Mental health self esteem worksheet

What is the theory behind this Self esteem worksheet?

Core beliefs, as theorized by Aaron Beck, are an integral part of how we view ourselves, others and the world around us. Our early life experiences are crucial in determining how harmful or helpful these beliefs can be. They become a driving force for all our subsequent thoughts and actions, even if they may not be true. 

How will the worksheet help?

Any negative experiences in the past related to one’s self-worth can lead to deep-rooted core beliefs that eventually foster low self-esteem. The worksheet will work your client through the process of challenging one core belief regarding the self and coming up with a new adjusted one to replace it. 

How to use the worksheet?

Ask the client to choose one negative core belief to work with. Go through the questions in the given order. The client can also choose other beliefs later on, and use this worksheet independently.

Mental health Self esteem worksheet

Reasons for why the new core belief can be true.How much do you believe in the core belief on a scale from 0-10


Beck, A. T. (1976). Cognitive therapy and the emotional disorders. New York: International University Press.

Fennell, M. J. (1997). Low self-esteem: A cognitive perspective. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 25(1), 1-26.

Lim, L., Saulsman, L., & Nathan, P. (2005). Improving Self-Esteem. Perth, Western Australia: Centre for Clinical Interventions.

You can download this worksheet here.

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