Free Therapy Tools and Worksheets

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May 2024
Therapy Tips
(CBT & DBT Tips/Tricks 
Updated Monthly-ISH)

(CBT) "Think" Pearls:

Worries Resolved
-     Remind yourself today of times when you were fairly certain something would go badly and it actually turned out fine.
-     For example:  WORRY - We would run out of gas.  OUTCOME -  We made it to a gas station.
-     Write down 5 examples like this:  Recognize that today's worries are likely to be on your list the next time you visit this subject, and allow your mind to focus on other things.

(CBT) "Act" Pearls:

Spread Joy!

Think of someone in your life whom yo care about deeply.

What's one thing you could do for them today that would make their life better?

 It could be something small, like making them a cup of coffee or doing one of their chores.

 Since feelings often follow actin, don't wait until you feel like doing it.

- Lead with action and see what happens.

(CBT) "Be" Pearls:

Sit with an Urge:
-     Notice today when you have an urge to change your emotional state by eating or drinking something, reaching for your phone, or engaging in some other behavior.
-     Take a moment to be present with the urge.
-     Feel what's happening in your body and mind that may be driving it, as opposed to acting on it immediately, which may give you more flexibility in how you respond.

DBT: Mindfullness

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is choosing to be aware of this moment, on purpose.

When we are being  mindful, we gather our attention and  then choose to focus or concentrate it  on what we want to observe or do.

*In this moment, choose to focus your  mind where you want it to be.

*Perhaps you focus on your emotions,  your thoughts, your bodily sensations,  what you experience through your  senses, or your surroundings.

*Hold your attention there, being in that moment.

DBT: Dialectics

Compassion for Others

It’s easy to feel anger, disgust, and  other powerful emotions toward  people, especially those who we  don’t like based on their rude, mean,  or otherwise unskillful behavior.

*In such situations, it can help to  practice compassion by imagining  what circumstances could lead a  person to be so unkind or unskillful.

*What kind of unhappy life exists for  such people?

*The next time you feel upset by or  wronged by another person, try practicing compassion.

DBT: Emotion Regulation

Emotion Regulation:

Emotion regulation skills decrease vulnerabilities to intense emotions, increase positive emotions, build a sense of confidence and competence, and allow people to act opposite to behaviors that keep them stuck in unwanted emotions.


Emotion regulation skills have both immediate and long-term benefits, and as such should be practiced each day. Contemplate how your life would improve with more balanced emotions.

DBT: Distress Tolerance

ACCEPTS: Contributing

Contribute to other people as a  way to take the focus off yourself  and your problems, to feel connected  and useful, and to create positive.

~  Quick examples include  doing favors, writing thank-you notes,  baking treats to share, or finding a  volunteer position.

Brainstorm a list of ways to contribute and do at least one today.

Journal about your thoughts and  feelings afterward.


DBT: Interpersonal Effectiveness

Interpersonal Effectiveness:

The practice of interpersonal effectiveness skills has three primary results:

  1. An increase in your sense of self-respect.
  2. An increase in your ability to make and take care of relationships.
  3. An increase in getting your wants and needs met. In dialectical behavior therapy, we have three acronyms that capture interpersonal skills: FAST, GIVE, and DEAR MAN. The cards that follow break down the acronyms into their components, with suggested practice behaviors.

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