Thought logs are a standard CBT tool that can be used to help clients recognize and then challenge their irrational beliefs. This particular thought log includes examples of negative thoughts, and possible rational counter-statements.
We like to use this thought log to help clients practice identifying different ways they could have seen a single situation, and how these perspectives may have affected their feelings about that situation. Try practicing in session with examples from your client's own life.
1. Beck, J. S. (2011). Cognitive behavior therapy: Basics and beyond (2nd ed.). New York, NY, US: Guilford Press.