Cognitive Distortions Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet updated on June 27th, 2019

Cognitive Distortions Worksheet

Cognitive distortions (CDs) are important for people to understand when they are learning to challenge their thoughts and behavior.

CDs are patterns in thinking that typically make someone think in the negative and have negative expectations. This can be detrimental to the affected person for many reasons, the biggest being it holds them back from growing mentally and emotionally.

About This Worksheet

This is the Cognitive Distortions worksheet. The goal of this worksheet is to bring to light the CDs the client experiences.

Everyone experiences CDs and this worksheet will help the client understand how it holds them back from being happier or more productive. On this worksheet, there is a list of common CDs people experience:

  • All or none thinking
  • Labeling
  • Focusing on the negative / filtering
  • The ‘shoulds’
  • Blaming
  • Predicting the future
  • Overgeneralization
  • Mind reading
  • Catastrophizing
  • Emotional reasoning
  • Personalization
  • Jumping to conclusions

The client is asked to review 12 CDs and choose any that resonate with them. They are then asked reflect on how the CD affects their life and how they intend to begin challenging them in therapy.


The therapist should go through each of the CDs on this worksheet with the client and provide explanations for each concept.

After reviewing each CD, instruct the client to identify the CDs that resonate most with them. Instruct the client to reflect on how CDs affect their life.

This worksheet is great for individual and group sessions. It is intended to be used with adults.

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