Behavioral Vs Cognitive Therapy
Compare and Contrast
Goals: "The goal is to reinforce desirable behaviors and eliminate unwanted or manipulative ones. The techniques used in this type of treatment are based on the theories of classical conditioning and operant conditioning."
Cognitive Therapy Goals:
- Specific problem behaviors and problem thinking are identified, prioritized, and specifically addressed.
- Enables patients to be goal oriented to scale their progress.
- Help patients keep track of their negatived thoughts and mental imagery
- Help patients keep an active role in their learning. This may include issuing homework.
- The therapist who has the theoretical and technical expertise works with the patient who expertise is themselves.
- Therapist help clients to realize that he/she is capable choosing positive thoughts and behaviors.
- Treatment is often short-term
- Clients actively participate in treatment.
- Treatment is goal oriented to help solve their problems
- Goals are developed to track progress throughout treatment.
Cognitive behavior therapy focuses on how thoughts emotions, and behaviors are connected and affect one another to develop negative behavioral patterns.
Behavioral therapy focuses on how some thoughts or behaviors may accidentally get "rewarded" within one's environment, contributing to an increase in the frequency of these thoughts and behaviors.
Behavioral therapists encourage clients to try new behaviors and not to allow negative "rewards" to dictate the ways in which they act.
Dealing with Procrastination
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2015) About physiological treatment. Retrieved on http://www.abct.org/Help/?m=mFindHelp&fa=WhatIsCBTpublic
About Education (2015) What is behavioral therapy. Retrieved on http://psychology.about.com/od/typesofpsychotherapy/a/behavioral-therapy.htm
Cherry, Kendra (2015) What is behavioral therapy? Retrieved on http://psychology.about.com/od/typesofpsychotherapy/a/behavioral-therapy.htm