Cognitive Restructuring

Acceptance intervention

The belief that the threat (the possibility of being guilty or disgusting/despised) does not exist, or is unlikely to happen

Guilt or being despised cannot be avoided; feelings of guilt are in the natural order of things.

Trying to prevent those feelings is useless or causes additional stress (criticizing and anger towards oneself, sadness, and extra checking or seeking reassurance).

The client has no (or little) responsibility for preventing the threat from happening

Being morally perfect or not blameful is not a human right or duty.

The potential threat is minimized

Feeling guilty or disgusting is unpleasant, but not catastrophic: one can learn to deal with it!

Other relevant moral goals can be found, pursued and reached.