optimised to provide a positive outcome for their future wellbeing. These are all strategies that can be used at a subconscious level.