Resources and downloads

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On this page, I’ll be adding some of the resources – worksheets, handouts, links to other helpful sites – that I’ve found useful in my work with clients.

Please feel free to browse the resources and download any that you find useful for your own personal therapeutic use. Unless otherwise stated, all of the files are © Libby Webber.

Most of the files here require Adobe Reader software; this often comes pre-installed on your computer, but if not, then you can download it free of charge from the Adobe website. Versions for Windows and Mac are both freely available.

An important disclaimer!

Whilst these worksheets, handouts and website links can be very useful, they’re not a substitute or replacement for seeking out advice or support from a qualified professional – for example, your GP or a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist.

If you find yourself troubled by anything you find in these worksheets, please consider contacting me to book an initial assessment session.

How the past influences the present

Our experiences earlier in our lives can affect and influence the way we feel and respond to events in the present.

It can be very useful – and often revealing! – to list the milestones and significant events or defining moments in your life, what you thought and felt about them at the time, and what they meant to you.

For example, at age 4 and three-quarters, I started at primary school; I was scared, shy, reluctant and a bit confused. Why were my parents making me do this? Did it mean they didn’t care about me any more?

Often you can begin to spot patterns in the ways you’ve felt and responded to events at different stages in your life, and this awareness is the first step towards change.

This TimeLine Worksheet from the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Self-Help Resources website, gives you space to write down and reflect on your experiences in life and how they may have influenced you.

Discovering what your ‘core values’ are

Sometimes we can feel stuck in a rut and unable to see a way to change things for the better. Or we may feel out of sorts with ourselves, as if we’re not being true to ourselves or our values.

This Core Values worksheet can help you identify what’s most important to you and act as a starting point to help you work towards a more fulfilling life in the future.

Elements of the ‘Whole Self’

An important part of my approach to counselling is exploring where and how our lives are out of balance; in what areas of our lives do problems lie? How chronic or deep-seated are those problems? Do they tend to crop up in one area of our lives more often than in others?

The eminent psychiatrist George L. Engel came up with what he termed the ‘Biopsychosocial model’ of physical and mental ill-health as a way of explaining how illness can be caused not simply by biological factors (eg viruses and bacteria) but also by other factors such as social environment, emotional wellbeing, psychological functioning etc.

To Engel’s 3 elements (‘bio’, ‘psycho’ and ‘social’), other people have added a 4th element to include a person’s sense of values, their connection to a wider community, or to religion or spirituality, or to belief in a common cause such as animal rights, pacifism, humanitarianism etc.

Each of the 4 elements can have an effect on how we feel about ourselves and our lives; identifying in which sphere our problems lie can be a useful first step in changing our lives for the better.

This diagram gives an overview of the Biopsychosocial model’s 4 elements and what is included in each sphere. How balanced do you think your life is based on this model?

 More useful resources on the next page!

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