In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, what should happen between the occurrence of a negative automatic thought and, finally, its neutralization is logical thinking: looking at the evidence for the automatic thought, and the evidence against the automatic thought, and coming to the conclusion that the automatic thought is not worth thinking about. Or that it wasn't valid at all.
In an emergency situation coupled with very high anxiety, an intervention is needed. The therapist uses the CBT model to show the patient that the negative automatic thought is not valid. This is especially important for patients with anxiety disorders. This is CBT performed in a timely, efficient and immediate manner (perhaps on the phone), when waiting for the next therapy session to come by is not an option.
Is there a way patients can perform a CBT intervention without the aid of a therapist in a high intensity, emergency situation, with high propensity for negative thinking, and high anxiety, just in case the therapist isn't reachable/available at that moment?