The CORE Programme

Hello and welcome to this comprehensive online course of Cognitive Reconstruction Therapy which has been specifically designed to help you to overcome a wide range of mental health problems.

The CORE programme is based on 100% scientific evidence-based, clinically proven, applied psychological principles and is authored by an academic psychologist Paul Lee BSc. (Hons) MSc. who also runs a private clinical practice in the West Midlands.

This course is designed to help you to develop the knowledge and skills to solve your own mental health problems by challenging the dominant ideologies embedded within bio-medical theories of human distress.

By understanding the real processes under-pinning human responses to stressors you will be able to free yourself from the socially imposed constraints that argue for an underlying pathology and learn how to develop coping strategies based on what has happened to you and not what is wrong with you.

Is the CORE Programme Effective?

Clinical research into the efficacy of online therapy, particularly systematic cognitive-based approaches such as CORE, suggests they can be highly effective.

Supporting this position is the research by John Norcross and Michael Lambert (2011) which demonstrates that a full 30% of the effectiveness of ANY psychotherapy is produced by the client-in-therapy with the mode of therapy only contributing 8% of the outcome.

What this means is that the client themselves is responsible for a higher proportion of the outcome of the therapy (30%) than the therapist (7%), the type of therapy (8%) and the client-counsellor relationship (12%) combined!

This contrasts significantly with the professional bodies behind specific types of therapy each of whom claim that their ‘therapy process’ is superior to any of the others.

For these reasons, we have developed this course as a ‘self-directed’ change process that combines knowledge and practical applications.

How is This Different Other Online Therapy Programmes?

The CORE Programme IS different to anything you’ve come across before because it goes well beyond the normal constraints associated with conventionally delivered CBT.

What Paul brings to the CORE Programme is the latest research and understandings associated with Self-Determination Theory, Social Psychological Theory and Social Constructionism, particular in regard to the social construction of mental health problems.

It is these theoretically important perspectives that allows people to de-couple themselves from the socially-imposed constraints associated with psychiatric diagnostics and the ‘authorised’ influence of medical pathologisation.

What’s Included?

The course includes:

  • 16 weeks access to the entire course (it can normally be completed in 6 to 10 weeks).
  • A separate, downloadable course workbook designed to help you make practical and behavioural changes to bring the knowledge in the programme “to life”.
  • Available as a stand-alone, self-directed course or with 2, 5 or 10 Clinical support sessions using Zoom or in the Wombourne clinic.

Paul has designed the course so that it can be taken as a self-directed programme on its own or with various levels of therapeutic support.

Can I Get More Face-to-Face Support If I Need It?

Yes of course!

This course can be followed with a range of different support options including:

  • As a stand-alone self-help course without any clinical interaction for £149.
  • As a semi-supported course with five hours of clinical interaction (face-to-face or Zoom) for £499.
  • As a fully supported course with ten hours of clinical interaction (face-to-face or Zoom) for £899.
  • At any point in the future, additional sessions with a therapist can be purchased for £80 per hour.

You can find out more, or purchase any of the available course versions described above by visiting the the CORE Programme page on the Lee Psychology website.

Course Module Overview

Click any of the boxes below to view the contents contained within each of the 10 modules.

Module One - The Nature of Change in Psychotherapy

Module ONE addresses the very latest research and knowledge about the nature of personal change within the process of ‘psychotherapy’ and focuses on:

  • What You Believe TODAY.
  • Therapy Outcomes.
  • Therapy Effectiveness.
  • “Lambert’s Pie”.
  • Agency.
  • Expectations.
  • Motivation and Effort.

Module Two - Beliefs, Values and Worldviews

Module TWO delves into our beliefs and how they can influence the way that we ‘make sense’ of the World around us and how we percieve what happens in that World, including:

  • The Genesis of Beliefs.
  • Challenging the Evidence of Our Beliefs.
  • Inherited Versus Created Beliefs.
  • The Unique Character of Our Own Worldviews.
  • Events DON’T CAUSE Feelings!
  • The Trap of Conformation Bias.
  • The Underlying Coherence of Beliefs.
  • The Three Key Sets of Beliefs that Modify Our Experiences.


Module Three - Autonomy and Control

Module THREE addresses one of the three primary belief ‘systems’ that can affect our perception of reality with a specific focus on what makes us ‘autonomous’ and how we understand the level of ‘control’ we have over our ‘life trajectory’.

Sections include:

  • The Locus of Control.
  • Sub-domains within the Locus of Control.
  • Social and Cultural Influences.
  • The Past, Present and Future as Mental Constructions.
  • The Desire for Control.
  • Responsibility and Blame.
  • Developing Agency.

Module Four - The Self and Identities

Module FOUR addresses our Self-Esteem, where it comes from and how it plays a role in the way that we feel.

Sub-sections of this module deal with:

  • What is Self-Esteem?
  • The Origins of Self-Esteem.
  • Our ‘Internal’ Dialogue.
  • True and False Identities.
  • How to Boost Your Self-Esteem.
  • Breaking the Rules and Ditching the Past.
  • Processing Your Achievements.
  • Developing Greater Agency.

Module Five - The Social Domain & Social Beliefs

Module FIVE considers the impact of our beliefs which are related to the ‘social context’ in which we exist and includes consideration of the following concepts:

  • The Social World.
  • The Social Construction of Mental Illness.
  • The Process of Socialisation.
  • Social Pressures.
  • External Validation.
  • Authority.
  • Collusion and Significant ‘Others’.
  • Taking Emotional Responsibility.
  • Developing Social Agency.

Module Six - Safety Behaviours and Thinking Traps

Module SIX discusses both Safety Behaviours (the strategies that we employ which are designed to keep us ‘safe’) as well as the common Thinking Traps that people can fall into when trying to cope with adversity in life.

The Module includes work on:

  • Physiological and Psychological Safety Behaviours.
  • Coping by Surrendering, Avoiding or Over-compensating.
  • Thinking Traps and Unhelpful Thinking Styles.
  • Catsatrophising.
  • Over-generalising.
  • Mind-Reading.
  • Polarised Thinking.
  • Emotional Reasoning.
  • Blaming.
  • Filtering and Magnifying.
  • ‘Fortune-Telling’.
  • Labelling and Categorising.
  • Personalisation.

The module also provides tools and techniques for dealing with each of these ‘maladaptive’ coping mechanisms.


Module Seven - Language and Linguistics

Module SEVEN delves into the nature of language and how the words that we use can have a profound impact on both how we feel as well as how we form perceptions about our experiences.

Sections include:

  • Language as the ‘Code’ of Reality.
  • Words Produce Feelings.
  • Cognitive Fusion.
  • Deletion, Generalisation and Distortion.
  • Negative and Catastrophic Language.
  • Mediated Language (Language in the Media).
  • Medicalisation.
  • Pathologisation.

Module Eight - Anxiety, Depression and Stress

Module EIGHT gets into the ‘nitty gritty’ of the THREE most common expressions of mental distress and how what you have learnt in the course so far can be applied to each of them.

The module discusses:

  • The Effects of Time.
  • Types of Danger
  • Anxiety
  • The Biology of Anxiety
  • The Role of Perception
  • Appropriate Anxiety
  • Anticipatory Anxiety
  • Likelihood, Probability & Consequences
  • Tackling Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Diagnosis & Medication
  • Maintaining Factors
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Boost Self-Esteem
  • Become More Internal
  • Take Responsibility for Your Emotions
  • Quit Ruminating
  • Manage Sleep
  • Activity Monitoring & Scheduling
  • Understanding Stress
  • Threat Perception & Power
  • Workplace Stress
  • Coping & Resilience

Module Nine - More Tools for Making Changes

Module NINE provides more tools and techniques that you can use to tackle your specific problems, including:

  • The Fundamental of Making Changes.
  • What you Should Be Doing Already.
  • Carrying-Out Behavioural Experiments.
  • Tip for Successful Experiments.
  • The Downward Arrow Process.
  • Objective Inversion.
  • Controlling the Controllable.
  • Stepping Outside fo Your Comfort Zone.

Module Ten - Consolidating Your Improvements

Module TEN is designed to help you to sustain any of the changes that you have made. It provides tools, tips and advice so that you can continue to make personal improvements as an ongoing project including:

  • Re-assessing Your Core Beliefs.
  • Sustaining Changes.
  • It’s All About the Journey, NOT the Destination.
  • Towards What You Want OR Away From What You Don’t Want?
  • ‘Needs’ Versus ‘Wants’.
  • Goal Setting

Access Limited to Registered & Logged-in Users

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About the Course Author

Paul is an academic and practicing psychologist with both a BSc. (Hons) and a Master’s MSc. (Distinction) degree in Applied Psychology.

Master Psychologist Paul Lee

He has been offering psychosocial therapy to private clients since 2009.

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