Each of our clients has 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)...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Disclaimer: The resources available on Therapist Aid do not replace therapy, and are intended to be used by qualified professionals. Professionals who use the tools available on this website should not practice outside of their own areas competency. These tools are intended to supplement treatment, and are not a replacement for appropriate training.