In cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the thought record or thought diary is the main tool we use to modify automatic negative thoughts. Watch the video below to learn how you can use the thought record to change the way you think to change the way you feel. You can download a couple of different versions of the thought record or diary from the links below the video.
CBT Thought Record: Modify Automatic Negative Thoughts
Thought records can be difficult to complete at first. The video below helps troubleshoot potential challenges and offers some tips to make the thought record more effective.
Thought Record Troubleshooting and Tips
Below you’ll find two formats for the thought record, one from Mind Over Mood by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky, and the other adapted from the Centre for Clinical Interventions‘s thought diary with a full two-page version and a condensed single-page version, as well a sample completed thought record:
- Thought record from Mind Over Mood-style [PDF format] [Word fortmat]
- Thought record adapted from the CCI thought diary [PDF format full] [Word format full] [PDF format condensed] [Word format condensed]
- Completed thought record example PDF
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