Emotions Worksheets

Help your clients get in touch with their emotions and uncover how their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors are interconnected with our free PDF Emotions Worksheet.

By Matt Olivares on May 15, 2024.

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What Is An Emotions Worksheet?

Exploring emotions and reflecting on one’s behaviors while in an emotional state can be a difficult task for anyone, which is why we have created this Emotions Worksheet.

Worksheets are useful tools for clinicians to engage their clients in their own treatment and uncover insights into their client’s thoughts and behaviors and the underlying emotions behind them. For clients new to therapy or counseling, it can be difficult for them to see the connection between emotions, thoughts, and behaviors – and so this Emotions Worksheet focuses on identifying emotions, and the ways they impact our thoughts and behaviors. This worksheet also helps your client learn to reflect and choose behaviors that will have more positive outcomes.

Printable Emotions Worksheets

Download these Emotions Worksheets and help your clients learn effective ways to manage their emotions.

How To Use This Emotions Worksheet 

We’ve ensured this worksheet is detailed enough to be completed independently by your client, so it couldn’t be simpler to start incorporating this worksheet into your practice and reaping the therapeutic benefits. To see how a sample client might complete this worksheet, just take a look at our Emotions Worksheet example in the following section, otherwise, if you want to ensure you aren’t missing anything- just follow this simple step-by-step guide.

Step One. Download the worksheet

The first step is to download a copy of the worksheet, which you can do for free using the link on this page, or from within your Carepatron app

Step Two. Provide a copy to your client

Next, you will need to provide a copy of the worksheet for your client to complete. While we have ensured the worksheet has sufficient description to allow your client to complete it on their own, you may wish to read over the below steps to ensure you fully understand what is expected from each part of the worksheet and feel confident to answer any questions. 

Step Three. Client to complete the worksheet

This Emotions Worksheet has several steps, detailed briefly below:

  • Emotion: Identify primary and secondary emotions and assign a rating of the intensity of this emotion
  • Situation: Describe the activating event (situation) that led to these emotions
  • Thoughts: Describe the thoughts they had at the time
  • Feelings: Recall physical feelings as a result of the emotion
  • Behavior: Report their behavioral response as a result of the emotion
  • Outcome: Describe the outcome of this behavior
  • Reflection: Reflect on if this was a desirable outcome, and what some alternative behaviors could be.

Step Four. Discuss their responses

Once your client has completed the worksheet, if they are happy to share their responses with you, this worksheet can be a great discussion starter and way to gain insight into your client’s thinking patterns and the motivation behind their behaviors.

Step Five. Store the worksheet securely (if applicable)

Finally, if your client chose to return this worksheet to you – ensure you store it securely in your patient’s record due to the confidential information it contains.

Emotions Worksheet Example (Sample)

To see how this worksheet can help your clients reflect on their emotions and brainstorm alternative emotional responses, just take a look at our example Emotions Worksheet. This example is completed from the perspective of a fictional client and can illustrate how the different questions in this worksheet can prompt therapeutic reflections in your client. Take a look at the example here, or download it as a PDF if you prefer.

Download this Emotions Worksheet Example (Sample) here: 

Emotions Worksheet Example (Sample)

Who Can Use these Printable Emotions Worksheets (PDF)?

Due to the general format and widely applicable subject matter of this Emotions Worksheet, there is a wide variety of clients and practitioners who will find this worksheet a useful therapeutic tool. Practitioners who may wish to consider incorporating this worksheet into their practice include:

  • Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Family Doctors
  • Child and Adolescent Psychologists

And many others. This worksheet can be assigned to adults or teens, regardless of their primary concern or diagnosis. It may particularly benefit those who are working on:

  • Anger management
  • Depression or Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Adjustment Disorders

Why Is This Form Useful For Therapists?

There are a variety of ways this worksheet can work to improve therapy practices. These include:

  • Broadly Applicable: This worksheet can be used by a variety of clients, for those with a primary mood disorder diagnosis or for those who have never been formally diagnosed but wish to get a better handle on their emotions. As such, this is a particularly helpful worksheet as it can benefit a wide range of your clients.
  • Can be completed independently: We have included simply worded questions and descriptions for each part of the worksheet to ensure your clients can confidently complete it independently. This can then save you time within your sessions, so you can focus on discussing the important findings from their responses.
  • Save Time with Pre-made Resources: When you don’t have to design, create, and format your own resources and can just use a pre-made and clearly formatted worksheet template- you’ll find you have a lot more time to spare!
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Why Use Carepatron For Emotions Worksheet Software?

Helping your clients learn to get in touch with their emotions can be difficult enough without even touching on the administrative workload of storing progress notes, sharing health records, and ensuring you are abiding by your legal obligations for the confidentiality of your client’s information. But luckily, that’s just where Carepatron can help. 

Carepatron is the solution to all your administrative and practice management needs. With Carepatron you can:

  • send out automatic appointment reminders
  • manage your team’s calendar at a glance
  • automate your superbills
  • let your clients book their own appointments with you through our dedicated client portal
  • access a whole library of resources like this Emotions Worksheet

and best of all, join a team of 10,000+ enthusiastic healthcare practitioners working to take their practices to the next level.

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Commonly asked questions

Who can complete emotions worksheets?

This Emotions Worksheet can be completed by anyone who wishes to explore how their emotions impact their thoughts and behaviors, or who wants to correct potentially harmful behaviors brought on by an inability to cope with certain emotions. We have ensured this worksheet can be completed independently by anyone aged from teenagers upwards, and it can also be a useful tool in parallel with therapy or counseling for practitioners.

Can this worksheet be completed for positive emotions?

Yes, this worksheet can be completed for any emotion your client wishes to explore in greater detail – positive or negative. If it is a positive emotion or a negative emotion with a positive outcome, the final section of the worksheet may not apply to your client in this instance.

What should I do with the completed worksheet?

This depends on if your client is happy to return the worksheet to you, or if they want to hold onto it themselves and simply use the process of completing the worksheet as their therapeutic intervention. In the event your client returns the worksheet to you for use as part of their treatment, then you must ensure it is stored securely as part of their clinical record.

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