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.