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Therapy worksheets related to Self-Esteem for Adults

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Core Beliefs
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Core Beliefs

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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)...
Challenging Negative Thoughts
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Challenging Negative Thoughts

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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.
Self-Esteem Journal
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Self-Esteem Journal

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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...
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...
Gratitude Journal
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Gratitude Journal

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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.
Coat of Arms / Family Crest
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Coat of Arms / Family Crest

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Use this coat of arms worksheet as an artistic prompt. Clients draw, paint, or use any other medium to represent themselves in each of the shield's quadrants. Tailor the topics to the client. For example, a client dealing with family issues can represent their role in the family in one section, something that makes their family special in another section, and a family tradition in another section...
Positive Traits
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Positive Traits

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Be creative with this list of positive traits. Encourage the clients to circle their own traits to build self-esteem. They can share a story about a time they displayed these traits, or they can keep the worksheet to review. Alternatively, use this worksheet to identify desired traits that can be further developed for goal setting.
Positive Experiences
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Positive Experiences

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Help clients increase positive thoughts by encouraging them to focus on their own positive experiences. Use this tool to aid in self-exploration, self-esteem, or as an icebreaker for a group.
Positive Steps to Wellbeing
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Positive Steps to Wellbeing

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Quick tips to help a client improve their mood and wellbeing.
Self-Exploration Sentence Completion
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Self-Exploration Sentence Completion

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Clients are given eleven sentence completion prompts. Use this worksheet as a group icebreaker, a tool to turn conversations toward counseling-relevant topics, or as a way to prompt a client who is guarded.
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