Basic Emotion Assessment Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on October 15th, 2020

Basic Emotion Assessment Worksheet

A big part of therapy is learning how to experience one’s own emotions. It can be hard to experience emotions and learn how to be comfortable with feeling them. It is not uncommon for people in therapy to struggle with identifying and embracing how they feel. This can cause them to transfer all of their feelings into one feeling, like anger or numbness.

Emotional regulation skills are a critical component to mental health. Without proper emotional regulation skills, a person can struggle to express themselves or understand their own needs. Sometimes people need extra guidance on how to get in touch with their emotions. This is why teaching about identifying emotions is important.

About This Worksheet

This is the Basic Emotion Assessment worksheet. This worksheet is a great resource for teaching people how to experience their emotions. It allows a person in therapy to get in touch with how they feel in reaction to different situations. The worksheet provides an exercise that promotes self-reflection and taking time to understand what they are feeling in response to life events.

This worksheet is ideal for individual sessions with people who are struggling to experience their emotions. It is best utilized with adolescents and adults. This worksheet can be a great aid for people who struggle with mood disturbance or anger management issues.


Open a conversation with the client about why being in touch with emotions is an important skills for mental health. After the client expresses understanding for the concept, introduce the Basic Emotion Assessment worksheet.

Instruct the client to describe a situation that is affecting their life in the space provided. It can be any situation, good- bad or uncertain. Allow the client time and space to complete the table. On the table, they are expected to indicate the intensity in which they feel each emotion in reaction to the situation.

When the client has completed the exercise, provide them with a copy of the worksheet for reference.

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