Holbeck College

Metacognitive Therapy

Learn MCT, a cognitive psychotherapy based on CBT, that helps clients tackle the root of their anxiety and depression.

Study time
4 hours

Level 2

Start date
6 February 2023


Are you a mental health professional (psychotherapist, counsellor, practitioner), psychology student, or individual looking to improve their own mental health by understanding how the brain works and the processes that trap people in cycles of anxiety and depression?

Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy looking at cognition. While Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) traditionally looks at what we think, MCT looks at how we think. It explores meta-beliefs such as needing to worry to keep ourselves safe, whether change is possible, and whether thoughts can be harmful.

When we understand the neural systems that lead us to engage in these cycles of worry and self-doubt, we can give the client (or ourselves) new processes to avoid engaging in these unhelpful patterns.

Metacognitive Therapy is highly effective at reducing worry and rumination and proven to reduce anxiety, PTSD, OCD and depression. In this course, we will learn what MCT is, how it works, how to use it in practice and how to apply it to each condition.

No prior knowledge of MCT or metacognition is required. An understanding of CBT or other counselling skills would be useful to understand how MCT differs from other therapies, along with a willingness to learn some challenging material. You will be supported throughout the course by a variety of learning styles and can ask questions at any point.

About Level 2

Level 2 is an introductory level qualification suitable for all. They typically do not require prior experience and will take 6-12 weeks to complete based on studying one module per week. See the course description for information specific to this course.


"Very good way to have an understanding of the theory and I am excited to work on applying this in practice. But in saying that I also understand that there is a lot of work needed to be able to use this in my practice confidently and competently. Thanks for making this course, it really worthwhile." Dhenny Dagos
"Very good overview of MCT. Also a good repetition and summary if you have done similar courses before." Norbert Lender
"I know little about MCT so I am finding the course very interesting learning about what it is and how it compares to say CBT or person-centred therapy. Really glad that I am taking this course as am finding it engaging." Nicola James


This course is available via our on-demand platform. You can learn at your own pace but you will access to your tutor if you have any questions or need additional support. Have some questions before joining the course? Reach out via the contact us page.

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