Define the Problem & Set Goals – FREE CBT


Define the Problem & Set Goals – FREE CBT

Following along with our series of FREE CBT posts, today we’ll talk about how to define the problem & set goals around it so we can continue our self-help CBT work.

These videos are self-help style videos. If you feel unsafe, I recommend you call 911 or go to an emergency room. If you’re feeling overwhelming emotions but you’re still feeling safe, it may be time to call a therapist to get some help with that. These videos are designed for you to be able to do on your own, in situations that are less intense.

In previous posts, we’ve talked about the Cognitive Model in general. We’ve also focused in on how to apply the Cognitive Model to things like depression, anxiety, and stress.  Along with each of those videos, we’ve provided free handouts and worksheets to walk you through the process. (You can find those handouts & others on our Free Handouts page)


Define the Problem & Set Goals


The video walks you through how to name your problem specifically.

You’ll probably need to ask yourself some questions about the problem to narrow it down and that’s why we’ve created a handout for you that walks you through some questions to ask yourself, and helps you to set goals to help you work on them. The handout is a worksheet with space for you to write your answers. It also has examples to give you an idea of the kind of responses and goals that can be helpful to you!


FREE CBT Handout: Name It to Tame It!


Here’s the FREE “Name It to Tame It” Handout!

You can find more free Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) handouts on our Free CBT Resources page.



*This video is part of a FREE CBT Resources Series on our YouTube channel

and one of many video blogs on our website!*

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