Compare and Contrast

Behavior Therapy verses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Similarities of Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Therapy

  • Both theories believed that what we learn will be shown through how we behave.
  • Both theories are centered around building relationships especially between client and therapist.

Differences of Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Therapy

  • Behavior Therapy (BT) thinks that a person is controlled by their environment.
  • BT has an emphasis on more open/not concealed behavior.
  • Cognitive therapy (CT) studies how people relate emotionally or react to stimuli in their environment.
  • CT is more focused on how an individual's thought process is.

Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist


Book Reference

Corey, G. (2013). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.