Your Safe Space Worksheet

GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC GinaMarie Guarino, LMHC

Worksheet updated on May 2nd, 2024

Your Safe Space Worksheet

Many life experiences can contribute to feeling unsafe. It is common for clients in therapy to struggle with feeling safe, which can contribute to anxiety, panic attacks, and feelings of helplessness.

A history of trauma, personal insecurities, low self-esteem, and more can all increase the risk of anxiety, panic attacks, and mood swings associated with stress. This is why teaching clients methods of self-soothing can be valuable in therapy. Coping skills that boost a sense of personal safety can help clients learn how to calm themselves down when feeling overwhelmed.

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Anxiety, panic attacks, depressed mood, and anger are some examples of emotional stress that can be eased when using visualization meditation practices. The Your Safe Space Worksheet is a visualization exercise that can be used to calm down high emotionality and help a client feel more secure and grounded.

The Your Safe Space worksheet offers an exercise to draw a picture of a safe mental space they can use in visualization exercises. On this worksheet, your client will draw their safe space to create a representation of the safe space they can visualize when feeling overwhelmed.


Older children, adolescents, and adults in individual or group therapy can use this worksheet to create a safe space to visualize and calm down. You will need drawing and coloring utensils for this worksheet.

Have your client draw their safe space, encouraging them to be creative. Assure your client that artistic talent is not required for the exercise- what counts is self-exploration. If needed, you may prompt your client to explore the times when they felt most safe and comfortable.

Have a discussion with your client about the symbols and meanings of the elements in the picture. Then, explain how to use visualization exercises to calm down, using their picture as a reference for creating their mental safe space.

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