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Train Your Brain - A CBT Counseling Game

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

Train Your Brain is a cognitive behavioral therapy game

Train Your Brain is the ultimate cognitive behavioral skill game. It helps children learn the basics of CBT, including recognizing self-talk, rescripting thoughts, thought stopping and replacement, and recognizing when alternative coping skills are needed. There are four categories of cards:

Mental Exercise - These cards teach CBT skills to help children recognize self-talk, challenge irrational thoughts, rescript thoughts, and more.

Heavy Thoughts - These cards help children recognize the heaviness of trauma or depressive thoughts and the need to process difficult situations to feel better.

Fill Up on Positivity - These will help kids learn to focus on the positive things in life. They are all about a growth mindset.

Stay Upbeat - These cards challenge kids to think of the best in situations. Kids will learn the benefit of redirecting thoughts to the positive side of things rather than dwelling on the things that are not going well.



This game can be used to help kids with many different presenting problems such as anger outbursts, impulsive behavior, anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. CBT is well studied and has proven its success to help people with a myriad of mental health issues. This tool helps break down these complex skills into small pieces to help children comprehend them. The game aspect makes kids WANT to play and learning through the process. CBT counseling games are powerful tools to help children overcome their struggles.

This is a versatile game which can be used in individual, group, or family sessions. It can be used with small children with more explanation of concepts. If you are not familiar with CBT, it would be helpful to check out the cards before play to better be able to answer questions. This game is intended to be used by a licensed professional counselor or social worker.


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