Which therapy best suits YOU?

The Highlights of Behavior and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Behavior Therapy

Behavior Therapy focuses on the idea that a person's thoughts or behaviors may unintentionally have a positive effect and that will increase the frequency of these thoughts and behaviors.

This type of therapy can help someone:

  • Increase personal choice
  • Create new conditions for learning
  • Identify the problem, think of its consequences and find a solution

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on the idea that our thoughts, emotions and behaviors all work together. A person's thoughts can influence your feelings and the emotional response to a situation comes from the interpretation of that situation.

This type of therapy can help someone:

  • Distinguish between thoughts and feelings
  • Become aware of the ways in which thoughts can influence behaviors in a negative way
  • Learn about thoughts that automatically occur, without even realizing how they many affect your emotions
  • Develop skills to notice, interrupt and correct these thoughts by yourself

How are both therapies the same?

  • The therapist seeks to help the client discover that he/she is powerful and capable of choosing positive thoughts and behaviors.
  • Treatment is short-term for both.
  • Clients actively participate in treatment in and out of sessions, including homework assignments.
  • Treatment is goal-oriented to resolve present-day problems.
  • Therapy involves working step-by-step to achieve goals
  • Goals are created together, progress is tracked throughout the course of therapy.

Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can both help treat psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, pain management, sexual problems and eating disorders.

Behavior techniques like operant conditioning, modeling, and behavioral rehearsal can be applied to the more subjective processes of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy like thinking and internal dialogue in order to offer a full therapeutic process.

Do you suffer from procrastination?

"All Procrastinators suffer one similarity- a clear-cut emotional problem. In order to release this emotion, clients need to identify the irrational beliefs that sustain it" - Michael Neenan

Procrastination can be treated using the ABC's of Rational emotive behavior therapy:

A- Procrastinating (Event)

B- "I must enjoy doing what I want to do" (Belief)

C- Anxiety (Emotional consequence)

D- Avoid doing what you WANT to do until what you HAVE to do is done (intervention)


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