Cognitive Distortions: Labeling Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on March 5th, 2019

Worksheet updated on June 20th, 2019

Cognitive Distortions: Labeling Worksheet

It is important for clients in therapy to understand how cognitive distortions affect them. Cognitive distortions can affect motivation, perspectives, expectations and self-image. They are powerful, and important to keep in mind when learning how to improve thought patterns in therapy.

A cognitive distortion that can be particularly powerful is labeling. Labeling can affect a client in many different ways. If a client has a tendency to label, it is important for them to understand how it is affecting them.

About This Worksheet

This is the Cognitive Distortions: Labeling worksheet. This worksheet breaks down the concept of labeling and how it affects a person.

In working on understanding what labeling is, a client can learn how the pattern affects them, how it can be hurting their self-image and how it is distorting their interpretation of upsetting situations.


This worksheet provides a brief explanation and example of labeling.

Review the material on the worksheet with your client. Instruct the client to reflect on how labeling affects their life by answering the questions provided on the worksheet:

  • Reflect on a situation in which you experienced labeling. What do you know now that challenges the labeling thoughts about the situation?
  • What would you have told yourself to challenge the cognitive distortion at the time?
  • If you were able to challenge the cognitive distortion in the moment, how would the outcome have been different?

This worksheet is intended for adolescents and adults. It works great in individual and group counseling settings.

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