CBT Laddering Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this CBT Laddering Worksheet?

Laddering is a technique used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to identify one’s core beliefs by questioning one’s thoughts. These are deeply-rooted, ‘all or nothing’ blanket statements about the self others or the world in general that one believes to be absolute truths. These core beliefs unconsciously guide all thought processes and how one chooses to see the world around them. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will provide information about how to use the laddering technique to identify one’s core beliefs. It will help guide therapists about the technique so that they can use it in their practice to help identify negative core beliefs that are underlying their negative automatic thoughts. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be used by therapists who are practising Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. They can use the worksheet as a guide to know when and how to use the laddering technique to identify their client’s core beliefs. The technique can also be taught to the client to challenge their own negative thoughts.

You can download this worksheet here.

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