Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Behavior Therapy

Behavior therapy is a treatment that helps change potentially self-destructing behaviors. Medical professionals use this type of therapy to replace bad habits with good ones.

“The general goals of behavior therapy are to increase personal choice and to create new conditions for learning (Corey, 2013, p. 252).”

“Goals must be clear, concrete, understood, and agreed on by the client and the counselor. The counselor and client discuss the behaviors associated with the goals, the circumstances required for change, the nature of sub goals, and a plan of action to work towards these goals (Corey, 013, p. 252).”

Goals can be altered as needed.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a form of psychotherapy used to treat mental illnesses. Works to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking and behavior.

“The general goal is to teach clients how to separate the evaluation of their behaviors from the evaluation of themselves – their essence and their totality – and how to accept themselves in spite of their imperfections (Corey, 2013, p. 295).”

The therapist should help the client realize the difference between realistic and unrealistic goals.

Also plans on how to change self-defeating behaviors.

Behavior Therapy or Cognitive Behavior Therapy

The two forms of therapy can either be used in conjunction with one another or separately depending on what the client is seeking treatment for.