DBT Goal Setting Worksheet

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Goals are part of every aspect of life. Setting one small goal each day can help us gain the confidence we need to accomplish larger, more long-term recovery goals. 

When setting goals, everything comes down to priorities and what we would like to accomplish in our everyday life.

Setting goals in DBT is paramount as it helps individuals decrease any type of problem behavior and creates a life worth living. 

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

CBT is a type of psychotherapy used to help individuals highlight the possibility of change, make overwhelming problems appear more manageable, and increase individuals’ hope in overcoming them.

  1. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) 

This is a type of talking therapy specifically adapted to treat individuals who suffer from extremely intense emotions. DBT treatment is based on CBT and is used to help struggling individuals identify and positively change negative thinking patterns.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet is intended to help individuals set SMART goals and increase their ability to cope with stress and negative emotions such as anxiety, sadness, and anger.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This is a self-evaluation worksheet and should be used to help individuals set goals in order to promote emotional and mental well-being and improve their quality of life.

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