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Therapy worksheets related to CBT for Adults

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Core Beliefs
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Core Beliefs

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Each of our clients have had unique experiences that shape who they are. Cognitive behavioral therapists posit that from these life experiences, people develop core beliefs. Core beliefs are the thoughts a person has that determine how they interpret their experiences. For example, if someone has the core belief that "The world is a bad place", they will believe that people who are kind have an ulterior motive (someone being kind without reason just doesn't line up with their world view)...
Challenging Negative Thoughts
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Challenging Negative Thoughts

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Teach your clients to challenge their negative thoughts and self-talk using this CBT worksheet. In this worksheet your client will be asked to take a step back and consider their situation and thoughts from a new perspective, such as that from a friend...
Weekly Schedule for Behavioral Activation
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Weekly Schedule for Behavioral Activation

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Clients who are battling depression might find it challenging to complete the simplest of tasks due to a lack of motivation. Behavioral activation requires clients to identify positive activities to replace their old negative behaviors, and then to create a schedule and plan to complete them. This worksheet provides a blank behavioral activation schedule with instructions and examples to ease the process for clients.
Positive Activities for Behavioral Activation
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Positive Activities for Behavioral Activation

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Behavioral activation requires clients to identify activities that are both easy and rewarding as replacements for their old behaviors that contributed to their depression. It's important to be sure that chosen activities rank highly in these categories (ease and reward) to increase the likelihood that clients will follow through...
Automatic Thoughts
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Automatic Thoughts

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Teach clients to recognize and challenge their automatic thoughts with this CBT worksheet. Automatic thoughts are what they sound like: Thoughts that a person has automatically in response to a trigger, often outside of that person's conscious awareness...
ABC Model for REBT
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ABC Model for REBT

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Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), a form of CBT, uses the ABC model to explain the interaction between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Because teaching the model is a key component of REBT, having a clear diagram is essential. If you regularly practice REBT, we suggest printing a copy of this worksheet for your wall...
Thought Log (blank)
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Thought Log (blank)

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The thought log is central to CBT. Clients will use the printout to practice identifying their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors resulting from various situations. This CBT thought log comes totally blank so you can work with your client to come up with examples of their own in session...
Daily Mood Chart
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Daily Mood Chart

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Use the daily mood chart worksheet alongside CBT interventions to help clients practice recognizing the links between their environment, thoughts, and feelings. Every two hours your client will record the emotions they experienced (we suggest asking them to rate the intensity from 1-10), and make note about what was happening during that time...
Weekly Mood Chart
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Weekly Mood Chart

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Mood tracking is a useful technique for clients who are having difficulty identifying the source of negative emotions. Patterns in mood might be difficult to detect day-to-day, but they will jump out from a completed mood chart. Ask your client to carry this sheet with them for a week and jot down a few words in each square...
Exposure Hierarchy
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Exposure Hierarchy

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Exposure hierarchies are a basic CBT tool for the treatment of anxiety. Use the hierarchy to gradually introduce clients to feared stimuli. Begin by creating a list of anxiety-producing situations and identifying the severity of anxiety that they produce...
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