Become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for £39? Pfffftttt….

Time Out London is currently offering this absolutely bloody ridiculous offer on their site: “93% off a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma”. Actually worth a “whopping £599″ it’s currently available for the low, low price of £39!

Pretty amazing. Especially when it turns out that the course is being run by the NLP Centre of Excellence, and NLP as we all know, is a pile of incoherent and festering ordure. Also, a closer reading of the text reveals that the course is just a few e-books.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a serious set of therapeutic technologies, with a substantial evidence base, useful for treating several classes of mental health issues. It usually takes several years to become a CBT therapist – the most common route is to complete a clinical doctorate training program, and then do additional specialist training afterwards. In the UK, CBT therapists are registered with a professional body called the BABCP, and are required to undergo regular peer-supervision, and conduct their therapy sessions within the guidelines of the association.

Anyone who thinks they can become a CBT therapist by reading a couple of manuals from some NLP charlatans is in serious need of therapy themselves. I bet the e-books aren’t even about CBT; it’s probably the same old NLP twaddle warmed over again with a new title. This is an out-and-out scam, plain and simple.

10 responses to “Become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for £39? Pfffftttt….

  1. You are right to open up the issue of what CBT exactly means nowadays. The term has been widened and misused so much, it can mean anything from lifestyle advice to mindfulness. However, one of the worst offenders in the dumbing down process has been the NHS mental health services. They have a problem, no doubt, in that CBT is quite labour intensive and therefore expensive, yet NICE recommend it for practically every mental health problem. The chances of seeing someone with the qualifications you mention is very low, that’s if you get to see anyone at all. Not surprisingly the bollocks sector has found an opportunity to muscle in.

    • Excellent points, and you’re right – CBT had become a bit of a victim of its own success in the NHS and IAPT services (originally designed to treat anxiety and depression) are under pressure to accept other kinds of patients.

  2. I bought such a course. Don’t kill me for it! I had CBT and wanted to cement the skills I learned. I haven’t read the course content yet but will follow up if I think it’s more NLP than CBT. No one can expect to become a therapist from an online course. That’s a false claim that surely they must be legally made to retract?? Still £39 is cheaper and less troublesome than trudging back and forth to a counsellor if your need is not that great…

  3. ‘Pile of incoherent festering ordure’ …love it, thanks for the laugh!

  4. I am a trained accredited Counsellor (Person centred) with a BA (hons) degree in counselling. I am also a member of the BACP. I bought this course recently thinking -” well lets just see” ! Its actually quite good – 24 modules on CBT (not NLP) Not sure if the ‘Diploma’ will hold much academic weight but its certainly worth £39 for the literature alone. It includes and covers a history of CBT, Life stage theory, Ethics, Supervision, When and where to use CBT, Developmental theories, coaching and a bit of DBT too! I found it interesting and better than I expected.

  5. I just fell for this and the course content that is advertised is completely different to what i have been sent. The lady dealing with my complaint Cath Cartridge is completely ambivalent and playing the ‘not to my knowledge card’. This company is a total scam…..

  6. This is a timely post – thanks for putting it up. Prior to finding you I’d just ‘interacted’ with the NLP Centre of Excremense and immediately had large red flags flying.The calls were supposedly taken at the training centre by young people who had no idea whatsoever of any product details, not even the basic concepts of NLP, so were unable to help me – but they have taken my number so a member of the ‘training team’ can call me back.
    I may be way off beam, but it seems to be a call centre, reading from a script, and when you ask for details not on message, they fold. One actually put the phone down on me when I asked if they actually were the training centre or a call centre representing a company.
    This has piqued my interest, and a company check shows NLPCE’s total assets as a shade over £27k with liabilities of £9.8k. Doesn’t seem a big NLP centre with those figures – and it isn’t. Their website is full of beaming happy people holding certificates, which subliminally suggests they are actually in the Training Centre…they might be, but going from the contact details on the NLCP website, Zoopla shows the business is being run from a semi detached house in Stockport.
    I’ll be back after the phone call from ‘one of the training team’.
    Thanks again for the post!

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