Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Tools for Free

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),

…is a treatment process that enables patients to correct false self-beliefs that can lead to negative moods and behaviors. The fundamental assumption is that a thought precedes a mood; therefore, learning to substitute healthy thoughts for negative thoughts will improve a person’s mood, self-concept, behavior, and physical state. (Source).

Cognitive therapy treats depression and is comparable in effectiveness to antidepressants and interpersonal or other therapy. Together, therapy and antidepressants can manage severe or chronic depression.

Cognitive therapy also has proved beneficial in treating patients who have only a partial response to adequate antidepressant therapy. Cognitive therapy also reduces relapse rates in patients with depression, and is effective for adolescents with depression.

Tools for CBT

Get Self Help is a site that teaches CBT in 7 steps. There are also dozens of worksheets that can help you (or your therapist) to work through the CBT process.



Lifelong Impact of Childhood Trauma on Adults – ACEs Study

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study – Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Childhood Trauma

Here are a set of resources that you can use to understand your own childhood trauma and the effect it can have on your life. The research is very clear – trauma in childhood leads to shortened life expectancy in adults. Find out more at this Website.

The ACE Study Pyramid illustrates how childhood adversity leads to early death.

Resources for Childhood Trauma and Stress

The National Child Trauma and Stress Network – A Resource for Learning

Childhood trauma and traumatic stress are the result of a child’s exposure to events that occur suddenly and call forth overwhelming feelings of terror, horror, or helplessness. They can also arise due to repeated exposure to events (complex trauma) that call forth a range of responses, including intense feelings of fear, loss of trust in others, decreased sense of personal safety, guilt, and shame. As adults, people can develop a range of mental health issues including anxiety and depression, as well as physical health challenges including diabetes and heart disease.

The National Child Trauma and Stress Network provides a extensive information and resources that can help you if you suffered childhood trauma or want to learn more about its causes and effects. It also has education for parents and others who can help children facing traumatic events.

After tragedy, who bounces back? Keys to resiliency may lie in childhood – Vitals

This research suggests that caring for young children and babies plays a role in developing resiliency. The very earliest days of our lives are important for forming a sense of safety and security that we can use as long as we live. Childhood experiences and genetics both play a role in developing anxiety, PTSD and other mental health issues.

After tragedy, who bounces back? Keys to resiliency may lie in childhood – Vitals.

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