What is the theory behind this REBT depression worksheet?
This worksheet is based on Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) which is a form of Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) that emphasises the role rational and irrational beliefs following an undesirable ‘activating’ event on one’s emotional , behavioural and cognitive responses. It uses a combination of cognitive, behavioural and emotive techniques to replace irrational beliefs with alternative rational ones.
Depression is a mood disorder characterised by extreme feelings of sadness and despair that negatively affects one’s daily mental and physical functioning. One of the techniques used in REBT for depression is the ‘alphabet’ or ABCDEF approach which are a series of steps aimed at identifying and analysing the rationality of negative thoughts or beliefs so that they can be replaced with healthier alternatives. It is an adaptation of the original ABC technique
How will the worksheet help?
The worksheet will help your client practise the ABCDEF technique to identify and replace irrational beliefs.It will help them visualise the effect of their thoughts on their behaviour and give them a sense of control over their actions.
How to use the worksheet?
This worksheet is to follow detailed discussions on how to challenge one’s beliefs and what are the characteristics of irrational beliefs vs rational ones. . Worksheets can be completed under the therapist’s guidance before being assigned as homework. Being conscious of one’s thoughts and making an effort to change them takes practice so it is advisable to instruct the client to complete the worksheet at least once a day.
REBT depression worksheet
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Walen, S.R., DiGiuseppe, R., & Dryden, W. (1992). A practitioner’s guide to rational-emotive therapy (2nd ed.). New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press.
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