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CBT Anxiety Management Worksheets

Fear and its associated reactions (freeze, flight, fight) can be useful responses to a dangerous or threatening situation. However, clients suffering from anxiety disorders experience these reactions too strongly, too often, or in inappropriate situations and they can be distressing and exhausting. These anxiety management CBT tools include information handouts, CBT worksheets, and exercises. They are designed to help clients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), health anxiety (hypochondriasis), panic disorder, phobias, and social anxiety.

Psychology Tools Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Worksheets For Anxiety

  • Brief Fear Of Negative Evaluation Scale | Leary | 1983
  • Fear Questionnaire (FQ) (Phobia) | Marks, Matthews | 1979
    • Scale download archived copy
    • Marks, I. M., & Mathews, A. M. (1979). Brief standard self-rating for phobic patients. Behaviour Research and Therapy17(3), 263-267.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7) | Spitzer, Kroenke, Williams, Lowe | 2006
    • Scale  download
    • Spitzer RL, Kroenke K, Williams JBW, Lowe B. A brief measure for assessing generalized anxiety disorder. Arch Inern Med. 2006;166:1092-1097.
  • Hamilton Rating Scale For Anxiety (HAM-A) | Hamilton | 1959
    • Scale download archived copy
    • Hamilton, M. (1959).The assessment of anxiety states by rating. British Journal of Medical Psychology 32, 50-55.
  • Health Anxiety Inventory (HAI) | Salkovskis, Rimes, Warwick, Clark | 2002
    • Scale download
    • Salkovskis, P. M., Rimes, K. A., Warwick, H. M. C., & Clark, D. M. (2002). The Health Anxiety Inventory: development and validation of scales for the measurement of health anxiety and hypochondriasis. Psychological Medicine, 32(05), 843-853.
  • Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS-SR) | Liebowitz | 1987
  • Mobility Inventory For Agoraphobia (MIA) | Chambless, Caputo, Jasin, Gracely, Williams | 1985
    • Scale
    • Chambless, D. L., Caputo, G. C., Jasin, S. E., Gracely, E. J., & Williams, C. (1985). The mobility inventory for agoraphobia. Behaviour research and therapy23(1), 35-44.
  • Panic Disorder Severity Scale (PDSS) | Shear, Brown, Barlow, Money, Sholomskas, Woods, Gorman, Papp | 1997
    • Scale download archived copy
    • Shear, M. K., Brown, T. A., Barlow, D. H., Money, R., Sholomskas, D. E., Woods, S. W., … & Papp, L. A. (1997). Multicenter collaborative panic disorder severity scale. American Journal of Psychiatry154(11), 1571-1575.
  • Penn State Worry Questionnaire | Meyer, Miller, Metzger, Borkovec | 1990
    • Scale
    • Meyer, T. J., Miller, M. L., Metzger, R. L., & Borkovec, T. D. (1990). Development and validation of the penn state worry questionnaire. Behaviour Research and Therapy28(6), 487-495.
  • Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale | Spence | 1998
  • Severity Measure For Agoraphobia | Craske, Wittchen, Bogels, Stein, Andrews, Lebu | 2013
  • Severity Measure For Generalized Anxiety Disorder | Craske, Wittchen, Bogels, Stein, Andrews, Lebeu | 2013
  • Severity Measure For Panic Disorder | Craske, Wittchen, Bogels, Stein, Andrews, Lebeu | 2013
  • Severity Measure For Social Anxiety Disorder | Craske, Wittchen, Bogels, Stein, Andrews, Lebeu | 2013
  • Severity Measure For Specific Phobia | Craske, Wittchen, Bogels, Stein, Andrews, Lebeu | 2013
  • Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) | Connor, Davidson, Churchill, Sherwood, Weisler, Foa | 2000
  • Social Phobia Scale | Mattick, Clarke | 1995

Treatment guidelines

  • NICE guidelines for GAD and panic | 2011  download
  • NICE guidelines for social anxiety disorder | 2013  download

Treatment manuals

  • Comprehensive cognitive behavior therapy for social phobia: a treatment manual | Ledley, Foa, Huppert, Clark | 2006  download
  • Treatment manual for panic disorder (IAPT treatment manual for high intensity CBT therapists) | Clark, Salkovskis | 2009 download archived copy
  • A brief cognitive-behavioural treatment for social anxiety disorder | Morris, Mensink, Stewart  download  archived copy

Useful resources

  • Assertive defense of the self | Padesky | 1985 download archived copy
  • Interoceptive exposure definition | White, Basden, Barlow download archived copy
  • Task concentration training definition | Bögels download archived copy
  • Task concentration training and fear of blushing | Bögels, Mulkens, De Jong | 1997 download archived copy

Generalized anxiety and mindfulness

  • What is generalised anxiety disorder? download archived copy
  • What is mindfulness? download archived copy
  • Mindfulness and letting go download archived copy
  • How worry works download archived copy
  • Accepting uncertainty download archived copy
  • Postpone your worry download archived copy
  • Coping with stress download archived copy

Health anxiety



  • Panic self-help booklet by Dr Charles Young download archived copy
  • Panic self-help booklet from Glasgow STEPS including information about panic and self-help interventions download archived copy


  • Phobia self-help booklet from Glasgow STEPS including information about phobia and self-help interventions download archived copy

Social anxiety

Social anxiety

  • ‘Shyness and social anxiety – a self help guide’ is an excellent resource download archived copy

Generalized anxiety and mindfulness


Social anxiety

Self-help programme for anxiety

Self-help programme for generalized anxiety and mindfulness

Self-help programme for health anxiety

  • Understanding health anxiety download
  • How health anxiety develops download
  • What keeps health anxiety going? download
  • Reducing your focus on health anxiety symptoms and worries download
  • Re-evaluating unhelpful health-related thinking download
  • Reducing checking and reassurance seeking download
  • Challenging avoidance and safety behaviors download
  • Adjusting health rules and assumptions download
  • Healthy living and self-management planning download

Self-help programme for panic

Self-help programme for social anxiety

  • New developments in exposure therapy for anxiety and related disorders: the inhibitory learning approach | Blakey, Abramowitz | 2018  download archived copy
  • Desirable difficulties: optimizing exposure therapy for anxiety through inhibitory learning | Abramowitz, Jacoby, Blakey | 2018 download archived copy
  • GAD – a cognitive model and treatment download  archived copy


  • Clark, D. M. (1999). Anxiety disorders: why they persist and how to treat them. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 37, S5-S27 download archived copy

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Behar, E., DiMarco, I. D., Hekler, E. B., Mohlman, J., Staples, A. M. (2009). Current theoretical models of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): Conceptual review and treatment implications. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 1011-1023 download archived copy
  • Bottesi, G., Ghisi, M., Carraro, E., Barclay, N., Payne, R., & Freeston, M. H. (2016). Revising the Intolerance of Uncertainty Model of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Evidence from UK and Italian Undergraduate Samples. Frontiers in psychology7, 1723 download  archived copy

A number of treatment packages have demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of GAD:

Laval model

  • Dugas, M. J., Gagnon, F., Ladouceur, R., & Freeston, M. H. (1998). Generalized anxiety disorder: A preliminary test of a conceptual model. Behaviour research and therapy36(2), 215-226.

Avoidance model of worry and GAD

  • Borkovec, T. D., Alcaine, O., & Behar, E. (2004). Avoidance theory of worry and generalized anxiety disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder: Advances in research and practice2004.
  • Hjemdal, O., Hagen, R., Nordahl, H. M., & Wells, A. (2013). Metacognitive therapy for generalized anxiety disorder: Nature, evidence and an individual case illustration. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice20(3), 301-313 download  archived copy

Metacognitive model

  • Hjemdal, O., Hagen, R., Nordahl, H. M., & Wells, A. (2013). Metacognitive therapy for generalized anxiety disorder: Nature, evidence and an individual case illustration. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice20(3), 301-313.
  • Wells, A. (1995). Meta-cognition and worry: A cognitive model of generalized anxiety disorder. Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy23(3), 301-320 download  archived copy

Emotional dysregulation model

  • Fresco, D. M., Mennin, D. S., Heimberg, R. G., & Ritter, M. (2013). Emotion regulation therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice20(3), 282-300
  • Mennin, D. S., Heimberg, R. G., Turk, C. L., & Fresco, D. M. (2002). Applying an emotion regulation framework to integrative approaches to generalized anxiety disorder. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice9(1), 85-90 download  archived copy

Acceptance-based model of GAD

  • Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S. M. (2002). Expanding our conceptualization of and treatment for generalized anxiety disorder: Integrating mindfulness/acceptance‐based approaches with existing cognitive‐behavioral models. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice9(1), 54-68 download  archived copy
  • Roemer, L., Salters, K., Raffa, S. D., & Orsillo, S. M. (2005). Fear and avoidance of internal experiences in GAD: Preliminary tests of a conceptual model. Cognitive Therapy and Research29(1), 71-88.

Health Anxiety

  • Asmundson, G. J. G., Abramowitz, J. S., Richter, A. A., Whedon, M. (2010). Health anxiety: current perspectives and future directions. Current Psychiatry Reports, 12, 306-312 download
  • Furer, P., Walker, J. R. (2008). Death anxiety: A cognitive behavioural approach. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 22(2), 167-182 download
  • Salkovskis, P. M., Warwick, H. M. C., Deale, A. C. (2003). Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Severe and Persistent Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis). Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 3, 353-367 archived copy
  • Walker, J. R., Furer, P. (2008). Interoceptive exposure in the treatment of health anxiety and hypochondirasis. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 22(4), 366-378 download

Panic disorder

  • Clark D. M. (1986). A cognitive approach to panic. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 24:461–470. download archived copy
  • Clark, D. A. (1999). Anxiety disorders: Why they persist and how to treat them. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 37, S5-S27 download archived copy
  • Huppert, J. D., & Baker-Morissette, S. L. (2003). Beyond the manual: The insider’s guide to panic control treatment. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice10(1), 2-13.
  • Schmidt, N. B., Woolaway-Bickel, K., Trakowski, J. et al. (2000). Dismantling cognitive-behavioural treatment for panic disorder: Questioning the utility of breathing retraining. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68(3), 417-424 download archived copy
  • Wells, A. (1997). Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders. Chichester: Wiley.

Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Clark, D. M. (2001). A cognitive perspective on social phobia download archived copy
  • Moscovitch, D. A. (2009). What is the core fear in social phobia? A new model to facilitate individualized case conceptualization and treatment. Cognitive and Behavioural Practice, 16. 123-134 download archived copy
  • Wild, Hackmann, Clark (2008). Rescripting early memories linked to negative images in social phobia: a pilot study. Behaviour Therapy, 39(1), 47-56. download
  • Veale, D. (2003). Treatment of social phobia. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 9, 258-264 download archived copy

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