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DBT Distress Tolerance Skills
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DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

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Distress tolerance skills refer to a type of intervention in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) where clients learn to manage distress in a healthy way. These skills are helpful for situations where a client might not be able to control a situation, but they need to manage their own response. Use this DBT worksheet to summarize distress tolerance techniques including radical acceptance, self-soothing with senses, and distraction...
DBT Emotion Regulation Skills
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DBT Emotion Regulation Skills

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In Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) clients are taught to use skills in the categories of change and acceptance. Emotion regulation skills fall under the category of "change". As the title implies, DBT emotion regulation skills help the client learn to manage their feelings to better cope with the situation they're in...
The Wise Mind
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The Wise Mind

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) uses the concept of a reasonable, emotional, and wise mind to describe a person's thoughts and behaviors. The reasonable mind is driven by logic, the emotional mind is driven by feelings, and wise mind is a middle-ground between the two. In DBT, clients will learn skills to use their wise mind and better manage their behavior...
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...
Anger Warning Signs
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Anger Warning Signs

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Use this worksheet at the beginning anger management treatment to help educate clients about their physical and behavioral responses to anger. We recommend taking time to help your client identify their earliest warning signs of anger that might be less obvious and more difficult to recognize, so they can cut off aggression before it has an opportunity to take over...
My Stages of Grief
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My Stages of Grief

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Pair this worksheet with the "Stages of Grief" printout to allow your clients to explore how they have coped with each of the five stages (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). If your client feels that they have gotten stuck in one of the stages, encourage them to explore this point more deeply...
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...
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...
Anger Management Skills
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Anger Management Skills

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Anger management techniques covered in this worksheet include learning to recognize anger, taking a timeout, deep breathing, exercise, expressing anger, thinking of consequences, and visualization. Use this worksheet to help teach clients new techniques, or as a reference they can use to remind themselves of skills they have learned in therapy sessions...
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