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CBT Anxiety Management Worksheets

Anxiety worksheets for helping clients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), health anxiety (hypochondriasis), panic disorder, phobia, and social anxiety.



Psychology Tools Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Worksheets For Anxiety


Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder

Treatment guides

  • NICE guidelines for GAD and panic (January 2011)
  • NICE guidelines for social anxiety disorder (May 2013)
  • Treatment manual for general anxiety disorder
  • Treatment manual for panic disorder
  • Treatment manual for social phobia
  • Comprehensive cognitive behavior therapy for social phobia: a treatment manual – developed by Ledley, Foa, Huppert (2005)
  • Treatment manual for social anxiety disorder

Information handouts

Health anxiety

Panic disorder


  • Phobia self-help booklet from Glasgow STEPS including information about phobia and self-help interventions
  • Treatment manual and patient workbook

Social anxiety disorder

Exercises, Worksheets & Workbooks


  • Treatment manual and patient workbook


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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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
  • 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
  • Furer, P., Walker, J. R. (2008). Death anxiety: A cognitive behavioural approach. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 22(2), 167-182
  • 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
  • Walker, J. R., Furer, P. (2008). Interoceptive exposure in the treatment of health anxiety and hypochondirasis. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 22(4), 366-378

Panic disorder

  • Clark D. M. (1986). A cognitive approach to panic. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 24:461–470.
  • Clark, D. A. (1999). Anxiety disorders: Why they persist and how to treat them. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 37, S5-S27
  • 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
  • Wells, A. (1997). Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders. Chichester: Wiley.

Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Clark, D. M. (2001). A cognitive perspective on social phobia
  • 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
  • Wild, Hackmann, Clark (2008). Rescripting early memories linked to negative images in social phobia: a pilot study. Behaviour Therapy, 39(1), 47-56. sciencedirect
  • Veale, D. (2003). Treatment of social phobia. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 9, 258-264

The Mental Health Research Group at the University of Huddersfield developed a self-help pack for anxiety.

The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is an Australian mental health organisation that conducts research, provides training and supervision, and offers a clinical service. They have made a really useful selection of materials for treating generalised anxiety disorder

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