therapy worksheets, tools, and handouts for mental health counselors.

Therapy worksheets related to CBT for Adults

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Automatic Thoughts
Automatic Thoughts
This CBT tool educates clients about automatic thoughts and the benefits of changing them. An example is given, and clients are encouraged to identify their own automatic thoughts and new replacement thoughts.

The text reads: "Our thoughts control how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Positive thoughts lead to us feeling good and negative thoughts can put us down...
ABC Model for REBT
ABC Model for REBT
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, a form of CBT, uses the ABC model to explain thoughts, emotion, and behavior. Print this worksheet to help educate clients about how to use the model for their own benefit. Plenty of blank space is included to write examples and notes.
Related tools: The ABC model of CBT
Thought Log (blank)
Thought Log (blank)
The thought log is the centerpiece of clinical CBT. Use this worksheet to help clients practice identifying their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that result from specific situations. Check out our other thought logs for version with pre-populated examples.
Daily Mood Chart
Daily Mood Chart
Use this worksheet with CBT by asking clients to keep notes of the situations and thoughts that coincide with their feelings. Other ideas include tracking emotional triggers for substance use or the ups and downs of bipolar disorder.
Related tools: Weekly Mood Chart
Weekly Mood Chart
Weekly Mood Chart
Encourage clients to learn how their moods change over the course of a week. Because this worksheet spans an entire week, use it to look for larger patterns in mood changes. Try our daily mood chart for more precise recordings.
Related tools: Daily Mood Chart
Exposure Hierarchy
Exposure Hierarchy
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. Clients will eventually be exposed to these situations, beginning with the least anxiety-producing situations and slowly moving to the most anxiety-producing situations...
Introduction to Anxiety
Introduction to Anxiety
Anxiety is the body's response to situations that are interpreted as threatening. Without any anxiety you would probably make bad decisions, such as driving too fast on the highway or not paying your bills. However, too much anxiety can lead to avoidance or unpleasant physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms. Use this worksheet to introduce clients to their triggers, thoughts, and emotions related to anxiety.
Cognitive Distortions
Cognitive Distortions
Cognitive distortions are irrational thoughts that influence our emotions. Everyone experiences cognitive distortions to some degree, but in their more extreme forms they can be maladaptive. Use this worksheet to recognize and educate clients about irrational thought patterns that might be causing harm.

Sample copy reads: "Magnification and Minimization: Exaggerating or minimizing the importance of events...
Simple CBT Model
Simple CBT Model
This diagram displays the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) model in a very simple and understandable way. Use this worksheet as an aid while teaching a client about the interactions between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. This CBT printout will make a good permanent addition to a corkboard or wall in your office.
The Cognitive Behavioral Model
The Cognitive Behavioral Model
This packet includes a diagram of the interactions between situations, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Each stage includes a brief explanation of how it fits into the CBT model.
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