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The Three Pillars Of CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a talk therapy that can be extremely beneficial for those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. With CBT, the goal is to help the individual understand that their thoughts are impacting their actions. There are three pillars of CBT that ultimately drive the sessions, although usually unconsciously. Villa Tranquil Recovery will go over them below. Read on to find out more about the three pillars of CBT.


The first pillar of CBT is identification. Identifying your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors is a crucial part of this stage because these things make you who you are. Unfortunately, these things can become tainted over time. Negative thoughts, negative emotions, and negative behaviors lead to a negative life that no one enjoys living. You must be able to identify what is working for you and what is not working for you. Without identification, you cannot work toward changing your negative thoughts, negative emotions, and negative behaviors. 


The second pillar of CBT is recognition. Recognition takes the first step, identification, a bit further. Identification is when you identify that yes, you have an issue; whereas, recognition is recognizing that you are participating in a negative thought, negative emotion, or negative behavior in the moment. Recognizing at the specific time that you are having an issue allows yourself to make an active change and stop these negative patterns. You’ll then be able to replace these negative habits with some newer, more positive skills. 


The third pillar of CBT is management. Managing your mind and body can be done by using skills and activities to help your situation. Management can be done while you recognize an issue, but also can be done when there’s not an active issue. Practicing your skills when you are doing good leads to the creation of positive patterns. These patterns will then feel like a routine when you are in a negative place. 

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help you in whatever stage you’re stuck in when it comes to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Call our trained staff today for more information about the programs we offer at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to hear from you!