Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

If You Change Nothing, Nothing Will Change -

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is defined as a psychosocial intervention that is the most widely used evidence-based practice for treating mental disorders. Guided by empirical research, CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognitions (thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes), behaviors, and emotional regulation. All worksheets have been made available by Therapist Aid.

The Brain that Changes Itself

"It is a plastic, living organ that can actually change its own structure and function, even into old age. Arguably the most important breakthrough in neuroscience since scientists first sketched out the brain’s basic anatomy, this revolutionary discovery, called neuroplasticity, promises to overthrow the centuries-old notion that the brain is fixed and unchanging. The brain is not, as was thought, like a machine, or “hardwired” like a computer. Neuroplasticity not only gives hope to those with mental limitations, or what was thought to be incurable brain damage, but expands our understanding of the healthy brain and the resilience of human nature." -Norman Doidge, MD (Link to website with book and documentary information).

Cognitive Restructuring and Socratic Questioning

Challenge and change irrational thoughts.

Putting Thoughts on Trial

Examine thought in a rational way from multiple perspectives.

Thought Record

Understand interactions between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Challenging Anxious Thoughts

Irrational and rational thoughts related to anxiety.

The CBT Model Info Sheet

An introduction on how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact, as well as the need to change negative thinking patterns.

CBT Practice Exercises

Examples and practice exercises to better understand CBT.

Core beliefs

This worksheet challenges negative core beliefs and how the thoughts we have determine how we interpret experiences.

Behavioral Activation

Identify positive activities to replace former negative behaviors.

How I Feel

This worksheet is designed specifically to help children understand thoughts and feelings, as well as how to manage these.

Automatic Thoughts

Cognitive Distortions

Understand irrational thoughts and patterns.

Cycle of Anger

Understand physical and emotional symptoms of anger and how this influences behavior.

Introduction to Anxiety Psychoeducation related to anxiety

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