Behavior Therapy VS CBT

Similarities,Differences,Goals,Treatment for procrastination

Similarities & Differences

A similarity between Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is they both emphasize the important role of thinking about ourselves not others, how we feel and what we do and how understanding once we understand those things we can change how we feel.

A difference In the two therapies would be timing. Behavioral therapy takes a lot longer than CBT. CBT is one of the most rapid therapies, most clients only receive at most 16 sessions. CBT is alot shorter in the fact that it makes use of homework assignments.


A Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Goal is to learn what their clients want out of life (their goals) and then help their clients achieve those goals. A goal of CBT is to help a person learn to recognize negative patterns of thought, evaluate their validity, and replace them with healthier ways of thinking.

A Goal of Behavior Therapy is different for each client depending on their situation, however the goal usually is focused on increasing the person's engagement in positive or socially reinforcing activities.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT in my opinion would be the best treatment approach for procrastination. Behavioral therapy takes longer and is better for limiting self harm which doesn't apply with procrastinating. CBT is a quicker way to change a unwanted behavior. Once the client recognizes that their is a need to change we can set a reasonable concrete and manageable goal to help them not procrastinate. Once the goal is in place we could come up with homework assignments to see what they are doing with their time and then insert activities into those times they are procrastinating. With strong determination and hard work this person who is struggling with procrastination wouldn't be anymore.


Corey, G. (2013). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (9th Ed.).