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On this page, we will provide you with a CBT Laddering Worksheet. It will help you to identify your inner core beliefs.

What CBT Laddering Worksheet?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy works on identifying core beliefs and the thought process behind automatic thoughts. Laddering is a technique which is also called downward arrowing in cognitive behavioral therapy in which you try to get to the root cause of the problems and try to identify the core beliefs behind the surfacing thoughts. The therapist asks a series of different questions after identifying the thoughts,  to get to the bottom of the thought process.

How CBT Laddering Worksheet will help?

The worksheet will help you to identify your core beliefs and by simply answering a number of questions, the questions are asked in a structured way to uncover the hidden core beliefs, by asking a simple question about the thoughts coming true. The client takes the lead and himself gets to uncover the hidden core beliefs.

Instructions on how to use CBT Laddering Worksheet

The questions are structured and they ask the client what the consequences would be if each thought of theirs came true. Answer each question honestly to uncover your core beliefs.

You can download this worksheet here.


We provided you with a CBT Laddering Worksheet on this page, which hopefully helped you to identify your inner core beliefs.

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Mental help Resources

The worksheets on this site should not be used in place of professional advice from a mental health professional. 

You should always seek help from a mental health professional or medical professional. We are not providing any advice or recommendations here.

There are various resources where you can seek help.

You could use Online-Therapy if you feel you need counselling.

If you live in the UK then this list of resources from the NHS may help you find help.

If you live in the USA then you could contact Mental Health America who may be able to assist you further.

Amanda Knowles

Sara Quitlag is an Applied Psychologist, with a deep interest in psychopathology and neuropsychology and how psychology impacts and permeates every aspect of our environment. She has worked in Clinical settings (as Special Ed. Counselor, CBT Therapist) and has contributed at local Universities as a Faculty member from time to time. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and feels very connected to how literature and psychology interact. She feels accountable and passionate about making a "QUALITY" contribution to the overall global reform and well-being. She actively seeks out opportunities where she can spread awareness and make a positive difference across the globe for the welfare of our global society.