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DBT Check The Facts (PDF)

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In Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), thoughts, feelings, and emotions are not always reliable indicators of reality — they come and go depending on our beliefs, assumptions, and interpretations of events. Avoiding our emotions prolongs their impact, and checking the facts can help address emotional dysregulation.

The DBT Check The Facts PDF handout starts by introducing “checking the facts” as an emotion regulation technique. Next, it presents six questions clients can ask themselves, such as the negative emotion they want to change and the event that triggered the emotion.

This handout helps kids and teens check the facts of a situation, and change their emotions when they do not fit the facts or when acting on their emotions is not effective. They can pair this with our DBT Check The Facts Worksheet to explore their thoughts further and start practicing the skill.

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Want more resources like this? Check out our full catalog of DBT worksheets and handouts.


  1. Lp, J. E. P. (2015a). Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training with Adolescents: A Practical Workbook for Therapists, Teens & Parents. PESI Publishing & Media.
  2. Magyar-Moe, J. L. (2009). Therapist's guide to positive psychological interventions. Academic press.
  3. Linehan, M. M. (2014). DBT skills training handouts and worksheets. Guilford Publications.
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