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60 Second interview with Maggie Chapman, Director and Co-Founder of CCBH

29 Aug

1. What inspired you to become a therapist?

I always had an interest in psychology and started volunteer work at 17 with mental health patients. It was in my early thirties when I was inspired to get involved in trauma and bereavement counselling after a family tragedy that refocused my career.


2. When did you first hear about REBT?

Initially about 20 years ago when studying the behaviourists in depth and then Avy reintroducing me to the elegance of the model 10 years ago or so.


3. Ellis or Beck and why?

I prefer Ellis.  His theory has a philosophical basis that spans time, from the early Vedic writings of the Upanishads through to Buddhism, the Stoics and Shakespeare to now.


4. Favourite Ellis (or other) quote?

Cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am) – Rene Descartes


5. What element of the CBH philosophy most resonates with you?

The construction of thoughts and how they inform our lives is what most resonates with me.   6. What inspires you?

Children and their laughter.  Their ability to view the world in a clear, uncluttered way, their energy, curiosity and wonder.


7. If you weren’t a therapist, what would you be?

An activist for children’s human rights.


8. How do you unwind at the end of the day?

I reflect on my day in a relaxed state and then go to sleep!

60 Seconds with Avy Joseph

2 Feb

Avy Joseph, CCBH Co-founder and Course Director

60 Seconds with Avy Joseph

60 Seconds with Avy Joseph

What inspired you to become a therapist?
A desire to understand why we feel as we do and how we can change that, plus a genuine interest in people and a desire to help.
When did you first hear about REBT?
When I did my first course in counselling skills over two decades ago.  I saw a video called ‘Gloria’ about a patient who went to see different counsellors who each specialised in a different counselling model.  Ellis was one of them and I remember thinking ‘now that’s interesting’

Ellis or Beck and why?
Both are great thinkers.  For me it is Ellis most of the time.  He put forward a philosophical as well as scientific theory that resonated with me immediately.  It’s very persuasive.  It makes sense and clients understand it.  You can work with symptoms as well as learning a philosophy of healthy thinking.  It is empowering and freeing when you apply it.  It doesn’t shy away from facing the worst case scenario but it helps you deal with it in a balanced and healthy way.

Favourite Ellis (or other) quote?
I want what I want, but I don’t absolutely need it.

What element of the CBH philosophy most resonates with you?
That we create our problems by the way we continue to think and behave.  It’s not the past that causes the problem but whatever unhealthy beliefs we are maintaining and living by today.  I also enjoy the humour in it, it’s one of the most effective ways to help us to see the irrationality of our demands!
What inspires you?
Lots of things.  Seeing people achieve their goals through hard work and persistence, ideas, music, friends, students, clients, seeing something truly beautiful like the Grand Canyon. I could go on and on.  So much in life and on Earth to draw inspiration from.

If you weren’t a therapist, what would you be?
I’d be a Doctor.

How do you unwind at the end of the day?
Cooking, eating too much, watching rubbish TV.  Heaven.