CBT Worksheets for School Counseling

CBT Worksheets for School Counseling

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Cognitive-behavioral approaches are short-term and evidence-based making them a perfect match for school counseling. These reusable CBT Worksheets are perfect to introduce and practice key skills with students. Perfect for small group counseling, individual counseling, or emergency problem-solving sessions.
These printable CBT worksheets will help students: 
  • identify feelings, when they happen, and what they look like.
  • understand how their thoughts, feelings, and actions are connected.
  • know when to use different coping strategies.
  • spot negative thinking.
  • change negative behavior patterns.

What You Get

Feelings Scaling Activities

These worksheets help students identify emotions, how big they are, and how they happen.

  • Feelings Thermometers: Different versions of a 5-point feelings thermometer that helps students understand the intensity of our emotions, and ways to handle them. 
  • The Wave: Used this scale to plot a student’s feelings. As you go up the wave, the feelings get more intense. The crashing wave can act as a metaphor for how you feel after strong feelings.
  • Feelings Circles: This worksheet helps students show how big their feelings are. You can use this as a check-in at the beginning and end of a session or show a student how their feelings have changed.
  • Meltdown Mountain: This visual can be used with staff or with students. For staff, you can plot out how a student's emotions and behaviors escalate. Students can see how their behavior and feelings become overwhelming and how it resolves.

Connecting Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors

  • Think-Feel-Act Sheets

    Simple visual that helps students break apart their thoughts from their feelings and their behaviors and begin to see how those are connected, and how you can change one.

  • Round the Bases: Using a baseball metaphor, students will see the connection between physiological responses, thoughts, feelings, behaviors and a triggering event

  • How My Kite Flies: Similar to Round the Bases, students follow the sequence and connections between thinking, feeling, and acting.
  • Blank Face: Students are provided a template with a blank face where they can draw their facial expression, thoughts, and feelings in reaction to an event.
  • Daily Thought Record: Students keep track of their thoughts and feelings in reaction to certain events. This can also be used if you are working to have student replace negative thoughts.
  • One Way to Think About It: Students write down two ways to think about a situation. This is great for students who need practice with combating negative thoughts or understanding that people can see situations differently.

Problem Solving Maps

  • Problem Solving Road Map: Simple visual for younger students to lead them through a problem-solving process.
  • Strategies Sheet: Brainstorm sheet to help student generate strategies to manage their thoughts and feelings.
  • I’m in Control: Simple activity for younger students to help them visualize what types of things are within their control.


This resource is ideal for all mental health staff in elementary schools including school psychologists, school counselors, and school social workers. Special education teachers will also find these resources useful.

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