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

Therapy worksheets related to all topics for Adults

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Self-Esteem Journal
Self-Esteem Journal
Use this worksheet to help clients build confidence and improve their self-esteem. The worksheet requires clients to answer three daily questions related to their successes, good qualities, and positive experiences. The layout of this printout is designed to be straight-forward and simple activity to help improve self-esteem. Here are some examples of prompts in the worksheet:

"I felt proud when...
Related tools: Gratitude Journal
Fair Fighting Rules
Fair Fighting Rules
If you're working with a couple (or family, or individual) who has toxic arguments, help them understand and practice fair fighting rules. Give them a copy of this printout to keep at home so they can be reminded of the rules at home when they need them the most. The first three rules read:

Before you begin, ask yourself why you feel upset...

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
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Script
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Script
Use this script to guide clients in progressive muscle relaxation. It'll be important to provide additional education about the purpose and benefits of the exercise, and to encourage clients to practice on their own. Don't be afraid to adjust the script to make it your own--this is just a framework of the exercise.

The introductory text reads: "Progressive muscle relaxation is an exercise that reduces stress and anxiety in your body by having you slowly tense and then relax each muscle...
Anger Warning Signs
Anger Warning Signs
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.

Worksheet copy reads: "Sometimes anger can affect what you say or do before you even recognize the feeling...
(Also available in Spanish)
"I" Statements
"I" Statements
Teach clients about the benefits of "I" statements, show examples, and help them practice generating their own statements using this communication worksheet. After going through the examples, it's suggested that the client practices generating "I" statements from situations in their own life.
Relapse Prevention Plan (Version 2)
Relapse Prevention Plan (Version 2)
This worksheet provides a template for clients to list coping skills, social support, and consequences of relapse. The goals of this worksheet are to help clients maintain their motivation for sobriety, and to make sure they always have an accessible list of skills during times of need.
Creating a Token Economy
Creating a Token Economy
Use this worksheet to reinforce important points when helping a parent establish a token economy with their child. Token economies are an effective way to change behavior through the use of positive reinforcement.
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...
Building Discrepancy
Building Discrepancy
One goal of Motivational Interviewing is to build discrepancy between the client's current behavior and their desired behavior. Use this Motivational Interviewing worksheet to help clients understand how their current drug and alcohol use affects various areas of their life.
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