Pocket Support Worksheet
Worksheet published on October 4th, 2016
Worksheet updated on January 3rd, 2021
In therapy, a client learns a lot about their emotions and issues that create challenges in their lives. Through their own self-exploration, they begin to learn different ways to cope with different challenges.
Therapy teaches coping skills that help clients relieve their symptoms in real life situations. They learn valuable life skills in therapy. It can be hard for them to remember their coping skills in a moment of high stress.
Sometimes in the heat of emotions and stress, a client can forget the coping skills they learned and how to implement them. They need a reminder of why and how they are working to better themselves.
About This Worksheet
This is the Pocket Support worksheet. This worksheet is inspired by traditional coping cards that are used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
The Pocket Support worksheet serves as a reference for support and inspiration. It helps clients remember how to utilize their coping skills.
Those who complete the pocket support worksheet tend to keep it for reference even after completing therapy. It is a great resource for adolescents and adults to use in real-life situations.
Before assigning the Pocket Support worksheet, explain to the client that it is to be completed and kept with them. This is for when they are in need of support. Explain that it is best utilized in times of high stress and controversy.
Complete the five sections of the worksheet with your client during their session. Instruct the client to keep the worksheet either in their wallet or someplace where they will always have easy access to it.
Explain to the client that this is their first line of support when feeling triggered. On this worksheet, they will find reminders and resources for working through their triggers and symptoms.