Countering Negative Thoughts Thought Log Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet updated on January 18th, 2023

Countering Negative Thoughts Thought Log Worksheet

Everyone faces challenges. Life is about facing challenges to find resolution and grow from the experience. A huge factor that affects a person’s ability to handle challenges while maintaining inner peace and growth is the way in which they handle their own negative thoughts.

It is important to know how to counter your own negative thoughts in reaction to challenges. When you understand how to counter your negative thoughts, you will reduce your emotional reactivity and behave in a constructive way.

About This Worksheet

This is the Countering Negative Thoughts Thought Log worksheet. On this worksheet, there is a step-by-step process of learning how to understand and counter negative thoughts.

It is a great resource to use for people who are struggling to see a challenge from a healthy perspective. By countering your negative thoughts, people are able to train their brain toward resolution, rather than focusing on the frustration that comes from the challenging situation.

This worksheet is a great resource to use with adolescents and adults. It is best utilized when assigned as homework in CBT and DBT-based therapy.


Explain the content of the worksheet with your client and why learning how to counter your negative thoughts is important. You can also explain how it is helpful in challenging situations.

Review the eight questions provided on the worksheet and the process of countering negative thoughts with the client. Then, instruct the client to take the worksheet home as a homework assignment. The next time the client is faced with a challenge and is having negative thoughts in reaction, they can complete this Countering Negative Thoughts Thought Log.

This will help them learn how to work toward a healthy perspective that is geared toward resolution.

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