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Mindfulness Exercises
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Mindfulness Exercises

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Mindfulness has been defined as a moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment. This means being present in the moment, with a feeling of acceptance. Increasing one's mindfulness can result in reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression, improved concentration, and a number of interpersonal benefits...
Depression Info Sheet
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Depression Info Sheet

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Provide your clients with information about major depressive disorder including an overview of the disorder's symptoms, research-based treatments, demographics, and additional facts. Help your clients understand what they are dealing with—and reassure them they are not alone—through the use of psychoeducation...
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. Each question is designed to lead your client to look at their negative thoughts more objectively...
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...
Gratitude Exercises
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Gratitude Exercises

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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...
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. When associated with mental illness, these thoughts are often irrational and harmful...
Gratitude Journal
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Gratitude Journal

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Several studies have show strong positive link between gratitude journaling and well-being (for one, see Emmons, R. A. & McCullough, M. E., 2003). Ask your client to spend a few minutes each evening recording five things that were good about their day. Of course, your client will want to include big things like receiving a promotion or acing a test, but remind them that the little things are important too...
Sleep Hygiene Handout
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Sleep Hygiene Handout

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The consequences of poor sleep are far-reaching. Brain functioning slows down, memory is impaired, the frequency of accidents increases, stress rises, and there are a number of associated health issues such as weight gain and increased blood pressure. In other words: sleep is important. Insomnia and other sleep issues are common among those with mental illness, and their correction can be a key part of recovery...
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