In Session 5, the therapist reviews Feelings Worksheet 1 and uses the questions collected during the previous session to elicit information regarding the child’s three key emotions (fearful, sad, and angry), cognitive distortions, memory gaps, and potential cues. It is important to clarify what the child means when using terms such as ‘upset,’ ‘awkward,’ ‘bad,’ ‘uncomfortable,’ etc.
This worksheet helps the child gain insight into the connection between feelings and behaviors (responses/squares).
The aim of Feelings Worksheet 1 is to have the child understand that their traumatic experiences cause them to FEEL a certain way which leads them to BEHAVE in a certain way. At the end of Session 5, we assign Feelings Worksheet 2 which will connect FEELINGS with CUES. This second worksheet helps the child gain insight into the connection between feelings and their experiences, finally uniting all three compartments that the child may have not recognized previously as linked: history, feelings, and responses.
Refer to CCT Manual Worksheet 6.4, “Feelings 2 Worksheet” (page 96)