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Downward Arrow: Core Beliefs

Downward Arrow: Core Beliefs


Core beliefs’ are a person’s enduring, beliefs about themselves, others, and the world around them. Core beliefs are not always negative, however, those that are negative cause problems with how we think, feel, and respond in situations.


Because these beliefs are held deeply, at someone’s ‘core’, they may not be particularly aware of them. The downward arrow technique is a socratic questioning method that can help to identify problematic core beliefs impacting our daily lives.


This resource includes an explanation of core beliefs as well as the step-by-step ‘Downward Arrow’ technique which delves deeply into ones core beliefs. This tool is perfect for therapists, counsellors, or psychologists practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, or any modality interested in the impacts of Core Beliefs. 


8.5 x 11 inches



This file is for personal use only and cannot be altered, reproduced or resold commercially.

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