Practicing self-compassion worksheet

What is the theory behind the worksheet?

The following worksheet is based on a CBT approach, whose goal is to help individuals deal with psychological problems, such as depression and anxiety through cognitive restructuring (Greimel & Kröner-Herwig, 2011).

How will the worksheet help

This worksheet will guide clients into practicing self-compassion, in order to cope with a wide range of psychological problems.

How to use the worksheet

People suffering from psychological problems tend to be hard on themself, which only creates more feelings of misplaced guilt and it strengthens the conviction of something being wrong with them. Recently, a new approach in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has emerged: self-compassion, which has been proved to be effective in coping with several mental problems (Diedrich et al., 2014). 

Self-compassion should not be misunderstood for self-indulges or self-pity. Rather than that, this strategy implies treating ourselves with the same kindness we would show a friend who is struggling. We treat ourselves with warmth and understanding, not anger or adversity.

Practicing self-compassion worksheet

The following worksheet is designed to help you practice compassionate self-care. First, to get into the habit of using this strategy on yourself, list all the ways you would treat a close friend who is in need.


Diedrich, A., Grant, M., Hofmann, S. G., Hiller, W., & Berking, M. (2014). Self-compassion as an emotion regulation strategy in major depressive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 58, 43–51.

Greimel, K. V., & Kröner-Herwig, B. (2011). Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT). Textbook of Tinnitus, 557–561.

You can download this worksheet here.

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