Thought Stopping Techniques Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Thought Stopping Techniques Worksheet?

Thought-stopping techniques are taught to individuals seeking Cognitive behavioural Therapy for negative intrusive thoughts such as in anxiety, depression, and addiction. The purpose of these techniques is to help the client reduce the impact of their negative thoughts and actively work on replacing them with positive and helpful alternatives. 

How will the worksheet help? 

The therapist should introduce the rationale behind the thought-stopping technique and then introduce this worksheet. This worksheet will help individuals keep a record of the thought-stopping techniques that they used in which situations and also note down the effectiveness of each. This will help them understand which techniques work best for them in which situation so that they are well prepared to face similar triggers in the future. 

How to use the worksheet?

This is a therapist-assisted worksheet. Instruct the client to first write down the details of the situation that led to their negative thoughts then note down those negative thoughts. Then they have to write down the thought-stopping technique that they tried and whether it was effective or not. 

You can download this worksheet here.

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