The CORE Programme

The CORE Programme is a online course of interactive psychosocial counselling that can be followed as a standalone, ‘teach yourself’ resource or taken in conjunction with live sessions of counselling support at the Lee Psychology offices face-to-face or using Zoom video facilities.

The course has been written and devised by Paul and is the fusion of more than 30,000 hours of clinical experience, underpinnings of clinically proven cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and the latest research and philosophical approaches explored in Attribution Theory, Personal Construct Theory, Self-Determination Theory and Social Constructivism.

Built around ten core modules, it has been designed to provide you with new knowledge, new perspectives and new ways of thinking about and coping with your emotional distress with each module developing themes and concepts taken from the latest body of psychological research.

The course specifically rejects the notion of ‘mental illness’ based on the biomedical models and instead focuses on helping with recovery through 100% scientifically supported humanistic principles whilst fully acknowledging the importance of the clients lived experiences.


It was decided to name the course the CORE programme based on a number of connected ideas.

  1. It is widely understood within the psychological community that it is the meanings that people attribute to experiences which determines the emotional outcomes associated with those experiences. These meanings are derived from a person’s CORE Beliefs and interpretations.
  2. One of the key concepts in recovering from mental distress is the idea that any experience, past or present, can be interpreted or ‘thought-of’ in different and new ways. This ability to interpret experiences in new ways to produce different emotional or behavioural outcomes is known as Cognitive Reconstruction, or taking the first two letters of these words CORE.
  3. The third connected idea is that of CORE values. Core values tend to be those values which are learnt through social and cultural interactions, or have been assimilated as a result of parental guidance during earlier socialisation periods of life. These Core values have the ability to exert social and cultural ‘power’ for those people who place a high degree of importance on compliance with the ‘rules’.

Following the CORE Programme

The programme can be followed with four different level of clinical support;

  • As a teach yourself course – £149.
  • With 2 X 1 hour counselling sessions – £299.
  • With 5 X 1 hour counselling sessions – £499.
  • With 10 X 1 hour counselling sessions – £899.

In each case, the online course is the same – 10 in-depth modules – and is expected to take around 10 weeks to complete, based on one module per week.

Whilst it can, technically, be followed much more quickly, clients are advised to allow one week per module to allow sufficient time to process the materials contained therein.

The course draws upon the very latest knowledge and understandings of Psychosocial theory, but has been designed to be accessible for non-academic readers.

Additional sessions, beyond those pre-purchased with the course, can also be paid for at any time in the future for £80 per hour.

Course Contents

You can gain an overview of the module contents below.

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-sectons 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
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