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

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!

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