Light Stream Technique

This mindfulness practice includes the defusion technique of imagining an emotion as an object, and a self soothing technique of imagining a healing light addressing that object.

Behavioral Activation

Sometimes we can help ourselves feel better faster by increasing enjoyable activities and decreasing the number of stressors that have been piling up. Using the following table, practice recording how you feel before and after doing enjoyable activities and completing responsibilities. (Credit:

Core Beliefs

Look at the following list of common negative and positive beliefs that people have about themselves. Identify which negative beliefs stand out to you, as well as any associated memories, emotions, and body sensations that surface when you acknowledge those negative beliefs. Next, go through the list of positive beliefs and identify the statements that you already believe about yourself and the statements that you would like to believe about yourself.

Body Appreciation

While thinking about our bodies, many of us focus on how our bodies look (especially in the summer for a lot of people), and sometimes we forget all the other wonderful aspects of our bodies. Complete the statements below to practice thinking about your body in more ways than appearance:

Assertive Communication

Assertive Communication Activity: Assertive communication (rather than passive, aggressive, or passive-aggressive) is the ideal communication style to advocate for ourselves while still showing others respect. Many people find that they shift into patterns of ineffective communication when under stress, or in different contexts (for example, assertive at work, but passive with family and passive-aggressive with spouse). Go over the following handout with your client and explore when they utilize assertive communication and in what emotional situations/contexts they fall into less-effective communication styles. Explore what it might be like for client to practice assertive communication in one of these contexts.

Adult Pleasant Events Schedule

For the next week, do 1 thing every day from this list of 176 activities. Notice which activities you gravitate towards, and notice how incorporating these events into your daily life affects your mood, relationships, and thoughts

Inside Out: Guess the Feelings

Sometimes it is hard to understand why we react the way we do when we have big feelings. This video is a great way to teach children as a clinician or a parent how emotions can be linked to reactions, and it can help open conversation about what kinds of reactions they might be having as a child.

Feeling in my Heart

Kids are experiencing a variety of confusing emotions right now (as are adults!). Use the worksheet below or have clients draw out their own Feelings Heart on paper. Have the child choose a few emotions, and the therapist choose a few emotions to use in their heart. Ask the child to color in their heart using colors to represent how much of each emotion is in their heart right now. Normalize all of their emotions!

Leaves on a Stream

This is a cognitive defusion exercise that allows clients to practice mindfulness and acceptance of their thoughts and feelings.

Container Exercise

This imagery is helpful for temporarily containing difficult emotions and thoughts so one can function better in daily life.