CBT Cognitive Behavioral Anxiety Management Life Coach
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CBT Cognitive Behavioral Anxiety Management Life Coach

CBT Anxiety Management Cognitive Behavioral Specialization: Enhance emotional intelligence & cope with anxiety and fear
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Created by Patrick Howell
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 8 articles
  • 31 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Accredited 12 CPD/CE Continuing Education Hours Provider #776727
  • Superb student reviews
  • Foster a heightened degree of emotional intelligence
  • Research-based interventions to bolster self-belief and locus of control
  • Enhance your ability to cope with anxiety
  • Strategies to help end a cycle of negative rumination
  • Discover a new context for irrational fear
  • Enhance self-trust and inner confidence
  • Learn techniques to replace negative thinking and "worse case scenario" thoughts
  • Challenge negative core beliefs and set new milestones for a healthier life
  • How to identify faulty thinking patterns and coach through them
  • Free customizable coaching workbook and handouts
  • Official specialty certification in the established field of life coaching
  • Psychological structure for handling panic and anxiety
  • Students should be prepared to practice the course material for approximately 22 additional hours Official life coach specialization accreditation

Students who complete this course and all course assignments are eligible to apply for an official Cognitive Behavioral Anxiety Life Coach Specialization CERTIFICATE.  This training program is accredited by the internationally recognized Continuing Professional Development Accreditation, CPD Group (Provider No: 776727). 12 CPD Hours/CEU credits may also be awarded to eligible candidates. 


This program includes access to a thriving community of more than 1,700 active coaches, coaches in training, parents, teachers, and personal growth enthusiasts. Together we strive to answer your questions within 24 hours.

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This cognitive behavioral coaching course is NOT to be used for the treatment of mental illness. This training is designed for use in life coaching or as a personal reflective tool. Coaches (or prospective coaches) enrolling in this course MUST refer anyone seeking or in need of mental health services, to a qualified mental health professional immediately.

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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.  The 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 22 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

Who this course is for:
  • Ideal training for those who are interested in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy coaching practices
  • Typical practitioners of CBT life coaching including; life coaches, therapists, counselors, teachers, social workers, pastors, organizational leaders, parents and other wellness professionals
  • Active coaching and therapy professionals interested in integrative approaches
  • Professional use or as a personal reflective life tool
  • Professionals needing to fulfill Continuing Education requirements
  • Students beginning a vocation as life coaching professional
  • Coaches-in-training who want to provide substantial guidance and direction
  • Anyone working towards self-actualization
Course content
Expand all 33 lectures 02:03:51
+ Anxiety Coaching - Welcome to this Certification Course
6 lectures 19:22

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.

Preview 03:35

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.

Anxiety - Rumination and OCD

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?

Preview 05:04


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.

Your take on life coaching as a profession

About Assignments

Assignments are great way for you to practice, and reflect on the course material.  Please be aware that your instructors Patrick Howell reads every assignment, but will not be responding directly to your assignments.  If you have questions about the course content, or of a personal nature, please post your question in the Q&A portion of this program.

If you are pursuing the Accredited Certificate and optional CDP/CE Credit Hours, you will need to complete all course assignments, and comment on at least one assignment posted by a classmate. Doing so demonstrates active participation in the course work and is a requirement for receiving an accredited certificate.

How to Complete an Assignment

Assignments are embedded within the course curriculum and you will be prompted by Udemy's automated system to begin assignments.  Please respond to assignments to the best of your ability.

I looking forward to working with you!

Course Guide

PLEASE NOTE: Udemy does not currently support the completion of assignments on their mobile app.  At this time, completion of assignments must be done on a desktop/laptop computer.  We have encouraged Udemy to add the mobile app option and are eagerly awaiting  their decision:)

About assignments
How to get answers to your questions
+ Increase Locus of Control to Stay Grounded
4 lectures 27:45

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.

Locus of Control - The connection between anxiety and goal setting

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.    

Goal Setting Strategies - An internal locus of control
Locus of Control - Goal setting document review
Coach Specialization Certification Compulsory Reflection Describe the coaching strategies, interventions and questions you would use (or have used) to help a client (or yourself) develop an Internal Locus of Control
Internal Locus of Control
1 question

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.

The difference between coaching and counseling therapy
+ Identifying the Faulty Thinking Associated with Anxiety
4 lectures 10:39

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.

Section Objectives

What are faulty thinking patterns (aka cognitive distortions)?

Cognitive distortions are irrational thought patterns or belief systems that distort or 'twist' your 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 healthier thinking.

Anxiety, 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. In the late 1980’s, Dr. David Burns contributed his expertise and began to classify and label the various forms of cognitive distortions. This labeling of a once nebulous concept made the practice of identifying and ultimately eliminating distorted thinking patterns a great deal easier.

Anxiety Inducing Faulty Thinking Patterns


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

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

Coaching: 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 "He broke up with me - I must be a total loser" the client would describe the facts that promoted this feeling, along with other contradictory facts that serve to negate this feeling.

I.e. My boyfriend broke up with me. It's true that 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.

Coaching: Challenge your client to become a Myth Buster - 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, as well as an indication that the client is questioning their own 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.

Coaching: Encourage the client to create an Ideal Self Statement describing themselves at their very best. Have the client use their ideal self statement to develop a set of realistic guiding principles to live by.


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

Example: "People left my dinner party early and didn't appear to enjoy themselves, so this proves that 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.

Coaching: Have the client challenge this thought by asking; How do you know everyone left early because they didn't enjoy themselves? Is it possible they left early for other reasons? Did anyone say that you are a horrible host?


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.

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 lose my job"

While a real and present catastrophe does conjure justified fears, 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.

Coaching: 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, seeing no middle-ground.

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

Coaching: Have the client think about and discuss with you how other, more objective people might describe them in this situation.

E.g. How would a friend describe your social skills? An objective observer? A teacher of social skills? What would they say you are good at? What would they recommend you work on?

Preview 03:19
Workbook review
You'll be describing how you would help (or have helped) yourself or someone else work through one of the Faulty Thinking patterns that are predefined in the Anxiety Inducing Faulty Thinking Patterns workbook.
Faulty Thinking Coaching (client or self)
1 question

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.

Categories of Anxiety and Which Ones Are Life Coaches Able to Address?
Section Quiz
3 questions
+ Core Beliefs
2 lectures 07:52

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.

Challenging Your Core Beliefs that Cause Anxiety

A review of the Core Beliefs coaching handout

Core Beliefs - Document review
Estimated Time For Completion: 5-7 Minutes Assignment Details: In 150 words or less share how you would (or have) coached a client (or yourself) through a negative core belief.
Challenging Core Beliefs - Life coach reflection assignment
1 question
+ Course Handouts and Disclaimer
3 lectures 03:46
All Course Handouts in One Place!

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.

Course Disclaimer
Index of Course Assignments
+ CBT Based Life Coaching Techniques for Anxiety
11 lectures 45:15

Introduction to the contents in this section

Section Introduction

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.

Reducing Negativity By Using a Thought Challenging Record

A review of the Coaching Document "Thought Challenge Diary"

Thought Challenge PDF Worksheet - Document review

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

Visualization - Magnify to Minimize
Describe an application for the Magnify to Minimize Visualization Technique
Magnify to Minimize
1 question

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.

Counter Response
Quiz A
2 questions

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


SSAC Model (pronounced Sac)

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.

Fluidity Principle and Exercise

Strategies for a wide range of performance anxieties.

Coaching for Performance Anxiety

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. 

Exposure Techniques

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.

Alternate Nostril Breathing for Anxiety

Adopting Healthy Lifestyle Habits (Deadliest Sin)

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

Integrative Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle
+ Bonus Anxiety Guided Meditation and Course Conclusion
3 lectures 09:10

Additional Resources - what this course may have left out

Additional Resources (what this course may have left out)