Setting Goals To Combat Depression Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on September 29th, 2016

Worksheet updated on June 27th, 2019

Setting Goals To Combat Depression Worksheet

People with depression can lose sight on what is important to them. Depression is mentally, emotionally, and physically debilitating. When a client is depressed and does not understand what they can do to manage their depression, they will feel hopeless about life and the future.

It is important to encourage clients to find strength within themselves. Clients need to remember that their depression does not define them. A great way to do this is establish a list of goals for the future.

Depression has a way of getting people stuck in the past, which can make the present unbearable. It causes a person to forget about the potential and hope for the future.

It also makes it hard to stay focused in the present. There are so many thoughts in a depressed person’s mind. Those thoughts make focusing on goals nearly impossible.

A great way for a therapist to keep a client with depression grounded is to provide tools. Tools help them stay focused and provide a supportive aid for reference.

About This Worksheet

This is the Setting Goals to Combat Depression worksheet. This worksheet is focused on setting goals to increase hope for the future. By setting goals for the future, you help your client stay motivated. They are better able to keep up with day-to-day responsibilities. It also keeps them hopeful for their future and is good practice for staying focused on the present.

The worksheet consists of three categories. Each category provides reflection questions to create the path for setting goals. The three categories include:

  • Short-term goals
  • Long-term goals
  • Life goals

It is designed to have the client remember that they want and can achieve their goals. They do not have to be consumed by their depressed mood. This helps them find strength and motivation to strive for their future.


The client is asked questions about their short-term, long-term and life goals. For the short-term and long-term goals, the client sets objectives for their goals. The last set of questions is in regard to the client’s life goals and what is needed to achieve the life they want to have.

This worksheet is great for adults who are struggling with depression. It is best utilized in individual counseling sessions.

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