Thoughts vs Feelings Worksheet

What is the theory behind this Thoughts vs Feelings Worksheet?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy teaches individuals to identify their thoughts, feelings and behaviours that occur in response to triggering events. The goal is to help them identify unhelpful patterns of thinking that need to be modified. For this to be possible it is crucial to first help them understand how their thoughts differ from their feelings. 

How will the worksheet help? 

This worksheet will help clients note down what they believe are their thoughts or feelings in the given columns. The responses can then be discussed by the therapist in sessions to help understand whether the client is able to correctly differentiate between the two. 

How to use the worksheet?

Use this worksheet after the difference between thoughts and feelings has been thoroughly explained to the client. Instruct them to write down what they believe to be their thoughts or feelings during distressing situations in the respective columns. Responses can then be discussed further in sessions. 

You can download this worksheet here.

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