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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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This worksheet is intended to be used in the beginning anger management treatment to help educate clients about their physical and behavioral responses to anger. We recommend taking time helping the client identify their earliest warning signs of anger that might be less obvious and more difficult to recognize...
My Stages of Grief
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My Stages of Grief

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Use this worksheet to help clients explore how they have coped with each of the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). If clients have gotten stuck in one of the stages, encourage them to explore this point deeper. Try pairing this worksheet with the "Stages of Grief" education printout.
ABC Model for REBT
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ABC Model for REBT

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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.
Daily Mood Chart
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Daily Mood Chart

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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.
Weekly Mood Chart
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Weekly Mood Chart

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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.
Anger Management Skills
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Anger Management Skills

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Anger management techniques included 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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