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CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) Vs Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral Therapy is defined as an approach that refers to the application of diverse techniques and procedures, which are supported by empirical evidence (Corey, 2012, pg. 122)

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also known as CBT. CBT is defined as an approach that blends both cognitive and behavioral methods to bring about change. (The term CBT has largely replaced the term "behavioral therapy," due to the increasing emphasis on the interaction among affective, behavioral, and cognitive dimensions (Corey, 2012, pg. 122)

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Similarities and Differences Between Behavioral Therapy and CBT

CBT is based off of behavioral therapy, both therapies work with the clients and the professional on how to overcome ones behavior. "The behavioral treatment interventions are individually tailored to specific problems experienced by different clients, (Corey, 2012, pg. 120)." The treatment goals are in concrete, measurable, and objective terms (Corey, 2012, pg.120).

Both therapies are cognitive and behavioral based treatment plans. They go hand in hand and have much of the same influences with in one and other.

The difference between the two is right in the title of the treatment BEHAVIORAL and COGNITIVE. Behavioral treatment is based off of how one behaves where as cognitive behavioral treatment is based off of how one thinks.

Looking at both therapies and trying to apply them to a situation where some one is considered to be a procrastinator. Working on trying to over come being a procrastinator using the CBT method, one of the process of reaching your goal is to set up steps that will help you get there. According to the Cognitive Health Group: Bruce Hubbard PHD, Director states that you can use the SMART method to achieve your goal.

  • SPECIFIC, means stating exactly what your step should accomplish.
  • MEASURABLE- This step ensures that your mini task can be measured and you will know when it is done.
  • ACHIEVABLE- the mini task should be hard enough that it is a challenge to get done, but not so hard so that you won’t accomplish it.
  • RELEVANT- mini goal must be relevant to the over-arching goal.
  • TIME BOUND- This parameter should be used to designate how many times and when during the week you will work on your mini task. This can also be used as guideline for end dates.
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  • Remember that each person is different so what might work for one person won't for another. Each treatment option needs to be individualized.
  • Talk to your doctor about a treatment plan that is best for you!

    Because everyone is unique and different in their own way, you deserve your own treatment plan. Talk with your doctor today about what is right for you!

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    How they are applied in today's treatments

    One of the key things to remember when you are receiving treatment is that if you have a good relationship with your therapist and or counselor, chances of your treatment outcome will have a higher success rate.

    Both treatments are used with in the profession today and work with multiple cases that vary from procrastination to a child that wets the bed as a teen. Each treatment needs to be able to fit with the person who is receiving the treatment.


    Corey, Gerald (2012) Student Manual Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning

    Corey, Gerald (2013) Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning

    Hubbard, B. (2014) Cognitive-Behavioral-Therapy, Procrastination, Retrieved from