What Is An Anxiety Worksheet?
Some level of anxiety in your clients’ daily lives is normal, but for clients with anxiety disorders, their anxiety levels can far exceed what would be considered the normal response to a certain situation. Anxiety can take many forms, but one thing is for sure – challenging anxious thoughts takes practice, and that’s why we’ve created this .
This worksheet is designed to help your clients challenge their automatic, anxious thoughts by rationally deciding on evidence for and against the thought, and identifying any unhelpful thinking styles they are unwittingly engaging in. This resource can be used by your clients independently between sessions with you in order to keep up their progress and ensure they are participating as fully as they can in the treatment of their anxiety.
How To Use This Anxiety Worksheet
To get an idea of how this Anxiety Worksheet can help your clients challenge their anxious thoughts, take a look at our Anxiety Worksheet example in the following section. But if you want to understand the different parts of this worksheet in more detail, just follow this simple step-by-step guide.
Step One. Download the Anxiety Worksheet PDF
The first step is to simply download a copy of our free Anxiety Worksheet. You can do this using the link on this page, which will give you access to a PDF version of the worksheet.
Step Two. Provide the Worksheet to Your Client
Next, provide a copy of this Anxiety Worksheet to your client. The PDF can be edited just by typing within the interactive textboxes, so there is no need to print it out unless your client prefers writing by hand.
Step Three. Have Your Client Complete the Worksheet
Now for the main event, your client should complete the worksheet independently and in their own time to allow them to think about their responses and remove any time pressure.
The first part of the worksheet is to identify the situation that triggered their anxiety. Next, they should try to recall the immediate thoughts that spurred their anxiety. Then it’s time to put their anxious thoughts on trial by objectively deciding on the evidence for and against their anxious thoughts. This evidence should be factual in nature rather than subjective or based on your client’s feelings.
Next, your client should identify if these thoughts contain any common unhelpful thinking styles such as catastrophizing, all-or-nothing thinking, or fortune telling. If your client is unfamiliar with these thinking styles, this may be a good section to offer them assistance during your next session together.
Lastly, your client should attempt to construct an alternative thought that provides a more balanced, helpful, and rational view of the initial situation. These alternative thoughts could include comforting statements, factual evidence from the previous sections, or positive self-talk statements.
Step Four. Discuss your Client’s Answers
The next two steps assume that your client wishes to discuss the results of this worksheet with you. If they choose to share their answers with you, the next step is for the two of you to discuss their answers and brainstorm any additional evidence, unhelpful thinking styles, or rational alternative thoughts.
Step Five. Store Securely (if applicable)
Finally, if your client chooses to share a copy of the worksheet with you, ensure you store it securely in their clinical record as this document contains private information regarding their mental health treatment that you have a legal obligation to keep confidential and secure.
Anxiety Worksheet Example (Sample)
To ensure you feel confident providing this resource to your clients, we have created an example Anxiety Worksheet to illustrate how your client might benefit from challenging their anxious thoughts. This example is based on a fictional client struggling with anxiety, and your client's own responses might look very different. Regardless of the exact nature of your client’s anxious thoughts, this worksheet can help. Take a look at the example here, or you can download the sample Anxiety Worksheet as a PDF if you prefer.
Who Can Use these Printable Anxiety Worksheets (PDF)?
This Anxiety Worksheet can benefit a whole range of people, from those struggling with a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) to those with excessive worrying or rumination. As such, there are many professionals who can benefit from offering this worksheet to their clients. There are no specific prerequisites to incorporating this worksheet into your clinical practice, and your clients need only to be motivated to challenge their automatic anxious thoughts and start making a positive contribution to their mental health treatment. Some of these professionals will include:
- Clinical Psychologists
- Mental Health and Psychiatric Nurses
- Nurse Practitioners
- Family Doctors
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and in addition to the above, any other healthcare practitioner working in the mental health space may find this worksheet useful to offer their clients.
Why Is This Form Useful For Therapists?
Use with a range of clients
This worksheet is general enough to be beneficial for a whole range of different clients, regardless of their specific histories or diagnoses. Any kind of automatic negative thoughts, unhelpful thinking styles, or anxious worry spirals can be targeted with this worksheet.
Help your clients apply what they learn in therapy
Having a worksheet to complete with their own experiences and thoughts can help your clients solidify what they learn in their sessions with you. For instance, it’s one thing to read about all-or-nothing thinking, but another entirely to recognize it independently in your own thoughts.
Save time formatting
This template has all the headings, sub-headings, and textboxes already laid out in a clear and easy-to-follow format so your client doesn’t have to do anything except fill in the blanks. This will save you time formatting your own resources, and give you more time to get back to doing what you do best.
Benefits of Anxiety Worksheet Template
Engage your client in their treatment
Offering worksheets that allow your client to actively participate in their treatment is a great way to elevate them to become a partner in their mental health care. Instead of just hearing you describe these thought patterns and techniques for combatting anxiety, they can see for themselves how these tools work and can benefit their well-being.
Keep it Digital
This worksheet can be kept completely digital, meaning you can send your client the worksheet, they can fill it out, and if they choose, return it to you, all without either of you requiring a printer. This is because the PDF is fully interactive and can be completed by clicking within the blue text boxes and starting to type.
Challenge Negative Thoughts
Just because your client has a thought following an anxiety-inducing situation does not mean that thought is true. This worksheet will help your client learn to challenge these negative thoughts they may have fallen into the habit of thinking or believing.
Monitor your client’s progress
By having your client complete this worksheet prior to and following their work with you, both you and your client will be able to see how far they have come in terms of challenging their anxious thoughts and creating rational and helpful alternative thought patterns.
Improve Clinical Outcomes
Finally, by offering this worksheet as “homework” between sessions, you can help ensure that the good work is continued even between sessions with you. This can in turn accelerate your clients' progress, and improve their clinical outcomes.
Why Use Carepatron For Anxiety Worksheet Software?
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