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CBT Vertical Descent Worksheet

Amanda Knowles

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On this page, we will provide you with a CBT Vertical Descent Worksheet which will help you in recognizing your core beliefs underlying your upsetting thoughts.

What is a CBT Vertical Descent Worksheet?

Vertical descent is a downward arrow technique of CBT through which you reveal your underlying core beliefs. Core beliefs are the underlying beliefs we have of ourselves, people, and the world. We have these underlying beliefs behind our upsetting thoughts from which we are not aware. This worksheet will allow you to dig down on your core beliefs.

How a CBT Vertical Descent Worksheet will help?

It will give you self-awareness regarding your beliefs of yourself, people, and the world. You will be able to recognize the reasons behind your actions and thoughts.

Instructions on how to use a CBT Vertical Descent Worksheet

Give appropriate answers to the questions regarding your thoughts.

You can download this worksheet here.

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On this page, we provided you with a CBT Vertical Descent Worksheet which hopefully helped you in uncovering your core beliefs.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

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.

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Amanda Knowles

Amanda Knowled 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.