Depression

Almost 20% of teens will experience the symptoms of depression before they reach adulthood. Help the teens in your practice identify their symptoms with our teen depression test and give them the tools they need to manage their symptoms with our other depression resources. Find teen depression articles, stories, worksheets, and much more on Between Session. We offer therapy resources for children and adults dealing with depression as well.

Teen Depression Brochure — Print out this brochure on teen depression created by the National Institute of Mental Health. It explains the nature of depression, the signs of suicide, what kind of help is available, and more. Education in teens is key to prevention. (0519)

Breaking the Cycle of Stress and Depression — The connection between stress and depression is complex and circular, but this worksheet is designed to break the cycle by teaching people ways to reduce the effects of stress. (0517, wellness, prevention, stress, depression)

Increasing Positive Feelings — This worksheet is designed to evoke positive feelings and simultaneously demonstrate that you can “change the channel” on your emotions. PDF (0216, depression, CBT, positive psychology)

Creating Your Future — This worksheet is designed to help individuals think about their future and see that they have the power to create the kind of lives they want. (quick, 1015, values clarification, goal-setting, motivation)

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Developing Flexible and Compassionate Thinking — This worksheet is designed to help people consider how they think about others. It is designed to help people see that flexible and compassionate thinking can improve their relationships as well as their own self-image. The assessment asks them to rate 20 questions on a 5-point scale. (compassion, flexibility, relationships, DBT, 0516, CBT).

5-Step Suicide Evaluation Procedure — This 5-Step Assessment Procedure is considered the best-practice for mental health professionals in assessing a client’s risk of suicide. (PDF) 0713

Suicide Risk Factors — This form can be used to assess specific risk factors in clients who have talked about suicide. Form Type: PDF (0515)

The General Self-Efficacy Scale — This simple 5-minute assessment can be used to assess self-efficacy, a measure of whether a person perceives that he can accomplish tasks and achieve goals. Lower scores may suggest a vulnerability to depression or other mental health problems. Higher scores indicate greater resiliency.

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Walk Through the Forest Guided Imagery (Audio) — This guided imagery audio can be used to teach relaxation skills as a way to cope with anxiety, depression, physical problems, emotional volatility, and stress related disorders. Running time: 8.5 minutes.

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Do Some Good Pocket Guide — This pocket guide from the UK Mental Health Association has some great ideas to help people help others. It also reviews studies showing how acts of altruism increases our own mental health. (altruism, RAOK, 0111)

Brochure on Teen Depression — This brochure was prepared by the National Institute for Mental Health and gives teens basic information about the signs of depression, the difference between sadness and depression, and what teens can do it they feel depressed. (prevention, teen suicide, screening, 0117)

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Types of Medication for Depression & Anxiety — This chart summarizes common medications used for depression and anxiety. PDF

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Overcoming Depression-Workbook — This assignment book contains 44 activities to help people overcome their symptoms and develop the habits associated with happiness. (0517)

Body Image Toolkit — This workbook consists of 17 interactive activities to help teens develop a better body image. This resource was developed to help all teens develop a healthy body image but would be particularly appropriate for teens who have eating disorders or other mental health problems related to a poor self-image. (0315)

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Talking to Someone Who Is Suicidal — This form is designed to help people understand the importance of talking to someone who is suicidal and to overcome obstacles to doing this.

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M and M Feelings Game — This fun game makes it easy to get people to talk about their feelings. A blank version of the game is included to write in your own questions/statements (emotions, emotional intelligence, communication, 0919)

Thinking About Emotions Game — This worksheet is designed to help people think and talk about their feelings. Players pitch a penny on the worksheet and then talk about the feeling where the penny lands. The game can be played in a small group or even by an individual. (emotional intelligence, depression, communication, social skills, 0317)

Show Your Feelings Role Play Games — Get people talking about their feelings with three “cut and tape” dice games. These games are fun to play and a great way to encourage kids, teens, or even adults to talk about their feelings.

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Suicide Warning Signs-Wallet Card — Lives can be saved when you print out and cut out this simple wallet card created by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The card is meant to give people an always handy reminder of suicide warning signs and of course the number of the Lifeline 800-273-TAlK (8255). (Depression, 0512)

Motivational Bookmarks — These bookmarks can be used to remind clients about the importance of self-encouragement. PDF

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Tolerate Stress Mini-Poster — This mini-poster is a humorous reminder that life can be hard at times but we can learn to tolerate our difficulties. (DBT, emotional intelligence, 0616)

Caring-Emotional Intelligence Mini-Poster — This mini-poster reminds us about the importance of showing that you care. PDF (0316, emotional intelligence, caring)

Kindness - Pass it On Poster — This poster is designed to help people remember the importance of daily acts of kindness. (0715)

Daily Gratitude — This mini-poster can be used to help remind people of the importance of gratitude in their lives. (gratitude, wellness)

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Acting Opposite to Your Impulses — If you find that your emotions are causing you to behave in ways which are self-defeating, you can use this worksheet to find out what happens if you do the opposite of what you would normally do. (DBT, CBT, Behavior Program, 1016)

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Why Am I So Sad? (Teen) — This worksheet helps teens understand that sadness is a normal emotion and that if it continues over a period of time, they can find ways to cope with it, particularly with the help of concerned adults. (0621, sadness, depression, teen problems, middle school)

Developing Your Growth Mindset — This worksheet is designed to help people understand a “growth mindset,” staying positive even in the face of obstacles or mistakes. It helps people differentiate between self-statements that hold them back compared to self-statements that keep them moving forward. (0621, growth mindset, positive thinking, simple solutions)

Are You Bored? (Teens) — This worksheet helps teens think about how they can use times when they are bored to do productive and fulfilling activities. (0621, depression, anxiety)

Becoming Aware of Your Upsetting Thoughts & Feelings — This worksheet helps people examine their upsetting thoughts and feelings rather than trying to avoid them. (0621, anxiety, worry, avoidance, simple solutions)

Are You Getting Enough Sleep? — This worksheet is designed to help people understand the importance of getting enough sleep. It gives people strategies to get more sleep and a form to record their sleeping habits for a week. (0621, sleep problems, insomnia, depression, simple solutions)

Writing Your Depression Story — This worksheet is designed to help people think about their depression and share their thoughts and feelings with someone they trust. (0421, depression)

What Would You Like Your Life to Look Like? — This worksheet asks people to think about their personal strengths, dreams, goals, and the supportive people in their lives. Considering these things, it then asks them to think how they can shape their life in the future. This worksheet may be particularly helpful to teens and young adults. (0321, life goals, coaching, depression)

Adopting a Growth Mindset — This worksheet is designed to help people become aware of whether they have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. They are taught to identify the thoughts and actions associated with a growth mindset. (0221, resilience, CBT)

Understanding the Strengths in Your Family (teens) — This worksheet is designed to help teens understand that their families can be very supportive, even when there are disagreements and problems. (family therapy, teens, values clarification, depression, 0221)

Tarjetas para Efectuar Cambios Positivos — These Coping Cards can be used by people who want to replace negative behaviors with positive ones. A useful technique to help in breaking negative habits. Spanish Version. (Spanish, 0221, negative thinking)

What Did You Learn About Grieving From Your Family? — This worksheet asks people to think about losses they experienced when they were children and evaluate the lessons they learned from their family. The worksheet emphasizes that as adults people have choices about how they deal with loss and should try to do this that are most helpful to the grieving process. (0221, grief, grieving, loss, death, mourning)

Imagine the Problem is Already Solved — This Solution-Oriented Therapy technique is designed to help motivate people to solve their problems. (problem-solving, solution-oriented therapy, resilience, 0221)

Coping with the End of a Friendship (Teens) — This worksheet is designed to help teens explore their feelings after the end of a friendship (0221, social skills, depression)

Untying Your Negative Thinking — This worksheet is designed to help teens replace negative thinking with more positive and realistic thoughts. (0121, negative thinking, depression, positive thinking)

Adding Laughter to Your Daily Life — This worksheet is designed to bring more laughter into a person’s life. Laughter is known to be an important factor in helping people become more resilient. Research also suggests it has a positive effect on both mental and physical health. (0121, resilience, positive psychology, prevention)

Creating a Hope Map to Achieve Your Goals — This worksheet explains how people an increase their levels of hope and engage in goal-oriented behavior by making a diagram which considers goals, pathways, and obstacles. (1220, goal-setting, COVID-19, pandemic, depression, problem-solving, wellness, motivation)

Changing Your Negative Thinking with the "Add-a-But" Technique — This worksheet is designed to help people who are negative thinkers see the positive side of an argument. A two-week assignment is given to help people see the positive side of things they previously just saw in a negative light. (CBT, negative thinking, automatic thoughts, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, 1020).

Stopping the Cycle of Self-Hatred — This worksheet is designed to help people become aware of their critical inner voice that can lead to self-hatred. The worksheet asks people to identify their self-statements and change them to more realistic and forgiving statements. (depression, self-criticism, automatic thoughts, CBT, 100720)

Stop Taking Things Personally — This worksheet can help people who personalize comments by others and interpret innocuous remarks and behaviors as harsh and critical. (borderline, BPD, narcissistic personality disorder, 0920)

Visualizing a Safe Place — This worksheet helps people reduce their fear and anxiety by visualizing a place where they feel safe and calm. (fears, anxiety disorders, visualization, mindfulness, 0720)

The Problem with Being a People Pleaser — This worksheet is designed to help people who put pleasing others as more important as trying to fulfill their own needs and desires. The worksheet helps people understand how people pleasing can be a problem and gives them specific ways to practice balancing their own needs with the needs of others. (assertiveness, depression, self-esteem, self-image, 0720)

Staying Motivated While Sheltering In Place — This worksheet suggests ways that people can stay motivated and productive while quarantining at home. It provides charts to help people plan their day and to prioritize their tasks. (pandemic, coronavirus, quarantine, COVID-19, motivation, 0420)

Dealing with Depression During the Pandemic — This worksheet is designed to help people cope with symptoms of depression during the coronavirus pandemic. It suggests ways to reach out to others and activities to improve a person’s mood. (depression, wellness, pandemic, COVID-19, coronavirus, 0420)

Maintaining a Sense of Humor to Build Resilience — This worksheet is designed to help people maintain a sense of humor during stressful times. Humor has been shown to increase our ability to cope with stress and even improve our immune system. (resilience, COVID-19, coronavirus, pandemic, 0320)

Exercising at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic — This worksheet gives people ways to exercise at home during the coronavirus pandemic. It suggests different apps and online tools people can try and asks them to track their exercise habits. (depression, anxiety, exercise, coronavirus, pandemic, COVID-19, 0320)

Adopt a Solution Oriented Attitude-Teens — This worksheet is designed to help teens find positive ways to deal with their problems (solution-oriented therapy, coping, 0320)

Observing and Accepting Your Emotions — This worksheet is designed to help people learn to observe and better understand their overwhelming emotions and the way they cope with them. (DBT, Emotional Regulation, 0320)

Using Your Senses to Feel Grounded — This worksheet is designed to help people deal with overwhelming emotions, depersonalization, and derealization. It directs people to pay attention to sensory input as a way of becoming grounded and feeling in control. (Bipolar Disorder, grounding, emotional regulation, DBT, 1119)

See the Big Picture — This worksheet is designed to help people regulate emotions by seeing the big picture rather than on just focusing on the negative aspects of a situation. The exercise is designed to help people evaluate problems accurately and objectively. (DBT, emotional regulation, 1019)

Relying on Your Problem-Solving Ability Even When You Feel Hopeless — This worksheet is designed to stimulate coping mechanisms in people who feel hopeless, even to the point of being suicidal. The intention of the worksheet is to encourage people to develop a problem-solving attitude. The worksheet asks people to try out five popular problem-solving strategies and then see how often they can be used on a day-to-day basis. (problem-solving, executive functioning skills, coping skills, suicide, depression, 0919)

Finding Things That Will Increase Inner Satisfaction (teens) — To build inner satisfaction through identifying your talents and strengths and increasing time spent in activities that make you feel successful. (under achievement, school problems, self-esteem, 082619)

Pay It Forward Cards — These cards remind people to think about others and look for opportunities for random acts of kindness. (empathy, social connection, 0819)

Understanding the Stress in Your Life — This worksheet is designed to help you identify the stress in your life and take steps to cope with it. (prevention, depression, relationships, 0819)

Silencing Your Inner Critic While You Grieve — This worksheet is designed to help people who are grieving replace self-critical thoughts with self-compassion. (loss, mourning, grieving, 0619)

Regulating Emotions with Mandalas — This worksheet introduces people to the concept of Mandalas to manage their emotions. (bipolar, depression, anxiety, 0519)

Treat Yourself Like a Good Friend — This worksheet is designed to help people understand the importance of self-compassion and to treat themselves as they would a good friend. (depression, anxiety, addiction, prevention, 032719)

Do You Often Feel Guilty or Ashamed? — This worksheet is designed to help people who are overwhelmed with guilt and shame. It helps people examine the causes of these feelings and what they can do to get closure. It also teaches the concept of self-compassion. (depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, guilt, shame, self-compassion, 0319)

Increase Your Social Activities When You Are Depressed — This worksheet is designed to help people who are feeling depressed and even suicidal reach out to others and engage in social activities. (depression, prevention, social isolation, 0219)

Remove Things That Might Hurt You (Suicide Prevention) — This worksheet is designed to be part of a Suicide Prevention Safety Plan. It asks people who have suicidal thoughts to identify the things in their lives that they might use to hurt themselves, to identify people who might help them, and to identify places they could go where they would feel safe. (0119, depression, self-harm)

How Do You View Yourself? — This worksheet is designed to help people develop a positive self-image using 12 assignments including developing a kinder inner voice, understanding what you can control and what you can’t, avoiding comparing yourself to others, and more. (self-esteem, positive psychology, depression, anxiety, 1218)

Increasing Your Self-Esteem — This worksheet is designed to help people identify ways to improve their self-image and reduce self-criticism. (self-esteem, positive psychology, depression, 1218)

Does Your Anxiety Make You Depressed? — This worksheet is designed to help people with anxiety disorders determine if they also need to seek treatment for depression. It explains the major symptoms of depression and links to an online screening for depression. It also asks people to keep track of how often they do activities that bring meaning to their lives and to assess the level of difficulty of this task as a possible indicator of depression. (GAD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, 1118)

Compassionate Reframing — This worksheet is designed to help people reframe their self-criticism and develop a more compassionate attitude towards themselves. People are asked to think about the critical words they use to describe themselves and to substitute their put-downs with more compassionate thoughts. (self-esteem, self-talk, self-image, 1018)

Reducing Over-Stimulation to Focus on Yourself — This worksheet is designed to help people reduce stress in their lives by paying attention to how much time they spend emailing, using social media, and participating in listening and watching various media. (101518, mindfulness, anxiety)

Learning to Focus On Your World Rather Than Your Anxious Thoughts — This worksheet is designed to help people overcome their anxiety by practicing mindfulness, paying attention to their world through all five senses. (GAD, 0818, intrusive thoughts)

Two Week Sleep Diary — This recording form helps people keep track of their sleep patterns for two weeks as well as the activities that might have influenced their sleep. Developed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. (0818)

Anticipating Success — Recognizing the importance of our unconscious wishes and needs, this worksheet asks people to concentrate on how things will be in the future where their problems have less influence or may be absent altogether. Concentrating on the positive aspects of your life, rather than on your problems, directs your unconscious to make decisions that will be more productive and beneficial. The concept of a "self-fulfilling prophecy" is a very real psychological phenomenon. You can make your future better or worse - why not make it better? (positive psychology, solution-oriented therapy, depression, 0718)

Your Greatest Success — Researchers tell us that it is easier to recall negative events than positive ones. This tendency can exacerbate psychological problems like anxiety and depression. This worksheet is designed to help you remember your important successes and how you achieved them. (positive psychology, values, self-esteem, 0716)

Taking a Noticing Walk — This exercise is intended to teach people the concept of mindfulness. It can help people see how easy it is to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives. (anxiety, depression, stress, 0518)

Creating a Vision of a Happier Life — This worksheet is intended to help people gain a sense of hope by generating a vision of what their life could look like in the future. (addiction, depression, motivation, goal-setting, values, 0318)

Developing Self-Compassion — This worksheet is designed to help people learn how to be more compassionate toward themselves by imagining an infinitely compassionate imaginary friend, then answering questions as if that friend were talking to them. (self-compassion, depression, anxiety, 0218)

Things That Make You Smile — This simple exercise encourages people to think about the things that make them smile and to practice “random smiling” through the day. In doing this, people can learn how easy it is to get in touch with their positive emotions. (art therapy, serotonin, 0118)

Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner — This worksheet is intended to help people think about the character traits they value and wish to develop. (insight, character development, 1017)

Thinking About Your Accmplishments — This worksheet is designed to help people think about what they have accomplished in their lives and what they hope to accomplish in the future. It uses the metaphor of a museum and asks people to draw or write nine accomplishments they would put in their museum. (0917, values clarification, identity)

Identifying Your Safety Crutches — This worksheet is designed to help people identify the “safety crutches” they use to avoid the things that make them anxious or contribute to other psychological problems. The worksheet details 13 common ways that people avoid facing their problems and asks user to identify their own safety crutches. A recording sheet asks people to pay attention to their safety crutches for one week and determine whether or not they really help their problems. (anxiety disorders, GAD, 0817)

Developing the Habit of Gratitude — This worksheet is intended to help people see the many benefits of developing an attitude of gratitude. It gives specific instructions on helpful activities to maximize the benefits of this practice. (depression, anxiety, prevention, gratitude, wellness, appreciation, 0717)

Using a Contract to Commit to Change — This worksheet asks adults to set a goal as well as sub-goals and strategies in order to work towards behavioral change. (depression, 0717)

Increasing Flow Experiences — Flow is a psychological experience where even difficult tasks and activities become easy. It is a state of active contentment, associated with a sense of motivation, purpose, and focus. Finding daily flow experiences is an important way to find happiness and overall well-being. (depression, authentic happiness, 0717)

Daily Dose of Humor — This worksheet is intended to help people appreciate the positive health and mental benefits of humor and laughter. It asks the user to select from different ideas to stimulate laughter and to try at least one of these ideas every day for a week. (humor, wellness, depression, positive psychology, 0717)

Does Your Depression Hurt You? — This worksheet is designed to help people keep track of physical symptoms associated with their depression. (depression, pain management, 0619)

Practicing Compassionate Self-Care — This worksheet helps people learn to treat themselves with more compassion, much like they would treat a loved one in need. (depression, self-care, 0517)

How Do You Want to Be Treated? — This worksheet is designed to help people think about how others can help them with their psychological problems. The worksheet asks them to think about both the things that they want from others as well as the things they don’t want. (depression, social skills, communication, 0417)

Three Good Things That Happened Today — This worksheet can be used to help alleviate depression by having people simply list three good things that happen each day. Studies have suggested that this simple technique can help lift the mood of even extremely depressed people. (positive psychology, depression, 0417)

Do Not Put Yourself Down — This worksheet is designed to help people stop putting themselves down with negative thoughts and statements. Clients are asked to make seven copies of the worksheet, and use one worksheet each day for a week. They are asked to cross out a penny each time they have a negative thought. By the end of the week, they should still have all the pennies in the jar on their worksheet. (depression, CBT, thought changing, 0317)

Practicing Self-Calming and Self-Caring Techniques — This worksheet is designed to encourage people to practice both self-care and self-calming techniques on a daily basis. The worksheet lists types of techniques are effective in each category and includes a form to record the use of these techniques for 21 days (the time it takes to form a habit). (PTSD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, 0217)

What Has Helped You? — This worksheet asks clients to consider anything that might have helped them in finding solutions to their problems, whether it was something they learned in therapy or something they learned on their own, such as self-help books, advice from a friend, sudden insights, and so on. (0217)

Creating a Better Day — This worksheet is designed to help depressed people become more active by identifying and scheduling various meaningful activities they enjoy doing. (depression, CBT, wellness, 0217)

What Went Right? — This worksheet is designed to help people develop a more positive attitude towards themselves and others by having them focus on three things that went right each day and what they did to make these things a positive experience. (depression, happiness, positive thinking, CBT, 0217)

Overcoming Setbacks — This worksheet is designed to help people anticipate how they will handle setbacks in overcoming their mental health problems. It asks people to think about the kinds of triggers that might cause a setback as well as the skills they have used before to handle problems. (anxiety, depression, symptoms, termination, 1216)

Anticipating Difficult Holiday Interactions — This worksheet is designed to help people deal with difficult interactions during a holiday event. The worksheet asks the user to think about what kind of difficult interactions are likely to occur and consider positive ways to respond. (holiday stress, communication, difficult people, 1116)

Creating a Better Holiday — This worksheet is intended to help people who normally dread the holidays plan meaningful activities that will make these days (and all days) personally fulfilling. (depression, social isolation, loneliness, wellness, 1116)

The Costs and Benefits of Your Problem Behaviors — This worksheet is designed to help people develop insight into their problem behaviors, including the positive as well as the negative consequences. The worksheet is intended to help people step back from just judging themselves negatively and to see how their problem behaviors play a functional role in their daily lives. This worksheet can be used in writing a CBT oriented treatment plan. (CBT, DBT)

Learning to Accept Reality — Learning to accept reality is an important part of living in the present. Distorting reality can lead to depression, anxiety, disappointment in your relationships and more. This worksheet has three parts to help people understand how they distort memories from their past, events in the present, and thoughts about their future. (DBT, CBT, Thought-Changing, 0916)

Seeking Awe — This worksheet is designed to help people experience the positive effects of awe. (CBT,ACT, happiness, values, depression)

Do Not Be Alone — This worksheet is designed to help people see the importance of social activities as an integral part of mental health. It gives individuals a list of possible social activities to do each day. (Asperger Syndrome, depression, social development, 0616)

Loving Kindness Meditation — This worksheet is designed to teach people the technique of Loving Kindness Meditation. Research suggests that this simple meditation can have a long term effect on people’s happiness. (ACT, meditation, happiness, mindfulness, depression, 0616)

Compromising With Yourself — This worksheet is intended to help people make compromises rather than be stuck between two extreme positions. (DBT, CBT, problem-solving, 0216)

How Do You Deal with Emotional Pain? — This worksheet can be used to help people record the thoughts, feelings, sensations, and memories that caused them emotional pain as well as to note what behavioral responses are triggered and whether these were positive or negative. PDF (0316, DBT, Emotional Regulation)

Soothing Yourself When You Are Upset — Learning to calm down when you are upset is a critical part of emotional intelligence. This worksheet shows seven activities that trigger the production of biochemicals which calm the mind and body A second page asks people to keep track of which activities they use and how these activities affect their mood. (0316, DBT, ACT, emotional regulation)

Take a Break from Stress — Take a vacation from stress and dedicate just one day to living “stress free.” Sometimes this is harder than you think! At the end of the day, think about how you were able to create stress-free time, and how you can apply this to your normal life. Stress is a normal part of life and learning to control and cope with stress is an important part of good mental health.

What If You Won The Lottery? — This worksheet asks people to think about something that would represent great happiness (good fortune) in their lives and ways they can improve their chances of making this happen. (0216)

Building Your Support System — This worksheet is designed to help people think about the people in their support system and the kinds of support they might be missing. (social support, 0116)

Thinking in Full Color — This worksheet is designed to teach to avoid looking at their problems with absolute (black and white) thinking. Absolute thinking distorts reality and limits choices. People are asked to identify a problem, think of four “black and white statements” that pertain to that problem, and then change those thoughts to “full color.”

Focusing On Solutions — This worksheet will help you start thinking about how you solved problems in the past and how your life can be better today when you make even small changes. Focusing on solutions, rather than dwelling on your problem, can open many new possibilities. (solution oriented therapy, problem solving, positive attitude, 0116)

Words You Want to Hear — Everyone likes encouragement, but most people don’t get enough support when they really need it. This worksheet is intended to help people think about the words they really want to hear and give themselves “self-support” anytime they need it. PDF (0116, praise, self-image, identify, support).

Your Family Tree of Character Strengths — This worksheet is designed to help people identify the people in their families who help shaped their character. (character strengths, 0116)

Brainstorming Solutions To Your Problems — This brainstorming technique asks people to identify a specific problem and then come up with 10 uncensored solutions while they complete a mindful "coloring activity." (problem-solving, solution-oriented therapy, mindfulness, 0116)

What Did You Learn in Grade School? — This worksheet asks people to think back to their years in grade school and the “life lessons” they learned. Answering the questions on this worksheet will likely bring up other thoughts and memories about what happened in these childhood years. (0115)

How Do Others See You? — The first part of this worksheet asks people to answer questions about themselves and then a second part can be used to ask the same questions to others. The worksheet is intended to help people see if their perception of themselves is very different than how others see them (self-perception, 1215)

What Makes You Feel That Way? — This worksheet can help people gain insight into what triggers different emotions. PDF (1215)

Understanding Your Moods — This worksheet is designed to help people be more aware of their moods and realize that they have the power to change them.

Mindful Meditation - Letting Your Worries Go — This worksheet encourages people to be mindful of their worries and fears while relaxing with a coloring activity. The process of coloring seems to have a soothing effect on many people and may stimulate biochemical in the brain which help control emotions. (mindfulness, anxiety, 1115)

Visualize Achieving Your Goals — You can use this vision board to create images or thoughts that will inspire you to achieve a specific goal. PDF. (motivation, insight, 1115).

Just Scribble — This worksheet can be used for two purposes: to help people relax when anxious or stressed and to help people think about their feelings. PDF (1116, relaxation, insight)

Just 3 Words — This worksheet is designed to help people gain insight into their values and how they incorporate them into their daily lives. (values, 1112, ACT)

You Decide - Fork in the Road — This worksheet is designed to help people consider the merits of important decisions. (quick, decision-making, 1015)

Make a Movie of Your Life — This worksheet is designed to help people think about and communicate important aspects of their self image. The worksheet asks a people to name a movie about their life and draw a picture of the most important scene.(quick, self image, Narrative Therapy, 1015)

10 Things That Give You Pleasure — When people are depressed or going through a difficult time they often forget they have the power to make themselves feel better. This worksheet asks people to list 10 things that give them pleasure and to do at least one every day. PDF (quick, 1015)

Get Back In Touch — This worksheet can help people think about others who have been important in the past. The exercise asks people to write a “postcard” to get back in touch with someone important in their life, helping them focus on their memories and their values. (Narrative Therapy, 1015)

Looking at the Timeline of Your Life — This worksheet suggests five activities that can help people get a “bird’s-eye view” of their lives as they note events and milestones at different ages. Suggestions include: listing positive events at different stages of life, influential people at different stages of life, anticipating future milestones, and more. (coaching, resilience, 1015)

Give Yourself A Compliment — This simple technique asks people to think about something positive they did each day and give themselves a compliment. Recommended for anyone going through a difficult time, but particularly for people who are anxious or depressed. A positive attitude is an important part of good mental health. (quick, anxiety, depression, resilience, 1015)

Be Aware of Your Strengths — This worksheet is designed to help people see how their character strengths can be important in seeing solutions to daily problems. PDF (ACT, problem-solving, 1015)

Take a Step Toward Something That Scares You — This form can help people see that they don’t have to avoid the things that scare them. The best way to conquer a fear is to approach it in small steps. (fear, anxiety, quick, 0915)

Connecting to a Higher Power — This worksheet is designed to help people explore their connection to a higher power, and to think about whether that connection can help them in difficult times. (DBT, spirituality, 0915)

The Miracle Question — This worksheet asks people to think about how their lives would change if a miracle happened and their most pressing problems no longer existed. This exercise can be the start of a conversation to help people see ways to live without being overwhelmed by problems. (Solution-Focused Therapy, quick, 0915)

Create a Positive Self-Portrait — This simple art therapy technique can help people focus on their positive qualities and how these qualities are visible to others. (art therapy, 0815).

Create a Mandala — This simple art therapy exercise can help people get in touch with the feelings and can be used with clients to start a conversation about their self-image. Many therapists use this activity as part of a healing process. (art therapy, 0815)

Be a Superhero — This worksheet encourages people to think about the super powers they would like to have and how they would use them. (Art Therapy, Quick, 0815)

Write a Letter to Your Problem — This Narrative Therapy technique is designed to help people externalize a specific problem and motivate them to develop new behaviors to help overcome it. (Narrative Therapy, Quick, motivation, problem-solving, 0815)

Write Down Your Most Powerful Dream — This worksheet asks people to write down a powerful dream from the past. It also asks them to think about how the dream affected them. Form Type: PDF (Quick, NLP, Emotional Intelligence, 0815)

Imagining Your Best Possible Self — This writing assignment can encourage optimism and positive thinking. (0815, Narrative Therapy, positive thinking, optimism, hope, resilience, quick)

Take a Break — This worksheet encourages people to take a day off from their stress and dedicate that one day to relaxing. (stress management, quick, solution- focused)

What Are Your Positive Psychological Skills? — This worksheet is designed to help people see their positive psychological skills and apply them to their current mental health issues. (0815, Solution-Focused)

Do Something Different — This simple behavior assignment can help people who feel they are stuck in unhealthy patterns. (0815, quick assignment, behavior change)

Scribble Your Feelings — This simple assignment can help people get in touch with their feelings. (0815, art therapy)

Creating a Personal Mission Statement — This worksheet is designed to help people clarify their purpose in life. The worksheet includes a series of questions to help people develop a meaningful personal mission statement in just a few sentences. goal-setting, personal meaning, motivation, 0715)

Finding Joy and Balance In Your Life — This worksheet describes a daily technique to help people be mindful of the positive things in their lives. This technique is particularly important for people who are stressed and depressed, but it should also be considered a resiliency tool which can help you find daily happiness in your life.(resilience, stress management, depression, 0615)

Coping Cards — These Coping Cards can be used by people who want to replace negative behaviors with positive ones. A useful technique to help in breaking negative habits. Form Type: PDF (CBT, 0615)

Suicide Prevention Checklist — When you have clients who are suicidal, you naturally want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to insure their safety. This checklist is designed to remind therapists of the critical steps to think about for these clients. Form Type: PDF

Developing Healthy Personal Boundaries — This worksheet is designed to help people develop healthy boundaries in their relationships. Individuals rate themselves on positive behaviors related to their personal boundaries, and they are then asked to consider one problem area to work on. (boundaries, relationships, 0615)

Feeling Better Through Spiritual Awareness — This worksheet is designed to help individuals who wish to bring spirituality into their lives as a way to help them with emotional problems and enrich their day-to-day lives. (spirituality, 0515)

Dealing with Shame and Guilt — This worksheet is designed for people who blame themselves as solely responsible for a particular situation or event. The form is intended to help relieve the shame and guilt that makes life unbearable. (CBT, shame, guilt, 0415)

Talking About Your Emotions Helps You Manage Your Anxiety — This worksheet is designed to help people identify their moods during the day and talk about their feelings to someone else. Copies should be made, and the worksheet should be used for a minimum of seven days. (0315)

Looking at the Big Picture — This worksheet is designed to help people put their problems into perspective. Taking an art therapy approach, people draw their small problems in little frames and the important things in their lives in the big frame. This worksheet can be a good opening to introduce a discussion about values. (values, art therapy, problem-solving, 0215)

Giving Up Judging People Negatively — Rooted in the work of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), this worksheet is designed to help clients let go of their style of negatively judging others, and to help them understand the negative effects of these thoughts and their associated behavior. (DBT, judgment, 0215)

Enhancing Self-Esteem By Changing Negative Thoughts — This worksheet can help people identify and change the negative self-talk that can lead to low self-esteem.(self-esteem, negativity, 0215)

Your Perceptions About Yourself — This worksheet asks clients to think about themselves objectively, based on the facts in their lives rather than on a subjective interpretation of their experiences. This exercise is derived from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, 1114).

Accepting Unpleasant Experiences — This worksheet, derived from Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), is designed to help people accept unpleasant internal experiences, and not use them as an excuse to avoid life-affirming situations. (1114)

If the Problem Were a TV Show — This worksheet is a Narrative Therapy technique which can be used to help clients get more perspective on their presenting problem and see that they have the power to change their “life story." (narrative, therapy, problem-solving, 1114)

The Tree of LIfe — This exercise is designed to help clients communicate positive aspects about their lives. The technique is derived from Narrative Therapy. (1114)

Learning To Self-Soothe — This worksheet is designed to help individuals learn emotional regulation skills. The worksheet asks people to identify activities they can do to calm their emotions and then rate the success of each technique. (DBT, emotion regulation, 0614)

How Do You Deal With Conflicts? — This short questionnaire gives clients the opportunity to identify their behaviors and attitudes as assertive, aggressive, passive, or passive-aggressive, and provides some information about conflict strategies. (conflict management, communication)

Recording Dysfunctional Thoughts — This form can be used to by clients to record and change dysfunctional thoughts and to see how these thoughts affect their moods.

Solving Problems With Reverse Brainstorming — This form can be used to help clients who are “stuck” in a particular situation and can’t seem to find any appropriate solution to a problem or challenge. It can be used with individuals, but any kind of brainstorming is generally most productive in a group situation.

Acts of Kindness Lead to Happiness — This worksheet can be used to help people who have mild to moderate depression, or for people who are not clinically depressed but who are seeking a happier and more fulfilling life. (RAOK, positive psychology, resilience, depression)

Knowing Your Positive Qualities — This worksheet will help clients with depression, anxiety, or self-esteem issues identify their positive qualities. (self-esteem, anxiety, depression, 0814)

Creating a Gratitude Journal — This research-based worksheet can be used to treat mild depression and help people through difficult times. (gratitude, journaling, depression, 0614)

Recording and Changing Pessimistic Thoughts — This worksheet can be used to help people understand how pessimistic thinking is affecting their mental health. It is designed to record and change faulty thinking in a single day. PDF

Staying Active to Fight Depression — This worksheet will help clients see that increasing their activity level may reduce their symptoms of depression.

Fighting Depression with Exercise — This worksheet can help people understand the relationship between exercise and mood regulation. PDF

Finding People with Common Interests — This worksheet is designed to help people expand their social network by finding people in common interest groups. (resilience, support systems, stress management, social skills, 0321)

Identifying Your Support System — This worksheet is designed to help people identify a support system of individuals they can contact in times of emotional distress. (support system, social networks, depression, stress management)

Making Positive Statements About Yourself — This worksheet encourages people to make positive statements about themselves.

Controlling Your Moods - Full or Empty Tank? — This worksheet is designed to help people see that they can influence their moods, positively or negatively, through their activities. (0614)

Emotions Below the Tip of The Iceberg — This worksheet is designed to help people identify emotions they hide from others. (emotional intelligence, feelings, relationships, 0214)

The Pain of Depression — This worksheet is intended to help people identify symptoms of physical pain associated with depression. PDF

Symptoms & Side Effects of Anti-Depressants — This worksheet is designed to help people record the symptoms and side-effects of anti-depressant medication. PDF

Practicing Mindfulness — This worksheet is designed to help people become familiar with the technique of mindfulness.

Overcoming Insomnia — This worksheet is designed to help people overcome insomnia and get more sleep.

Getting Motivated — This worksheet is designed to help people motivate themselves to accomplish a task or address a problem. (motivation, problem-solving, depression, anxiety disorders)

Getting Active To Treat Depression — This worksheet is designed to help people see that daily activity can help with depression. PDF

Learn About Feelings — Use this worksheet to help kids and teens talk about basic feelings.Form Type: PDF

Understanding Your Self-Esteem — This worksheet is designed to help people see if they perceive their positive and negative qualities accurately.

Seeing How Others Value You — This worksheet helps people who are depressed see their importance to others.

Identifying Symptoms of Depression — This worksheets helps clients identify the symptoms that define their depressions. (depression)

Changing the Channel on Depression — This worksheet is designed to help people develop the thoughts and behaviors that will aid them in overcoming their depression. Form Type: PDF

Causes of Depression — This worksheet is designed to help clients see the possible causes of their depression. Form Type: PDF

Confronting Problems With Creative Thinking — This worksheet is designed to help people see alternatives to patterns of negative thinking. (creativity, problem-solving, 0214)

Recording Automatic Thoughts — This worksheet can be used to record dysfunctional automatic thoughts and rational responses.

Things You Can Do To Lift Your Spirits — This worksheet is designed to help clients identify activities that can give them a more positive mood.

Things That Cause You Stress — This worksheet is designed to help people identify things that cause stress and how these can be changed.

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