Updated: May 10, 2022
Download worksheets on CBT, anxiety, PTSD, self-care and more
I used to run several therapy groups per week. These sessions tended to focus on specific goals, like developing coping skills, or dealing with anxiety.
Today, I have more individual sessions. A client and I might focus on learning a specific technique for stress or other challenges.
In any of these cases, therapy worksheets can make all the difference. While it’s great to talk through new concepts, having a physical tool to share or send home can reinforce all the work done in sessions.
Fortunately, PDF worksheets can work just as well for telehealth as in-person therapy. You can print them out, or share them electronically on-screen or via e-mail.
Here’s a little about how these worksheets were developed, along with descriptions of each.
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I developed each of the worksheets below based on my CBT and PTSD training, as well as my real-life experience in the field.
I find many of the mental health worksheets online cover key concepts, but they aren’t always user-friendly.
For example, a “cognitive distortion,” really just refers to an unhelpful thought. “Exposure,” means facing a fear that’s making your life difficult.
(And sometimes all those charts in traditional worksheets just make me dizzy.)
My worksheets and tools generally try to avoid this kind of psychological jargon, especially in the prompts and descriptions for clients. (I do sometimes keep these tech terms in the titles, mainly so that therapists recognize them at a glance.)
While we teachers and counselors like terms like “evidence-based,” many clients simply want to know what these skills mean for their lives, and how they can feel a little better.
They don't necessarily need to know any of the psychology terms to overcome specific symptoms or problems.
With that in mind, here are the worksheets I’ve developed based on concepts like anxiety management, mindfulness, grounding, PTSD treatment, exposure, and self-care.
To get started, my CBT triangle worksheet is available here for free. You can get the rest of these in a bundle at a nominal price. (Use coupon code 1110 for 10% off any of the worksheet kits and downloads.)
If you’re struggling with cost, send me a message and I’ll keep you updated when I run deals or promotions in the future.
Now, let’s get into some therapy worksheets!
CBT Triangle Worksheet
The cognitive behavioral triangle, or CBT triangle, is a quick and easy tool to teach the idea of changing our thoughts.
While feelings are natural, and many thoughts are automatic, we can change negative patterns over time.
For example, if someone tends to beat themselves up anytime they struggle at work, there may be a pattern in place.
They may believe their colleagues or boss don’t like them. This could lead to them feeling anxious or discouraged.
This discouragement could then make it harder to work, repeating the cycle.
With the CBT triangle, you can chart these patterns. The thought, “I’m bad at this job,” connects to the feeling, “discouragement, fear,” which leads to the behavior (taking more time on projects).
This then reinforces the original thought of, “I’m bad at this job,” and the triangle goes round and round.
The most basic step in CBT is to practice changing that original thought.
In a therapy session, we might try changing it to, “I’m still learning this job, but I get a little better each day.”