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CBT Anxiety Life Coach Certificate ➤ Accredited Practitioner

CBT Cognitive Behavior Therapy Life Coach Certification - Anxiety Specialization ➤ Accredited 12 CPD/CE Credit Hours
Patrick Howell, CBT, Mindfulness Life Coaching
692 students enrolled
English [Auto-generated]
Superb student reviews ➤ (new course)
Accredited 12 CPD/CE Continuing Education Hours ➤ Provider #776727
Professional use or as a personal reflective life tool
Free customizable coaching workbook and handouts
Official specialty certification in the established field of life coaching
Psychological structure for handling panic and anxiety
Enhance self-trust and inner confidence
Stop rumination
Quite Negative Thinking
Replace catastrophic beliefs

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Please note that students of this Specialty Area training do NOT need to be certified coaches to receive a Life Coach Specialty Certificate.  Being an enrolled life coaching student may add to the context of this training, but additional certification is not a perquisite for this specialty program. In fact, many students enroll in a Specialty Certification Course as a reflective life tool, or for personal and family reasons.

Class participants who complete the course requirements are eligible to receive a CBT Life Coach Specialization Diploma.  The diploma certificate is valid for two years from issuance and may be renewed with proof of continuing education within three months of expiration.

This course is fully accredited by the internationally recognized agency CPD Accreditation (Accredited Provider No: 776727), and 12 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits are available. Details for how to apply for official certification and 12 CPD/CE credits are provided at the end of the training program. 

*In addition to the course Videos, Student Workbook, Handouts and Supplementary material, students should be prepared to practice the training material for a minimum of 12 course hours. 

Gain your professional credentials in this CBT Life Coaching Specialty Area and;

  • Create new exciting opportunities in the established field of life coaching

  • Take immediate action with included coaching templates and resources

  • Equip yourself and your clients to overcome negative thinking

  • Create positive changes that are sustainable

  • Tackle harmful core and catastrophic beliefs

  • Turn a downward spiral into an opportunity for positive change

  • Overcome faulty programming responsible for anxiety and depression

CBT Life Coaching Specialty Areas – Anxiety, Phobias and Depression – Master Difficult Emotions and Restructure Your Mind

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is well-suited for the typical practitioners of CBT life coaching including; life coaches, therapists, counselors, teachers, social  workers, pastors, organizational leaders, parents and other wellness professionals

  • Anyone wishing to contribute to society from within a helping profession

  • This Specialty Training is ideal for those interested in the field of Cognitive Behavioral practices related to integrative wellness

  • Anyone working towards self-actualization

  • Coaches-in-training who want to provide substantial guidance and direction

Welcome to Life Coach Specialty Certification Accredited Course

Course Introduction

Here you will learn about the course structure, the teaching style, and the qualifications for receiving 12 CPD Credit Hours and a Life Coaching Specialization Expert Diploma.

Quick Win Intervention

This techniques is to help with anxious, ruminating and obsessive thought or actions.  It is provided as a quick win intervention early in the training because I want you to have something tangible to begin applying immediately.

Hero or Guide?

After watching this video and in the next lecture you'll be prompted to add your insights regarding the description of life coaching. Should coaches play the role of the hero or the guide?

Your Position on "Hero or Guide"


In the previous video you heard our take on being a hero or a guide, but we are most interested in your philosophy! 

Do you agree with the description or would you offer a different perspective? 

  • If you agree with our our description, why do you agree?

  • If you have another perspective, please explain.

Your insights are important and valued!

To post your (200 words or less) Cognitive Reframing Reflection

  1. Open the Q&A tab in your course dashboard.

  2. Next click the red "Ask a new question" tab. 

  3. Title your reflection "Hero or Guide" and write your response in the space provided (or paste from Word) and then click the "Post Question" tab.

Increase Locus of Control to Stay Grounded

Locus of Control and Anxiety / Goal Progress

Locus of Control and Anxiety (Goal Progress)

Because we are integrated human-beings - we are the sum of our parts and not just isolated components, we can attack a problem in not so obvious ways. We can challenge anxiety and depression by increasing our locus of control through the process of goal setting and goal progress. General goal setting and goal progress is in fact one of the most overlooked strategies in the specialty of anxiety coaching. When you help a client find purpose and direction in one area of life, that purpose and direction finds its way to other areas.

Goal Setting and Goal Progress for Internal Locus of Control

There are so many goal setting strategies, and as coaches or as coach trainees you've learned a great deal about goal setting already. That said since we are looking for ways that our clients can achieve quick, sustainable wins, while enhancing their internal locus of control, so in this lecture we'll go through  goal setting/ locus of control building strategies together and then afterwards there's  reflection assignment for you to complete.    

Locus of Control Goal Setting Question Document(s) Review
External Locus of Control Coaching
CBT Based Practices in a Life Coaching Context

CBT Based Practices in a Life Coaching Context

Feeling empowered to live life on your own terms. And tapping into your passions while using your acquired skills to help others. That's what life coaching is all about. Focusing on specific, specializing in, ways to help your clients move past difficult  emotions that block their success is part of what makes life coaches a very important part of the personal development ecosystem.

The context in which we as coaches work with clients is unique. So when we discuss CBT or any therapeutic practice we want to look at it through the lens of a life coaching professional.

Coaches who embrace the differences between coaching and therapy, and then consciously delineate their services to reflect the impact that life coaching can have, those are the coaches who achieve the most success. This happens because embracing what we can and can't do as coaches generates clarity and removes ambiguity as to what the client can expect.  When clients come to know what to expect from you, more clients come.

Distorted Thinking Patterns of Anxiety

Section Objectives

Section Introduction: Distorted Thinking Patterns


This section contains a very important Life Coach Specialization Compulsory Assignment. You'll be guided through the self-study of Faulty Thinking Patterns, or Cognitive Distortions, that are correlated with anxiety and depression.  After learning the distortions you'll be prompted to add your personal insights by describing how you would coach someone thorough a particular faulty thinking patter.

Faulty Thinking Patterns Contributing to Fear and Inertia - Self Study


Anxiety Inducing Faulty Thinking Study Guide & Essay Assignment 

What are faulty thinking patterns (aka cognitive distortions)?

Cognitive distortions are irrational thought patterns or belief systems that distort or 'twist' our perception of reality in an unfavorable way. In order to experience integrated, whole-person wellness, it's important to challenge these harmful faulty thinking patterns and replace them with more helpful thinking. 

Anxiety levels, mental health and the primary domain of life coaching - personal effectiveness, are all impacted by cognitive distortions.  When left unchallenged these faulty thinking patterns can lead to chronic anxiety and pervasive unease. 

Dr. Aaron Beck was the first to propose the cognitive distortion theory. And in late 1980’s, Dr. David Burns helped to classify the various forms of cognitive distortions helping make the practice of eliminating these distorted thinking patterns easier.          



Global labeling is a personalized form of an overgeneralization where a client labels or "tags" themselves or others as being one negative thing.  Personalized labeling usually shows up in times of high stress or disappointment.   

Example: "I'm a total loser" or "They are completely incompetent"   

Recommendation: Help your client work through the facts related to their difficult emotions. Guide them to describe the situation using factual statements as opposed to "feeling statements".  Instead of "I'm a total loser" the client would describe the facts that promoted this feeling along with other facts that would negate this feeling "My boyfriend broke up with me. I didn't have much success in this particular relationship, but I have other relationships that are thriving".   


This entails making judgments in the absence of supporting evidence. 

Example: The belief that someone does not like you without any actual information to support this belief.

Recommendation: Challenge your client to dispute their assumptions - make a game of it. Ask: Over the next week how many "thinking myths" can you bust?  By incorporating an aspect of game theory into your coaching, your client will take on the myth-busting challenge in a lighthearted and effective way.   


Should statements are a common source of persistent anxiety and an indication that the client is questioning their actions or inaction.  A client who thinks and speaks in terms of should, shouldn't, ought to, must/mustn't will likely exhibit high levels of self-doubt, uncertainty and anxiety. 

Should statements are a signal that the clients behavior is at odds with their self-perceived ideal behavior.

Recommendation:  Encourage the client to create an Ideal Self Statement describing themselves  at their very best. Have the client use that statement to develop a set of realistic guiding principles that they can commit to following. 


Personalization refers to believing that you are to blame for negative outcomes when their is no evidence to suggest this is so .

Example: "People left early and did not enjoy themselves at last nights dinner party, so I must be a horrible host" 

The insecurity caused by this type of intense personalization leaves a client anxious about having to always be perfect. 

Recommendation:  Have the client challenge this thought by asking; "How do you know no  one had a good time?" and "What else might account for people leaving early"   


A client who is catastrophizing magnifies the significance of something that has happened or something they anticipate will happen.  This person exhibits a "worse-case" mentality. They assume the worst possible thing will happen and blow the potential repercussions out of proportion . . . to the point of overwhelming anxiety!

Example: "I shook hands with someone who has a cold, so now I'm going to get sick and be laid up for an entire month, and will probably loose my job" 

While a real catastrophe will conjure up valid fear, a person who is Catastrophizing  tends to put the cart before the horse. The expectation that the worst possible thing is bound to happen keeps the client anxious and on-edge. 

Recommendation:  Work with the client to uncover theses catastrophic core beliefs and  help them replace old expectations with positive new expectations.  Visualization techniques are often helpful.   


This client will have the tendency to sort things into one of two extremes with no middle-ground.

Example: Believing they are either 100% perfect or 100% horrible with people in social situations.  This black and white thinking fails to recognize that life offers wide swaths of gray. 

Recommendation: Have the client think about how other people would describe them or their situation.  I.e. How would a friend describe their social skills? An objective observer? A teacher of social skills?  Etc... 


Assignment: Anxiety Inducing Cognitive Distortions

Certification Specialization Compulsory Assignment Title:
Cognitive Distortions Strategy Essay

Estimate Time For Completion: 
7-10 Minutes 

Assignment Details:
Choose one Cognitive Distortion from this workbook and In 250 words or less describe how you would help (or have helped) someone work through that particular faulty thinking pattern. 

Important Note: 

If you are taking this training on the Udemy platform please submit the text of your essay by opening the Q&A tab and starting a new discussion.  Title your reflection "Cognitive Distortions Strategy"     

Cognitive Distortion Workbook Review
Five Major Categories of Anxiety

Major Categories of Anxiety


General Anxiety is characterized by chronic and persistent anxiety. Often times it is a low-level response accompanied by worrisome and tense feelings.  These worrisome and tense feelings happen regardless of whether or not a specific stimuli is present.  The feeling is sort of just there looming.

Social Anxiety produces overwhelmingly uncomfortable feelings. This person usually has an intense fear of being embarrassed, humiliated or even criticized by others, and they tend avoid social engagements. The uncomfortable feelings can occur just about anytime other people are present (this would be the most severe or striking form of social anxiety),oOr the feelings may be limited to a specific situation like going to parties, or simply eating out with others.

Phobias.  A person who experiences a phobia is extremely fearful of specific objects or situations. This person will typically go to extreme lengths to avoid the things they are fearful of. They may have an extreme dread of flying, small spaces, or in the case of agoraphobia they fear and avoid any place or situation that has triggered a panic attack in the past. They also may have an extreme and often debilitating fear of open spaces with lots of people.

Panic Attacks are another form of anxiety and are characterized by episodes of extreme discomfort. These feelings are often overwhelming and the person going through a panic attack notices the effect on their body. They may feel their chest pounding, shortness of breath, nausea, even dizziness.

Post-Traumatic Stress develops after exposure to a frightening event in which physical harm was threatened or occurred. PTSD is best suited for treatment by a trained mental health provider.

Coaches who are versed in CBT based techniques can help their clients develop efficient skills, that are often times immediately effective in helping them to control fear and move toward their goals.

Section Quiz

Core Beliefs

Challenging Anxiety Inducing Core Beliefs

Challenging and Changing Anxiety Inducing Core Beliefs

Core beliefs are individual by nature, so uncovering and challenging core beliefs is an intimate process that occurs between you, the coach, and your client.  Here we will examine how to challenge unearthed harmful beliefs.

Core Beliefs Document Review

A review of the Core Beliefs coaching handout

Specialty Certification Reflection - Challenging Core Beliefs

Course Handouts and Disclaimer

All Course Handouts in One Place!
Course Disclaimer

Life Coach Specialty Certificate - Anxiety


By registering for this Life Coach Specialty Training - Anxiety program, you acknowledge that neither the instructor(s), nor their respective companies are legally responsible for any actions you take in relation to this material.

The use of this course and its content is for educational purposes only. The application of concepts discussed are at your own personal discretion and risk.

We offer this Coach Specialty Training program as a subject matter specific tool. Although the course contains a great deal of insights and best practices for coaching and personal development, this training is not intended to provide psychological, medical or therapeutic advice. The providers of this course do not offer medical advice, diagnosis, or the treatment of illness. This is a Coaching Specialty Area certificate course. Completion of this course does not qualify you as a therapist, psychotherapist, counseling professional, or mental health professional. This course is a Coach Specialty Training program ONLY.

Regulations: Within the USA, at the time of this writing, there are no regulations governing the practice of life coaching. We do however advise you to seek advice from your own local government as to legal requirements within your country or region.

Certificate: For students who complete the training requirements we offer a Specialty Area Life Coaching Certificate as an official recognition of completed training hours. Students who complete this program in its entirety (including video, assignments and writings) are eligible to apply for 12 CPD Credit Hours (Continuing Professional Development). For instructions on how to obtain CPD/CE credits please refer to the application process in the final lecture of the course.

The Role of a Life Coach: Life coaches are not licensed health care providers and must not provide medical advice or engage in patient diagnosis. Coaches do not treat or otherwise counsel those with mental illness. Life coaches work with clients to assess their current situations and to help clients make concrete plans for achieving their goals and objectives.

Ethical Responsibility: Coaches have a moral and (arguably) legal obligation to refer clients in need of mental health services to an appropriate licensed professional.

Agreement: Coaching and therapy are different fields. As a well-trained coach you acknowledge that you are not licensed to treat patients or to offer mental health advice. And you are not permitted to refer to yourself as a therapist, counselor or other licensed clinical professional without the proper training and licensing credentials.

If you do not agree with any of the above please return the course for a full refund within 30 days of enrollment.

*Pursuant to our responsibility and requirements a PDF copy of this disclaimer is available for download.

Index of Course Assignments

Life Coach Specialty Certification Assignment Index  (Downloadable Copy Available)

Section 1: Reflection Assignment (Optional/Highly Recommended)

Assignment Title:
Hero or Guide - Specialty Certification Reflection Insights

Note on Assignment: 

* Please post responses to this particular Hero or Guide Reflection Insight to the Q&A tab within your student dashboard

Estimate Time For Completion: 
4-8 Minutes

Assignment Details:
Watch the video lecture tilted Hero or Guide and provide your insights by answering the following.

Do you agree with how we described the role of a coaching professional or would you offer a different perspective? 

  • If you agree with our description, why do you agree?

  • If you have another perspective, please explain.

Section 2: Written Reflection Assignment (Compulsory)

Assignment Title
Coaching External Locus of Control - Specialty Certification Reflection Insights

Note on Assignment: 

Internal Locus of Control  - a person with an internal locus believes that they exert a high degree of influence over their circumstances.

External Locus of Control  - a person with and external locus believes that they have little influence over their circumstances.

* This is an in-curriculum assignment that the Udemy system will prompt you to complete.

* With this and all reflections you may choose to keep your reflection private or to share it with your fellow students. Please do participate in the general topic discussion by reading other posts and commenting.

Estimate Time For Completion:
6-10 Minutes

Assignment Details:
In 150 words or less, please describe the coaching strategies, interventions and questions you would use or have used to help a client (or yourself) develop a greater Internal Locus of Control

Section 3: Written Reflection Assignment (Compulsory)

Assignment Title
Challenging Core Beliefs - Specialty Certification Reflection Writing

Notes on Assignment:

If you're actively coaching clients  you are in a unique position to offer insight into common (or not so common) negative core beliefs.  If you're not actively coaching clients then please offer your personal reflections.

* This is an in-curriculum assignment that the Udemy system will prompt you to complete.
* With this and all reflections you may choose to keep your reflection private or to share it with your fellow students. Please do participate in the general topic discussion by reading other posts and commenting.

Estimate Time For Completion:
8-12 Minutes

Assignment Details: 

In 200 words or less, please describe a negative core belief you've encountered in a client or lived with personally, and provide details on your process of coaching/self-coaching to change that core belief

Section 4: Cognitive Distortions Essay (Compulsory)

Essay Title:
Faulty Thinking Patterns -  Specialty Certification Reflection Insights

Notes on Assignment:

* Please post responses to this particular Faulty Thinking Patterns Essay to the Q&A tab within your student dashboard

Estimate Time For Completion:
15-30 Minutes

Assignment Details: 

Download the study guide titled Anxiety Inducing Faulty Thinking Patterns.

Choose one Cognitive Distortion from this workbook and In 400 words or less describe how you would help (or have helped) someone work through that particular faulty thinking pattern.

* Reminder: For this particular assignment please submit the text of your essay by opening the Q&A tab and beginning a new discussion. Please title your essay and the discussion "Faulty Thinking Pattern"

Section 4: Quiz (Optional/Helpful)


Section 5: Read and Agree to Coaching Disclaimer


Section 6: Magnify to Minimize Insights (Optional/Recommended)

Assignment Title:
Ideas on the use Magnify to Minimize 

Notes on Assignment:

This assignment is about experimenting with creative approaches to help your clients.  When coaches think in terms of "how can I" amazing new approaches and interventions begin to surface.

* This is an optional creative writing with no min/max word count.

Estimate Time For Completion:
2-10 Minutes

Assignment Details:

Describe a challenge or situation in which you envision the Reframe/Magnify to Minimize visualization being effective.  *If you have prior experience with this technique feel free to describe that experience as it took place.

Section 6: Quiz A (Optional/Helpful)

Section 6: Summary Quiz (Optional/Helpful)

Section 6: Integrative Wellness Coaching Insights (Optional)

Assignment Title:
Integrative Wellness - Specialty Certification Reflection Insights

Notes on Assignment:

This is an optional creative writing with no min/max word count.

Estimate Time For Completion:
5  Minutes

Assignment Details:

Based on the article The Deadliest Sin, what coaching language and evidence would you use to coach a client to adopt a physical fitness routine.

Section 7: Investigate additional resources (Optional/Helpful)

Section 7: Submit a Request To Receive Your Life Coaching Specialty Area Certificate and CPD Credit-Hours (Optional)

CBT Life Coaching Specialization Techniques

Section Introduction

Introduction to the contents in this section

Thought Challenging

When you hear therapeutic practitioners and clinicians refer to something know as a Thought Challenge, they are likely referring to an established process for replacing negative, anxiety inducing thoughts with more positive and realistic thoughts. The thought challenge process will be taught in this lecture.

Thought Challenge Document Review

A review of the Coaching Document "Thought Challenge Diary"

Magnify to Minimize Visualization

A very effective technique  that involves visualization coupled with a cognitive reframe.

Specialty Certification Reflection Writing - Magnify to Minimize
Counter Response

Counter Response Technique

The physiological response to stress is very specific. So one strategy to train a more healthy response to a perceived threat is to purposefully behave in way that you would not behave if you were facing a real threat.  This is known as the counter response technique.

Quiz A
SSAC Model (pronounced Sac)

The SSAC Model (pronounced Sac)

The acronym stands for Situation, SELF-TALK, Actions and CONSEQUENCES .

The SSAC model is used within CBT to help a client examine their behaviors, and how those behaviors, in this case, add to anxiety levels.

There are two phases of the SSAC model. The first is the Descriptive Phase and the second is the Generative Phase


Fluidity Principle and Exercise

The Fluidity Principle of Emotions

The cognitive process of noticing how emotions have a similar effect as the tide does on a body of water. One moment the shoreline looks big, powerful and scary, and the next moment it looks peaceful, calm and serene, just noticing the natural ebb and flow of emotions  can put the fear response into perspective.

Coaching For Performance Anxiety

Strategies for a wide range of performance anxieties.

Exposure Techniques

Exposure Healing

One of the most effective, and non-invasive forms of Exposure Healing is called Systematic Desensitization. Through this process the client is exposed to progressively more and more of the specific anxiety-inducing stimuli with the aim of reducing the negative effect of that stimuli.

The client willingly exposes him or herself to the object of their fear in two ways.

1. Imaginal Exposure - this is when the client uses the Theater in Their Mind to mentally confront their fear by vividly picturing the object of their fear within their mind. 

2. In Vivo Exposure - this is where a client physically exposes them self to the object of their fear. They immerse themselves in or FLOOD themselves with the object of their fear.

Here's an example of what systematic exposure might look like for a person who has a Phobia or  irrational fear of snakes.  In this example,

·        They would begin by looking at images of snakes until their anxiety decreased

·        They might expose themselves to a fake plastic snake

·        They would vividly imagine being in the same room as a snake

·        Their minds eye they would imagine touching and holding a snake, and they would hold this thought until anxiety dissipated

·        They would imagine noticing how the snake feels within their hands

·        They would visit an aquarium that housed snakes

·        They would stand in front of the glass enclosure containing the snakes and just look

·        They would maybe eventually reach out and touch the glass enclosure

·        They would visit the part of the aquarium that allows them to pet a snake, and perhaps just sit in near proximity until anxiety decreased.

·        They might approach the snake. Again sitting near it until anxiety decreased.

·        Finally they would, and this may take some time or multiple visits, pet the snake

Exposure Healing is most effective when the client willingly comes in contact with the object that causes the fear, and they do this until anxiety decreases. Then they move progressively to the next fear milestone. 

Alternate Nostril Breathing for Anxiety

Alternate Nostril Breathing for Anxiety


Breathing effects how we feel!

Research shows a direct connection between our breathing patterns and our emotional state. For instance, slow and controlled breathing is an indication of calm, while rapid and shallow breathing is an indication of the stress response.

Alternate Nostril Breathing is a technique you can teach to your clients as a supplemental practice for reducing general anxiety. This particular breathing technique is unique in that studies indicate that this pattern of breathing may reduce blood pressure while enhancing respiratory functions.   


It's very simple to teach and very simple to perform.


  1. Using your right thumb press gently to close your right nostril

  2. Inhale slowly (5-7 seconds through) your left nostril

  3. Pause briefly and hold the breath for 1-2 seconds

  4. Using the ring finger of the same hand close off the left nostril while releasing your thumb and exhaling through   your right nostril                              

  5. Inhale slowly (5-7 seconds through) your right nostril

  6. Pause briefly and hold the breath for 1-2 seconds

  7. Close off your right nostril with your right thumb

  8. Breathe out through your left nostril

Continue to breath in this manner for 2-3 minutes.  As you become more comfortable with Alternate Nostril Breathing you can increase the time.

Integrative Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle

Adopting Healthy Lifestyle Habits (Deadliest Sin)

Once you've read the article please respond to the question in the next lecture.

Bonus Anxiety Guided Meditation and Course Conclusion

Bonus - 6 Minute Anxiety Meditation (from Mindful Coach Certificate Course)
Additional Resources (what this course may have left out)

Additional Resources - what this course may have left out

Bonus: How to Receive Your Specialization Certificate & Bonus Discount Coupons

1. Details on how to receive your Specialization Area Certificate and 12 CPD Credit Hours.

2. Discount coupon code for CBT Life Coach Practitioner Training

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