What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet published on July 31st, 2023

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Worksheet

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach that is used for different types of mental health challenges. It can help a client who is struggling with different experiences, including a depressed mood, anxiety, ruminating thoughts, low self-esteem, poor impulse control, anger management issues, and more.

CBT is an effective form of treatment that can provide a client in therapy with the tools needed to promote healthier coping methods. Such coping methods can improve challenges associated with managing unwanted or negative patterns, harmful or reactive behaviors, and intense emotions.

About This Worksheet

This is the What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy worksheet. This worksheet provides an introduction to the key components of CBT. It also offers a brief exercise that illustrates how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors all connect with each other, and how they may be affecting the client’s impressions of difficult situations. With this worksheet, the client is provided with an representation of how CBT can help them apply what they learn in therapy to real-life situations. 

Adults who are participating in CBT can benefit from this worksheet. It is an educational exercise that can be used in group and individual counseling sessions.


This worksheet begins with a brief overview of what CBT is and how the interactions between our thoughts, emotions, and behavior may affect a person. Begin by reviewing the introduction paragraph and summary of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Reflect on the content and explain how the 3 components may be affecting the client. 

When the client is ready, allow them time and space to complete the reflection questions. You may aid them as needed or allow them to complete the questions on their own during the session. When they have completed the reflection questions, review their responses with them and relate the client’s experience to the concepts of CBT. 

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