Goals for Psychotherapy Worksheet

Video & audio overview of the worksheet

Goals are outcomes one would like to achieve and are willing to commit to. 

During therapy, patients identify specific goals and create a treatment plan to achieve the outcomes they’re looking for.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

Therapists typically engage clients in a collaborative discussion to identify and set therapeutic goals. Different therapeutic modalities may have varying approaches to goal-setting. For instance, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) often involves setting concrete behavioral goals, while psychodynamic therapy might focus on more exploratory or insight-oriented objectives. This worksheet is based on the CBT approach.

Goal setting makes CBT productive by highlighting the possibility of change, making challenging problems appear more manageable, and increasing the hope to overcome them. 

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help you identify meaningful goals that will create purpose and motivation during therapy. It will provide structure, direction, and a sense of purpose, fostering a collaborative environment where both the therapist and client work together towards positive change and growth.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

You need to answer the questions so that you have a clear path to achieving your desired goal. This worksheet should be used to create, examine, and achieve goals that motivate you, give you hope, and promote general well-being.

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