Emotion Regulation Skills: PLEASE Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet updated on February 29th, 2024

Emotion Regulation Skills: PLEASE Worksheet

Learning how to regulate emotions is an important part of mental health. People in therapy often work on their emotional regulation skills, as it is a significant factor in their ability to cope with uncomfortable feelings and experiences. Emotional regulation can be challenging to learn at first, but when taught effective coping skills, a client can significantly improve their awareness and control over their emotions.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy that aids in developing emotional regulation skills. DBT skills can be helpful for different mood disorders, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more.

About This Worksheet

Emotional regulation skills are an important part of DBT, which incorporates different aspects of wellness to promote overall mental health. PLEASE is an acronym used in DBT to aid in improving emotional regulation skills by getting the client in touch with their basic needs. In doing so, the client can boost healthy perspective and awareness of emotions.

The Emotional Regulation Skills: PLEASE worksheet provides an outline for how PLEASE works for clients in therapy. It can be used in individual and group settings with adolescents and adults who are learning how to regulate their emotions.


This worksheet provides reflection questions for each section of the PLEASE acronym. Each question initiates thought and reflection on how the client can improve each area of their life. It also promotes self-reflection and encourages the client to develop an understanding of what habits need to be modified to ensure a healthier and more positive quality of life.

The Emotional Regulation Skills: PLEASE worksheet should be completed with the guidance of a therapist during the counseling session. Begin by reviewing the acronym with the client. Allow them time to complete the reflection questions. When the client is done, review the results with them and start a dialog about how their responses can be incorporated into an intention to improve emotional regulation and self-care.

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