Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, free counselling and self-help advice


Nilima Hamid
Registered Counsellor of UK Counselling and Psychotherapy Code
Founder of Forward Counselling Advice Service

Published Author
MSc Psychiatry
Honorary University Tutor


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Welcome to Forward Counselling

Welcome to my site - I am Nilima Hamid, a Registered Counsellor of UK Counselling and Psychotherapy Code, and this site provides free articles and free counselling advice via online programmes.

There are times in our lives when we all feel confused and overwhelmed. These unhappy periods may or may not be connected to specific problems.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Counselling Advice can help you deal with these problems, enable you to be more decisive and make sense of your life.

The counselling advice I am offering is purely cognitive behavioural therapy self-help counselling advice to overcome your emotional problem.

My expert counselling advice will guide you through the techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to overcome your problem.

CBT empowers you to understand the problem in a way that will maximise your potential to tackle future obstacles and become more independent. You will be successfully, helped to mobilise your own resources and improve your sense of self-effectiveness, by being enabled to attribute the cause of change to your own efforts.

All aspects of a problem are approached, examining the pros and cons. You will experience an increase in power and control over your problem from gaining a different perspective and examining the roots of your problems. As your self awareness and personal insight develop you will feel new energy and self-acceptance.

By exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviour you will be able to face decisions and choices on your own more resourcefully.

You will find the opportunity to think about yourself, where you are going in your life and where you want to be.

The counselling advice available will help you discover how to get yourself there and encourage you to look for ways to understand the situation and support you whilst you plan changes in your life that will make a difference to your future.

A Better Life

A Better Life

A BETTER LIFE is essentially the ultimate counselling (CBT) self-help manual. It is the next best thing to having your own personal therapist. You can use this book to overcome challenges as they arise and for overall health and well being in all areas of life.

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TECHNIQUES: Examples of techniques used in this counselling advice:

  • Motivational, commitment and responsibility issues
  • Activity and thought monitoring
  • Facilitating cognitive restructuring, emotional, physiological and behavioural change
  • Strengthening conviction in new adaptive beliefs
  • Maintaining emotional, physiological and behavioural change
  • Dealing with medication non-compliance
  • Relapse prevention
  • Point-counter point/Devilís advocate/Role reversal/Empty chair technique
  • Contingency management/Positive reinforcement approach
  • Positive data log/Positive affirmations
  • Flooding/Implosion therapies
  • Continuum method
  • Downward arrow technique to identify core beliefs
  • Decentring/Refocusing/Reframing/Reattribution
  • Analogies
  • Time projection/Time line
  • Counteract disorganization and distractibility
  • Reduce helplessness and hopelessness
  • Pacing/Increase pleasurable activities
  • Stress awareness training
  • Worry periods
  • Mood graphs
  • Problem-solving training
  • Controlled breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Autogenics/Creative visualization/Meditation/Self-hypnosis
  • Distraction techniques
  • Evocative imagery methods
  • Graded exposure
  • Eye movement technique (EMT)
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)/Building your confidence
  • Anger management and forgiveness
  • Keeping safe/Maximizing self-control
  • Social skills training
  • Assertiveness training
  • Communication training
  • Negotiation training
  • Dealing with perfectionism, competitiveness and frustration
  • Dealing with procrastination, persistence and criticism
  • Dealing with the need for approval and a maladaptive self-image
  • Dealing with troublesome emotions
  • Dealing with interpersonal relationships/Making your love last
  • Self-care/Nutrition/Exercise/Managing your time/Sleep management.