Triggers And Coping Skills Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on October 21st, 2019

Triggers And Coping Skills Worksheet

Everyone has stressors in their lives. When people are in therapy, different stressors can serve as triggers for different conditions. Most people in therapy will have significant triggers that can cause them to think, act and feel in ways that are not healthy for them.

An important part of therapy is helping clients identify their triggers. Their triggers are a pivotal part of their journey, and learning how to manage them can be instrumental in recovery from a variety of different issues. Identifying triggers and having coping skills to conquer them is an important skill to have in therapy.

About This Worksheet

This is the Triggers and Coping Skills worksheet. This worksheet serves as an exercise to identify triggers and coping skills for upsetting and problematic behaviors.

On this worksheet, a client is asked to reflect on themselves and what their triggers are. They are encouraged to identify their triggers and begin developing a plan to overcome them. This worksheet serves as a guide for how to handle in-the-moment stress. The Triggers and Coping Skills worksheet is best used with adolescents and adults. It can be utilized in individual and group sessions.


Before assigning the worksheet to your client, explain the importance of understanding your triggers and being prepared to handle those triggers with their coping strategies. Review the contents of the worksheet with your client by reading the introduction and the directions. Then, have the client to reflect on their primary triggers and coping strategies.

Instruct the client to write their triggers in the appropriate boxes. Help them brainstorm about which coping skill of theirs will be most effective in handling the trigger without losing sight on their own mindfulness and mental health needs. Provide a copy to the client to take home for reference.

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