Behavior & CBT

What is the difference between these therapies?

Behavior therapy is a broad term referring to psychotherapy, behavior analytical or a combination of the two therapies. In its broadest sense the methods focus on either just behaviors or in combination with thoughts and feelings that might be causing them.


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term psychotherapy originally designed to treat depression, but is now used for a number of mental illnesses.

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Goals for Patients in Behavior Therapy

The goal of behavior therapy is usually focused on increasing the person’s engagement in positive or socially reinforcing activities. Behavior therapy is a structured approach that carefully measures what the person is doing and then seeks to increase chances for positive experience.

  1. Self-Monitoring — This is the first stage of treatment. The person is asked to keep a detailed log of all of their activities during the day. By examining the list at the next session, the therapist can see exactly what the person is doing.
  2. Schedule of Weekly Activities — This is where the patient and therapist work together to develop new activities that will provide the patient with chances for positive experience.
  3. Role Playing — This is used to help the person develop new skills and anticipate issues that may come up in social interactions.
  4. Behavior Modification — In this technique the patient will receive a reward for engaging in positive behavior.

Goals for Patients in Cognitive Behavior Therapy

The goals of cognitive therapy are to help individuals achieve a remission of their disorder and to prevent relapse. Much of the work in sessions involves aiding individuals in solving their real-life problems and teaching them to modify their distorted thinking, dysfunctional behavior, and distressing affect. Therapists plan treatment on the basis of a cognitive formulation of patients’ disorders and an ongoing individualized cognitive conceptualization of patients and their difficulties

Cognitive therapy is educative, and patients are taught cognitive, behavioral, and emotional-regulation skills so they can, in essence, become their own therapists. This allows cognitive therapy to be time-limited for many patients; those with straightforward cases of anxiety or unipolar depression often need only 6 to 12 session

Which Therapy would work best for Procrastination?

Behavior therapy would be more productive in helping someone dealing with procrastination. By keeping a log of their daily routines, scheduling activities and role playing will help them notice what they have been doing by procrastinating and give them more organization in their life. By being more organized this will help with a person who procrastinates.