Face Your Fears Worksheet
Worksheet published on November 9th, 2022
Fears can hold us back in many ways. It can develop for different reasons and can cause us to react with unhealthy behaviors, like overcompensating, avoiding, and resisting things that may be good for us. Facing fears is an important part of personal growth, so learning how to overcome your fears can make a difference in your quality of life.
Facing your fears is not an easy process. It takes time to overcome a fear, and without direction, it can be challenging to know how to handle uncomfortable or triggering situations for that fear. Having a plan of action for facing your fear can make a difference in how you recover from it.
About This Worksheet
This is the Face Your Fears worksheet. This worksheet uses concepts from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help a person face their fear. This worksheet provides a summary of how a fear can affect a person’s behavior, along with reflection questions about how your client’s fear affects them. It also provides a space to begin developing a plan for how you and your client will work toward confronting their fear.
This worksheet is great for adolescents and adults who are working on overcoming a fear. It is best utilized for confronting mental, emotional, or existential fears, but may also be helpful for people who are struggling with phobias or more tangible fears. The Face Your Fears worksheet is best utilized in individual counseling sessions.
Begin a conversation about how the client’s fear has impacted their life and their motivation to overcome their fear. Review the introduction and content of the worksheet with the client, and allow the client time to complete the reflection questions.
Review their responses to the reflection questions when the client is ready. Then, work with the client to complete the final portion of the worksheet, in which you are asked to begin developing a plan for facing the fear. Provide the client with a copy of the completed worksheet for reference.