Defining the Triple Column Technique
The Triple Column Technique, sometimes referred to as the, 'Three Column Technique,' is a well established method for mapping and replacing maladaptive thought patterns. The method helps individuals identify common cognitive distortions leading to chronic problems with dysphoric mood and anxiety. It then provides a framework for shifting away from distorted thinking using a stepwise process.
The approach was designed by Dr. David Burns, a psychiatrist who specialized in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. In his book, "The Feeling Good Handbook," Dr. Burns outlines the approach is an easy to follow workbook.
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At Finding My Psych, we have provided some useful content designed to walk you through the Triple Column Technique using meaningful real-world examples:
- Defining Cognitive Distortions (CBT Masters Series #1)
- Triple Column Technique (CBT Masters Series #2)
- Obliterating Perfectionism Using the Triple Column Technique
If you want to practice using the Triple Column Technique yourself, we suggest that you give it a try by licking on the image below. The link will take you to the full PDF version of the tool: