DBT Model of Emotions Worksheet

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The model of emotions helps us to identify the emotions we are experiencing and bring awareness to what we are mindfully attentive to and what we are not.

The way to take control of emotions and better manage and regulate them is to observe and describe the experience and place them where they belong in the model of emotions.

The model of emotion breaks down your experience into 6 parts; Prompting Events, Interpretations, Biological Changes and Experiences, Expressions and Actions, and After Effects. 

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of talking therapy specifically adapted to treat individuals who suffer from extremely intense emotions.

DBT treatment is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and is used to help struggling individuals identify and positively change negative thinking patterns.

DBT focuses on providing therapeutic skills in mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and The Middle Path.

DBT’s model of emotions is a helpful tool needed to identify how our emotions are shaped by our thoughts, urges, body language, body physiological responses, and how we respond. 

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help individuals process an emotional experience in order to learn how to describe emotions and be more effective in managing them.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

Individuals should use this worksheet as a way of understanding and describing emotions which is an important skill needed to better manage one’s mental state.

This worksheet should also be used when you are unsure of what it is you are feeling.

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EYMT: THE MODEL OF EMOTIONS: UNDERSTANDING AND DESCRIBING EMOTIONS. (2017). Available at: https://eymtherapy.com/blog/the-model-of-emotions-understanding-and-describing-emotions/. [Accessed December 13, 2022]


Montgomery County Counseling Centre. (© 2022). A brief introduction to the DBT model of emotions. Available at: https://mccounselingcenter.com/2021/07/09/how-are-you-feeling/.  [Accessed December 13, 2022]