CBT Acceptance Worksheet

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What is the theory behind the CBT Acceptance Worksheet?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps individuals identify and challenge their irrational and unhelpful thinking patterns. At the core of CBT lies the true acceptance of one’s faulty cognitions and the commitment to make a change.  A helpful exercise in CBT is allowing individuals to evaluate what else they need to change or let go of in their lives to achieve true acceptance.  

How will the worksheet help? 

This worksheet will help clients evaluate the various aspects of their lives that are a source of anxiety or stress for them. It will help them come to terms with things that cannot be changed and motivate them to change the ones that can be changed. It is a self-reflection exercise meant to help them reach a stage of acceptance where they acknowledge their faults and commit to change. 

How to use the worksheet?

Instruct the client to write down aspects of their lives that are a source of discomfort or stress or anxiety for them. Then tell them to evaluate how they can be changed and how that change can benefit them in the long run. If however, they find this aspect is not in their control tell them to brainstorm ways they can learn to live with it and not let it control or affect their mood and well-being. 

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