Some background about
Wayne Froggatt

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A graduate of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Wayne Froggatt has been in practice as a social worker for over 30 years. His early experience encompasses residential work for a church social service and community work for a territorial local authority; with most of his career spent in the health sector, mainly in mental health. His current professional activities involve psychotherapy, supervision, training, stress management, organisational consulting and writing.


In his clinical work, supervision, stress management and training activities, Wayne Froggatt uses cognitive-behavioural methods comprising a blend of Beck’s 'Cognitive Therapy’ and Ellis’ 'Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy’ (REBT), with an emphasis on the latter. He trained for his Primary and Advanced Certificates in REBT with the Australian Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy, and in 1994 went to New York for the Associate Fellowship programme. He has since become an Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, and an accredited REBT supervisor. In 1997 he became Executive Director of the newly-formed New Zealand Centre for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, and is also a Consultant Director of the Centre for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (UK) based in London. He is Director of Rational Training Resources, which provides training to businesses and organisations as well as being provider of the professional training programmes for the NZ Centre for CBT.


For about the past 20 years, Wayne Froggatt has provided in-service training for organisations and has regularly spoken to community groups in various parts of the country on a range of mental health-related topics. He coordinated the CBT programme at the Eastern Institute of Technology in New Zealand for 15 years between 1998 and 2012 and for several years taught on the Clinical Supervision course there. He has accreditation as a clinical supervisor from the Central Institute of Technology, and a Certificate in Adult Teaching from the Palmerston North College of Education. Now semi-retired, he is focusing on the development of a range of online training programmes.


Wayne Froggatt has written a number of books both for the general public and for professionals. Choose to be Happy was published by HarperCollins in 1993 and has been reprinted many times. A comprehensive self-help book based on Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, it addresses a range of common personal and mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, anger management, decision making and the like. Choose to be Happy was rewritten and released as a revised edition in 2003. A Cognitive-Behavioural approach to stress management, GoodStress was published in September 1997, and completely rewritten and republished as Taking Control in 2006. FearLess, which presents a CBT approach to anxiety, covering all of the anxiety disorders, was published in 2003. All of these books reflect what he sees as an orientation to using psychotherapy as a self-help/self-empowering methodology.

He has developed a large number of articles and other resources for self-help use and for professional training purposes, including a self-administered assessment instrument to identify need for help in a range of areas such as assertiveness training, addiction counselling, relationship counselling, social skills training, etc.; a self-administered assessment of degree of adherence to self-defeating attitudes; assessment and management of depression and suicide risk; presenting training programs; various articles on the principles and practice of cognitive-behaviour therapy; and outline-style 'how-to’ notes on a range of problem areas, including sexual dysfunction, anger management, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, loneliness, agoraphobia, suicide management, and others. Professional texts include Learning to use Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Learning to use Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, and The Rational Treatment of Anxiety.

In collaboration with Richard Lakeman, previously Tutor in Psychiatric Nursing at the Eastern Institute of Technology, he has developed a computerised application of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy which can be used to assess self-defeating thinking and develop self-help solutions.

 January 2007