Downward Arrow Technique worksheet
What is the theory behind this worksheet?
This worksheet is based on a CBT approach, meant to uncover negative and unhealthy thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes that cause harmful, negative behaviors and emotions in order to change them into rational and healthy thoughts (Mohamadian et al., 2018).
How will the worksheet help
The following worksheet will help you familiarize yourself with the downward arrow technique used in cognitive behavioral therapy by identifying your negative automatic thoughts and seeing how they evolve in order to restructure them.
How to use this worksheet
The downward arrow technique is very difficult to complete by yourself since it can produce high levels of emotional distress and will involve you in accessing your deepest fears. This is why we recommend it to do it with the guidance of a therapist.
You can download this worksheet here.