Choosing a Therapy

Jennifer Johnson

Cognitive Behavioral

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the mainstream of contemporary therapy. It was developed in the 1970's to replace behavioral therapy. Its main focus is on the theory that what people believe is influenced by how they feel and act (Corey, 2013).

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral Therapy was developed in the 1950's to early 1960's. This therapy focuses on the directly observable behavior (Corey, 2013). This therapy has four different branches cognitive therapy, social learning, operate conditioning, and classical conditioning (Corey, 2013).

Goals for Treatment in Both Therapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Help client develop a more realistic view of their world.
  • Teaches clients to differentiate between the evaluation of their behavior and of their self.
  • Teaches clients that to accept others they need to first learn to accept their self (Corey, 2013).

Behavioral Therapy

  • Clients take active role in treatment
  • Clients expectations and goals set from the beginning of therapy
  • assessments are done throughout the entire process
  • Teaches clients to increase their personal choices when it comes to their behavior (Corey, 2013).

Used Together or Seperately

These therapies can be used together by the use of Mulimodel approach that encompasses a little from each therapy. It focuses on the use of a 7 modalities of human behavior and how these behaviors interact with one another. Instead of just focusing on the current behavior or the way they view their world the multimodel approach focuses on how both of these work and influence each other (Corey, 2013).

These therapies can be used separately to focus on just one dimension of the self to eliminate an undesired behavior. However used together they help treat the person as a whole. The best approach to use when dealing with procrastination would be an integrative approach using both therapies. By incorporating both therapies you would be able to use a diverse set of treatment options to deal with the behavior and the underlying issues that is causing the behaviors.


Corey, G. (2013). Theory and practice of counseling and psychology (9th ed.). Belmont, CA; Cengage Learning