Thoughts And Behaviors: Costs And Benefits Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on March 4th, 2021

Thoughts And Behaviors: Costs And Benefits Worksheet

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.

It is often overlooked how quickly our thoughts can affect how we behave. If clients can learn how to slow down the reaction time when they are upset about something, they will be able to decide how to behave based on the consequences. Both costs and benefits should be considered when reacting to an upsetting thought.

About This Worksheet

This is the Thoughts And Behaviors: Costs And Benefits worksheet. This worksheet provides a space to break down a client’s thoughts and behaviors and how they interact with each other. The worksheet teaches a method of slowing down and analyzing thoughts before reacting to them.

This worksheet can be helpful for older children and adolescents. It can also be helpful for adults who struggle with anger management and impulse control issues. The Thoughts And Behaviors: Costs And Benefits worksheet is best utilized in an individual counseling setting.


Take time to talk about how thoughts and behaviors affect each other. It can also help to discuss how acting without thinking can result in unhealthy behaviors.

Review the introduction of the worksheet with the client. Then allow the client time to complete the reflection questions. When the client is ready, review the client’s answers with them. Provide the client with a copy to use the next time they need to slow down their reaction time and reflect on their thoughts.

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4 Comments On Thoughts And Behaviors: Costs And Benefits Worksheet

  1. Deitra W Daniels

    Thank you for providing this worksheet

  2. Shakerian Ladson

    Thanks so much for the worksheet, I plan to use this to help with self-reflection with my client.

    • I am glad to hear it, Shakerian. This worksheet is very helpful for helping clients develop self-reflection skills.

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