Mental health worksheets galore

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Even if seeing a therapist isn’t part of your mental illness treatment plan (as is currently the case for me), it can still be useful to do some of this kind of work on your own.  There are some great online resources out there to help you do just that.  In this post I’ve included links to some sites that have some practical worksheets and workbooks.  Some of them will make the most sense if you have some background knowledge about the type of therapy, but many are pretty self-explanatory.  Of course the downside of working on these on your own is that you don’t get the objective feedback that a therapist is able to give, but they can still be useful.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT is an evidence-based treatment used for a variety of different mental illnesses.  A key element of CBT is identifying evidence to challenge distorted cognitions.  This can be difficult to do without working with a therapist, but there are plenty of self-help worksheets out there to help you if you want to give it a try on your own.

  • Antidepressant Skills Workbook from the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction: This is a good intro for people who are new to CBT for depression, but might feel a little too basic if you are familiar with CBBT
  • CBT Skills Training Workbook: this  is from the NHS, and is focused on low mood and anxiety
  • Centre for Clinical Interventions: this Australia-based organization has CBT-based workbooks and worksheets for a variety of mental health concerns

Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT)

DBT was developed for use in borderline personality disorder, but it is much more widely applicable than just BPD.  Some of the skills are likely to be useful to many people who struggle with emotion regulation as part of their illness, and books and worksheets can be a good way to learn some of these skills without doing the full course of DBT therapy.

  • DBT Skills Application: a DBT self-help site with links to worksheets focused on various DBT skills
  • DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets by Marsha Linehan: even if you’re not actually in a DBT program there’s stuff here that can be useful.  A quick Google search will point you in the direction of both legit and less than legit copies.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

  • ACT Mindfully: Russ Harris’s site has worksheets from all of his books on ACT.  Like the name implies, ACT focuses on accepting emotions rather than avoiding/fighting them, and committing to actions that are consistent with our identified values.  I found some of the worksheets on values clarification to be quite useful.

Miscellaneous:

  • GetSelfHelp: worksheets galore on a variety of topics
  • Psychology Tools: has a wide variety of worksheets, including CBT and DBT-based
  • Therapist Aid: also has a wide variety.  The worksheets are geared for therapists to use with their clients.
  • ThinkCBT: has worksheets based on CBT, ACT, and Compassion-Focused Therapy, and includes resources for OCD

You can find more resources on my post online mental health workbooks.

Do you use any sort of self-help websites, books, or worksheets?  What’s been useful for you?

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66 thoughts on “Mental health worksheets galore

  1. KD says:

    I have a DBT skills workbook and a self-compassion skills workbook that I use. And, I have been reading Radical Acceptance which has meditations to complete that I’ve been doing. Great Post!

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  2. easetheride says:

    I also have a DBT skills workbook. I’m not too far into it yet, but so far I’ve been able to create a distraction and relaxation plan. Something my therapist pointed out is that worksheets are useful to me because I’ve always been good and on top of my schoolwork, so this just feels like another ‘assignment’ for me to master. Which is interesting! I also like the workbooks because they make these concepts so concrete. Great post, Ashley!

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  3. B says:

    I always get annoyed when my therapist sends me worksheets to complete because WTH I’m not a kid why do I need worksheets? But they have all been very helpful so I can’t complain. I still hate it though but I work on them begrudgingly.

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  4. Karen says:

    This is really useful, thank you.
    I am in between therapy at the moment, waiting for reassessment. But having used various self-help resources in the past, I’m always keen to try new approaches.

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  5. Blooming Lily says:

    Hi Ashley! I recently found your blog and wanted to introduce myself (if I already have, I’m sorry – I’ve been in a depressive fog lately and forgetting things!). I’m Lily, I also blog about mental health, and am also trying to find a holistic approach to healing (though I have a bit of a way to go in that regard!). My blog is private, but that’s only to keep people in my real life out – anyone else is welcome to request access (although under no obligation, of course). Anyway, I look forward to following along! Oh, and your guinea pigs are SO CUTE! 🙂

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  6. Marie Abanga says:

    Hi Ashley, thanks for putting these together. Will definitely explore them. A recent CBT Therapist like myself in a big virgin therapy needs to be so abreast to help the multitudes out here; and of course for my own self-care

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  7. suninthespring says:

    Wow! These are amazing! I have used some worksheets before, from various other websites and a couple from my therapist, and I used a workbook from a library once, but this is truly amazing! I’m going to have to check this all out! Thank you so much for sharing these!! 🙂

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  8. Peterbread says:

    I’ve done the same CBT course twice and it was amazingly helpful. I’m sure using it in any context would help people. Nice sharing thanks.

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  9. lunamoth1997 says:

    This is wonderful, thanks for sharing! I’ve only just started a blog where I’m including my mental health journey as I’ve suffered with anxiety and some depression since I was a young girl. It’s all a bit scary, still – but this post reminds me that I’m not alone 🙂 x

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  10. Mind Palaver says:

    Never really done self help in the past but this is a great post. In the UK sadly waiting times to seek professional help can be long. So these could come in very handy to people in those queues. (John)

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