Behavior & CBT
What is the difference between these therapies?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term psychotherapy originally designed to treat depression, but is now used for a number of mental illnesses.
Goals for Patients in Behavior Therapy
- 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.
- 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.
- Role Playing — This is used to help the person develop new skills and anticipate issues that may come up in social interactions.
- Behavior Modification — In this technique the patient will receive a reward for engaging in positive behavior.
Goals for Patients in Cognitive Behavior Therapy
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