Motivational Interviewing Worksheets


Latest Motivational Interviewing Worksheets For Therapists

Exploring Values Worksheet

Exploring Values Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

A common component to a client’s experience with low self-esteem or emotional issues is poor self-image. There are many reasons that a person may have a poor self-image, but one reason that can affect a client is not being aware of or understanding the things they value in life. Being disconnected from personal values can […]

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Positive Activities For Behavioral Activation Worksheet

Positive Activities For Behavioral Activation Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

It can be difficult for clients who suffer from emotional issues like depression and anxiety to keep from falling into bad habits, like isolating and cutting off things that bring them joy. With such mental health challenges, it can be difficult for a client to enjoy the moment without having to deal with uncomfortable symptoms. […]

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Intervention Checklist

Intervention Checklist Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Managing a client in crisis can be challenging for a therapist. When confronted with a situation in which a client is expressing that they are in danger of causing harm to themselves or is in danger of being harmed by someone else, it is important that a therapist does all they can do to keep […]

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Safety Plan Worksheet

Safety Plan Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

One of the most important responsibilities a therapist has is knowing how and when to screen clients for indicators that their safety may be compromised. As professionals, therapists do this to make sure their clients stay safe between sessions and have a plan in place when needed.  While not every client will require safety planning, […]

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Why I Am Grateful Worksheet

Why I Am Grateful Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Sometimes when people suffer from low self-esteem, low confidence, or mood disorders like anxiety and depression, it is easy to focus on the negative and forget about the things that they appreciate in their lives. When clients focus only on the challenging or painful parts of their life, it is hard to imagine a life […]

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Substance Use Assessment Worksheet

Substance Use Assessment Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

When a substance user first starts therapy it is important for both the therapist and client to have a full understanding of the history and progression of their substance use. Details about the client’s history of substance use can help with understanding the purpose the substance use behaviors serves for the client and the difficulties […]

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Goal Sheet Worksheet

Goal Sheet Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

People who are suffering from mental health challenges can often feel discouraged from being able to achieve their goals. Sometimes their ambitions and efforts to make progress toward their goals are overshadowed by defeating thoughts, like “why bother?”, “it’s too much, I won’t be able to do it” or “I will start tomorrow”. Having an […]

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Weekly Mood Chart Worksheet

Weekly Mood Chart Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Many clients seek therapy because they struggle with regulating their moods. They go through mood swings that may cause them to easily feel stressed. People who struggle with managing their moods can often feel overwhelmed, which makes it difficult for them to understand and manage what they are feeling throughout the week. A weekly mood […]

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Pocket Support Worksheet

Pocket Support Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

In therapy, a client learns a lot about their emotions and gain perspective on their life challenges. Through self-exploration, they learn different ways to cope with the challenges they face. Therapy teaches coping skills that help clients relieve their symptoms in real-life situations. They learn valuable life skills in sessions, but sometimes it can be […]

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Setting Goals To Combat Depression Worksheet

Setting Goals To Combat Depression Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

A major challenge that comes with depression is the way it affects a person’s motivation. When a person is depressed, they may find themselves struggling to stay motivated to achieve their goals. This, in turn, can cause feelings of self-doubt and helplessness, which can fuel feelings of depression. Depression has a way of getting people […]

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Face Your Fears Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

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 […]

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Core Beliefs Worksheet

Core Beliefs Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Core beliefs are the strong and withstanding beliefs that a person has about themselves and how they relate to others, the world, and their future. These beliefs are based on what a person has learned through life experiences and begin being formed during childhood. The way a person sees each aspect of their life is […]

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Substance Use Motivation Ruler Worksheet

Substance Use Motivation Ruler Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Treatment for substance use can be challenging. The experience is different for everyone, and people enter treatment with different levels of motivation for recovery. Knowing how motivated someone is in treatment for substance use is an important part of treatment planning. In order to set someone up for success, it is important to understand their […]

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SMART Goals Worksheet

SMART Goals Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

A major factor in the success of achieving a goal is how a person plans for a goal. Oftentimes people set goals that are not realistic, but they do not realize that until they are overwhelmed with work. Because of this, it is important to develop proper goal-setting skills when creating a plan for the […]

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Stages Of Change Worksheet

Stages Of Change Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Change takes time. Change can be challenging for people to accomplish, and it is often something that people resist. Change is scary, but can also be exciting, healthy, and liberating. Some changes cause pain while others cause relief. Whatever the need is for change, it can be difficult for a client to facilitate change in […]

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Thoughts And Behaviors: Costs And Benefits Worksheet

Thoughts And Behaviors: Costs And Benefits Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

People in therapy often face challenges when they are not in touch with how their thoughts affect their behavior. Without understanding the connection between these two things, clients can struggle to understand how to reflect on themselves to become healthier individuals. Both thoughts and behaviors should be challenged when working to build a healthy lifestyle. […]

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Goal Breakdown Worksheet

Goal Breakdown Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Setting life goals is an excellent way to set a path for a client in therapy. When a client has a goal they are trying to achieve, the feel a sense of purpose. A goal can give direction and motivation in a client’s day. It can also help them identify and modify their own behaviors […]

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Mask Project For Art Therapy Worksheet

Mask Project For Art Therapy Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Children in therapy can often struggle with expressing how they feel. For a number of reasons, a child can struggle with expressing their feelings and needs, even with their parents and friends. When a child is struggling to talk about how they feel, it can be helpful to think about other means of expression. A […]

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Self-Exploration Sentence Completion Worksheet

Self-Exploration Sentence Completion Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Self-image is an important part of understanding who you are as a person. Many people who seek therapy struggle because they do not have a good relationship with themselves. They do not understand who they are, and that can be for many reasons. Sometimes people are so distracted with who they want to be they […]

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Values: Self-Exploration Worksheet

Values: Self-Exploration Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Exploring values can help a great deal in therapy. When a client understands their values, they can gain a better understanding of their goals and what they want from life. They also learn about the type of person they want to be, and how they want to behave. When a person does not have a […]

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Cognitive Distortions: The "Shoulds" Worksheet

Cognitive Distortions: The “Shoulds” Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Cognitive distortions (thinking errors) are a huge contributing factor to many people’s mental health issues. Cognitive distortions are erroneous patterns in thinking that lead to negative thoughts, bad feelings and poor behavior. When someone suffers from a cognitive distortion, they are not able to perceive tough situations in a healthy way. That is why it […]

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Cognitive Distortions: Blaming Worksheet

Cognitive Distortions: Blaming Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

A huge part of using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients cope with their triggers is teaching them about cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are patterns of thinking errors, and they affect a person’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions to upsetting situations. It is not uncommon for a person in therapy to turn to cognitive distortions like […]

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Wheel Of Emotions Worksheet

Wheel Of Emotions Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Emotions can be challenging to understand. Sometimes they have concrete reasons for being felt, and sometimes we are not sure why we are feeling a certain way. When we feel emotions we do not understand, we can struggle to understand how to cope. People who struggle to understand how to identify and cope with their […]

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Looking Back, Looking Forward Worksheet

Looking Back, Looking Forward Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

It is not uncommon for a person to get stuck on the past, present or future. Each frame of time is important to consider when planning goals or the best way to move forward with life. When a person focus too much on the past they can get stuck because they don’t know how to […]

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Positive Journal Worksheet

Positive Journal Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Many people in therapy struggle to see their daily lives from a healthy perspective. It can be a challenge for people in therapy to remove the lens of negativity that causes them to feel anxious, depressed, or angry. While it is unrealistic to expect someone always to see things positively, it can help to balance […]

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Star Jar Worksheet

Star Jar Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Reinforcement exercises are a helpful tool when teaching children healthy communication and behavior habits. With positive reinforcement, a child learns what types of behaviors elicit positive reactions from people. Through using positive reinforcement techniques children can learn how to behave well in school, at home, and in counseling. A great technique is incorporating a reward […]

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My Needs Pyramid Worksheet

My Needs Pyramid Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

At some point in a client’s journey, he or she will need to take a step back to evaluate how he or she is managing self-care. It is important for a client to be well-aware of what he or she needs to be able to maintain self-care, and to understand a hierarchy in which the […]

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Self-Esteem Sentence Completion Worksheet

Self-Esteem Sentence Completion Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Building self-esteem is an essential part of child development. Without developing a high self-esteem, a child has a higher risk of struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, body image and many other challenges. These challenges will affect the quality of how the child lives his or her life. In order to be able to develop […]

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Therapy Goals Worksheet

Therapy Goals Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

It is important to have a list of goals and objectives for the client and therapist to work toward when beginning a new therapeutic relationship. Setting goals creates a foundation that helps the client and therapist stay on track when helping a client feel better. Setting goals also empowers a client to stay on track […]

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Gratitude Exercises Worksheet

Gratitude Exercises Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

In recent studies, it has been found that practicing gratitude exercises and positive affirmations have been effective in helping people manage stress, anxiety, depression, and an array of other types of mental health disorders. Teaching a client how to practice gratitude exercises helps him or her learn how to acknowledge and appreciate the good. This […]

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Self-Reflection Worksheet

Self-Reflection Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

When working with clients on how to modify behavior, it is important to teach how to be self-reflective and aware of his or her behavior in reaction to the people places and things around them. When clients learn how to be self-reflective, they are able to learn how to slow down reactions, think situations through, […]

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Setting Life Goals Worksheet

Setting Life Goals Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Sometimes we have clients who struggle with finding motivation. They may struggle to find motivation in developing a career, accomplishing a goal, or moving on to the next phase in life. There are a number of reasons why a person may struggle with achieving a goal. This is why it is important that the client […]

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Combat Cravings Action Plan Worksheet

Combat Cravings Action Plan Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Cravings to engage in dangerous, impulsive, or indulgent behaviors, like drinking, using drugs, or overeating, are difficult things for a client to work through. Each time a client experiences a craving or a trigger to engage in something they know is not good for them, they are confronted with the conflict between doing what they […]

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