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

Therapy worksheets related to Depression for all demographics

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Challenging Negative Thoughts
Challenging Negative Thoughts
Use this CBT worksheet to help clients learn and practice challenging their negative self-talk. This printout lists several questions that will help your client begin to think of their situation or their thoughts from a new perspective.

This worksheet assumes that a client has some basic knowledge about the CBT model and they are able to identify their negative thoughts.
Weekly Schedule for Behavioral Activation
Weekly Schedule for Behavioral Activation
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 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
Positive Activities for Behavioral Activation
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...
Gratitude Exercises
Gratitude Exercises
Research in positive psychology indicates that those who practice gratitude have lower self-reported levels of depression and stress, and they're more satisfied with their social relationships. Not only that, but the effects can be long-lasting.

This worksheet summarizes a few exercises to help clients begin practicing gratitude...
Related tools: Gratitude Journal
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...
Gratitude Journal
Gratitude Journal
Several studies have show a link between gratitude and well-being (for one, see Emmons, R. A. & McCullough, M. E., 2003). This worksheet will act as a reminder and a guideline for clients who may be journaling for the first time.
Related tools: Gratitude Exercises
(Also available in Spanish)
Sleep Hygiene Handout
Sleep Hygiene Handout
Insomnia and other sleep issues are common among those with and without mental illness. The consequences of poor sleep include fatigue, inattention, reduce cognitive functioning, and other health issues. Use this sleep hygiene handout to educate clients about basic sleep tips.
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
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